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.

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 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]

Five More Dates Added To Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel’s Upcoming North American Tour

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have added five more dates to their upcoming North American tour. You can find the updated schedule for that run below.

Tour Dates:

2021:

11/27 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

2022:

04/09 San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
04/10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
04/12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
04/13 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/15 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
04/16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04/20 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
04/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/22 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/23 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
04/25 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
04/26 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/27 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
04/28 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
04/30 Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom
05/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
05/02 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
05/05 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/06 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
05/07 Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/10 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
05/11 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05/12 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
05/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/17 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/19 Denver, CO – Summit
05/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05/22 Seattle, WA – Showbox
05/23 Portland, OR – Roseland
05/25 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

More Artists Added To Upcoming Tribute Shows For Late Death Frontman Chuck Schuldiner

More artists have been added to the upcoming tribute shows for late Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner. The concerts will take place at The Brass Mug in Tampa, FL on December 11-12 and they will find Living Monstrosity performing “Spiritual Healing” in full and Symbolic performing songs from “Human,” “Individual Thought Patterns,” “Symbolic,” and “The Sound Of Perseverance.” Here’s the updated lineups for those groups;

Living Monstrosity:

* James Murphy (ex-Death, ex-Obituary)
* Terry Butler (Obituary, ex-Death)
* Gus Rios (Gruesome)
* Matt Harvey (Gruesome, Exhumed)

Symbolic:

* Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, ex-Death)
* Bobby Koelble (ex-Death)
* Kelly Conlon (ex-Death, ex-Monstrosity)
* Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork)
* Max Phelps (Exist)
* Leo Lozano (Symbolic)

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 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! 😆”

Exodus Reflect On The Onset Of The Pandemic And Their 2020 “Bay Strikes Back” European Tour In New Video

Exodus have shared a new video in which they reflect on the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, which got into full swing during their 2020 “Bay Strikes Back” European tour with Testament and Death Angel. That trek led to multiple bandmembers testing positive for the virus including Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, Testament singer Chuck Billy, Testament bassist Steve DiGiorgio, and Death Angel drummer Will Carroll. You can watch the new clip below. As previously reported, the North American leg of “The Bay Strikes Back” tour is scheduled to take place in 2022.

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel Postpone U.S. Tour To Spring 2022

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have postponed their upcoming U.S. tour until 2022. Despite this, the three bands will still be performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on November 27 and at the 2021 Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA.

2022 Tour Dates:

04/09 San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
04/10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
04/12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
04/13 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/15 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
04/16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04/20 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
04/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/22 Dallas, TX -Amplified Live
04/23 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
04/26 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/27 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
04/30 Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom
05/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
05/02 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
05/05 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/06 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
05/07 Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/10 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
05/11 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05/12 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
05/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/17 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/19 Denver, CO – Summit
05/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

Several members of the bands commented:

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson:

“We were really on the fence with this decision. But seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just cancelling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to ’22.”

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick:

“It gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are. Although Bay Strikes Back is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently cancelled – a lose/lose for everyone.

The fact that a lower budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in. All we can do is hope for everyone’s understanding, which we ask for sincerely.”

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt:

“We are saddened to announce that the Bay Strikes Back tour is being postponed, but the risk of cancelled shows due to positive tests leading to tour personnel being quarantined and isolated is just too great at this time. We want to feel safe, enjoy the tour and be able to hang out with our close friends. The silver lining in this is that Tom Hunting no longer needs chemo and will have more time to work his way back to doing a full tour. He will make his return behind the drums at Aftershock but a full tour requires more preparation, so that is the good part.”

Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda:

“Usually when I’m asked to contribute a quote to an announcement it pertains to something I’m extremely excited about. In this case I’m gutted… It pains me to announce that The Bay Strikes Back U.S. Tour is being postpone. No one was looking forward to this more than me. But, on the brighter side of things, the tour is in fact going to happen – just at a later time. And I can assure you that the already ravenous to play live members of Death Angel promise to provide a crushing set during a crushing tour. The Bay WILL Strike Back!”

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]