Ex-TESTAMENT Bassist Says He Was Treated ‘Like A Thing, Like A Stage Prop’

Former TESTAMENT and current DECONSTRUCT/TRAUMA bassist Greg Christian says that he was treated like “a thing” and “a stage prop” during his tenure with the band and claims that the business he “helped start” has been “hijacked.” Continue reading “Ex-TESTAMENT Bassist Says He Was Treated ‘Like A Thing, Like A Stage Prop’”

Trauma – Official Lyric Video For “From Here To Hell” Released

TRAUMA has released a new lyric video for the song “From Here To Hell”. That song is on the album “As The World Dies”, which will be released on February 15th 2019 via PURE STEEL RECORDS.  Continue reading “Trauma – Official Lyric Video For “From Here To Hell” Released”

Concert Photo Review: Slayer at Papa Murphy Park – Sacramento

Slayer Slaughters Sacramento One Last Time

All photos courtesy of Conrad Melendez @ action photography by conrad


Lamb Of God




MASQUED Guitarist Eric Halpern Interrogated

A sextet of musicians from the Houston, Texas area, Masqued contains some veterans within the underground metal scene, especially to those who follow power, progressive or thrash. Guitarist Eric Halpern has ties to Helstar, Destiny’s End, and Leatherwolf, drummer Jon Allen with Testament, Sadus, and Dragonlord, plus bassist Shane Dubose and keyboardist Adam Rawlings spent time with Eric in Z-Lot-Z. Masqued is the latest foray together, rounding out the lineup with second guitarist Drew Creel and vocalist Steffany Johnston. Via Dead Rhetoric.

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

Music was always around my house with radio and vinyl records. My step-dad played guitar, so that got me started at an early age. I got more into rock and metal from friends in school.

How did you become a guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments ?

Like I said, I started on guitar at home with my step-dad. I don’t play any other instruments.

What was the Houston local scene like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

When I arrived here in 1989, the rock scene was really good. All of the live music clubs were packed every weekend. I really liked STRIDE back then. Now, I’m not as much into the local scene, so it’s hard to say.

How would you best describe your sound?

American progressive power metal.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

The first music, I don’t even remember. But I have bought many Priest, Sabbath, Accept and Maiden records!

Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

My biggest show probably was playing Bang Your Head festival with Helstar. I was nervous then, but normally are not.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

I don’t listen to it, so I don’t know. lol

Favorite songs on the new album and why?

Probably ‘Hypnotize’ is my favorite. I like the chorus hook and the vocals and riffs that change up through out the song.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?

The Call

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Masqued songs?

We are not really a political band, but I think the lyrics touch on various topics that include politics and social issues.

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What was the process of putting the songs in order?

We just tried to find an order that flows well.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?

I personally don’t have any, but certainly would be interested in them. An Ibanez or Mesa endorsement would be wonderful! Shane recently picked up a DNA bass amp endorsement. Some of the other guys have endorsements, but I’m not sure who has what, so I won’t speculate.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

I’d love to tour with Priest, but we may be a bit late for that. ha ha I’d like to meet and talk with Glenn Tipton, Tony Iommi and Steve Vai.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

I don’t want to speculate on my funeral, but as for albums…..Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath, Accept – Restless and Wild, and one of my favorite guitar albums – Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – What’s Next?.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

I’d like to say thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope the fans enjoy our new CD and just know that we all really appreciate the support!!

New Music From Trauma Featuring Ex Danzig And Testament Members

Trauma is also pleased to announce the welcome addition of Bay Area bass legend Greg Christian (ex-Testament) to the band’s line-up. TRAUMA is thrilled to welcome Greg Christian to our band,” says the band in a statement. “His creative bass guitar work completes our music.”
“Having grown up in the Bay Area thrash scene, it’s a huge honor for me to play in TRAUMA,”adds Greg Christian. “After all, this was Cliff Burton’s (R.I.P.) band. Respect! Style-wise,  for me, it’s a perfect fit and feels like I’m finally exactly where I’m supposed to be.”

In addition to the new inclusion of Greg Christian, TRAUMA co-founder/vocalist Donny Hillier and longtime TRAUMA drummer Kris Gustofson put together a monstrous lineup of amazing players. Guitarist Joe Fraulob is a former member of multi platinum hard rockers Danzig and Deconstruct. Steve Robello played guitar in Dublin Death Patrol – the Bay Area super group formed by the singers of Exodus and Testament – and was also formerly with the group Heist.

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Donny Hillier – Vocals
Steve Robello – Guitar
Joe Fraulob – Guitar
Greg Christian – Bass
Kris Gustofson – Drums

Former Testament Bassist Greg Christian’s Trinity Fallen Performs In Sacramento

Video footage of Trinity Fallen‘s March 24 performance at the Starlite Lounge in Sacramento, California is available for your viewing pleasure. Check it out right here. Continue reading “Former Testament Bassist Greg Christian’s Trinity Fallen Performs In Sacramento”

TESTAMENT announce North American tour w/ SEPULTURA and PRONG

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT, will launch a massive North American tour starting next April, in support of their chart topping Brotherhood Of The Snake release. Joining them are legendary Brazilian death/thrashers SEPULTURA and genre defying stalwarts PRONG.

“After 4 successful tours through Europe over the last 6 months, we are looking forward to touring across North America.” comments vocalist Chuck Billy. “We’ll have a new headlining set list with tracks from Brotherhood of the Snake, and how cool is it that we will be sharing the stage with our brothers in metal SEPULTURA and PRONG?! See ya’ in the PIT!”
02/02/17 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

04/06/17 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
04/07/17 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
04/08/17 Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
04/09/17 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
04/10/17 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
04/12/17 The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
04/13/17 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/14/17 House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
04/15/17 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
04/16/17 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
04/19/17 The National – Richmond, VA
04/20/17 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/21/17 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Harcore Festival)
04/22/17 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
04/23/17 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/24/17 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
04/26/17 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
04/27/17 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
04/28/17 Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
04/29/17 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
04/30/17 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
05/02/17 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
05/03/17 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
05/04/17 The District – Sioux Falls, SD
05/06/17 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
05/07/17 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
05/09/17 Roseland Theater – Portlant, OR
05/10/17 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
05/11/17 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
05/12/17 The Revolution Concert House – Boise, ID
05/15/17 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
05/16/17 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/17/17 Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
05/18/17 House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
05/19/17 Regency Ballroom – San Francsco, CA
05/20/17 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV