Testament Guitarist Defends Blast Beat Usage


So far, we’ve heard two new songs from Testament’s forthcoming LP, Dark Roots Of Earth, which comes out on Tuesday.

At least one of those songs contains blast beats.

Guitarist Eric Peterson tells Decibel Testament weren’t trying to cash in on any trend.

“In ‘True American Hate’ and ‘Native Blood,’ we’re doing blast beats, but we’re not jumping on the bandwagon like the black metal thing or whatever,” Peterson says.

“I almost think we took blast beats to another level because most blasts are over really aggro riffs and screaming. But if you muted the drums in ‘Native Blood’ and only heard the vocals and guitar and asked somebody, ‘What do you think the drums would do here?’ it wouldn’t be a blast beat; it would be more like [starts humming rhythmic drum patterns]. It wasn’t something I went in wanting to achieve, but there was an opportunity to incorporate it.”

Bassist Greg Christian tells the mag blast beats likely would have evolved into the band’s sound anyway.

“I think blast beats would have come with time anyway, and now it was the time,” offers bassist Greg Christian. “And with the way Gene does it, with such flair, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a death metal sort of way. Like, ‘Native Blood’ has it in a really melodic part where it sounds more like Iron Maiden on steroids than death metal.”

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