My love for the old school is no secret. You name the genre and I will tell you there is good and bad in all. In the world of Thrash Metal, Exodus was one of the bands that were at the top of the heap along with Testament, Overkill and others. This is my second interview with Steve “Zetro” Souza and this time around I had the chance to speak with his son Nicholas Souza who is Hatriot’s new drummer.
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RN: When I spoke with you last year around this time, you just released one song. Since then you released 4 songs all together and a video for “Blood Stained Wings” are these songs going to be on the CD?
Zetro: Yes, there is also going to be 6 songs on the record that you have not heard. It’s about an hour of heavy music. It’s fucking amazing, your going to love it.
RN: Have you found a new drummer yet?
Zetro: My son Nicholas is now the drummer. He didn’t get the job easy. He had to audition for the gig along with other people. I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t want people to think he got the gig just because he is my son. But now I have Nickolas and Cody in the band.
RN: That’s great, it must be real cool being in a band with your kids.
Zetro: It’s working out real well. He said he could do it. He started playing drums about eight years ago. Initially he was the drummer a few years back when we started out, but you could tell in a few more years he would be better so he kept at it and he came in a nailed it.
RN: You must be proud to have your boys with you and being able to experience some of the same things as you.
Zetro: I am really excited. Not just for me but for everybody. I am also excited to have them do what I have done for the past 30 years or so. This really is the next level. I think every one will see that when they see us live on stage.
RN: You might be the first metal band to have a father and his two sons in a band together. If there is a band like that I never heard of them.
Zetro: I know right, like the Partridge Family of Metal. It really wasn’t planed this way. He really had to try out. He tried out 2 years ago for us and it just didn’t work. This time he nailed it. They both are very well versed in their craft and they have to be because of the music I put out in the past. I can’t have these guys come in and play shit and just deal with it because they are my sons. The guitar players are so good I couldn’t have a bass player and a drummer that sucked. And some people might think this is nepotism but it really is not. I wanted them to stand on their own merits and they can and it shows.
RN: What’s up with Dublin Death Portal?
Zetro: The album came out August 13th. The album has been done for almost a year. I don’t know what took so long for Mascot Records to release it. But I am happy that people can get their hands on it now.
RN: Do you see any shows in the future for D.D.P.?
Zetro: To be honest I have no idea. I know Chuck is busy with Testament and I am focused on Hatriot so I don’t know.
RN: You also did some writing on the new Testament CD as well right?
Zetro: Yeah I have two credits on the record “True American Hate” and “A Day in the Death”. Hatriot and Testament played a show together back in February and Alex and I were talking and just couldn’t believe it has been 30 years and we are still writing songs for the same band. It’s just great.
RN: You must be psyched being in a band with your Dad.
Nicholas Souza: Yeah, it’s like a dream come true to be playing with my Brother and my Dad and 2 amazing guitar players.
RN: How old are you.
Nicholas Souza: I’m 18
RN: Growing up, when did you realize what kind of impact your Dad had on the thrash scene?
Nicholas Souza: I always knew he was a musician but it wasn’t until 2001, we were at a huge festival called “Thrash Of The Titans“. You had guys like Scott Ian, Billy Milano and Chuck Billy and just all these people. All these guys back stage kept coming up and talking to me and being so friendly. The crowd was just crazy. That’s when I realized that this was something special. That’s what really opened my eyes.
RN: When did you start playing drums?
Nicholas Souza: I got my first drum kit about eight years ago for Christmas and I starting banging on it. And little by little I just got better over time.
RN: What drummers have inspired you?
Nicholas Souza: I had people like John Tempesta and Paul Bostaph give me some pointers when I was hanging around the studio once in a while. That always inspired me to go back and play harder. Nick Barker taught me how to properly play a blast beat. It’s cool meeting these rock and trash legends and them being so cool and down to earth people.
RN: When is Hatriot’s CD going to be finished?
Zetro: The record is supposed to be finished and handed to Massacre Records September 15th. It’s coming out January 2013 than it’s world domination.
RN: Thank you guys for taking time out and talking with me.
Zetro: No thank you for spreading the word.
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HARTIOT – “Blood Stained Wings” Official Video (2012)
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