As the new Testament
record is cooking up for an early 2014 release
, guitarist Eric Peterson
took time to look back on the band's fruitful history, stressing that Testament has evolved in a way any proper metal band should.
When asked by Metal Sucks
about "The Ballad
" single and the group's constant heavy tendencies from later on, Peterson replied:
"We still like ballads. We have a ballad on the newest record. We just got better equipment, newer equipment. I think our sound has evolved as a true metal band. Some of the bands that had come out had influenced me, as well."
The axeman also addressed an interesting fact that each of the three Slayer drummers played with Testament at certain points of their careers.
] did a record with us, so his style's stamped on there,"
he said. "[Dave] Lombardo did one of our best records, 'The Gathering.' That record really seemed like Testament getting more modern and evolving into more of the thrash-death-melodic style. [John] Dette more filled in - he did a live record."
So when it comes to the current state of affairs, "it's business as usual" according to Peterson. "I think our sound has evolved, and we've got our own sound, and you can tell it's us," he explained. "We try different stuff and do different things, and we've come full circle with what we're doing."
Testament will release "Dark Roots of Thrash" live album on October 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded during the group's latest tour, the effort was announced with "Rise Up" performance clip.