Blabbermouth.net have revealed that San Francisco Bay Area Thrash legends Exodus have parted ways with their singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, to clear the way for the return of Steve “Zetro” Souza for his third stint as vocalist.
Dukes replaced Steve “Zetro” Souza, currently also fronting Hatriot in January 2005, following the latter’s firing in September 2004. He went on to appear on four studio albums with Exodus, namely Shovel Headed Kill Machine (2005), The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A (2007), Let There Be Blood (2008, a re-recording of Exodus’ 1985 LP, Bonded By Blood) and Exhibit B: The Human Condition (2010) and has released two albums with Generation Kill, 2011’s Red White And Blood and last year’s We’re All Gonna Die.
Back in March of this year, Exodus entered the studio with producer Andy Sneap (guitarist with Hell and producer for Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Accept, Nevermore) to record their tenth studio album. Dukes told Patch.com: “This album is very fast and has more of a punk rock feel to it, whereas I think the last few Exodus albums were Metal epics, with longer songs. These songs are shorter and a little faster. It has a really different feel to it. It sounds great.”
In a February 2014 interview with DeadRhetoric.com, vocalist Souza, when asked if he was still on good terms with his (at the time) former bandmates, Souza said: “Two weeks ago in Oakland, Robb Flynn had a benefit show for someone who had an accident. I have an AC/DC tribute band called AC/DZ, I opened the show. Gary was there that night. We had a great conversation and talked very well, and it was awesome. It was awesome, and that’s the way it needs to be.”
He added: “Believe me, I do read the press, so I know. It was late that night and we talked about a lot of stuff, and it was cool. He said, ‘I heard you were here and I was looking for you.’ “I don’t have a problem with anybody. I’m good with everybody. I get along with everybody and don’t have anything bad to say.”
In a statement released today, 8th June, Gary Holt (guitarist and bandleader) said, “As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!”
Souza adds, “I spent a great part of my life with Exodus, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!”