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]

Faith No More To Replace Limp Bizkit At 2021 Aftershock Festival

Faith No More have been added to this year’s Aftershock Festival. The band will be replacing Limp Bizkit, who have decided to cancel all of their 2021 dates. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Faith No More, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Knocked Loose, Death Angel, Fit For A King, and Oxymorrons.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, Dropkick Muprhys, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Ayron Jones, Butcher Babies, Crobot, Des Rocs, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Black Map, UnityTX,and Contracult Collective.

October 9: Misfits, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Mudvayne, Body Count, Atreyu, Badflower, Anti-Flag, August Burns Red, DED, Bones UK, Alien Weaponry, The Black Moods, Blame My Youth, South Of Eden, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, Mammoth WVH, From Ashes To New, The Blue Stones, Law, All Good Things, Tempt, and The Cold Stares.

Watch Testament, Protest The Hero, The Acacia Strain, Etc. Members Cover Toto’s “Hold The Line”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Toto‘s “Hold The Line” with Rody Walker (Protest The Hero), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Devin Shidaker (The Acacia Strain), Samantha Mobley (Frozen Soul), Emily Lee (Shearwater, Loma), and Tanner Wayne (In Flames). You can check that out below:

Lamb Of God, Mercyful Fate, Dimmu Borgir, Etc. Set For 2022 Bloodstock Open Air Festival

The first set of bands have been revealed for next year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival. The event will take place at Catton Park in Derbyshire, UK on August 11-14, 2022 and it will feature: Lamb Of God, Mercyful Fate, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Bury Tomorrow, Vio-lence, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, Sacred Reich, GWAR, Exodus, The Black Dahlia Murder, Static-X, Heathen, Bloodywood, Life Of Agony, The Night Flight Orchestra, and Butcher Babies.

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]

Metal Allegiance Announce Patchogue, NY Show

Metal Allegiance will be performing at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY on September 25. The event will feature core members Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi, and Alex Skolnick (Testament) as well as Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), and John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax).

Several of the participating artists commented:

Bush:

“Always a blast to get on the stage with my Metal Allegiance homies. Never played on the Island with ’em! This is a first for me… I’m looking forward to getting on any stage at this point. We’ll be tearing through some Metal Allegiance originals, classic metal songs along with some Anthrax tunes from the records I made with them… It is Anthrax’s 40th anniversary after all… Come on out, metalheads!”

Menghi:

“Metal Allegiance is back! Can’t wait to hit the stage again and shed some of these COVID pounds! Haha. It’s been way too long since we hit it and this show is a special one as it’s on Metal Allegiance’s home turf of Long Island. New York audiences have some catching up to do with our West Coast friends. Let’s show them how it’s done!”

Portnoy:

“After an unexpected year and half vacation, I am sooooooo excited to finally be playing live again! And what better way to break my post-COVID cherry than with my metal brothers in Metal Allegiance! And what better place than my old home sweet home, Strong Island… I can’t wait!”

Skolnick:

“We are all looking forward to hitting the stage once again as Metal Allegiance, this time in Long Island, our symbolic hometown, sight of many meetings (and tacos) and location of our first recording. After the year or so we’ve all had, this first (and only) Metal Allegiance gig of 2021 will have an extra special energy. Don’t miss it!”

Rob Rush (94.3 The Shark) will serve as a guest MC at the concert, which is set to be filmed for a future streaming event and live release. Killcode, Magus Beast and To The Pain will open.

Testament’s Steve Di Giorgio Rumored To Be Megadeth’s New Bassist

There are some rumors circulating that seem to suggest that Testament’s Steve Di Giorgio may be Megadeth’s new bassist. The unconfirmed reports stem from Dave Mustaine’s recent Cameo video in which he teased the band’s newest member. As pointed out by a number of people, the bass in that clip was the same make and model of Ibanez as the one that Di Giorgio uses.

[via MetalSucks]

Bush, Falling In Reverse, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, & T-Pain Added To 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival

Bush, Falling In Reverse, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, and T-Pain have been added to the 2021 Blue Ridge Rock Festival. That event is scheduled to take place at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater in Danville, VA on September 9-12.

Daily Lineups:

September 9: Breaking Benjamin, A Day To Remember, The Ghost Inside, Halestorm, Skillet, Black Label Society, P.O.D. (performing “Satellite”), Sabaton, Tech N9ne, Testament, Hatebreed, Spiritbox, From Ashes To New, Miss May I, Chelsea Grin, Adelitas Way, Texas Hippie Coalition, Slaves, All Good Things, Islander Four Thirty Four, Heirloom, MX The American, A New Day Rising, Orange Jumpsuit, Nail Bite, Forever We Roam, Friends IN Hell, Major Moment, Far From Few, and Hostile Array.

September 10: Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, I Prevail, Chevelle, Anthrax, Asking Alexandria, Clutch, Motionless In White, Atreyu, Sevendust, Fever 333, Knocked Loose, Fozzy, Crown The Empire, D.R.U.G.S., Bad Omens, Nonpoint, Light The Torch, Saul, Stitched Up Heart, Tallah, Burden Of The Sky, Tara Lynch, Blud Red Roses, Fate Destroyed, Dead Fervor, Of The Fallen, Southbound Beretta, A Feasting Beast, One Of The Lost, Someday You’ll Know Us, To Begin Anew, Next Attempt, Semper Acerbus, Set For Tomorrow, Dread Engine, Dark Summer, Mistry Eyed, Detoura, N.A.S.H., Sevenstones, Nameless Anonymous, Cannon Hill, Dying Oath, Artwork For The Blind, The Phoenix Within, and Redeye.

September 11: Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Cypress Hill, Theory Of A Deadman, Trivium, Body Count, Beartooth, Avatar, Wage War, Jelly Roll, Badflower, In Flames, 10 Years, All That Remains, Corrosion Of Conformity, Escape The Fate, Spite, Brand Of Sacrifice, Another Day Dawns, Black Satellite, The Impurity, Artusha, Inner Image, Voxx, Breaking Theory, Deiform, Failure By Proxy, Citizen Kane, Motorjunkie, Awesome Ray Ray, Seasons, Pigweed, Overlord SR, Waking The Sleeper, Alyxx, Two Sides Of Me, Alukah, Days Under Authority, Head Hunter, Wor, Aurin, Hollow Intent, Rvnt, Gravebound, Solidify, We Rise To Fall, Demyze, Pulses, and Splintered Reality.

September 12: Shinedown, Papa Roach (performing “Infest“), Falling In Reverse, Bush, Gojira, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Underoath, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals (“A Vulgar Display Of Pantera” set), The HU, Pop Evil, Ice Nine Kills, August Burns Red, Ayron Jones, We Came As Romans, Drowning Pool, Fit For A King, Ill Niño, Currents, Fame On Fire, Eyes Of The Living, Kill The Imposter, State Of Illusion, Cursor, F.I.L.T.H., Blackwater, Ignite The Fire, Just Standing, A War Within, Sinshrift, New Haven, Magg Dylan, Detroit Voodoo, Flight Club, Watersdeep, Casting Shadowz, Supmikecheck, Burn On Re-Entry, Roachzilla, Redefind, Matt The Band, and Mourn The Illusion.

Steve-O and Lou Brutus will host the festival, which will also include a club experience with Ludacris, Lil Jon, T-Pain, and Rev Run.

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.