Original Testament Drummer Louie Clemente Attends The Band’s Huntington, NY Show

Original Testament drummer Louie Clemente attended the band’s May 5 show at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Guitarist Alex Skolnick shared the below photo of Clemente hanging with the band’s current drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Magna Carta To Release “An All-Star Tribute To Rush” Compilation In June

Magna Carta will be releasing a new Rush covers compilation, titled “An All-Star Tribute To Rush,” on June 24. The effort will feature members of Deep Purple, Dream Theater, Sepultura, Testament, and more.

“An All-Star Tribute To Rush” Track Listing:

Disc 1:

01. “Working Man” – Sebastian Bach & Jake E. Lee
02. “By-Tor And The Snow Dog” – James LaBrie & John Petrucci
03. “Analog Kid” – Sebastian Bach & John Petrucci
04. “The Trees” – Mike Baker & Brendt Allman
05. “La Villa Strangiato” – Steve Morse
06. “Mission” – Eric Martin
07. “Anthem” – Mark Slaughter & George Lynch
08. “Jacob’s Ladder” – Sebastian Bach & John Petrucci
09. “Closer To The Heart” – Fates Warning
10. “Natural Science” – Devin Townsend
11. “YYZ” – James Murphy
12. “Red Barchetta” – James LaBrie
13. “Freewill” – Gregoor van der Loo
14. “Tom Sawyer” – Alex Skolnick Trio

Disc 2:

01. “Distant Early Warning” – Randy Jackson
02. “Lakeside Park” – Sebastian Bach
03. “Limelight” – Kip Winger
04. “Subdivisions” – Randy Jackson
05. “Different Strings” – Robert Berry
06. “Tom Sawyer” – Sebastian Bach
07. “Bastille Day” – Jani Lane & Alex Skolnick
08. “A Farewell To Kings” – Randy Jackson
09. “Spirit Of The Radio” – Kip Winger
10. “2112 Overture” / “Temples Of Syrinx” – Jani Lane & Vinnie Moore
11. “New World Man” – Robert Berry
12. “Fly By Night” – Sal Marrano
13. “Force Ten” – Robert Berry

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante To Release Rush Tribute EP “Moving Pitchers” On Record Store Day

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has announced that he will be releasing a new Rush tribute EP, titled “Moving Pitchers,” as part of this year’s Record Store Day (April 23). The effort features past quarantine covers that were recorded with Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto “Ra” Díaz, Crobot vocalist Brandon Yeagley, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra keyboardist Mee Eun Kim. Here’s the track listing:

01. “Subdivisions” (feat. Diaz, Skolnick, Yeagly, and Kim)
02. “Red Barchetta” (feat. Diaz, Skolnick, and Yeagly)
03. “Freewill” (feat. Diaz, Skolnick, and Yeagly)
04. “La Villa Strangiato” (feat. Diaz and Skolnick)
05. “YYZ” (feat. Diaz and Skolnick)

HU$H MONEY (Testament, Etc.) Premiere “B.I.G. L.I.E.” Music Video

HU$H MONEY, the new rap duo featuring Alex “Skoly-D” Skolnick (Testament) and Kimmy “Kimmy G” Gordon, have premiered a new video for their new song “B.I.G. L.I.E.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“Alright folks! I have a few things to say about January 6th, so I’m going to do so, the best way I know how: Comedic Rap! Full video is on YouTube, link in bio (with Bandcamp link to listen/purchase audio)

Ever since my 1st rap tune in 2020, I’ve been getting hounded for more This time I’ve brought along a few friends. @kimmygorden @mcjhype and crucially, @frankiefulleda who crushed it on the directing. Oh, we also have #RobotGuy from @davechappelle’s show! Most of this was shot back in July, that sweet spot in between vaccinations and Omicron, when it felt like the city was opening up again. I was sure we’d release it in the Fall, but the post-process got complicated for too many reasons to get into here. Now, I hope you enjoy regardless of political leanings (there’s really nothing partisan about it, as plenty of tried and true Republicans – old school Republicans- agree). We live in absurd times, we’re simply poinitng ’em out. We look forward to all reactions, it’s all part of the art. So if you absolutely hate this and are compelled to reply with zingers…well, make ’em good! ??

SAMPLE OF OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE :

“Hu$h Money is a rap duo featuring Skoly-D and Kimmy G. Check out their first video “B.I.G. L.I.E”, a take on the events that took place one year ago, January 6, 2021.

“B.I.G. L.I.E.” deals with plenty of non-laughing matters, yet we can all use a little comic relief,” says Skoly-D, who is rumored to be the song’s composer and producer, Alex Skolnick, well known as a celebrated guitarist of metal and jazz (he and Skoly have never been seen in the same room). “B.I.G L.I.E.” is as much a tribute to New York, it’s resilience and ever present wackiness, as it is a takedown of nationwide right-wing echo chambers. In a t-shirt emblazoned with the oversized logo of the influential Run-DMC, Skoly skewers Fox News, election denialism and insurrection revisionism.

#biglierap #comedicrap #rockrap #rundmc #frankzappa #chapelleshow #january6thinsurrection #january6th #biglie”

Testament’s Alex Skolnick To Perform With Code Red Quintet In New York, NY

Testament’s Alex Skolnick has put together a new rock/jazz project called Code Red Quintet. The group, which also features Nathan Peck (Alex Skolnick Trio), Brian Reeder, Steve Kortyka (Lady Gaga), and Erik Kalb (John Scofield, Sharon Jones), will be performing at Chelsea Table + Stage, Hilton Fashion District Hotel in New York on November 5.

Skolnick commented:

“NEW SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: Some of you have heard by now, but here’s what’s going on…An offer came my way to play on Fri Nov 5th at a hot new NYC venue looking to fill their calendar, @chelseatableandstage. First thought (of course): @alexskolnicktrio, but our drummer/brother Matt Z was not avail that day. 2nd thought: getting a sub..nah. 3rd thought: Why not throw together a whole new ensemble w AST bassist @nathanpeckbass (playing all electric bass), bring in sax & keys and do a whole new funk/rock/jazz jam project??? Great excuse to explore the 70s side of things I dig so much and play newer tunes of mine like “Code Red,” inspired by such great 70s tunes as “Red Alert” by Tony Williams (yes I know there’s a Rush song with that line, “Distant Early Warning,” no relation) and “Red Baron” (Billy Cobham).

This flavor sets the template for our set (hence our name CODE RED QUINTET). It will also include some of Nate’s tunes from his Funky Electrical Unit and a few arrangements of instrumental classics (Mingus/Jeff Beck for example – hmmm which song could that be?) . Super stoked these guys have come on board with us @saxophonesteve , #erikkalb and #BrianReader, and look forward to some new musical explorations/improvisations. Ticket link in bio.

PS A few words I’m hearing about this place: Swanky. Snazzy. Ritzy. Posh. In other words: GET SPRUCED UP! BRING A DATE! NO MOSH PIT! 😆”

Watch Testament, Protest The Hero, The Acacia Strain, Etc. Members Cover Toto’s “Hold The Line”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Toto‘s “Hold The Line” with Rody Walker (Protest The Hero), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Devin Shidaker (The Acacia Strain), Samantha Mobley (Frozen Soul), Emily Lee (Shearwater, Loma), and Tanner Wayne (In Flames). You can check that out below:

Metal Allegiance Announce Patchogue, NY Show

Metal Allegiance will be performing at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY on September 25. The event will feature core members Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi, and Alex Skolnick (Testament) as well as Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), and John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax).

Several of the participating artists commented:

Bush:

“Always a blast to get on the stage with my Metal Allegiance homies. Never played on the Island with ’em! This is a first for me… I’m looking forward to getting on any stage at this point. We’ll be tearing through some Metal Allegiance originals, classic metal songs along with some Anthrax tunes from the records I made with them… It is Anthrax’s 40th anniversary after all… Come on out, metalheads!”

Menghi:

“Metal Allegiance is back! Can’t wait to hit the stage again and shed some of these COVID pounds! Haha. It’s been way too long since we hit it and this show is a special one as it’s on Metal Allegiance’s home turf of Long Island. New York audiences have some catching up to do with our West Coast friends. Let’s show them how it’s done!”

Portnoy:

“After an unexpected year and half vacation, I am sooooooo excited to finally be playing live again! And what better way to break my post-COVID cherry than with my metal brothers in Metal Allegiance! And what better place than my old home sweet home, Strong Island… I can’t wait!”

Skolnick:

“We are all looking forward to hitting the stage once again as Metal Allegiance, this time in Long Island, our symbolic hometown, sight of many meetings (and tacos) and location of our first recording. After the year or so we’ve all had, this first (and only) Metal Allegiance gig of 2021 will have an extra special energy. Don’t miss it!”

Rob Rush (94.3 The Shark) will serve as a guest MC at the concert, which is set to be filmed for a future streaming event and live release. Killcode, Magus Beast and To The Pain will open.

Sepultura To Release “SepulQuarta” Album In August

Sepultura will be releasing a new compilation album titled “SepulQuarta” on August 13. The effort will feature various quarantine performances that were recorded for their series of the same name. Andreas Kisser commented:

“‘SepulQuarta‘ was born at the very beginning of the pandemic when everything was halted. We had a new album out, but we couldn’t tour for it. Therefore, we created this recurring event where we could talk with our fans around the world, play our music and exchange ideas, it was a blast! SepulQuarta kept us alive and strong throughout one of the most difficult times in human history.”

“SepulQuarta” Track Listing:

01. “Territory” (feat. ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson)
02. “Cut-Throat” (feat. Anthrax’s Scott Ian)
03. “Sepulnation” (feat. Danko Jones)
04. “Inner Self” (feat. Sacred Reich’s Phil Rind)
05. “Hatred Aside” (feat. Hatefulmurder’s Angélica Burns, Torture Squad’s Mayara Puertas & Crypta’s Fernanda Lira)
06. “Mask” (feat. Devin Townsend)
07. “Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering” (feat. Far From Alaska’s Emmily Barreto)
08. “Vandals Nest” (feat. Testament’s Alex Skolnick)
09. “Slave New World” (feat. Trivium’s Matt Heafy)
10. “Ratamahatta” (feat. Os Paralamas do Sucesso’s Joao Barone & ex-Titãs drummer Charles Gavin)
11. “Apes Of God” (feat. Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany)
12. “Phantom Self” (feat. Periphery’s Mark Holcomb)
13. “Slaves Of Pain” (feat. Kreator’s Fred Leclercq & Korzus’ Marcello Pompeu)
14. “Kaiowas” (feat. Angra’s Rafael Bittencourt)
15. “Orgasmatron” (Motörhead cover) (feat. Motörhead’s Phil Campbell)

Testament, Ex-Megadeth, Etc. Members Guest On New Lost Symphony Song “Take Another Piece”

Lost Symphony have recruited Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth) for a new song titled “Take Another Piece.“ That track is from their new album “Chapter III,” which will be released on July 9.

Skolnick commented:

“When I first heard Lost Symphony, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew there’d be strong technical skills but was pleasantly surprised to hear how much else was going on: Melodic development, dynamics, compositional creativity and other elements not always present in music with this high a level of chops.

While there is plenty of fodder for fans of ‘shred,’ there is also no shortage of moments for listeners of true classical, soundtracks and other symphonic music as well. The music may sound serious, but the players have a serious sense of humor, which adds to the overall quality. It is humbling to share ‘guest guitar’ duties with Marty and Nuno, two guitarists I consider to be champions among our generation of players, and an overall honor to be brought in to participate.”

Friedman added:

“The folks in the Lost Symphony project have a deep love for guitar. Let me rephrase that, they are dangerously obsessed with it! Whenever I am invited to participate in their music, it is exciting to be around their tireless enthusiasm, and cool things always seem to happen because of it. The newest song, ‘Take Another Piece,’ may be my favorite of all the LS songs I`ve been a part of. There are some really unorthodox things going on.”

Watch Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members Cover Rush’s “Subdivisions”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Brandon Yeagley (Crobot), and MeeEun Kim (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) have shared a quarantine cover of “Subdivisions.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“One year ago I had this idea to make a video while in quarantine. I was feeling pretty down about the passing of Neil Peart and about the Pandemic…I needed to be creative and play! I contacted Alex and Ra about doing a Rush song and video and they both liked the idea. I felt that they were probably feeling the same way I was, and that this would be a great way of jamming and entertaining while we were stuck home.

The response to the initial video was overwhelming! It really made us feel good during a bad time. A whole year ago…I cant believe it! It ended up being a year of making music and videos after all; I now have a record that’s coming out May 14 with most of the Jams. The Rush songs will be out on a special EP on Record store day in November. This song will be included on that.

Subdivisions is probably in every Rush fan’s top 10 songs, definitely one of their best. The keyboards dominate this tune and Neil‘s sound on it is so unique! His drum fills are so precise and powerful…like little hooks throughout the song, an air drummer’s dream! The lyrics tell a tale of life in the burbs and being shunned when you don’t meet a certain standard.

Subdivisions
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out!

@alexskolnik @ra @brandon bring it big time – Alex captures Lifeson’s vibe so well, Ra kills Geddy’s bass parts and Brandon brings his amazing voice. We’d like to welcome @meeeun ,(Thanks to Alex for the suggestion), she is an awesome musician and kills the keyboard parts on this. I hope you enjoy this one, It may be one of the last ones for a bit…unless Alex wants to do that Emerson lake and palmer tune (hahahahaha)”