HATRIOT, the new San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal band led by former EXODUS frontman frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza, has inked a deal with Germany’s Massacre Records. The group will enter the studio on August 15 with producer Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TESTAMENT) to begin recording its debut album, “Heroes Of Origin”, for a January 2013 release. The cover artwork for the CD will be created by Mark Devito, who has previously worked with MOTÖRHEAD and ANVIL CHORUS, among others.
Souza has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding HATRIOT‘s new label home: “HATRIOT is very excited and extremely proud to announce that we have signed with one of the premiere metal labels in existence today, Germany’s Massacre Records, who join us to fulfill our goal of world domination and relentless touring, to bring our fans the heaviest Bay Area thrash music of the modern era! Thank you all for the support that has made this dream of ours come alive!”
In other news, HATRIOT‘s new drummer is none other than Steve‘s 18-year-old son, Nicholas Souza. Nicholas auditioned for the band after the recent departure of Alex Bent and “proved himself to be the best choice,” according to Steve.
HATRIOT‘s lineup also includes Zetro‘s 21-year-old son Cody, who got his first bass as a present from his father after Zetro bought it off current EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson. “I told him,” Zetro said in a recent interview with Metalholic.com, “‘You have to try out [for the bassist position in HATRIOT if you want to be in the band]. There’s no nepotism here, boy. If you can hang, you’re on.’ So he actually tried out, and he got the gig.”
Regarding HATRIOT‘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.”
When asked why he thinks thrash metal has enjoyed something of a revival in more recent years, Zetro told Über Röck, “You know, I get asked this a lot, and I think it is because the first wave of thrash came and went so fast. I mean, it started in the mid-’80s and was gone by 1991 or so. The older bands still have something to say, and I feel that’s why they are still able to put out great music so many years later. Now the fans that were young kids back then have bands of their own, so these new bands are naturally influenced by the old sound and it has come full circle. Of course, with technology and things like they are today, it is a totally different ballgame when it comes to marketing the music. I don’t know that there will ever be another band as big as the ‘Big Four’ or anything, because the business structure just isn’t there anymore, but it is really cool to see these new bands carrying the torch of what we helped invent back in the old scene.”
HATRIOT‘s “Blood Stained Wings” video can be seen below.
Steve “Zetro” Souza – Vocals
Kosta Varvatakis – Guitar
Miguel Esparza – Guitar
Nicholas Souza – Drums
Cody Souza – Bass