Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Lamb Of God, Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Etc. Performing At Hellfest

ARTE Concert have shared pro-shot footage of Lamb Of God, Testament, Cradle Of Filth, Kvelertak, and Carpathian Forest’s full sets at Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France. You can watch those performances below:

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Testament Planning To Release New Album In January 2020

During a press conference at Hellfest in Clisson, France, Testament’s Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson offered an update on their new album. According to them, the effort will be released in January 2020.

Billy said the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“The day before we got on the plane [to start our European tour], we just finished recording all the tracks. And [producer] Andy Sneap, who’s out with JUDAS PRIEST [as the band’s touring guitarist], will mix it. So when he gets home, a couple of weeks in July, he’ll start the mix. So, it’s gonna be a good one.”

Peterson added:

“Well, we don’t have a name yet, but it’s gonna come out in late January 2020.”

“Musically, it’s a lot more thrash, I think, and more old school. I don’t wanna say MERCYFUL FATE, but that kind of guitar harmonies and stuff like that. And lyrically, it’s probably a little bit more storytelling, kind of evil shit, I guess. The label told us to write something evil, so…”

Billy continued:

“It’s definitely faster than the last record. But I think the way we’ve been writing the last couple of records, we work a long time on the riffs, but when we get in the studio is when we really start putting the pressure on ourselves, and I think we’ve been working better under pressure. It’s not my favorite time of year when it’s time to write lyrics and get prepared to do the record, so it gets tough. But it really drives us to really reach down and do something. ‘Cause when you get to a point when you wrote 120 songs, it’s a little tough to get inspired by ‘What else can I write?’ ‘What else can we do?’ ‘How do we keep it fresh?'”

“I give Eric credit, because he doesn’t follow anybody else — he has his own taste in music, and he brings what he does to TESTAMENT. And it always keeps us on our toes, and me especially, because when I hear the riff, I expect, ‘Maybe it’s gonna be the old-school thrash — maybe.’ But then when I get it, okay, I hear the thrash, but then there’s some new elements and maybe some new chords that he chooses to play that maybe aren’t comfortable for me. And when I first hear them, I go, ‘Wow. That’s different. Maybe I’m not so comfortable.’ But it pushes me to experiment and challenge myself to try something different. And I think that’s what keeps the TESTAMENT records always sounding different — we don’t copy ourselves. So I’m very proud of what we did, because again we had our backs against the wall and a little pressure on us, and the songs came out great. And I think everybody’s gonna enjoy the record again. We have some really good stuff on it — some good thrash, some good melodic stuff, some good melodies on the vocals. So there’s a little bit of everything.”

Peterson added:

“It’s not so much death metal kind of stuff. Chuck didn’t wanna sing melodic, but a lot of the songs are really melodic — like ‘Electric Crown’, ‘Trial By Fire’ kind of riffing, kind of old school. It’s a little bit like that.”

Billy went on:

“I always tell Eric when he’s writing songs, ‘Is it heavy? Is it fast? Is it heavy?’ And then I always question myself: ‘Maybe I should sing the death metal voice more on this record.’ Then I get the songs and I’m, like, ‘Well, it doesn’t really work on this.’ So I go back just to what comes natural, I think.”

Billy also talked about the group’s recording process and whether the band still records music live in the studio:

“We tried it live once, and it worked at that point in our lives and career. But I think at this point, especially with technology getting where you can do it at home, Eric records a lot of his tracks on his own at home now. We all don’t live together, so it’s a little difficult to get everybody just to be at the same place. So we choose to do it individual tracks, whenever we have our own time. So we’re never really in the studio together, on the past recordings. But I think it’s better this way. We know that the tracks, once you record ’em, they’re good, they’re set in stone. You don’t have to go back and worry about it if somebody else messed up. So there’s advantages to it.”

Testament In Pre-Production For New Album

Testament have officially started pre-production for their next album. Eric Peterson and Steve DiGiorgio confirmed the news in the below posts:

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament Hoping To Release New Album In July

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Chuck Billy offered an update on the new Testament album. He said the group are currently writing and that they are hoping to hit the studio in April and release the effort in July.

Billy said the following:

“The touring [for ‘Brotherhood’] is done,” he said (see video below). “We finished that tour with SLAYER in September, and right from there, we started writing a record right away. The holidays threw a wrench in it, but now, we really started, after the New Year, working hard. We should have it out hopefully by July. Hopefully we’ll get into the studio by April. That’s the goal.”

He also added the following when asked about the musical direction:

“It’s hard to say, because we don’t know until the final thing. And the songs are always so different. Nothing just resembles the last song we wrote. So I have about eight songs that are totally different. So it’s a challenge for me, because I’ve really gotta think about how to approach the songs when they are so different. Which I did. Because at the point, once you start writing over a hundred songs, you’ve gotta start thinking, ‘How do I get more creative and do something different?’ So it’s always a challenge.”

He also talked about possible lyrical themes as well:

“I’m still hooked on aliens. ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ was all about aliens and creating mankind and finding the earth, and I’m still fascinated about that, and even beyond that… There’s just a lot going on out there beyond this planet, which fascinates me. And there’s always a story or always something I can make up.”

Billy also added the following when asked if the group would ever do a full concept album:

“Maybe, but we just really haven’t sat down and thought if that’s what we’re gonna do. I’m sure if we came up with a good concept and a title and said, ‘Okay, here’s something we’re gonna work on,’ I’m sure we can build something like that, if we really tried to. But at this point, we just are trying to come up with riffs and songs, and that’s it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament’s “Low” To Receive New Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing

Testament‘s “Low” will be receiving a new limited edition vinyl pressing on November 9 via Music On Vinyl. It will be available on solid orange & yellow mixed vinyl and it will be limited to 1500 copies.

[via The PRP]

Testament To Perform “The New Order” & “The Gathering” In Full At Special Sacramento, CA Show

Testament have announced that they will be performing “The New Order” and “The Gathering” during a special show in Sacramento, CA. The concert will take place at the Ace Of Spades on November 30.

Concert Review: Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, & Napalm Death In San Jose, CA

On August 26, I attended the final date of the second leg of Slayer’s farewell tour at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA and it was an insane show.

Grindcore legends Napalm Death kicked off the night with a sick set. The group played about 12 tracks, a third of which were off their album “Scum,” including their one second hit “You Suffer.” The highlight of the group’s set was their cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Nazi Punks Fuck Off,” which was preceded by a cool speech from frontman Barney Greenway who called for “equality for all human beings without exception.”

After Napalm Death, it was time for the Bay Area’s own Testament. The band burst onto the stage with the title track to their latest album “Brotherhood Of The Snake” before transitioning into “Rise Up” off “Dark Roots Of Earth.” After that, they pretty much stuck to the classics, much to the crowd’s approval. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson’s guitar work was amazing as always and Chuck Billy’s voice sounded more powerful than ever. The highlights from their set included: “”Into The Pit,” “Over The Wall,” and “Practice What You Preach.”

After a short intermission, Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” could be heard blasting throughout the arena and as soon as the music faded, Anthrax took the stage and started rocking the intro to Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell,” before launching into “Caught In A Mosh.” The band were one of the most energetic acts of the night and they had the crowd going crazy. Joey Belladonna’s vocals were on point the whole set and the musicianship between Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and Jonathan Donais was impeccable. Their performance mainly consisted of their hits with “Evil Twin” off their latest album “For All Kings” mixed in. Highlights from their set included: “Madhouse,” their hit cover of “Antisocial,” and their closer “Indians,” which was completed by the “Cowboys From Hell” outro.

After Anthrax, it was time for Lamb Of God to tear things up. The group’s set began with “Omerta” before they broke into “Ruin.” Frontman Randy Blythe put on a great performance with high jumps and harsh vocals. It’s also worth noting that guest drummer Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong) did a tremendous job filling in for Chris Adler, who was unable to make the tour. As usual, John Campbell, Willie Adler, and Mark Morton, were on top of their game as well. Highlights from the band’s set included: “512,” “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For,” “Laid To Rest” and the closing track “Redneck.”

After Lamb Of God, it was time for the headliners of the evening, the almighty Slayer. The band’s set began with crosses projected on the curtain, and they soon turned upside down before turning to pentagrams and eventually to Slayer’s logo. Then the band just exploded onto the stage with a shredding performance of the title track to their latest album “Repentless.” It was a bittersweet moment, because as awesome as it was, everyone knew this may be the last time they will get to see the group, since they are out on their final world tour. However, the good thing was the fact that things were just beginning at that moment. After the band finished the track, they started ripping their way through classics such as “Blood Red,” “Disciple,” and “Mandatory Suicide.” Kerry King cranked out riffs like a machine, as Gary Holt (Exodus) complemented him with intense solos. That guitar work combined with Tom Araya’s banshee like screams and Paul Bostaph’s thunderous drum work created a solid unit that would be hard to outmatch. The stage production was incredible as well, especially all the fire. The band really wanted to put on a show and they definitely succeeded. It’s hard to choose a highlight, but watching them play the last three songs,”Raining Blood,” “Chemical Warfare,” and “Angel Of Death,” was so epic it’s hard to put into words. When all was said and done, Araya returned to the stage to thank everyone for the years of support, and with that it was time to say goodbye to the legendary band. Their final tour will extend throughout 2019, so if you have a chance to catch them, it will be worth your while.

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