Zetro: A hero of origin…
Less than a year ago Metalholic talked with legendary thrash throat, Steve Zetro Souza. The band had just unleashed its four-song demo to the world in anticipation of its full length debut. This week that debut, “Heroes of Origin” arrived and its already making big noise. Once again I reached out to Zetro to get an update on the music, the man, the myth, the legend, and of course all things Hatriot, as well as his list of Top 5 essential thrash albums.
Zetro has been at the forefront of the speed thrash movement since its birth in the Bay Area streets of northern, California. He began as the voice of Legacy, which became Testament. When he accepted the honor of joining Exodus for the band’s second album, he picked Chuck Billy to replace him. The two remain fast friends, performing together in Dublin Death Patrol, and even wrote lyrics together for Testament’s 2012 release. Souza helmed Exodus through their major label signing with his unique and un-replicated voice.
Souza recorded five of the nine Exodus studio albums, his last being 2004’s “Tempo of the Damned” after which he left to focus on his family and young growing boys. These days those boys, Cody and Nick have grown into the mold of their father, choosing the path of sonic brutality. The brother’s serve as the band’s rhythmic battery: Cody plays bass and Nick mans the drum kit. It’s become something of a family affair. Guitarists Kosta Varvatakis and Miguel Esparza are the adopted brethren of the Hatriot cause.
Zetro is indeed a hero of origin. But what does that mean? Listen below to find out as Steve also explains why he chose to name the band Hatriot, some of the stories behind the songs, what he sees wrong in America, playing with his sons, and his writing partnership with Kosta V. He also reveals his favorite 70s TV show catchphrase and of course his Top 5 essential thrash album picks.