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It’s kind of hard to put into words when referencing our nail-biting excitement over the imminent release date of Testaments new album ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’! In the meantime we are just has happy to be drip-fed some more information regarding the album! Get all the latest from the San Francisco thrash icons below.


Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT, have released the first of several trailers for their upcoming 12th album, Brotherhood Of The Snake. Watch vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson, speak about the touring that lead up to recording and how that affected their song writing process below;

Brotherhood Of The Snake will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the record now:

Nuclear Blast UK store – Splatter, Brown & Silver Vinyl + Box Set (Limited Edition Mail Order Box Set inc 5 brown vinyl 7″ , 7″ album booklet,CD, poster flag (100 cm x 150 cm), metal pin) here.

– Amazon.co.uk – Limited Digibook CD, CD, Vinyl here.

– Alternatively, pre-order the digital album here.

Watch the lyric video for the title-track, Brotherhood Of The Snake below:

Brotherhood Of The Snake track list:
01. Brotherhood Of The Snake
02. The Pale King
03. Stronghold
04. Seven Seals
05. Born In A Rut
06. Centuries Of Suffering
07. Neptune’s Spear
08. Black Jack
09. Canna Business
10. The Number Game

The album was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH).

Testament 'Brotherhood of the Snake' album

Peterson commented in an interview with Metal Maniac: “It’s very diverse, but it’s very epic. There’s nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for thirty years of recording music and trying different formulas and stuff, I think we’ve found a formula that is very metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something for the nook and crannies… not just your normal, ‘Oh, it’s got a thrash beat and a riff.’ There’s a lot going on here.”

The songwriter also told Metal Forces in another interview: “It’s different. This one is more thrash. I mean, this has got some of the fastest stuff that we have ever played. Usually, we have one or two thrash songs, and then we have some mid-tempo, and then we have a slow, heavy one, and then up-tempo kind of stuff. Half of the new record is thrash, which we’ve never done before.”


He continued: “It’s kind of like ‘Demonic’ and ‘The Gathering’, but a little bit wiser, I think. Chuck’s not singing so death. I mean, he does some death stuff but he’s singing more like he did on the last record and then with the craziness of ‘The Gathering’ or even heavy stuff like ‘Demonic’.”

Overdrive sp0ke to Testament vocalist Chuck Billy earlier this year about the bands plans for the new album and the up and coming tour. Get that full interview on the audio link below.

TESTAMENT will support The Brotherhood Of The Snake on their European run with AMON AMARTH this autumn.

28/10/16 Oberhausen, Germany @ Turbinenhalle
29/10/16 Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle
30/10/16 Brussels, Belgium @ Forest National
31/10/16 Manchester, England @ Academy
01/11/16 Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC
02/11/16 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
04/11/16 London, England @ Roundhouse
05/11/16 Birmingham, England @ Academy
06/11/16 Tilburg, Netherlands @ O13
07/11/16 Paris, France @ Casino de Paris
09/11/16 Bilbao, Spain @ Santana 27
10/11/16 Porto, Portugal @ Coliseu do Porto
11/11/16 Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
12/11/16 Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
13/11/16 Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
15/11/16 Lausanne, Switzerland @ Metropole
16/11/16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex 457
17/11/16 Offenbach, Germany @ Stadthalle
18/11/16 Ludwigsburg, Germany @ MHP Arena
19/11/16 Munich, Germany @ Zenith
21/11/16 Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
22/11/16 Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
23/11/16 Leipzig, Germany @ Haus Auensee
25/11/16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Forum Karlin
26/11/16 Geiselwind, Germany @ Eventhall
27/11/16 Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle

29/11/16 Athens, Greece @ Gagarin 205
30/11/16 Thessaloniki, Greece @ Principle Club Theatre
02/11/16 Fort Lauderdale, USA @ 70.000 Tons Of Metal

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Oran O’Beirne