Cody Souza of Hatriot on New Music, Social Media, and Next Gen Thrash Metal


We caught up with Cody Souza of Bay Area thrashers Hatriot! Their new album “The Vale of Shadows” due out July 22nd, 2022! We talked to Cody about the evolution of the band, the decidedly heavier vocals on the new album, the importance of social media, connecting with fans in person – even when there are no shows, being in a band with his brother Nick, their famous dad – Zetro from Exodus, and more!

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Crawling Manifest – “Radical Absolution”

Modern Thrash powerhouse Crawling Manifest will release their new full-length album this Friday, May 14th, 2021. You can stream all of Radical Absolution today at Ghost Cult Magazine! The band has cut their teeth playing live with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Soulfly, Soilwork, Carach Angren, and Kataklysm, with founding members remaining members Andrew Gladu and Trevor Layton still driving the band since 2014. Fans from bands like Havok, Warbringer, Lamb of God, and Power Trip will love Crawling Manifest! Jam out to Radical Absolution now!

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Savage Messiah – The Fateful Dark

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Savage Messiah may hint at anti-commercialism, but this British four-piece are in danger of becoming metal icons themselves. Beginning life in 2007, this band has gone from strength to strength, rapidly gaining recognition in the underground scene. Now only a mere two years after the release of Plague of Conscience, they return to unleash their third studio album on the world, The Fateful Dark (Earache Records).


Right from the outset, this album is a constant and savage attack of pure power infused thrash, with a strong dose of good old classic heavy metal thrown in for good measure. With every album this band seem to be raising the stakes, and this latest release is no exception. Where Plague of Conscience had one or two standout songs, The Fateful Dark discards anything that could be excused as filler for a constant ten-track assault, each song strong enough to hold its own. The album flits between genres, from the opening track ‘Iconocaust’ that throws us into a frantic clamor of thrash riffs, to ‘Hellblazer’ and ‘Cross of Babylon’ that show off some serious power metal posturing with their epic chorus lines. Even ballad ‘Live As One Already Dead’ has its merits, stripping back a lot of the guitar work and showing off the vocal progression David Silver has made since beginning the band.


Making a thrash album with such furious riffing can leave bands sounding clumsy, but The Fateful Dark shows these guys are tighter than ever, pulling it off without even the slightest hint of hardship. Crafted into a true beast of an album: mature, concise but with a distinct touch of chaos threatening with every riff and solo, a definite essential in any heavy metal CD collection.

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Caitlin Smith