Souza: Exodus Fans Didn’t “Accept” Him Until Fabulous Disaster

Coffee cake, anyone?

I guess I could see that.

I guess I could see why he thinks that. In a new interview with Metal To Infinity, former Exodus and current Hatriot singer Steve “Zetro” Souza talked about stepping into Paul Baloff’s massive shoes.

“Honestly, it was a big set of shoes to fill,” he says. “I didn’t win over the diehard Exodus fans until a couple years after I joined. Paul had such a charisma to him. He was the ultimate definition of what a true metalhead was. I wasn’t fully accepted in the eyes of the fans until we started touring for Fabulous Disaster. At that point I was the voice of Exodus.”

He also discussed leaving Exodus.

“Life happened,” he says. “I had been out of music, at least full-time, for ten years when I rejoined Exodus for the Tempo record. At that point I had a family to support and a good-paying job back at home. It was too hard to let all that go and tour for a year at a time, so I had to make a choice, and my choice was be a family man. It’s that simple. The situation could have been better. I could have done things differently.

“I dropped the ball on the band and they were pissed off at me for a while. I understand that and I actually agree with that. My head wasn’t in the right place. I couldn’t do music 100% and I let them down. Family was more important. The ironic thing is now my sons are both in Hatriot, so I have my music and my family. Things have come full circle and I am back stronger than ever!”

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