It’s been a crazy couple of years for Testament. Frontman Chuck Billy was one of the first metal musicians to publicly come out with a positive COVID diagnosis, and the thrash giants had to reschedule their U.S. tour due to COVID security issues. But now, in a new interview, Billy has told the world that the band are in the process of working on new music as we speak.
“We’re working on new music now, but it all depends how fast we all get it done,” Billy told La Mesa Del Metal, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. “Right now we don’t have shows until April [of 2022], so we have a lot of time now to start really working on it.
“We never try to rush,” he continued. “We wanna make sure it’s right, it’s perfect and the right time [to put it out]. We wanna make sure the fans that get our music have good records and strong songs. So we can start writing songs now, but if we’re not happy yet, we’re, like, ‘Okay, it’s not ready yet.’ Let’s keep molding it a little bit more and changing it and fixing it and coming up with new ideas until we go, ‘Okay. That’s good. That’s a song now. That feels really good.’
Billy also added, “Like [last year’s] ‘Titans Of Creation’ [album], all those songs, they’re all not the same time. They all have different life and different feelings when you listen to ’em. But they all are strong on their own, by themselves. So we wanna make sure that when you put on a song from a Testament record, you go, ‘Oh, I know that’s Testament. I can tell that’s Testament.’ But I don’t want it to be, like, ‘Oh, that’s that record,’ or, ‘That feels like this record.’ I want it to be, like, they all are strong. I want [fans] to enjoy listening to a whole record and not just pick out a certain couple of songs.”
Check out the full interview below:
Words by Chris Krovatin