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Lamb of God plans to enter the studio in 2014 to begin recording its eighth studio album.
Formed in 1983, Testament has remained one of the biggest names in thrash metal for 30 years. Members have come and gone, and the band's touring schedule is relentless. Testament has racked up more than 1.4 million album sales in the United States alone and the 2012 album, Dark Roots of Earth, entered the Billboard 200 at 12, the band's highest position to date in the United States.
"I would say I've gotten more used to touring if anything," says lead guitarist Alex Skolnick, who was in the band from 1983 to 1993, 2001, and now since 2005. "Nowadays you can even stay in touch with people. When we first started touring we didn't have cell phones or the Internet."
In mid-October, Testament released a DVD/live CD.
"A good period of the band is captured, and we have footage from the early days when I was in my teens or early 20s," Skolnick says. "It's a good document of us getting back together years ago and reconnecting. But since then we've done two albums, arena tours, festivals . . . We've really become resurrected during that time."
Surprisingly, Testament and Lamb of God have never toured together. Despite touring with established bands like Judas Priest and Anthrax, Testament hasn't played shows with groups that came later, like Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage.
"Even though there are musically some obvious connections, I think those bands have some very different fan bases," says Skolnick. "And I think some of their fans have heard our name but have never heard us live. So we'll reach out to a lot of new people."
So when it comes to the evolution of the music industry, what does Testament think of the bands following in their footsteps?
"I don't really like to be called an 'elder statesman,' but I can feel comfortable with my experience and respect the bands that are in our present and future. As for us, we are in no way slowing down."