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]

Testament Premiere “WWIII” Music Video

Testament have premiered a new video for their song “WWIII.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Titans Of Creation.” A video album edition of that record was released today (September 9). Chuck Billy commented:

“I am very excited for the release of our ‘WW3‘ video. This song is really relevant to what is going on in this crazy world we live in. When the song was written it was based on a future that I wished would never happen. Today I feel anything is possible.”

Testament Recruit Seven Spires Drummer Chris Dovas For Upcoming Shows

Seven Spires drummer Chris Dovas will be filling in for Testament drummer Dave Lombardo on the first six dates of the band’s upcoming tour with Exodus and Death Angel. Guitarist Eric Peterson said the following about that:

“Chillin with Stevie D and Chris Dovas after rehearsals today! By the way, Mr. Lombardo will be playing a show with the Misfits on the 17th and joining us in Saint Petersburg Florida until then we are in good hands with Mr. Dovas I think folks will be surprised! See ya all soon!🤘🏽”

Testament To Release “Titans Of Creation” Video Album

Testament will be releasing a video album edition of “Titans Of Creation” on September 9. You can find footage of “Curse Of Osiris” from that effort below:

Further information regarding the video album was shared in a press release:

“The limited-edition collectible features performance videos of all the tracks on the record. The footage was compiled at a soundstage in San Francisco and was edited into music video-style clips that will be available on Blu-Ray accompanying the CD with bonus photos and liner notes plus a button and sticker in a longbox. Staying true to the record, the performances feature Gene Hoglan behind the kit! This version will be limited to 6,500 units worldwide.”

Chuck Billy commented:

“I’m very excited and proud to release the video play through for the ‘Titans of Creation’ album. We were fortunate enough to have Gene Hoglan on drums before his departure. Now fans can watch us play the entire album in their homes with friends and start their own mosh pit in their living rooms.”

Eric Peterson added:

“We are pleased to announce something we have always wanted to do! A performance video for each song on our latest release ‘Titans Of Creation.’ It almost didn’t happen as we got the news from Gene that he was going to go his separate way, but we left on a good note and we agreed that we should nail this last idea I think it came out really killer & can’t wait for everybody to see it! We kept it simple, and added a couple of visual elements on some songs for a certain vibe of the song, overall great to listen to and watch us jam these new killer songs! Looking forward to doing it again on the next record too!”

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.

Watch Testament Perform “Over The Wall” With Exodus Frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza In Boston, MA

During their May 2 show at the House Of Blues In Boston, MA, Testament were joined onstage by Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza for a performance of “Over The Wall.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Notably, Souza used to perform “Over The Wall” during his stint in the pre-Testament band Legacy. The latest performance was part of Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel’s “Bay Strikes Back” tour, which was recently extended.

[via Blabbermouth]

Original Testament Drummer Louie Clemente Attends The Band’s Huntington, NY Show

Original Testament drummer Louie Clemente attended the band’s May 5 show at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Guitarist Alex Skolnick shared the below photo of Clemente hanging with the band’s current drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel Add Second North American Leg To “The Bay Strikes Back Tour”

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have added another North American leg to their “Bay Strikes Back Tour.” You can find the new dates below.

Tour Dates:

09/09 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
09/10 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
09/12 Wichita, KS -Cotillion
09/13 Kansas City, MO – Truman
09/15 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
09/16 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
09/18 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
09/19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
09/21 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
09/22 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
09/23 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
09/26 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
09/27 Albany, NY – Empire Live
09/28 Portland, ME – State Theatre
09/30 Montreal, QC – Mtelus
10/01 London, ON – London Music Hall
10/03 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/04 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/06 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
10/08 Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
10/10 Vancouver, BC – Commodore
10/12 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
10/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10/14 Reno, NV – Cargo
10/15 San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic

Several members of the bands commented:

Testament’s Chuck Billy:

“We’ve all been having a killer time playing a lot of sold out shows for die hard metal fans across the US and we wanna keep the party rolling!”

Testament’s Eric Peterson:

“We’re so excited to do a second leg of Bay Strikes Back Tour into Canada- Its been a ling time coming and now things are starting to gel with Dave. We will be adding some newer songs and some older ones too into the set METAL!”

Exodus’ Gary Holt:

“This tour has been so raging, so crushing, what do we do to follow it up? We do it again! Exodus will be joining Testament and Death Angel for another round of The Bay Strikes Back Tour in the US! Hitting some major markets and also Canada! More Brutality on tap for all, come join the violence!”

Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda:

“I can’t begin to tell all of you how excited Death Angel is that this AMAZING tour has been extended with a second leg of North American dates! Night after night all three bands see how amazing the crowd reactions have been and we as band members are also so appreciative that we’re back doing what we love doing most of all! Playing music and exchanging energy with the most passionate fans of all! Thrash Metal Fans! The Bay Strike Back Tour is extending it’s endless reach! See you on the road!!”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante To Release Rush Tribute EP “Moving Pitchers” On Record Store Day

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has announced that he will be releasing a new Rush tribute EP, titled “Moving Pitchers,” as part of this year’s Record Store Day (April 23). The effort features past quarantine covers that were recorded with Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto “Ra” Díaz, Crobot vocalist Brandon Yeagley, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra keyboardist Mee Eun Kim. Here’s the track listing:

01. “Subdivisions” (feat. Diaz, Skolnick, Yeagly, and Kim)
02. “Red Barchetta” (feat. Diaz, Skolnick, and Yeagly)
03. “Freewill” (feat. Diaz, Skolnick, and Yeagly)
04. “La Villa Strangiato” (feat. Diaz and Skolnick)
05. “YYZ” (feat. Diaz and Skolnick)