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Steve Souza

Steve "Zetro" Souza
Steve "Zetro" Souza on stage with Dublin Death Patrol.jpg
Steve "Zetro" Souza on stage with Dublin Death Patrol
Background information
Birth nameSteven Souza
Born (1964-03-24) March 24, 1964 (age 54)
Dublin, California, United States
GenresThrash metal
Years active1982–present
Associated actsTestament
Dublin Death Patrol

Steve "Zetro" Souza (born March 24, 1964) is an American vocalist, best known for his work with the thrash metal band Exodus from 1986 to 1994, and again from 2002 to 2004. He rejoined Exodus for a third time in 2014. Souza is one of two singers, along with Chuck Billy, for the band Dublin Death Patrol.[1] He also sings for the death/thrash metal band Tenet. Souza recently announced his new thrash metal project, Hatriot. He was also the lead singer for the thrash metal band Legacy (later known as Testament).[2]



Before singing for Exodus, he was the lead singer for the band Legacy (which became Testament after his departure), recording and writing most of The Legacy demo. At the time of his departure of Legacy, he introduced Chuck Billy to Legacy members and joined Exodus.


Souza is best known for his stints in Exodus, for whom he sang between 1986 and 1994 (when they broke up) after being brought in to replace Paul Baloff. Exodus was disbanded about two years after the release of Force of Habit. He later rejoined the reformed Exodus from 2002 to 2004. He again parted ways with the band during their South American tour later in 2004; according to Holt, Zetro bailed from the tour just as the tour was about to start.[3] This caused the split to be fairly hostile;[3] in retrospect, Zetro has admitted the blame for the circumstances, saying that it was his discontent at the time that caused the problems.[4][5]

Thrash Against Cancer

Souza hosted the Thrash Against Cancer benefit in 2005 at The Pound in San Francisco, and appears onstage with Testament every time they play the Bay Area.[6]

Dublin Death Patrol

In 2006 he and Chuck Billy formed Dublin Death Patrol, an American thrash metal band. Alongside Willy Lange (Laaz Rockit). In 2007 they went on a world tour and did Fields of Rock in the Netherlands alongside Heaven & Hell, Korn, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Machine Head, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Slayer, Motörhead, Mastodon, Velvet Revolver, Dream Theater, Suicidal Tendencies, Amon Amarth, DragonForce, Ill Niño, and DevilDriver.


In August 2008, Souza became the lead singer for the metal band TENET along with members Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Zimmer's Hole), Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer's Hole), Glen Alvelais (Testament, Forbidden) and Gene Hoglan (Death, Unearth, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel, Testament, Zimmer's Hole, Old Man's Child). The album was eventually released in July 2009.


Souza, along with fellow members Kosta Varvatakis, Justin Sakagawa and his two sons Nicholas Souza and Cody Souza, started a thrash metal project called Hatriot. Hatriot released their debut album, Heroes of Origin, on January 25, 2013. The group's second album, Dawn of the New Centurion, was released on February 21, 2014 via Massacre Records. Steve eventually left Hatriot due to Exodus touring duties in 2015 and was succeeded by his son Cody.[7]

Return to Exodus

On June 8, 2014, it was announced that Souza had rejoined Exodus.[8] He appeared on Exodus' tenth studio album Blood In, Blood Out, which is his first album with the band since 2004's Tempo of the Damned.[9]


In a July 2018 interview, Souza called himself a supporter of President Donald Trump, as he cites the low unemployment rate and the meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un being beneficial to the country. Regarding Kim, Zetro mentioned: "I think that's great — that's what you need to do. People need to touch together, not do it through channels".[10]


Souza's voice is reminiscent of AC/DC's former vocalist Bon Scott, and can be heard on the AC/DC covers that Exodus recorded, including "Overdose" on 1989's Fabulous Disaster, and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" on 2004's Tempo of the Damned.


With Testament

  • Legacy Demo (1985)
  • The Legacy (1987) (credited for writing 6 out of 9 of the songs, but did not perform)
  • First Strike Still Deadly (2001) (provides vocals for re-recordings of "Alone in the Dark" and "Reign of Terror".)

With Exodus

With Dublin Death Patrol

With Tenet

  • Sovereign (2009)

With Hatriot

  • Heroes of Origin (2013)
  • Dawn of the New Centurion (2014)


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Testament". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Exodus". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
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  5. ^ EXODUS - Blood In, Blood Out: PART 3 - Making of Album
  6. ^ "Former EXODUS Singer STEVE 'ZETRO' SOUZA To Emcee THRASH AGAINST CANCER Benefit". Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  8. ^ "It's Official: Singer Steve 'Zetro' Souza Is Back In Exdous".
  9. ^ "Exodus Announces Exclusive VIP Packs for Upcoming Slayer Tour w/ Special Guests Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus". 26 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  10. ^ Childers, Chad. "Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza shares his support for President Trump". Loudwire. Retrieved 2018-08-29.