Chuck Billy Talks About New LP “The Dark Roots Of Earth”

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Lithium Magazine conducted a recent interview with vocalist Chuck Billy about the upcoming Testament LP “The Dark Roots of Earth.” When asked about the record, Billy stated: “We’re actually in the studio recording, we came out just [to play at the Heavy T.O. festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada] and then we’re going right back Monday to finish. Right now we’re at the point where all the drums are done and all the rhythm guitars are done. Next week we’re going to start bass, vocals and lead guitar.”

Billy went on to say that the album will contain ten songs. When asked about what can be expected, Billy said “[w]ith this one we kind of wrote, I wouldn’t say a ballad, but something a little slower; we’ve got one of those on this record. Eric’s [Peterson, guitar] always written some really strong ballads for the band, or whatever you want to call them. There’s some other stuff, there’s definitely some songs that are the fastest we’ve ever played, there’s some mid-tempo, there’s a little bit of everything on there. It’s definitely Testament, but we never try to do the same record twice. There are some good hooks on it.”

Billy also commented on the writing process on the new LP, stating “[t]his year Alex came in and worked with Eric for weeks all day, all night arranging, contributing parts and he’s on a lot more on this record. I think Eric felt like he was writing “The New Order” record, because Alex is really good at taking what Eric’s doing and interpreting it to what he does, too. It seemed to work. It’s going to be a good record and it’s going to be a different record.”

Source: Lithium Magazine

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