TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy and UGLY KID JOE singer Whitfield Crane were interviewed on the latest edition of "Rich Davenport's Rock Show". In the first hour of the program, Billy discusses TESTAMENT's new CD/DVD live package, "Dark Roots of Thrash". Chuck selects four live songs, and also outlines the band's plans for a new album in 2014. Crane talks about UGLY KID's comeback, and the re-released expanded edition of their "Stairway To Hell" EP. Crane also discusses the band's recent tours and festival performances and confirms that they are currently writing a new album for release next year. You can now listen to the show below. (Note: The interview with Billy begins at the six-minute, 12-second mark. The interview with Crane starts around the 39-minute mark.)
"Dark Roots Of Thrash", a DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT's sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York this past February, was made available on October 18 (Europe) and will be released on October 29 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. "Dark Roots Of Thrash" was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you're a part of the show.
"Darks Roots Of Thrash" was made available in a variety of different formats, including the standard DVD+2CD and 2CD versions. A limited Blu-ray+2CD (Europe only), LP (Europe only), as well as Nuclear Blast mail-order-only items (LP colored in gatefold, DVD+2CD digi + tour pass and limited Blue-ray+2CD digi + tourpass) are also for sale via shop.nuclearblast.com.
UGLY KID JOE's new CD + DVD, "Stairway To Hell", was released on October 4 via Metalville. The set contains the band's latest EP, "Stairway To Hell", which was originally released independently last summer, plus three bonus acoustic tracks and a special bonus DVD, including the 2012 Download festival concert, two new video clips and a "making-of" segment.
"Stairway To Hell" heralds UGLY KID JOE's return, containing songs spanning the full repertoire of influences which made the band one of the prime soundtracks for young snowboarders, surfers, keggers and characters worldwide. Whether it's "Devil’s Paradise", with its hypnotic riffery and hook line, grooving and grinding its hips seductively, the melodic power-fueled darkness of "No One Survives" or the irrepressibly memorable chug-and-chorus of "I'm Alright" it's clear that UGLY KID JOE have everything they started with plus fatter chops and a (frankly) superior curve on songwriting.