Thrash titans Testament recently unveiled some in-depth info about their next studio album. Decibel had the chance to interview one of the biggest voices in metal, Testament's Chuck Billy, about the band's upcoming album 'The Dark Roots of Earth' and the lyrical concepts that will be found within.
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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was forced to sit out of last night's (Jan. 26) show in Kansas City, Mo., after taking ill. Filling in for Ian at the show were the two guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson from co-headliners Testament, as well as musicians from Death Angel who all switched off during different songs throughout Anthrax's set.
Metal drummer Gene Hoglan's resume is so impressive it'll make your mouth hit the floor. He's minded the kit for the likes of Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory and Dethklok, to name a few. Now he will bring his rhythmic prowess to Testament as he bash the skins for the Bay Area thrashers on their current tour with Anthrax and Death Angel, which begins this evening in Las Vegas.
Since drummer Paul Bostaph was unable to play drums for Testament during the recording of their upcoming album 'The Dark Roots of the Earth,' the band recruited Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, Dethklok, ex-Strapping Young Lad) to play on the record. Hoglan also filled in for a number of dates on Testament's recent tour with Anthrax. Now, Testament frontman Chuck Billy has confirmed that Bostaph has left the band to play with the new group BlackGates.
One of the key figures of the death metal movement, James Murphy, has suffered a relapse of the brain tumor he was first diagnosed with in 2001.
Forbidden and Death Angel's guitar tech and tour manager, Dane Wolf was badly beaten in Denver last week after a show featuring Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel. In a statement issued by the band, Wolf was attacked by "a group of thugs, who left him with a "cracked skull and other serious injuries."
There's nothing like speedy fingers burning "fire" across a fretboard to create some warmth in the wintertime. Starting the day after Christmas, Alex Skolnick from Testament and Chris Broderick of Megadeth will cohost the first annual Skolnick & Broderick's Winter Guitar Retreat in New York's Catskill Mountains.
Veteran music photographers Harald Oimen and Brian Lew have been capturing the essence of metal bands in the Bay area for over three decades.