The time is now again for Testament to unleash new thunder to the masses, as the band has revealed their thirteenth studio album “Titans Of Creation” last Friday. With an even better mix than before, the bass is prominently showcased, new vocals are introduced, and as expected, the guitar-work of Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick is greatly complex, crispy and mesmerizing. And before you ask, yes, the sonic onslaught that is Gene Hoglan is still there, with beats and fills that defy the human comprehension of limb independence.
Still filled with a massive and unstoppable energy since their last release, the Bay Area pioneers have taken their style to the next level and present an album that is loyal to the roots of traditional thrash metal while still bringing alluring, brilliant, and progressive ingredients to the table. Having kept the same lineup for a few years now has benefited the band immensely, as the understanding between the members is almost telepathic at this point. Evidence of that can be seen in the consistency with which they have been releasing new material, with fans now accustomed to a new thrash metal assault from Chuck and company every two or three years.
Eliran Kantor stepped up once again to create a new piece of artwork for the cover of this release. His classic, almost Renaissance style of painting melds beautifully with the ancient, psychological, and enlightened subject matter of the songs. Three monstrous titans stand in the place where the planets are formed. One pours molding liquid which the others hammer into human DNA, twisting and turning into the ring of a newborn planet. Each titan has the flame of a dying star burning in their chest; the origin of the atoms making up the bodies that are bubbling and boiling on the curves of the spiraling helix.
Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf sat down with Testament‘s guitarist and staple member Eric Peterson to discuss the genesis of “Titans Of Creation”, touching on many details and insights about specific songs on the album, details about the process to build up a live set-list, his appearance as singer in one of the songs, how his musical relationship with Alex Skolnick has evolved throughout the years and more. Listen to their chat using the links below, and make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with new interviews and daily content.
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