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Chuck Billy of Testament

LIVE PHOTOS: Testament, Sepultura
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Review by Jeff Maki
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It’s been 30 years since the formation of Bay Area thrashers, Testament—30 years since it released its debut album, The Legacy. The band’s current label, Nuclear Blast Records,also is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. And let’s not forget the fantastic new album, The Brotherhood of the Snake (read review). It was the perfect storm for Testament—forever in the shadows of “The Big Four”—to showcase its own impressive discography and different eras of the band. After 30 years and thousands of live shows, this one could have been its last—it was that good! (more…)

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So Let It Be Written: The Biography of Metallica’s James Hetfield by Mark Eglinton, published by Lesser Gods, is now available for purchase via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indies.

Last week, Lesser Gods teamed up with Noisey to give fans an exclusive look at Chapter 6 and photos found inside the text. Photos include Hetfield with the Scorpions and Michael Schenker, Hetfield outside the Metallica Mansion on Carlson Boulevard, and Hetfield with some friends at Kirk Hammett’s bachelor party. Check it out HERE.

After months of speculation from fans and critics, preview pages of the introduction and chapter 1 were released earlier in March on CLRVYNT, HERE. (more…)

Testament

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament, will launch a massive North American tour starting next April, in support of their chart topping Brotherhood Of The Snake release (read review). Joining them are legendary Brazilian death/thrashers Sepultura and genre defying stalwarts Prong.

“After 4 successful tours through Europe over the last 6 months, we are looking forward to touring across North America.” comments vocalist Chuck Billy. “We’ll have a new headlining set list with tracks from Brotherhood of the Snake, and how cool is it that we will be sharing the stage with our brothers in metal Sepultura and Prong?! See ya’ in the PIT!”

View tour dates and ticket info inside. (more…)

Chuck Billy of Testament

Chuck Billy of Testament

Fresh off the heels of our recent Testament coverage, the official video for “The Pale King” from the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans can be seen inside. The clip was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (Slayer, Death Angel, Kataklysm) for Videohammer Studios. (more…)

Testament_Brotherhood-coverReview by Jeff Maki
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After The Gathering was released in 1999, Testament went on an extended hiatus, not returning until 2008 with The Formation of Damnation. That album and its successor,  Dark Roots of Earth (2012), weren’t just comeback albums, they also saw Testament honing its strengths: Chuck Billy’s powerful, melodic vocals, Alex Skolnick’s guitar playing, songs with catchy hooks, and lyrics that were intelligent and aware. It’s Testament’s classic thrash metal style, only modernized. After years of chasing after other leading metal bands, whether it was Metallica in the late ’80s and early ’90s, or Fear Factory and Machine Head in the late ’90s, Testament finally came to the conclusion that it is a legendary band in its own right. So does Brotherhood of the Snake stand up to Testament’s recent output? (more…)

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Testament, 2016

Instead of a long history of Testament, I’ll give you my version. Thanks to Headbangers Ball, Testament was part of my “Big Four” back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Along with Metallica, Megadeth and Sepultura, Testament’s Practice What You Preach became one of my go-to cassette tapes, with tracks like “Greenhouse Effect” and “The Ballad,” both of which had music videos that were featured prominently on the cult MTV show airing at midnight every Saturday night. I went back and discovered the thrash metal masterpiece The New Order, then came Souls of Black and Low. I had a Testament concert poster proudly hanging above my bed. In summer, I wore a black tank top displaying the band’s iconic logo. Years after their release, I was still listening to those albumsreligiously. Then in the late ’90s, like many metal bands, Testament kind of lost its way, and I kind of went down a different path musically.

Now, Testament—after disbanding and reuniting in early 2005—is about to unleash its third album of the 2000s, The Brotherhood of the Snake. And if it’s anything like its previous two, The Formation of Damnation and Dark Roots of the Earth, then fans, new and old, are in for a treat. The Testament I grew up with has been back for a few years now, and there’s no end in sight.

Vocalist Chuck Billy took a few minutes of his time to give us some dirt on the new album, The Brotherhood of the Snake. (more…)

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Testament

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament have released the title track for their upcoming 12th album, Brotherhood Of The Snake, which will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Recently, we had the chance to chat with vocalist Chuck Billy about the new album. In the soon-to-be-posted interview, Chuck further elaborated on his recent comments that “he didn’t have fun making the album,” (read here) saying that the recording process was “something the band just maybe had to go through,” even at this stage in its career. He also described his vocal style on the album as similar to the band’s classic album, Practice What You Preach, and its previous effort, 2012’s Dark Roots of the Earth.

We also discussed more details about the album, including its theme and individual songs. Look out for the interview in its entirety in the near future, but for now, watch the lyric video for Brotherhood Of The Snake inside:

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Testament

Classic American thrash metal band Testament has announced the “Dark Roots of Thrash II,” featuring bellow Bay Area-thrashers Exodus and Shattered Sun, and hitting North America for five weeks starting April 1.

Each night of the tour, Testament will perform in their entirety 1987’s The Legacy and 1988’s The New Order, in addition to select tracks from 1989’s mainstream crossover Practice What You Preach. (more…)

Steve "Zetro" Souza: "Thrash Metal 101"

Steve “Zetro” Souza: “Thrash Metal 101”

For any late ’80s to early ’90s thrash metal fans, Steve “Zetro” Souza was the shit. As the wild-eyed, crazy-haired frontman for Bay Area legends Exodus (1986-1993), he helped propel the band to commercial success with Fabulous Disaster (1989), which featured the band’s biggest hit, “The Toxic Waltz.” Behind the album, the band found a worldwide fan base and was a regular on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. At the time, many fans had no idea he was actually the second vocalist to front the band. He was that recognizable, both charismatic and vocally, using a high-pitched sting similar to Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of Overkill that has become a standard in thrash.

The mid-’90s into the turn of the century wasn’t particularly prosperous for metal in the United States. When the grunge-era took over the music world, it wasn’t only the hair metal bands that became extinct–metal bands of all kinds were dropped from their labels, were forced to compromise their sound or just fell apart all together. Zetro was a causality within all of this, leaving Exodus and all but disappearing for the next decade or so.

Despite a few brief reunions with Exodus, he has been permanently out of the band for years. It wasn’t until forming Dublin Death Patrol with Testament’s Chuck Billy that he became a blip on the metal radar once again. But now after years of fans clamoring for something new, something truly thrashing out of Zetro, has he answered the call with his new band, Hatriot. With Zetro recruiting his sons, bassist Cody Souza and drummer Nicholas Souza, along with guitarists Miguel Esparza and Kosta Varvatakis, thrash metal feels complete again with that familiar voice to rage with. In February 2013, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki talked at length with Zetro about the formation of Hatriot and its debut album, Heroes of Origin. (more…)

Steve "Zetro" Souza Part II: The Day the Metal Died

Steve “Zetro” Souza Part II: The Day the Metal Died

For any late ’80s to early ’90s thrash metal fans, Steve “Zetro” Souza was the shit. As the wild-eyed, crazy-haired frontman for Bay Area legends Exodus, he helped propel the band to commercial success with Fabulous Disaster (1989), which featured the band’s biggest hit, “The Toxic Waltz.” Behind the album, the band found a worldwide fan base and was a regular on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. In Part 1 of our interview with Zetro, we were introduced to his new band, Hatriot, that he formed with his two sons, Cody and Nick SouzaIn Part 2 of our interview, Zetro reflects back on his time in Exodus, talks about the death of metal in the ’90s and the current state of the genre. (more…)