"In The Vault With Shanda Golden"
) recently conducted an interview with HATRIOT
, the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band led by former EXODUS
) frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza
. You can now watch the chat below.
's sophomore album, "Dawn Of The New Centurion"
, was released on February 21 via Massacre Records
. The band once again used producer Juan Urteaga
and graphic artist Mark DeVito
for the new effort, which will be made available on CD and digital download, as well as a limited-edition CD digipak with bonus tracks, and a limited-edition vinyl LP.
"Over the past year, HATRIOT
has grown tighter as a band, and the songs on the new record reflect that," said Souza
. "The songs are longer and more melodic, while keeping the classic thrash metal feel that we are known for.
"'Heroes Of Origin'
was our 'Kill 'Em All'
, and 'Dawn Of The New Centurion'
is our 'Ride The Lightning'
's drummer is none other than Steve
's son, Nicholas Souza
auditioned for the band after the departure of Alex Bent
and "proved himself to be the best choice," according to Steve
's lineup also includes Zetro
's son Cody
, who got his first bass as a present from his father after Zetro
bought it off current EXODUS
bassist Jack Gibson
's musical direction, Zetro
said, "It's in the vein of typical Bay Area thrash, but these guys are a lot younger, so there's gonna be some blast-beats in there. There's gonna be some kind of death [metal] approach to it, a little bit. 'Cause these guys are new. They're raw, and they're fast, young, heavy, hard and aggressive, and I'm trying to convey that along as well."
He added, "These new kids seem to understand what we did in the '80s, but still bring a little bit of a new essence to it. We put that together with what I write vocally and it's turned out to be really, really killer. It's good stuff."
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