Testament’s Next Album Will Include Ballad Originally Intended For “Titans Of Creation”

During a recent interview with MetalMasterKingdom.com, Testament guitarist Eric Peterson discussed the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the effort will include a ballad that was originally written for “Titans Of Creation.”

Peterson said the following:

“We actually have a ballad that we wrote. We were gonna put it on the last record. We actually recorded some stuff, and it just wasn’t ready. We were listening to it, going, ‘Nah…’ There was a lot of elements that weren’t in there; we kind of threw it together. But this time I think we’ve got something really cool.

It sounds like something that TESTAMENT would do. The melodies in it are really cool. I’m not trying to say that we’re going in a ballad direction. We’re gonna deliver one of those kind of songs again; we haven’t done that for a while, since [2012’s] ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ [album]. And then there’s a lot of pieces laying around that I’ve recorded over the years that I haven’t put drums to yet. So hopefully I’ll be jamming with [drummer Dave] Lombardo soon and we’ll put some killer shit together.”

In a separate interview with The Metal Voice, frontman Chuck Billy also said that one of the new songs is “epic”:

“October 15th is the last show of [the summer/fall 2022 leg of ‘The Bay Strikes Back Tour’ with EXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL], so we’ll work [on new material] right up to Christmas and then right after New Year’s we’ll get right back at it. I know Eric and Alex [Skolnick] have been working and jamming together, and I hear there’s an epic song that’s been created. I haven’t heard it yet, but I hear it’s epic. That’s all they say — ‘it’s epic.’ I’m, like, ‘Okay.’ That’s the word they throw at me. But we’ll see.”

He also added the following about the musical direction of the new material

“I think TESTAMENT will always stay in the vein of TESTAMENT and not not follow trends or follow what’s hip today. Even though there’s a lot of great new bands I love and I go, ‘Man, that’s great. I really love it.’ But we can’t change; we wanna kind of stay TESTAMENT. I hear it from fans when you talk to ’em. They always say, ‘Thank you for being who you are for so long.’ So we just have to continue that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament Hoping To Release New Album In 2023

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Testament frontman Chuck Billy revealed that the band are hoping to release a new album in 2023. The effort will be the band’s first since reuniting with drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer).

Billy said the following when asked about working with Lombardo again:

“We had a great time. I think he really enjoys playing in the band, enjoys the music. And we’re now talking about, ‘Let’s talk about maybe making a new record.’ So hopefully that’s in the future.”

He also added the following when asked if the band already have new music in the works”

“Well, [guitarist] Eric [Peterson] has a bunch of music. He doesn’t really like working, putting his head — he’s gotta go all in mentally to create some songs. So after this tour [the second U.S. leg of ‘The Bay Strikes Back’ with EXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL], we don’t have anything in the books till April. So from November till April, it’s time to get in there and start working on new songs. So hopefully we’ll have a new record out by next year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax’s Scott Ian To Guest On New Album From Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian will be guesting on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s new album “…And Jasta For All.“ You can find a clip of him in the studio below. Previously confirmed guests include: Testament frontman Chuck Billy, Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza, Viol-lence guitarist Phil Demmel and Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker.

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]

Shadow Of Intent Share Claymation Video For “Blood In The Sands Of Time” Featuring Testament’s Chuck Billy

Shadow Of Intent have shared a claymation video for their song “Blood In The Sands Of Time.” This track features Testament’s Chuck Billy and it appears on the band’s latest album “Elegy.” The group commented:

“We are beyond excited to share this new claymation video for ‘Blood in the Sands of Time.’ This is the band’s collective favorite song of the album and we can’t thank Shayne Minott enough for bringing this vision to life with his unique style.”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Joins Forces With Testament’s Chuck Billy For New Song “Behold Our Power”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy has joined forces with Testament’s Chuck Billy for a new song titled “Behold Our Power.” The track serves as the theme song for this year’s Mystic Festival, which will take place at the Gdansk Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland on June 2-4.

Testament’s Chuck Billy: “We’re Working On New Music Now”

It looks like Testament already have some new material in the works. Frontman Chuck Billy recently confirmed the news during an interview with La Mesa Del Metal.

Billy said the following:

“We’re maybe working on some new music. We might as well start writing another record.”

He then went on to say that fans may get some new music “in the next year”:

“We’re working on new music now, but it all depends how fast we all get it done. Right now we don’t have shows until April [of 2022], so we have a lot of time now to start really working on it.

We never try to rush. We wanna make sure it’s right, it’s perfect and the right time [to put it out]. We wanna make sure the fans that get our music have good records and strong songs. So we can start writing songs now, but if we’re not happy yet, we’re, like, ‘Okay, it’s not ready yet.’ Let’s keep molding it a little bit more and changing it and fixing it and coming up with new ideas until we go, ‘Okay. That’s good. That’s a song now. That feels really good.’

Like [last year’s] ‘Titans Of Creation’ [album], all those songs, they’re all not the same time. They all have different life and different feelings when you listen to ’em. But they all are strong on their own, by themselves. So we wanna make sure that when you put on a song from a TESTAMENT record, you go, ‘Oh, I know that’s TESTAMENT. I can tell that’s TESTAMENT.’ But I don’t want it to be, like, ‘Oh, that’s that record,’ or, ‘That feels like this record.’ I want it to be, like, they all are strong. I want [fans] to enjoy listening to a whole record and not just pick out a certain couple of songs.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Beloved Ghouls (Exodus, Ex-Slayer, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Shocked!”

Musical collective Beloved Ghouls have premiered a new song titled “Shocked!.“ The track, which features Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer), Gary Holt (Exodus), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gregory Coates, and Casey Chaos (Amen), can be streamed below. Notably, proceeds from the single will go towards Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue.

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]

Testament Frontman Chuck Billy’s Voice Featured In New Episode Of Marvel’s “What If…?”

Testament’s Chuck Billy was featured in a new episode of Marvel’s “What If…?,” titled “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead Of His Hands?.” The frontman was said to have provided “additional voices” to the Disney+ series.

Billy discussed the experience during a recent appearance on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta’s “The Jasta Show”:

“That was an experience, because the producer was actually a TESTAMENT fan, and he actually seeked [sic] me out. And it was so great and made it so easy. I’d never done that for a movie and action part. So when you go in there, they got this — it’s like a barricade you stand in front of, a padded barricade, and there’s the screen and the microphone. So you can use the barricade to kind of move and get into character. And I was doing a lot of flying and yelling and fighting and shit like that. So it was great, ’cause the producer was, like, ‘All right, so on this part, do the ‘Demonic’ voice.’ And I’m, like, ‘Oh, okay.’ So I’d do that. ‘Okay, on this one, do the ‘Practice What You Preach’ voice.’ It was so cool that he could give me direction like that. It was the easiest thing. And I had a blast. And it was right the middle of COVID.”

He also added:

“It’s gonna be out on the Disney network channel, so I went down to Disney in L.A. Total protocol. At least I got to go in there and do my own thing with them. But it was really cool. And if it goes well, I’m gonna get second season. So that’s something I’m looking forward to. It was badass. I think people are gonna dig it when this comes out.”

[via Blabbermouth]