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  • Whiplash Soundtrack Whiplash Soundtrack Quick View

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    Whiplash Soundtrack

    Andrew Neyman is a 19-year-old jazz drummer, dreaming of greatness but unsure if his dream will ever come true. Haunted by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew is determined to rise to the top of the country's most elite music conservatory. One night, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a conductor equally known for his talent for teaching as he is for the terrifying method of his instruction, discovers Andrew practicing the drums. Even though Fletcher says very little to him that night, he ignites in Andrew a passion to achieve his goal. To Andrew's surprise, the next day, Fletcher requests that he be transferred into his band. This single act changes the young man's life forever.
    1. Snare Liftoff
    2. Overture
    3. Too Hip To Retire
    4. Whiplash
    5. Fletcher's Song In Club
    6. Upswingin'
    7. Rehearsal Medley: First Nassau Band Rehearsal/Second Rehearsal/Studio Eavesdrop/Studio Rehearsal After Breakup
    8. Caravan
    9. Good Job
    10. Practicing
    11. Intoit
    12. Accident
    13. Casey's Song
    14. Dismissed
    15. Drum & Drone
    16. Carnegie
    17. When I Wake
    18. Hug From Dad
    Justin Hurwitz
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  • Whiplash Smile Whiplash Smile Quick View

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    Whiplash Smile

    1. World's Forgotten Boy
    2. To Be A Lover
    3. Soul STanding By
    4. Sweet Sixteen
    5. Man For All Seasons
    6. Don't Need A Gun
    7. Beyond Belief
    8. Fatal Charm
    9. All Summer Single
    10. One Night, One Chance
    Billy Idol
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    Peste

    Peste was recorded in Italy (where Hierophant is headquartered) at MV Multimedia Studio. This 10-song album is the follow-up to 2013's acclaimed Great Mother : Holy Monster, which was called ...a searing brand of no-holds-barred dark hardcore that's characterized by bleak, unrelenting guitars and harsh, incomprehensible vocals by Big Cheese Magazine.


    It was hard to fathom Hierophant harnessing the potential to create a record heavier and more malicious than Great Mother : Holy Monster, an already pummeling whiplash of American D-beat-inflected metallic hardcore. Lo and behold: Peste manages just that as a superior, succinctly crushing assault, its tendencies largely erring on the side of European death metal. Hierophant spell out the desolation and desperation leveled by a war amid the id, ego and super-ego, all torturous, violent imagery and morbid, damning assertions that make it a pleasantly grim nightmare to suffer through.

    1. Inganno
    2. Masochismo
    3. Nostalgia
    4. Sadismo
    5. Apatia
    6. Paranoia
    7. Sottomissione
    8. Alienazione
    9. Egoismo
    10. Inferno
    Hierophant
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    Agitations

    Cobra Skulls have been on an upward trajectory since they sloughed off the shackles of their hometown of Reno, and started bringing their unique musical stylings to the masses back in 2005. Even with two full-lengths and 4 EPs to their credit already, not to mention a brutal tour schedule, the guys haven't let the breakneck pace slow them down.


    Less than a year after their heralded debut release on Fat Wreck Chords, Bringing the War Home, they are set to deliver a follow-up full-length titled Agitations. As has become their calling card, the music on Agitations runs the gamut from rockabilly to folk/punk and hits all points in between. Any discerning listener can pick out hints of The Misfits, Against Me, The Clash, Chuck Berry, and any number of other varied artists in Cobra Skulls' music. The mastery of their craft is in the way they seamlessly blend an array of influences, giving nods to each, yet maintaining an old school punk fabric throughout each song.


    The other hallmark of a Cobra Skulls record is the urgent message they propagate and the content on Agitations is no different. The lyrical themes on the album reflect a passion and vitriol uncommon in today's punk music and serve as an accelerant to the bonfire that is Agitations. All 13 tracks jolt the listeners' ears and conscience with a whiplash like intensity, just as a true punk rock album should.

    1. Six Degrees

    2. Iron Lung

    3. Now You Know

    4. The Mess

    5. On & On

    6. All Drive

    7. Drones

    8. The Mockery

    9. Solastalgia

    10. The Minimum

    11. Hiding

    12. Running Out

    13. Believe
    Cobra Skulls
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    Negative Scanner

    Negative Scanner have been destroying rooms in Chicago's vibrant DIY since 2012, earning well-deserved accolades as one of the cities best live bands. Their electrifying debut album finds the band taking on all comers; guitarist/vocalist Rebecca Valeriano-Flores' gutteral howl & lyrics have gained confidence over the course of the band's previous two singles in 2014 (their debut on Trouble In Mind & it 's follow-up on Tall Pat Records). The band (guitarist Matt Revers, bassist Nathan Beaudoin & drummer Tom Cassling) have evolved into a lurching, post-punk tornado furiously spinning into near-chaos but never leaving the band's capable control. The album's opener "Ivy League Asshole" sets the tone - feral & ragged guitars chug over the rhythm section & Flores' manic yelp spits out lyrics borne out of confusion, agression, domination & submission to life, living, lovers & beyond. The album's eleven tracks in 28 minutes fly by the lsitener, threatening whiplash but begging to be replayed. Negative Scanner 's s/t debut was recorded by the band themselves in their practice space, mixed by Mike Lust 's Phantom Mobile Unit & mastered by Australian legend Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
    1. Ivy League Asshole
    2. Criticism
    3. Low
    4. Gone Wild
    5. C.P.D.
    6. Would You Rather?
    7. Planet of Slums
    8. Saturday Night & Sunday Morning
    9. Fane vs. Wild
    10. Forget It
    11. Pity
    Negative Scanner
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  • The Gift Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl) The Gift Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    The Gift Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)

    Limited Edition - 500 Numbered Copies On Gold/Black Mixed Vinyl


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve & 4 Page Booklet


    Mystery UV Spot Varnish Effect On Cover Art


    Protective PVC Sleeve


    How well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?


    From the producer of Whiplash and The Purge, Jason Blum, comes a chilling psychological thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of acclaimed actor and writer Joel Edgerton (''The Great Gatsby'', ''Zero Dark Thirty'', ''Warrior''). The story: Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin.


    The film's hair raising score is composed by Stenfert Charles (Saunder Stenfert Jurriaans and Daniel Charles Bensi), two multi-instrumentalists and classically trained musicians. Both have been lauded at diverse film festivals like Cannes & Sundance for their scores of productions like Alistair Banks Griffin's Two Gates of Sleep, Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene, Ruben Ostlund's Play and more.

    1. The House
    2. Yearbook
    3. Wine
    4. Open The Gate
    5. Deadfish
    6. Where Have You Been?
    7. Bygones Be Bygones
    8. Danny McDonald
    9. Passing Out
    10. Time Heals
    11. Pearson
    12. No Idea Who You Are
    13. The Birth
    14. Boxes
    15. What Did You Do?
    16. Chasing Gordo
    17. Finale
    18. The Gift
    Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
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  • Nothing Is Real Nothing Is Real Quick View

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    Nothing Is Real

    Crystal antlers aren't really about making some shit we've heard before, but they do take notice of some important touchstones: powerful organ runs, ragged vocals and an ability to turn even relatively short songs into something that sounds beyond epic."

    - The Fader


    Merging psych, garage, lo-fi, prog, and countless other influences, the group easily maintains consistency despite a complete inability to be pinned to any specific movement or trend."

    - Pitchfork


    Art-garage whiplash at its finest."

    - AV Club


    It's hard not to admire these out-there dudes"

    - NME


    They're at the point where comparisons do little justice. They're just crystal antlers now."

    - LA Times


    Currently slated for a fall 2013 release is the newest Crystal Antlers full-length Nothing Is Real, featuring cover art by famed surf/skate/graffiti legend C.R. Stecyk III and recorded as the band returns to its most fundamental roots as an agile power trio - Jonny Bell, drummer Kevin Stuart and guitarist Andrew King.


    Nothing Is Real is Crystal Antlers going beyond the beyond, with songs that rattle and ricochet from desolation to delirium. Opener "Pray" sounds like what would have happened if Black Flag's Greg Ginn had produced the first Psychedelic Furs single; "Persephone" and "Anywhere But Here" match the desperate, relentless rhythm of the Wipers with the inside-out guitar melodies of the Pixies. "Licorice Pizza" recalls lost cult-punk heroes like the Flesh Eaters or the Embarrassment. On Nothing Is Real, you'll feel as much as hear echoes of bands like Wire, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.


    As Bell puts it, "With each album, we've tried to figure out ways to include more of our whole selves in the recordings, while still keeping things cohesive. And from growing up in punk bands, there always needs to be that little element of something that might piss someone off. We might be using a drum machine-but we're gonna use it completely the wrong way."

    1. Rattlesnake
    2. Licorice Pizza
    3. We All Gotta Die
    4. Paper Thin
    5. Persephone
    6. Anywhere But Here
    7. Don't Think Of The Stone
    8. Wrong Side
    9. Better Things
    10. Prisoner Song
    Crystal Antlers
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    Strange Peace (Pre-Order)

    Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New
    Yorker called, "One of the year's best albums a punishing, noisy,
    exhilarating thing," the Toronto-based 3-piece METZ have garnered
    international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts,
    touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around
    the world.


    Now, Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), along with Hayden Menzies (drums), and
    Chris Slorach (bass) are set to unleash their highly-anticipated third
    full-length album, Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to
    the status quo.


    The best punk isn't an assault as much as it's a challenge - to what's
    normal, to what's comfortable, or simply to what's expected. Teetering on
    the edge of perpetual implosion," NPR wrote in their glowing review of
    METZ's 2015 second album, II.


    Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve
    Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming
    territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while
    capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to
    assemble the album (including home recordings, additional
    instrumentation) in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with
    longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.


    Strange Peace isn't merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent
    songs. It's also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that
    bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles. With all the pleasurable
    tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts
    challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving
    from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of
    METZ's power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic,
    powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex,
    precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic,
    terrifying and fun.


    "Their whiplash of distortion is made with precision, a contained chaos.
    But you would never talk about them like that. Because METZ are not
    something you study or analyze," wrote Liisa Ladouceur in Exclaim! "They
    are something you feel: a transfer of energy, pure and simple." In other
    words: to feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.

    1. Mess of Wires
    2. Drained Lake
    3. Cellophane
    4. Caterpillar
    5. Lost in the Blank City
    6. Mr. Plague
    7. Sink
    8. Common Trash
    9. Escalator Teeth
    10. Dig a Hole
    11. Raw Materials
    METZ
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  • Free Yourself: Ska Hits Free Yourself: Ska Hits Quick View

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    Free Yourself: Ska Hits

    Colored Vinyl


    SoCal mod/ska icons - widely credited as America's first ska band - present this fantastic collection of career highlights packaged in limited edition colored vinyl! Features The Untouchables' signature hit "Free Yourself" as well as other favorites like "Wild Child," "Whiplash" and "What's Gone Wrong!

    1. Be Alright
    2. Whiplash
    3. Twist 'N' Shake
    4. I Spy
    5. Jade
    6. Bond
    7. Mandingo
    8. Keep on Pushing
    9. Movin' 'N' Groovin'
    10. Free Yourself
    11. Wild Child
    12. What's Gone Wrong
    13. Lonely Bull
    The Untouchables
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  • Moonlight Soundtrack (Translucent Blue Vinyl) Moonlight Soundtrack (Translucent Blue Vinyl) Quick View

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    Moonlight Soundtrack (Translucent Blue Vinyl)

    Pressed On Translucent Blue Colored Vinyl


    MOONLIGHT is the breathtaking soundtrack to the film Rolling Stone has called A Masterpiece. The album features the critically-acclaimed score by composer Nicholas Britell, as well as choice songs including Every N**r Is A Star by Boris Gardner, Cell Therapy by Goodie Mob and Hello Stranger by Barbra Lewis.


    Nicholas Britell is an award-winning composer, pianist, and producer. In 2015, Britell scored Adam McKay's Oscar-nominated film THE BIG SHORT, and his music also featured prominently in Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning film 12 YEARS A SLAVE, for which he composed and arranged the on-camera music including the violin performances, spiritual songs, work songs, and dances. As a producer, Britell produced Damien Chazelle's short film WHIPLASH, and subsequently co-produced the Oscar-nominated feature film WHIPLASH.


    Britell's emotional and evocative score to MOONLIGHT has resonated with audiences from early festival screenings, earning accolades from critics in their reviews of the film which underline how the music is wrapped into the very fabric of the film itself.

    1. Every N****R Is A Star - Boris Gardiner
    2. Little's Theme
    3. Ride Home
    4. Vesperae Solennes De Confessore - Laudate Dominum, K (excerpt) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    5. The Middle Of The World
    6. The Spot
    7. Interlude
    8. Chiron's Theme
    9. Metrorail Closing
    10. Chiron's Theme Chopped & Screwed (Knock Down Stay Down)
    11. You Don't Even Know
    12. Don't Look At Me
    13. Cell Therapy
    14. Goodie Mob
    15. Atlanta Ain't But So Big
    16. Sweet Dreams
    17. Chef's Special
    18. Hello Stranger
    19. Barbara Lewis
    20. Black's Theme
    21. Who Is You?
    22. End Credits Suite
    23. Bonus Track: The Culmination
    Nicolas Britell
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  • Agent Orange (Awaiting Repress) Agent Orange (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Agent Orange (Awaiting Repress)

    Their origins date back to the year 1980. Be it the early demo tapes, their "In The Sign Of Evil-EP" (Steamhammer), or their 1996 debut album "Obsessed By Cruelty" - Sodom intimidated the world at large from the very beginning. Two years and one album later, the band toured Europe with the likes of Whiplash, recording the live cut "Mortal Way Of Life" at the legendary Tor 3 in DÜsseldorf in the process. With "Agent Orange", the band from Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhr area of Germany unleashed a milestone of the genre. Sodom toured all over the world, travelled Europe repeatedly and played a number of successful gigs in Japan and South America. Albums like Better Off Dead (1990) or "Tapping The Vein" (1992) solidified the success of the band, who - despite a number of personnel changes - managed to maintain their characteristic sound, mainly thanks to bassist and vocalist Tom Angelripper. Throughout the Nineties, Sodom lost none of their authenticity on albums like "Masquerade In Blood" or "'Til Death Do Us Unite", remaining firmly grounded and never losing touch with their roots. With their 1999 release "Code Red", a
    title that refers to the US Marines' infamous punishment code, the trio consisting of Angelripper/
    Bernemann/Schottkowski proved as politically committed as ever. This tradition was continued in
    2001 with a journey to the Far East, namely two shows in Bangkok and Saigon and the explosive
    subject matter of their album, "M16". Subsequently, Angelripper threw himself into the preparations for Sodom`s first DVD, "Lords Of Depravity Part I" (the band are already busy working on a successor), presenting their latest studio recording in 2009 - "Sodom".
    LP1
    1. Agent Orange
    2. Tired And Red
    3. Incest
    4. Remember The Fallen
    5. Magic Dragon
    6. Exibition Bout


    LP2
    1. Ausgebombt
    2. Baptism Of Fire
    3. Don't Walk Away
    4. Incest (live)
    5. Agent Orange (live)
    6. Ausgebombt (live)

    Sodom
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    Distraction

    "The newest hardest-working band in New York might just be one of the best"

    - NME


    ...a pitch-perfect pairing of post-punk and indie rock.

    Spin Magazine


    Spectacular.

    Billboard


    Brooklyn-based four piece Bear Hands announce the release of their anticipated sophomore album
    Distraction on Cantora Records. "Giants," the simultaneously whiplash-inducing and silkily-grooving debut single off Distraction,was released at the tail end of last year and quickly embraced at radio across the country with spins from tastemakers such as SiriusXM's AltNation, KKDO, KRBZ, KROX, WWCD, WBRU, WBUZ, WXXJ and WHFS. "Giants" is available now digitally in the US and Canada on iTunes and Amazon, and can be posted via their official lyric video HERE, as well as on SoundCloud HERE.


    This winter, Bear Hands will join forces with fellow Brooklynites Miniature Tigers for a co-headlining tour, with support from Total Slacker. The jaunt begins on February 27th at Rough Trade in Brooklyn and wraps up on March 20th at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Additionally, the band will play South By Southwest in Austin in support of Distraction, with specific showcases to be announced soon. Full tour dates are below.


    With Distraction, Bear Hands have shrugged off the notion of second album jitters to create an expansive sound that grew over three long years and thousands of miles on the road. Produced by guitarist Ted Feldman and mixed by James Brown (Nine Inch Nails, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters), Distraction is a violently self-assured record which sees the quartet of Dylan Rau, TJ Orscher, Val Loper and Feldman distilling their anxieties and pleasures alike into perfectly twisted pop nuggets.
    After releasing their debut LP Burning Bush Supper Club, Bear Hands criss-crossed America opening for the legendary GZA, Passion Pit, and AWOLNATION only to return home to Brooklyn and be distracted by the minutia of modern life and shallow urbanity. While avoiding each other for months, the band frittered away its time with help from the internet, serial monogamy, and recreational drugs.


    Fortunately, this distance allowed the band to approach Distraction with a revolutionary new perspective. Their minds expanding and hearts imploding, Bear Hands set about matching new songs to familiar soundscapes. From the propulsive, infectious rhythms of "Giants" and the angular, warped melodies of "Bone Digger" to the widescreen sweep of "Thought Wrong," Distraction demands your attention - calling out for love from behind a mask of ones and zeroes, cardboard and vinyl.

    - RJ Frometa (Vents Magazine)

    1. Moment of Silence
    2. Giants
    3. Agora
    4. Bone Digger
    5. Vile Iowa
    6. Bad Friend
    7. The Bug
    8. Peacekeeper
    9. Sleeping On The Floor
    10. Party Hats
    11. Thought Wrong
    Bear Hands
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  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (Speakers Corner) Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (Speakers Corner)

    Russia in the year 1953. After the October Revolution this was probably one of the most eventful epochs in the whole of the 20th century as far as social development and Art were concerned. When Stalin's reign of terror at last came to an end Shostakovich was able to realize his artistic ideas without fear of political persecution. And this is precisely the reason for regarding the premiere performance of his Tenth Symphony, in December 1953, as a gesture of freedom after years of discrimination. Shostakovich wanted his music to reflect human feelings and passions - and indeed the rugged first movement is filled with melancholy. Many biographers have identified a brutal portrait of the dictator Stalin in the strained mechanism and whip-lash rhythm of the following Allegro. The third and fourth movements take on a brighter character and are filled with song-like melody which leads to a splendid Finale.



    Herbert von Karajan and his Berlin orchestra made the present recording just a few years after the work's composition; even today it is still considered one of the very best performances of this unique work.




    Recording: November 1966 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, by GÜnter Hermanns and Hans Weber


    Production: Otto Gerdes





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
    1. Moderato
    2. Allegro
    3. Allegretto
    4. Andante - Allegro
    Herbert Von Karajan
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  • Brotherhood Of The Snake Brotherhood Of The Snake Quick View

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    Brotherhood Of The Snake

    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.


    For over three decades, the Bay Area quintet-Chuck Billy [vocals], Eric Peterson [guitar], Alex Skolnick [guitar], Steve DiGiorgio [bass], and Gene Hoglan [drums]-has consistently delivered unadulterated, unbridled, and unbreakable metal in its purest form without compromise or any signs of slowing down. Over the course of seminal releases ranging from The Legacy and Practice What You Preach to The Gathering and The Formation of Damnation, which won "Best Album" at Metal Hammer's 2008 Golden Gods Awards, the group's sales exceeded 14 million worldwide with 2 million in the U.S. alone. Most recently, 2012's critically praised Dark Roots of Earth assaulted the charts, moving over 20,000 first-week copies and seizing #12 on the Billboard Top 200, the band's highest U.S. chart bow ever. However, in 2016, Testament returns with more teeth than ever on Brotherhood of the Snake [Nuclear Blast]. "The first record is always classic because you form the band, you're totally into it, you go through the club scene, find yourself, and write your initial album over multiple years," explains Eric. "Then, you get signed and end up in a cycle. We took some time to do Brotherhood of the Snake, and it shows. Different influences came in. Normally, there are a few straight ahead thrash songs. We haven't had this many thrash tracks since The Legacy. It's a new era."


    "I view Testament like I did when we started," adds Chuck. "I've been fortunate to be doing this for over 30 years. It means a lot. We're just going to continue doing what we do." Following a whirlwind of touring in support of Dark Roots of Earth, the guys began individually writing in late 2013. In between a rigorous tour schedule, new music organically assembled. During the spring of 2016, they hit the studio with Juan Urteaga [Machine Head, Exodus] and quickly cut the album's 10 tracks.


    "Having separate periods to write set it apart," Eric continues. "Everybody played hard. Chuck really surprised me and belted out stuff that's more melodic over the heavy speed metal riffs. It blended really well together." "It does flow," Chuck agrees. "There's a lot of musicianship going on there, and I was finding hooks in the moment. I was able to feel it and just go."


    The record commences on a deadly note with the title track. A whiplash-inducing riff catapults Chuck's unmistakable growl forward before snapping into mind-numbing leads. It's a brutal breakneck basher on par with the band's best. "It was actually one of the first songs we put together," says the singer. "Once we heard it mixed, we were all like, 'Wow, we have the direction we're going in. It's really heavy.'"


    Elsewhere on the record, "The Pale King" gallops ahead on an apocalyptic barrage of drums and guitars before culminating on an unshakable chant. "It was really natural," smiles Eric. "It has that old school vibe, but this new energy to it. It never lets up. I love that!" Brotherhood of the Snake concludes on the crushing yet cinematic "The Number Game," which evinces Chuck's knack for a vivid lyrical story.


    "I actually wrote it with Steve 'Zetro' Souza," he recalls. "I had that chorus, and it was one of those things where it had to be repeated. It's 14 days and 14 nights where this guy's on a killing spree. He does a countdown, and your life is based on the number you are. It was trip."


    A fascinating concept rears its head during many of Brotherhood of the Snake's key moments, nodding to the mythical race from which the record it shares a name. "There's a connection between the alien world and religion, and the whole storyline came from it," explains Chuck. "There's a story of a Sumerian race 6,000 years ago that went on crusades to basically dethrone religions. The earth was basically the place where their leader, The Pale King, set people to be imprisoned and mine for gold. It got the ball rolling."


    Ultimately, this Brotherhood remains as powerful as ever. "If a Testament fan knows our history or has followed our last couple of records, they'll hear the progression," the front man leaves off. "Everything is right there and in-your-face. That's the way it should be with us."

    1. Brotherhood Of The Snake
    2. The Pale King
    3. Stronghold
    4. Seven Seals
    5. Born In A Rut
    6. Centuries Of Suffering
    7. Neptune's Spear
    8. Black Jack
    9. Canna-Business
    10. The Number Game
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