Thrash music has remained strong throughout the 2000s, as evidenced by bands such as Testament. Billy, Skolnick, Peterson, Christian, Bostaph -- that's all you need to know to understand the insanity that Testament are able to concoct.
Testament's Alex Skolnick is one of the most beloved and admired guitarists in the world. Along with fellow band member Eric Peterson, the duo have unleashed some of the most ear-gasmic guitar hooks and solos in metal history. As well as being a thrash shredder, Skolnick dabbles in jazz with the Alex Skolnick Trio and has toured with the iconic rock opera outfit Trans-Siberian Orchestra. However, during our recent interview with Skolnick, he revealed that he has no plans to ever return to the Orchestra.
Testament has seen their highs and lows over their career, and they're thankful that the current lineup is doing well again. Guitarist and primary songwriter Eric Peterson spoke about the band's current status and how their new record, 'Dark Roots of Earth,' figures into their future.
Testament frontman Chuck Billy was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Billy spoke all about the band's 10th studio album 'Dark Roots of Earth' as well as touring Europe and America for the rest of the year. He also shared his view on the current situation with Lamb of God's frontman Randy Blythe being incarcerated. If you missed Full Metal Jackie’s show, check out her interview with Chuck Billy below:
Thrash metal icons Testament are closing in on 30 years as a band and showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, singer Chuck Billy says the group is sounding really good at the moment and he's anxious to get their latest music out to the people.
Testament have just dealt British grind innovators Napalm Death some 'True American Hate,' as the thrash legends claim their first win in our Death Match. Having conquered one of England's most legendary metal bands, Testament now look further to the east, as they begin their attack on France and one of their most celebrated musical exports.
As many of you surely know, Lamb of God were victorious in their latest match against Bring Me the Horizon. As the band has won three matches in a row, they would normally move on to their fourth and final battle to fight for a spot in our Death Match Hall of Fame. However, out of respect to the current legal situation involving LoG frontman Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, we've decided to postpone Lamb of God's fourth match.
'True American Hate,' a new track from Testament’s upcoming album 'Dark Roots of Earth,' is now available for streaming (listen below). The band’s 10th studio album, and first since 2008‘s 'The Formation of Damnation' will be released July 31 on Nuclear Blast Records.
We all love the classic Black Sabbath cut 'Sweet Leaf' from their 1971 album, 'Master of Reality,' but Testament guitarist Eric Peterson has an entirely different, more in-depth connection with the song -- and understandably so, as the guitarist recently reminisced about sharing some 'Sweet Leaf' with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.
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