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Exodus: Contrast and Compare Steve “Zetro” Souza and Rob Dukes’ Recordings of “Salt the Wound”


dukes versus zetroSo this is pretty interesting: just as somewhere out there in the world there’s a version of Anthrax’s Worship Music which features Dan Nelson on vocals instead of Joey Belladonna, Exodus’ most recent album, Blood In, Blood Out, was originally set to feature frontman Rob Dukes… until the band reunited with Steve “Zetro” Souza. And while it seems as though we’ll never get to hear the Nelson version of Worship Music, we do now get to hear at least a little bit of the Dukes version of Blood.

A version of the single “Salt the Wound” (which, incidentally, features a guest solo by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett) featuring Dukes’ vocals has found its way out into the world, so now we can compare and contrast that version with the final iteration on which Zetro sings.

Not that they’re super-different. Which one you prefer will (duhhh) come down to which vocalist you prefer overall… but really the only major deviations here occur as a result of the two singers’ differences in vocal range. So, for example, at the end of the chorus Dukes basically screams “SALT THE WOOOOOOOUUUUUNNNNDDD!!!”, while Zetro delivers the line as more of high-pitched screech. Ostensibly, Dukes sounds like a monster, Zetro sounds like a goblin.

Here’s the Dukes version…

…and here’s the Zetro version:

Blood In, Blood Out is available now via Nuclear Blast. Exodus have just kicked off a tour with Testament; get dates here. You can also check out an interview with Zetro and Testament’s Chuck Billy on this week’s episode of The MetalSucks Podcast!


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