Legendary thrash metal act Exodus have announced a major lineup change. The band is parting ways with vocalist Rob Dukes and welcoming back its classic frontman Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza.
Dukes had been the vocalist of Exodus since replacing Souza in 2005, and the band released three albums with Dukes as their frontman.
Souza, meanwhile, is now entering his third stint with the thrash veterans, having previously fronted the band from 1986-1993 and 2002-2004.
In a statement, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt says, “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!”
Back in March, Exodus had announced they had begun recording their 11th studio album, along with sharing a picture of three members of the band (not including Dukes) in the studio. The band is currently managed by the new venture Breaking Bands LLC, which co-run by Testament’s Chuck Billy.