Toxic Waltz

“”Toxic Waltz” is funny. I remember Gary [Holt, Exodus’ guitarist – Ed] coming to practice and going, “Okay, check it out. I want you to write a song and we’re calling it ‘Toxic Waltz.'” And I go, “Okay. What’s it about?” He goes, “Well, it’s just about what our fans do at our gigs. Just write about what they do.” Okay. So I was home that night and I saw an infomercial or one of those things. This was back in the ’80s before they really had a lot of them. It was for some ’50s and ’60s Greatest Dance Songs compilation, and it had “The Twist,” “The Mashed Potato,” “The Watusi,” everything you can think of, it had one of those songs. “The Stroll.” Anything that had a song that had a dance to it, they did. And I thought, “Wow, good idea.” So I wrote the lyrics as a parody and I wrote it as a joke. I didn’t even think that we were going to use it. If you read the lyrics, they’re kind of silly. I’m thinking, you know, here we are, this totally hard thrash band, we kick in your face and rape and murder your wife, and now here we’re writing a parody of a ’60s or ’50s dance number.”Steve ``Zetro`` Souza (142)

‘Til Death Us Do Part

“”Til Death Do Us Part” is about us and the fans. First song I ever wrote when I entered Exodus. It was about us and the fans, and how we’ll be here forever.”Steve ``Zetro`` Souza (142)


“”Chemi-Kill” is the way that especially at that time there were so many companies cheating the environmental thing. It’s basically about dumping toxic waste and dumping stuff into our streams and our rivers – the water that we drink. Our children are turning green. So that’s what “Chemi-Kill” is. It’s socially aware thrash metal. I’ve always written like that, but I think thrash metal in general is very socially aware.”Steve ``Zetro`` Souza (142)

Objection Overruled

“We had a song on “Impact is Imminent” called “Objection Overruled” that was about all the TV judges and the TV courtrooms. Now look what it’s gotten into: you can’t turn on the TV without seeing a court case. Especially in the morning, I mean, from probably 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning till 2:00 in the afternoon, you could see “Judge Judy” and “Judge This” and “Judge This Person” and “Judge That.” It’s amazing. So it’s just wild how things don’t get any better, they stay the same.”Steve ``Zetro`` Souza (142)