Thrash Hits

January 30th, 2011

2011 Album Preview: Testament – TBA

Testament
TBA
Nuclear Blast
ETA summer 2011

What they’re saying
In September 2010, microphone grabber Chuck Billy spoke about recording a new album:

“We currently have studio time booked at the end of this year, and we’re shooting for a mid-2011 release. The new album will most likely be a culmination of The Gathering and The Formation of Damnation, but we’re definitely not going to forget who we are or our roots. I think we’ve found a comfortable spot in our writing style.”

At the same time, guitarist Eric Peterson said stuff about touring with good people:

“I think the tour went really well for us. It’s the first time we had a stage set to our live performance, which was a lot of fun, and it brought the band to a whole new level in regards to performing. Playing with Megadeth and Slayer again was a lot of fun. We’re going to be home during the fall and winter working on new material. As we speak, I’m working on new music, and we’re shooting to record by the end of the year. That’s our plan, but we’re not going to just put out a record to put out a record. We have standards, and we’re picky as to what exactly we want to put out.”

Thrash Hits verdict:
2008’s The Formation Of Damnation is one of the best thrash albums since the turn of the century. The fact that Testament hadn’t released any new material since 1999’s The Gathering might give you a clue as to why that may be. They’re the fifth band of the Big Four and are obviously better than Anthrax. This album – the Californian legends’ tenth – is almost guaranteed to blow your mind.

Guitar solo potential:
5/6

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