Testament’s Chuck Billy On Upcoming Solo Album: “I Wanna Do Something That Has The Vibe Of The Old Vinyl Records”

During an appearance on the “Let There Be Talk” podcast, Testament’s Chuck Billy talked a bit about his upcoming solo album. The singer says he wants to “do something that has the vibe of the old vinyl records.”

Billy said the following:

“I started talking about it and recruiting guitar players to write songs for me, to put together a record. And the first thing I tell ’em is I don’t want it to be a TESTAMENT record; I don’t want it to be heavy and thrash. I wanna do something that has the vibe of the old vinyl records, when you’re doing it the one take, the big, clean, dry rock sound, where you can hear every instrument and not have sampled kicks and sampled everything under the sun and just have it real raw. I wanna do that. I wanna put it on and [have it] sound like an old UFO record or THIN LIZZY record or something.”

He also added:

“I think I have about six guitar players I spoke to so far to [help me] write — anywhere from Gary Holt [EXODUS, SLAYER] to Mark Morton from LAMB OF GOD. I even chatted with Joe Bonamassa. Just all kinds of different guys. And it’s always just, ‘Just write something that’s not me.’ I wanna be challenged. I want it to rock. I want it just to have that old feel.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament’s Chuck Billy Planning First-Ever Solo Album: “I Want It To Be Different”

During an appearance on the “Not These Two Fucking Guys” podcast, Testament’s Chuck Billy confirmed that he is planning to record his first-ever solo album. The singer says he wants the effort “to be different” than his previous work.

Billy said the following:

“Well, it started [to be] in the works, but then things just kind of got held up. I was recruiting some guitar players over the last six months to write a record with me, and I was gonna use a different guitar player on every song to help me write songs. Mark Morton [LAMB OF GOD], I’ve talked to him; he wants to work [with me]. I also want Gary Holt [EXODUS, SLAYER] to write some songs with me. Glen Drover [ex-MEGADETH] is gonna write some songs… I haven’t approached my cousin Stef [Stephen Carpenter] from the DEFTONES yet, but I’m gonna see if he’ll wanna write a song with me. I tried to reach out to Joe Bonamassa [to see if he wants to] write a song with me.”

He also added:

“I want it to be different. And what I’ve told all these guys [is] that I wanna do a solo record, but I don’t want it to resemble TESTAMENT; I wanna do something different. And the direction I wanna go is the old classic vinyl-sounding records — just real, clean and dry and big. Real tones — not compressed digital stuff. I want it to be classic sounding, but have it rock, have it bluesy. Have some metal, but just have it where [it doesn’t sound like what people are used to hearing from me].”

“I’ve done these compilation records for this Cleopatra label, and I’ve done anything from Michael Jackson to Christmas songs. And every time people hear it, they go, ‘Man, that’s kind of cool.’ And I was thinking about it — it’s fun to do, and it’s challenging and different. So when I think of a solo record, I want it to be different — I want every song to kind of have its own personality and stand on their own. So that was kind of my goal. If I do a solo record — maybe I’ll do a few, but if I do one solo record, I want it to really be something that [is] challenging to me, different for me and different from [people’s] expectations, when somebody puts it on, [but] that they’ll enjoy it still.”

“So that’s what I wanted to do. So I’ve been telling [the various guitar players], ‘Just start writing. Put the song together for me. But don’t think metal. Don’t think TESTAMENT. Don’t think the bands you’re in. Just write something cool that’s got a vibe. And give it to me. Let me do my thing on it.'”

[via Blabbermouth]