“There is about half of the songs written for our next album musically” – interview with Testament’s Alex Skolnick

Author Arto Mäenpää - 26.6.2023

Formed in 1983 in California’s Bay Area, Testament emerged as one of the pioneering forces behind the thrash metal movement, alongside bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. With their aggressive sound, blistering guitar work, and politically charged lyrics, Testament quickly gained recognition for their raw talent and relentless energy.

Led by the charismatic vocalist Chuck Billy and the virtuosic guitar duo of Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, Testament forged a distinct identity within the thrash metal realm. Their music seamlessly blended intricate guitar solos, thunderous drumming, and thunderous bass lines, creating a formidable sonic assault that captivated fans around the globe.

Testament’s debut album, “The Legacy,” released in 1987, instantly became a landmark in the genre, showcasing their fierce musical prowess and thought-provoking lyricism. The album’s success paved the way for future releases like “The New Order” (1988), “Practice What You Preach” (1989), and “Souls of Black” (1990), solidifying Testament‘s status as one of the most influential bands of the era.

Throughout their career, Testament has weathered lineup changes and industry fluctuations while maintaining their unwavering commitment to their craft. They have consistently released critically acclaimed albums, including “The Gathering” (1999), “The Formation of Damnation” (2008), and “Brotherhood of the Snake” (2016), demonstrating their musical versatility and evolution.

Beyond their impressive discography, Testament‘s live performances are legendary. Renowned for their high-octane energy on stage, the band delivers unforgettable shows filled with intense headbanging anthems and captivating stage presence. Testament‘s unwavering dedication to their fans and their ability to connect with audiences have earned them a devoted and passionate following worldwide.

The band played a show at Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 15th and Chaoszine sat down with guitarist Alex Skolnick to discuss about the band’s new drummer Chris Dovas as well as the upcoming album which the band has plans to unleash in 2024. You can check out the entire video interview below:

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