In a recent interview with WSPN Skidmore College radio host George Burnz, TESTAMENT's Alex Skolnick again discussed the fact that fellow guitarist Eric Peterson shouldered nearly all of the songwriting load for the band's new "Brotherhood Of The Snake" album. He said during the chat (see video below): "Usually, there's a little more of collaborative riffs. We wrote some collaborations together such as the tune 'Neptune's Spear'. But on this one, he just had an abundance of parts working together so we took more of that approach, but I don't think that represents a permanent thing. I'm sure we'll go back to more collaborative ideas in the future."
Skolnick was then asked if TESTAMENT had started to write new songs, even though "Brotherhood Of The Snake" was released last October "No, this album is fresh enough. We need to take a period and live with this record. We just started touring for it. We're playing these songs. At this point, to jump into composition, it would probably sound a little too much like this record. We're playing these tunes every night."
Skolnick also talked about the band's willingness to incorporate older and lesser-known songs into their live set, including tracks from 1994's "Low", which was the first TESTAMENT album he wasn't a part of.
"We're never sure which tunes are going to make the cut live," Alex said. "Some of my favorite recorded tunes have never been played live… After we toured last year, there was a definite decision to radically alter the set and bring back tunes that we haven't done in a long time and play some new ones that people aren't expecting… We did bring back various tunes, like 'Low', which was from a period in the '90s when I wasn't around, but I'm having fun playing the song. 'Electric Crown', which is one of my favorite tunes and the choruses I'm most proud of. That's another one where there's guitar leads throughout the song so it's very different and fun to play. 'Throne Of Thorns' is one off of 'Dark Roots Of Earth'  that we've never done, but fans have requested it, but it also has this very quiet section. 'Souls Of Black', which, even though it's a signature song, we haven't done it forever. At one point, we had been playing it endlessly and we gave it a rest. It's been many years now, so that's back. There's probably more variety in this set than we've ever had. We go from the newer stuff which has its own feel to stuff like 'Electric Crown', which is more solid and almost JUDAS PRIEST-like groove. 'Into The Pit' is still there, so stuff like that. Another new song, 'Centuries Of Suffering', which is a thrasher, but then there's super-melodic tunes like 'Throne Of Thorns' and 'Seven Seals', so it's definitely worth checking out."
"Brotherhood Of The Snake" was released last October via Nuclear Blast. The cover was once again created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who also handled the art for the TESTAMENT's previous album, 2012's "Dark Roots Of Earth", and worked with bands like HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM in the past.
"Brotherhood Of The Snake" was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), Peterson and vocalist Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by British metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH).
Billy recently told Metal Wani that TESTAMENT's goal is to release the follow-up to "Brotherhood Of The Snake" in 2018.