Chuck Billy (Born June 23, 1962), is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.
Chuck Billy replaced Steve "Zetro" Souza
, future Exodus
vocalist, in the mid-1980s when the band was still called Legacy. Following his arrival, Testament released their first album entitled The Legacy
in 1987. The only song written by Chuck Billy on The Legacy was "Do or Die". Although the lineup of the band has changed over the years, Billy has remained constant as the vocalist alongside guitarist Eric Peterson
who also was an all time permanent member. However, his vocal style has changed over the years from a clear thrash style to a death grunt
. Since the Low
album, he has mixed both styles and sometimes performs both on the same song.
Chuck has also appeared on the solo projects of James Murphy
, playing on both albums as a guest musician. He also has sung lead vocals for Exodus
at at least one concert recently (October 28, 2004 at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco
, opening for Megadeth
In 2006 Chuck Billy Did vocals on the Sadus "Crazy" and, along with several other musicians from other bands, did a cover of Iron Maiden's "Fear of the Dark" for their Numbers from the Beast tribute album.
Chuck Billy has also hooked up with musicians such as Steve Souza, Greg Bustamante, Steve Robello, Andy Billy, Dan Cunningham & Willy Lange to form the band Dublin Death Patrol.
In 2001, Chuck Billy was diagnosed with germ cell seminoma
; a rare kind of cancer in his case because it is usually in the testicular region of a man's body, but he has it in the chest region near his heart. However, following chemotherapy
, he has since been given a clean bill of health and continued his work with Testament. In August 2001, friends organized the Thrash of the Titans
benefit concert, held to raise money for Chuck's medical expenses.
Chuck Billy is of the Pomo
Native Americans, an indigenous people of Northern California
. He is proud of his American Indian
heritage, sometimes giving a shoutout to his "Indian brothers and sisters" in the audience. The song "Trail of Tears" is a tribute to his heritage, as is "Allegiance".
His younger brother Eddie
, was the original bassist for Vio-Lence
. He also sang on a Tribute Version of Metallica's "Seek and Destroy
", alongside guitarist Jake E. Lee
, drummer Aynsley Dunbar
, and Bassist Jimmy Bain