TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy spoke to Inquisitr concerning the progress of the songwriting classes for the band’s follow-up to 2016’s “Brotherhood Of The Snake” album. He mentioned: “I believe as a result of we’re feeling good concerning the new document and what we did on this new document — now we have a continuance of what we have been writing. We’ve nonetheless bought some songs on us that in all probability might have been on the ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ album. So I believe we’ll head down that street first, and see the place it goes.”
He continued: “Eric [Peterson, TESTAMENT guitarist] has advised me, ‘I’ve bought a ballad on this document, so be prepared!’ I used to be, like, ‘All proper…,’ as a result of we’ve not carried out a ballad in 20-something years in all probability. I imply, a full-on ballad. ‘Born In A Rut’, off the opposite one [‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’], it is comfortable and has melody, but it surely’s probably not a real ballad.
“I am excited,” Billy added. “We solely completed our tour a couple of weeks in the past, however I am gonna begin going on the market subsequent week. They’ll begin displaying me riffs and I will begin placing my head to them. So it is the start.”
Chuck additionally talked about TESTAMENT‘s musical evolution, saying: “I believe we’re lucky — TESTAMENT as a band — we’re fortunate to have Eric Peterson. He writes many of the music. He does not actually observe a number of different issues. He has his black steel that he enjoys, and he likes his DRAGONLORD [Eric Peterson‘s aspect venture] and loves taking part in that stuff. But he does not actually hearken to one thing present — that which is taking part in on the market — which I believe retains him in his personal artistic groove. His personal ‘Eric Peterson TESTAMENT writing blinders’ on. Which is nice for us, as a result of it is all the time stored TESTAMENT sounding like TESTAMENT. But, you realize, Eric can be attempting to squeeze issues in there. Sort of like ‘The Gathering’ document. Elements of black steel with the blast beats and completely different parts that he enjoys — he is tried to work them into TESTAMENT. I believe it is actually form of expanded us, and I might say from that ‘Gathering’ level, we actually form of discovered our identification as a heavy steel band. It’s form of like a fruits of all the pieces we did as much as that time. Thrash, dying, melodic vocals. Death vocals. And then after we got here to ‘The Gathering’, all of it form of bought put in there. And the songwriting simply began getting higher.”
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He added: “I do not know. As with something you do in life, the extra that you simply do it, you are solely gonna get higher. So, I do not know. I am glad that I’ve Eric as a writing associate.”
“Brotherhood Of The Snake” was recorded below the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), Peterson and Billy and was combined and mastered by Sneap.
TESTAMENT‘s U.S. tour because the assist act for SLAYER wrapped on August 26 in San Jose, California.