The forbearers of thrash resemble a Lovecraftian brotherhood. They’re the elder gods who set everything in motion for generations to imitate, while still ruling the roost from on high. TESTAMENT stand proudly among the same vanguard that boasted “The Big 4” and beyond.
San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT will release their new album, "The Brotherhood Of The Snake", on October 28 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and is currently being mixed and mastered by British metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH).
Formed eight years ago by drummer Jeff Ballard with fellow Brad Mehldau partner Larry Grenadier on bass and saxophonist Mark Turner(one of the most resourceful and independent sax newcomers of the last decade), the New York trio Fly is an exchange between equals, not a sax-led charge over a rhythm section. Though it falls into the territory sometimes dubbed "chamber-jazz", Year of the Snake is up there with Fly's best work, with its rustling fast grooves and languid horn lines, and pieces that open on almost impossibly pure high-register long tones.
Guitarist Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones two albums were made in the same period (1972-73) as the Funk Inc sides and use the same production /engineering team of Ozzie Cadena and Rudy Van Gelder. Snake Rhythm Rock and Black Whip were originally released as Prestige LPs 10056 and 10072, respectively, and the band expands in size from a quintet on the first album to a septet by the second.