TESTAMENT Frontman Says 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' Album Is 'A Natural Progression'

TESTAMENT Frontman Says 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' Album Is 'A Natural Progression'

Wall Of Sound recently conducted an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Wall Of Sound: Chuck, how do you see the new album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake", fitting within the back catalog of TESTAMENT?

Chuck: Well, I think that every record has been unique in its own way, and this isn't any different. It is a natural progression. I mean, back to the old-school thrash, but still forward in its sound and in a lot of the delivery. I think it kind of sums up everything we have gone through over the past thirty years and really represents TESTAMENT in 2016.

Wall Of Sound: What is the process for songwriting within the TESTAMENT unit? How does new material come about?

Chuck: It varies on different records. Eric [Peterson, guitar] took on all the songwriting this time around and then we arranged all of the music. The other guys were busy with other stuff, so they didn't actually take part in any of the writing. They learnt the material and just kicked ass in the studio. Everyone has played so well on this record and we can't wait to get it out there.

Wall Of Sound: As a vocalist, how do you create your melodies and keep your delivery fresh within the studio?

Chuck: As a vocalist, I really listen to the music over and over and over. It is almost like when you are a kid and you are learning how to jump rope with two kids moving the ropes and you need to time when to come in and not step on the ropes. This is how I see my role. It is to weave through the music and not step on it. Find my place within the sound and flow with it and not get in its way; that's probably the best way to describe it.

Read the entire interview at Wall Of Sound.

testamentbrotherhoodcdcover

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).