Whenever thrash metal is recognized by the mainstream world, we rejoice! Testament vocalist Chuck Billy was not only recently acknowledged, but celebrated by Jim Frazier of the California State Assembly for the positive influence he has made in the Native American community and the general public.
Testament are currently enjoying one of the most successful albums of their career, 'Dark Roots of Earth,' and they recently turned up at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards to not only take their rightful place amongst metal's top acts, but also to serve as presenters, introducing one of metal's top young acts, the Dillinger Escape Plan.
Metal musicians of all sub genres are continuing to pay their respects to late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Few guitarists have earned their spot with Hanneman as members of thrash's most elite pedigree, but Testament shredder Alex Skolnick is undeniably at the side of Hanneman in terms of skill and respect. As one of thrash's most admired guitarists, Skolnick has written an in-depth memorial of Hanneman from the viewpoint of a true six-string master.
The news of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's death weighed heavy on the minds of many of the rockers attending Thursday night's Revolver Golden Gods ceremony, with many of the musicians just learning the tragic news as they were arriving for the show that night. Loudwire spoke with a number of the top rockers on the Revolver Golden Gods Black Carpet about Hanneman's life, legacy and what Slayer, in general, has meant to the metal community.
Whenever a metal band gets some attention from the mainstream media without having to go on a drunken or drug-fueled rampage, we as fans definitely count it as a win for our beloved subculture. However, it's even greater when a hilarious dichotomy is created between vanilla news anchors and metal musicians, which is what happened earlier this week (Feb. 21) when Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson of Testament stopped by a Fox news program in Michigan.