On January 14, 2012, Loren Anthony of Native Entertainment magazine’s “REZ TV” conducted an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT. You can now watch the entire 20-minute chat below.
TESTAMENT‘s new album, “Dark Roots Of Earth”, 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.
TESTAMENT shot a video for “Native Blood” last month. Guitarist Eric Peterson told Greece’s Rock Overdose webzine that the clip was going to be filmed “on an Indian reservation.” He added, “It’s about people who were oppressed in life. We haven’t done [a video] in a while, so we’re kind of excited about that.”
Billy previously stated about “Native Blood”, “[It’s] basically a song about my Native heritage. 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.”