Vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT was interviewed on the July 27-29 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
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TESTAMENT's video for the song "Native Blood" can be seen below.
Billy collaborated with seasoned director Mike Sloat to put together a clip that is universal in message while bringing the spotlight to Billy's Native American heritage — The Pomo Indians.
The performance portion of the video was shot on the Billy Ranch in Hopland, California, where the flames were huge and the temperatures were high.
The "Native Blood" clip is about the growth a Native American youth throughout the years. When faced with hatred, racism, bullying, and harassment, he uses nature's sanctuary to recharge and meditate on the lessons he learned from his grandfather to handle these very tough situations in a way to honor and dignify himself and his people.
Billy previously stated about "Native Blood", "It's almost like a protest song, that the Native Americans have a voice that needs to be heard — that's the chorus of the song."
"Native Blood" comes off TESTAMENT's new album, "Dark Roots Of Earth", which will be released in North America on July 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was painted by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.
"Native Blood" video:
Making of "Native Blood" video: