Testament Planning To Release New Album In April

It looks like Testament are planning to release their new album on April 3. Frontman Chuck Billy confirmed the news during a recent interview with Heavy New York and he also had the following to say about the effort:

“You’re always trying to top your last record, and I thought ‘Brotherhood‘, up to that point, was a pretty strong record. This one, it definitely stands on its own — all the songs have their own identity. Eric somehow came up with a way to make it be Testament but feel fresh and new still Testament, so that’s pretty awesome.”.

[via Blabbermouth]

Chuck Billy Says Testament’s New Album Has “A Bunch Of Different Moods”

During a recent interview with Lana Morgan of Milwaukee’s 102.9 The Hog, Testament’s Chuck Billy talked a bit about the band’s new album. According to him, the effort has “a bunch of different moods.”

Billy said the following:

“I don’t know about surprises, but I think we definitely keep TESTAMENT fans on their toes as far as it’s always something new, always a different twist, always a different feel, but still being TESTAMENT. So I think again Eric [Peterson, guitar] really captured some new riffs. The mix is pretty straightforward TESTAMENT, like it’s been, but I think the songwriting is definitely a little bit… It has a little of everything; it’s got a bunch of different moods on the record. Again, I think fans will be, like, ‘Yeah, right on.’ It’s definitely a different TESTAMENT record.”

He also revealed that the record won’t include a ballad, despite previously saying that it would:

“We have some moody stuff, but I wouldn’t say we would gear up to try to write a ballad. I just think — I don’t know if that’s really who TESTAMENT is.

When we had Atlantic Records backing us, they were always the ones that wanted the singles and the videos, and everything always seemed to lean towards the ballads. So, that’s kind of where that went back in those days. But we’re long past that now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Arch Enemy, Ex-Slayer, Etc. Members To Join Metal Allegiance At Anaheim, CA Show

Metal Allegiance have added more special guests to their January 16 show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Here’s the full list of participants: Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.), Dave Davidson (Revocation, etc.), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, etc.), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (Misfits), Chuck Billy (Testament), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Jack Gibson (Exodus), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Troy Sanders (Mastodon, etc.), and Alex Skolnick (Testament). WWE wrestler Erick Rowan will serve as the MC at the event and Exmortus, Weapons Of Anew, and Trauma will open.

Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Etc. Members To Guest On Brian Posehn’s New Album “Grandpa Metal”

Brian Posehn has officially confirmed all of the special guests that will appear on his new comedy metal album “Grandpa Metal.” That effort will be released on February 14 and it will feature members of Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Soundgarden, and more. The full list of guests can be found below, along with the cover art and track listing.

Guests:

  • Brendon Small (‘Metalocalypse‘, Dethklok)
  • Scott Ian (Anthrax)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
  • Jonathan Donais (Anthrax
  • Gary Holt (Exodus)
  • Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Chuck Billy (Testament)
  • “Weird” Al Yankovic
  • Pearl Aday
  • Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
  • Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things)
  • Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy)
  • Michael Starr (Steel Panther)
  • Jacob Bunton (Mars Electric)
  • Rob Cavestany (Death Angel)
  • Aiden Cavestany (Death Angel)
  • Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Jill Janus (Huntress)

“Grandpa Metal” Track Listing:

01. “Intro To Satan” (feat. Jacob Bunton)
02. “Satan’s Kind Of A Dick” (feat. Scott Ian & Gary Holt)
03. “Scary Nightmare”
04. “One Quarter Viking, Three Quarter’s Pussy” (feat. Scott Ian, Jon Donais & Johan Hegg)
05. “Big Fat Rock” (feat. Joe Trohman, Phil Demmel)
06. “My Phone Call With Weird Al” (feat. “Weird” Al Yankovic)
07. “Take On Me” (A-ha cover) (feat. Jill Janus, Chuck Billy, Brendon Small, Steve “Zetro” Souza, Rob Cavestany & Aiden Cavestany)
08. “Grandpa Metal” (feat. Scott Ian & Kim Thayil)
09. “New Music Sucks” (feat. Patrick Stump)
10. “New Music Sucks Reprise” (feat. Joe Trohman)
11. “Goblin Love” (feat. Scott Ian, Brendon Small & Jill Janus)
12. “Monster Mosh” (feat. Joe Trohman, Bumblefoot and Pearl Aday)
13. “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” (Ylvis cover) (feat. Corey Taylor and Michael Starr)
14. “Super Secret Track”

Posehn said the following about the album:

“The original concept for this album came from bands like Scatterbrain and S.O.D., and even Cheech and Chong. They all made music that was fun and funny, heavy music that also made you laugh.

I wanted this to be the ultimate comedy/metal record, a loving record that made fun of some of the things in heavy metal, so I called all my friends and asked for a bunch of favors.

There’s a Satan song, and there’s a Viking song, there’s one song that sounds like Black Metal, and then there’s one that sounds like a Van Halen party song. The intention was just to make a funny metal/comedy record for people who like both of those things.”

He also added:

“This was such a dream project for me. I wanted to take my time, I wanted it to be perfect, so it took us six years to complete. It’s the ‘Chinese Democracy‘ of comedy-metal records. And it didn’t cost thirteen million dollars to make.”

If you missed it, the first single from “Grandpa Metal”, Posehn’s cover of A-ha‘s “Take On Me”, can be found below:

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.”

Metal Allegiance Announce West Coast Fifth Anniversary Dates

Metal Allegiance, the band featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) and Mark Menghi, have announced some fifth anniversary shows with Superfix and Weapons Of Anew. The group will be joined by special guests Chuck Billy (Testament), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) will also perform at the Phoenix, AZ show and Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) and Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) will perform at the San Francisco, CA show. Here’s the dates:

04/17 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
04/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
04/19 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
04/20 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Menghi said the following:

“Five years already? Geez… when I thought of the words ‘Metal Allegiance‘ in my local taco joint and the skeleton of a concept, I never imagined MA becoming what it has become. Only a few short months after that, we were on Motörhead‘s ‘Motorboat Cruise‘ and on that boat the future of MA as I knew it (well not at the time) is when everything changed as we thought ‘hey, lets write some music together’.

Well… 2 full-length albums, an EP and many memorable shows later we’re still intact and stronger than ever. I look forward to celebrating with everyone and hope to see many old faces and new ones at these special shows. Each gig is going to be different with some surprise guests planned for each city. In true MA fashion…Ya never know who is gonna show up?!?!”

Skolinick also commented:

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years! While MA has had some memorable one off concerts recently, tour dates have been relatively rare due to schedules. Now the stars have aligned to make this run of shows possible, including a strong lineup that’s touring together for the first time, some great venues and very special guests. Come celebrate with us!”

Ellefson continued:

“Most bands barely survive one album and a tour. So to go from our debut all star jam on Motorboat in 2014, to having full length releases and accompanying world tour dates under our belt, five years has packed a big loud punch from Metal Allegiance. I think it shows that great music and friendship have always been at the heart of Metal Allegiance so this five year milestone finds us a perfect celebration for just that!”

Portnoy added:

“5 years of hanging, jamming, thrashing, ball crushing and ball busting with this wrecking crew! I love being able to write, record and perform this music with these guys…it’s always a blast!”