Testament’s Eric Peterson Plans To Work On New Music Until Pandemic Subsides

During a recent appearance on Dean Delray’s “Let There Be Talk” podcast, Testament’s Eric Peterson discussed what he has been doing during the coronavirus pandemic. The guitarist says he has been using the downtime to work on new music.

Peterson said the following:

“For me, my plan is to have some music — in case summer’s canceled. ‘All right, let’s jam. I’ve got a bunch of new riffs.’ I’ve got some stuff now, but I’m just kind of putting that hat on, like, ‘Okay.’ It’s perfect weather, too — it’s raining out, and my backyard’s really woodsy. [So I can] sit out here. I’ve got everything downstairs. I’ve done the last DRAGONLORD record and the last two TESTAMENT records in this room. I have Logic and a DI — I just do it all there, e-mail everything over to the producer, reamps and all. I wake up, just get some coffee, come down here and start jamming. I don’t have to drive from [my hometown of] Sac [Sacramento] all the way to Oakland. It’s a lot better to do.”

Testament’s Chuck Billy also discussed new material during an interview with Rocking With Jam Man:

“I haven’t heard anything yet. It all starts with Eric, so I just kind of wait. He’s gotta be in the right mood. And probably, being stuck at home with the pandemic, I would think he would be jamming and writing some stuff. So I think we’ll probably at least have a couple of new songs. ‘Cause it makes sense — if we write a couple of new songs, maybe we can do a repackage of the [latest TESTAMENT album, ‘Titans Of Creation’]. We’re talking about possibly writing a song called ‘Titans Of Creation’, ’cause there is no title track. So, we could have a song called ‘Titans Of Creation’ and maybe re-push it out there with the record again. [That would be] more of a marketing thing. I think that’s kind of what the talk is [that] might happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Agonist Are In The Studio

The Agonist have entered the studio to work on new music with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy). The group shared the below photos from the sessions:

For The Fallen Dreams Working On New Music

For The Fallen Dreams have entered the studio to work on “something new” with producer Nick Scott. The band confirmed the news on Instagram:

[via The PRP]

SOiL Working On New Music

It looks like SOiL have been working on new material. Vocalist Ryan McCombs confirmed the news during an appearance at the virtual Headbangers Con last month.

McCombs said the following:

“We just started writing here recently with the SOiL guys. So that’s been a breath of fresh air for me, ’cause I’ve been going a little nuts not having something to write for a long time.

Not having something to write is like an artist not having use of their hands to draw or paint, or whatever their medium is. I’ve never been able to play an instrument for shit, so I’ve always been reliant on having a good music writer, instrumentation-wise, a music writer, and I’ve been blessed with C.J. Pierce [during my days with Drowning Pool] and Adam Zadel. So not having one of those guys sending me musical ideas to bounce back and forth on, I feel like an artist with no hands. So having, all of a sudden, half a dozen songs in two weeks’ time to write with, I feel like a mad scientist. I feel like my legs work again; I’ve got hands again. It’s been awesome.”

He also added:

“It’s been about 137 years since the last album, so we’ve talked ad nauseam about what could be a way of working. I think one of the things that goes against us at times is Tim [King] being in the music business on the other side of the fence. Tim’s on the label side of things as well, with Pavement, so he sees the problems that the business is having. And so it’s hard for him sometimes to separate the fact of the artist and the shirt-and-tie. And so that goes against us sometimes, because, as an artist, we’re just going, ‘Let’s write a new record. Let’s write some new songs. Let’s get a new record out there.’ And he’s the same way, but then he’s gotta [look at it from the point of view of], ‘What are we gonna do?’ Because, at the end of the day, nobody is selling anything. Records aren’t selling anymore. Hard copies, CDs aren’t selling anymore — not at the numbers that they need to to make them worthwhile for printing. So that puts us into bouncing ideas off each other, and that’s usually where things end up screeching to a halt. I think, actually, my dumb ass made the comment, ‘Well, to begin with, we need material. Until we have material, there’s no reason to worry about how you’re going to release it. So let’s get writing.’ And that’s when Tim finally [said], ‘You’re absolutely right.’ And that’s when he started writing the stuff. And now Adam’s on fire about it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jane’s Addiction Planning To Release New Music In 2021

It looks like Jane’s Addiction are planning to release new music in 2021. Perry Farrell told Classic Rock the following about that:

“I wouldn’t think albums, I’d think songs. We’ve got so much Jane’s material in the can. We’ll be releasing a couple of tracks, maybe writing some new ones. Not this year, ’cause we’re getting late in the year. But I can tell you in the next month or so I’m gonna be finishing up a couple of Jane’s Addiction tracks.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ben Koller Offers Updates On New Material From Converge And Mutoid Man

During a recent appearance on the “BREWtally Speaking Podcast“, Ben Koller offered updates on new material from Converge and Mutoid Man. He said the following:

“Yea Converge, we have a ton of stuff ready to go. We just need to get in the studio and sort of hash it out. I think right now I’m at the point where I’m just ready to move on and start doing stuff, because I’m going crazy here not being able to tour and stuff. So I’m ready to fly back to Massachusetts—safely obviously—and get some stuff done. So Converge has stuff, Mutoid Man basically has a whole record ready to go. We just had to get the studio, find the time, but you know it’s a weird time and a lot of weird life stuff going on and yes, it’s, it’s just very strange. I mean I’m definitely stoked to record stuff but yeah it’s just a really weird time right now, but yeah expect new material it’s coming. Maybe slowly, but it’s coming.”

[via The PRP]

Bodom After Midnight (Ex-Children Of Bodom, Etc.) Are In The Studio

Bodom After Midnight, the band featuring Alexi Laiho (ex-Children Of Bodom), Daniel Freyberg (ex-Children Of Bodom), Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost) and Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz), have entered the studio to work on new material. The group confirmed the news on Instagram: