EXODUS Frontman STEVE "ZETRO" SOUZA Talks New Album - "The Lyrical Content, The Approach, The Attack... Everything Is In Your Face"
September 22, 2021, a month ago
Exodus return with their eleventh studio album, Persona Non Grata, out November 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. Frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza spoke with Australia's Heavy about the record; check out the interview below.
Souza on the new album:
"We've always metaphorically went after everyone. Now we're really... this album is just loaded with that. It's a very socially conscious record, it's a very what-is-going-on-now record. I tell everybody this is not a nice record. For a heavy metal fan, that's exactly what you wanna hear, that this is not a nice album. And it's not; it's very abrasive. The lyrical content, the approach, the attack... everything is in your face on this one."
Exodus recently released the lyric video for the second single, "Clickbait", and a new trailer, in which guitarist Gary Holt discusses the track. Watch the trailer, as well as the lyric video, below:
Literally translating to “an unwelcome” or “unacceptable” person, Persona Non Grata touches on themes of modern societal disgust and degradation. The band gathered at Tom Hunting's house in the mountains where they produced and recorded Persona Non Grata from three home-built studios . Steve Lagudi was at the helm of engineering while the band enlisted Andy Sneap of Backstage Studios to mix the album. For the third time in the band’s history, they returned to Swedish artist Par Olofsson to create the album artwork.
Persona Non Grata will be available in the following formats:
- CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
- T-Shirt + CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
- Cassette – Tinted Red
- CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!) Long Box (Decibel Magazine Exclusive)
- Double LP
* Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter
* Electric Blue W/ Black & Bone
* Gold & Bone Swirl W. Black and Mint Green Splatter
* Green in Mustard W/ Red Splatter
* Mint Green & Brown W/ Cyan Splatter (EMP Exclusive)
* Purple & Yellow Swirl W/ Mint Green & Bone Splatter (UK Indie Exclusive)
* Bone & Beer Swirl W/ Red & Brown Splatter (Revolver Magazine Exclusive)
* Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter (Rebellion Republic Exclusive)
* Blue Swirl W/ Bone * Black Splatter (U.S. Indie Exclusive)
- Mail Order Boxset – Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
* Orange, Red Swirl W/ Black Splatter
* 20 page booklet
* CD + Blu-ray Bonus Disc
"Persona Non Grata"
"Slipping Into Madness"
"The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)"
"The Years of Death and Dying"
"Cosa Del Pantano"
"The Fires of Division"
"The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)":
"The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)" video: