Testament Main Man Eric Peterson Talks New Dragonlord Album, 'Dominion'

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The main creative force behind veteran thrash band Testament, Eric Peterson, has just released Dominion, the third full-length album from his black/death metal project Dragonlord. Over the decades, Peterson has worked on Dragonlord on and off when he’s had down time, which is why Dominion took more than eight years to finish. Even so, Peterson has cherished every opportunity to work on the record.

“Dragonlord is fun and it’s different from Testament,” he says shortly before Testament open for Slayer in Wantagh, New York. “But even though I enjoy it, it’s still stressful. There were times over the past couple years when I would wake up and have this panicky feeling, like, ‘Fuck, something’s wrong…. Oh, yeah, I don’t have this fuckin’ thing done yet.’ But when Dragonlord finally finished ‘Love of the Damned’ in 2014, I felt like a million dollars and I could sort of see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

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Jon Wiederhorn

Jon is an author, journalist, and podcaster who recently wrote and hosted the first 12-episode season of the acclaimed Backstaged: The Devil in Metal, an exclusive from Diversion Podcasts/iHeart. He is also the primary author of the popular Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and the sole author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends. In addition, he co-wrote I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax (with Scott Ian), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen), and My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret). Wiederhorn has worked on staff as an associate editor for Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Guitar Magazine, and senior writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo.com, Revolver, Inked, Loudwire.com and other publications and websites.