TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, the super group featuring Alan Averill (PRIMORDIAL), Nick Barker (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, ex-DIMMU BORGIR), Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR, NADER SADEK, ex-MAYHEM), Patrik Lindgren (THYRFING), and Frode Glesnes (EINHERJER) have named their debut album Fire on the Mountain. It will hit the stores on September 27th (October 1st in North America) via Season of Mist. The band originally started out as a tribute to BATHORY following the death of Quorthon and made only live appearances before turning into a full-fledged band years later.
Paul Bostaph (ex-FORBIDDEN/SLAYER/EXODUS) will join the ranks alongside originating classic thrash legends Chuck Billy on vocals, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar and Greg Christian on bass.
Unfortunately Nick Barker will not be recording with TESTAMENT on this new album, due to Homeland Security and International Work Visa issues. Rather than delaying this long awaited return of TESTAMENT, the band has chosen to recruit Paul Bostaph, long time friend and member, to record on the much anticipated album, which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2008 release via Nuclear Blast.
On Wednesday, July 20th, live on stage, in front of 20,000 roaring fans at the infamous Earthshaker Festival in Rieden, Germany, heavy metal heroes TESTAMENT inked a recording deal with Nuclear Blast Records for worldwide distribution of brand new TESTAMENT music featuring the killer lineup of original members Eric Peterson, Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian with the addition of drummer Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH).
“We are very happy that we are signed to one of the best metal labels in the world. It’s a great feeling that we are in a house that will not crumble” says band vocalist Chuck Billy.
“This is going to be our best record to date, and it will be the essence of what TESTAMENT is. Nuclear Blast is the perfect label for us. They eat, breathe and sleep, metal. I am excited also because a lot of my favorite bands are on Nuclear Blast, giving us the opportunity to be label-mates with them. Finally we are coming home!” stated Eric Peterson.
While the anticipation for In Sorte Diaboli has no doubt been huge, the anxiety of what would become of the band following their split with drummer Nicholas Barker back in 2004 was perhaps far greater. Would DIMMU BORGIR slump back into their CRADLE OF FILTH-junior days? In fact, how would DIMMU BORGIR top the excellent yet over-the-top Death Cult Armageddon? Even with the mighty Hellhammer atop the drum throne (in place of the departed Barker) wasn’t going to guarantee a three-peat, especially after almost a four-year vacation. Fortunately however, In Sorte Diaboli doesn’t fail. With their big pompous sound intact, DIMMU continues to cut with razor-sharp, tremolo-picked guitars fluffed with epic, Hollywood-worthy synths. Hellhammer steps up for the band with a solid performance considering the more restricted framework compared to his main band MAYHEM. Despite all the key elements being in place, the usually over-the-top band actually scale things back half a notch (arrangements are relatively less complex and synths take a lesser role). Whether intentional or not, it does harm the overall bite of the band, leaving In Sorte Diaboli just not quite up to par as its predecessors, Death Cult Armageddon and Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia. There is one shining spot, however, in vocalist Shagrath, whomakes a grand-yet-subtle improvement in his parts and delivery. The lyrics though are another story. Billed as a “concept” album, its typical black metal fare (i.e. it has something or a lot to do with Satan), and is not anything to write home about. The last track, “The Foreshadowing Furnace,” does possibly hint at a sequel. But for now, the planet’s biggest black metal band have succeeded in not losing any momentum. (Nuclear Blast Records)
TESTAMENTâ€™s classic line-up of Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian, Eric Peterson, and Chuck Billy have recruited drummer Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH) for work on the upcoming TESTAMENT album.
Eric Peterson and Nick Barker are currently in Northern California locked down in the studio beginning to lay the foundation for whatâ€™s to come. Eric Peterson states, “It’s feeling pretty good so far…Nick‘s playing has sparked some fire in me like Lombardo did back in 99 when he played with us on The Gathering!”
TESTAMENT has confirmed a warm up U.S. date in their home town of San Francisco.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
1/27 – Independent – San Francisco, CA
2/7 – Prince of Wales Hotel â€“ Melbourne
2/8 – The Manning Bar – Sydney
2/9 – The Waterloo Hotel – Brisbane
3/23 – Almassy MK Hall – Budapest, Hungary
3/24 – Hala Spodek – Katowice, Poland
7/26 – Hellwood Fest – Subotica, Serbia
8/25 – Up from the Ground Open Air Fest – Gemunden, Germany