guitarist Eric Peterson
recently touched on the matter of grunge music, calling it a genre that "plagued the world,"
making metal music obsolete.
During a Spotlight Report
interview, Peterson discussed the reasons why Testament never made the Big Four
or expanded it to become the Big Five
. After naming management issues as one of the problems, the guitarist focused on the grunge genre.
"There was a whole new genre north of us about to plague the world with its 'grunge,' that came and just saturated the market and metal was now obsolete,"
he said. "Not for long, but it definitely wiped out a lot of the bands that played metal; they either broke up or they cut their hair and put on some flannel shirts and became a grunge band."
Eric then focused on the given era and thoroughly discussed several notable moments in the band's history. "We then got our last chance with Atlantic to do stuff a bit different. Their music director came to us and said: 'We want you guys to give us an alternative record.'"According to the world alternative, that would mean something totally different; so I came up with 'Dog Faced Gods,'
[off 1994's "Low
"] which is more leaning towards death metal, and I went: 'Here you go, this is our alternative!' But what they wanted was the name alternative. They wanted a mainstream song for the alternative movement."
Peterson continued, "'Dog Faced Gods' gave us a whole different perspective of what Testament was all about; we were now entering the realm of Swedish black metal, we were flirting with that vibe and mixing it with our stuff. It took on a whole new vibe; by the time we got to 'The Gathering' we reinvented ourselves."'The Gathering' was like our first record, 'The Formation of Damnation' was our second record, and 'Dark Roots of Earth' is our third record. This is the second wave of Testament. It's a lot of fun. Everything feels fresh, there are a lot of good ideas going on, and we're older but still younger."
Testament are currently preparing for the release of their "Dark Roots of Thrash" live record and have recently posted the official "Native Blood
" performance video. When it comes to the new studio effort, the band is planning to unleash a new album
sometime during 2014.