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]

Testament’s Chuck Billy To Fans Attending “The Bay Strikes Back” Tour: “If You’re Not Vaccinated, Wear A Mask”

Testament’s Chuck Billy has shared a new video message for fans planning to attend the band’s “Bay Strikes Back” tour with Exodus and Death Angel. The frontman is asking everyone to get vaccinated or at least wear a mask, so the show can stay on the road.

Billy said the following:

“We’re getting ready to get back on tour [in the U.S.], October [and] November, with ‘The Bay Strikes Back’, with TESTAMENT, EXODUS [and] DEATH ANGEL. A killer package.

I just wanna talk about a little bit… Of course, you guys know we came off ‘The Bay Strikes Back’ in Europe [in March 2020]. I think everybody in the bands — all three bands — were sick with COVID. So we’re getting ready to go out on this tour, and we’ve gotta kind of approach things a little different. First of all, we wanna be able to put on a performance and a show for everybody that’s been stuck at home for so long dying to get some music, shows under the belt. So we’re gonna do things a little different as far as… We do wanna offer a meet-and-greet with our fans, but we’re gonna do things a little bit different and offer a soundcheck so we actually don’t really have to touch each other and be that close to each other to spread a virus if someone does carry it. Because if one person gets sick on this tour, the tour is over. So, we’re trying to do everything we can to keep the fans safe, to keep the bands safe and keep us working so the tour doesn’t end. So I wanna apologize, ’cause I know I like to come out after the show and hang out with some fans, sign things, talk to everybody. And it’s gonna be a little different this time. So I wanna apologize in advance to those of you who’ve been hanging out after the shows and I visit with. You’re gonna have to wait a little longer — maybe until next summer, when the tour comes through. But I wanted to make everybody aware of that.

We’re all gonna have to do this together, do our part. Either be vaccinated. And if you’re not vaccinated and you wanna come see the show, do everybody else a favor — wear a mask. I mean, that’s your choice. We’re just trying to do everything we can to keep this tour going, keep fans entertained, and, most of all, keep us and the crews working. I would hate to get out there and start a tour and then, in the middle of it, somebody gets sick and the whole tour’s done. So, we’re all in it together.

We’re looking forward to ‘The Bay Strikes Back’. It’s gonna be a kick-ass tour. Get your tickets, if you haven’t. They’re selling really good — some sold-out shows already. So we’re looking forward to it. It’s been a year and a half since we got to perform [last] — a little over a year and a half. So, here we come. We’ll see everybody real soon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta Recruits Testament And Vio-lence Members For New Jasta Album

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta has revealed that Chuck Billy (Testament) and Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) will be guesting on his new Jasta album “…And Jasta For All.“ That effort is currently in the pre-production phase.