Monday, January 25, 2016

Testament's Eric Peterson about new material: "It's a lot more quicker and it's a lot more melodic"


Testament guitarist Eric Peterson was recently interviewed by SiriusXM at NAMM 2016, you can read some excerpts below.

About Testament's plans to record the new album, Eric said: "Basically, we would be going in the studio if it wasn't for the fact that Slayer asked us to do a tour. When we got the offer, we were, like, 'Slayer…' And then it was, like… I'd seen Carcass on, and I'm, like, 'Oh my God! Maybe the record could wait a couple of more months.' I'm, like, 'That's killer.' But right after the Slayer tour, we're getting in the studio and we're gonna be doing the new record."

About the musical direction of the new Testament material, Eric said: "To me, they're… We used to have, like, maybe one or two thrash songs on the record. On this record, there's, like… Every song's thrash, or at least a thrash speed in 'em, so it's a lot more quicker and it's a lot more melodic. It's a lot more like Mercyful Fate kind of influences and stuff like that."

About who will play drums on the new Testament album, Eric said: "Gene Hoglan right now. Gene is definitely our first runner-up, and we'll see what happens. That sounds weird, and everybody is probably going, 'What's going on?' Everything is all good. But you can't control fate, so… whatever."