TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy Says New Record Has Some MERCYFUL FATE & Black Metal Influences
Good news! According to Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, Testament has recorded, mixed, and mastered their follow-up to 2016's Brotherhood Of The Snake. Billy says the band is talking to Nuclear Blast right now and hopes the record will be out in either February or March 2020.
When asked in an interview with WSOU about how the new record sounds, Billy says "There's a lot of Mercyful Fate kind of stuff. [Guitarist Eric Peterson] does some black metal stuff." He also adds there will be more blast beats, because if you're going to go for heavy, you might as well go all the way.
"This one definitely has some different elements. I think Eric [Peterson, guitar] definitely stepped back into little of his — I don't know — maybe, Mercyful Fate shoes. There's a lot of Mercyful Fate kind of stuff. Eric does some black metal stuff. There's some blast beats, which he's kind of mixed in there, which that's not the norm for us. So it's a little different again. I think all the songs definitely have their own identity and stand on their own."