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Formed: 1983
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
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Below is our complete Testament news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Exodus To Play Welcome To Rockville

Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville will celebrate its fifth anniversary at Jacksonville, Florida's Metropolitan Park on April 25th & 26th.

The Bay Area thrash pioneers in Exodus are along for the ride this year, joining a stacked rock line-up including Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Queensrÿche, Live, Hollywood Undead, In Flames, Motionless In White, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Hatebreed, Periphery, Fozzy, Nonpoint, Exodus, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Starset, We Are Harlot, Like A Storm, Upon A Burning Body, Beartooth, Islander, ’68, Stars In Stereo, Red Sun Rising, From Ashes To New, Sons Of Texas, World Gone, with more to be announced. More...

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"...And Justice For Art" Book Cover Revealed

Our very own Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers."

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artwork as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Morbid Angel's "Blessed Are The Sick," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," Cormorant's "Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) and more. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.

“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments illustrator Vertebrae33 — who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash, and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon's project come to fruition!”

Martos comments: “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth... That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.” More...

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Kirk Hammet And Chuck Billy Guest On Exodus Album

Bay Area thrash metal band Exodus today proudly announces the special guests appearing on "Blood In, Blood Out," the band’s tenth studio album due out on October 14th in North America.

Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to the album opener “Black 13” is electronic music producer Dan the Automator (Gorrilaz, Mike Patton).

“We ran into each other a couple times,” shares Exodus guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt. “I knew what I wanted to hear and I knew he could do it, and could do it that day. So we sent him a file with the drums and guitars we already had there and just told him to go crazy with it.”

Testament frontman Chuck Billy lends his signature roar to the track “BTK,” one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, who recently said, “Chuck and I have known each other forever. We work really well together, we know each other really well. So if I’m doing my vocals and he’s there, I can trust him to go ‘No way Zet, doesn’t sound good like that. Do it like this,’ or ‘Yeah that’s killer.’ If he says it sounds killer, I know it is.”

Original Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett (Metallica) also contributed a guest solo to “Salt The Wound.”

“This was actually the first time Kirk got to play on an official Exodus release,” states Holt. “He did the early demo, and then joined Metallica and didn’t do anything with us after that. So he was totally gung-ho about it. He came down and ripped out a bunch of takes and we picked the best one and then had a barbecue and drank beer.”

“It felt really casual, really cool – just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett confessed to RollingStone.com in July. More...

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Motorhead Announces Motorboat On-Board Activities

The first annual Motörhead Motörboat - featuring Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax -will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22nd - 26th, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy.

The fest will also include Testament, Down, High On Fire, plus Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at this location.

Additional onboard performances and activities have been announced for Motörhead’s Motörboat, including a spoken word performance by heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian.

Scott’s spoken word performances in support of his upcoming "Swearing Words In Glasgow" CD (out November 13th via Megaforce Records) are an honest look at the insane life that he has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences, Scott certainly has some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.

Those onboard Motörhead’s Motörboat will also be treated to a screening of the 2010 documentary film "Lemmy," directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski. In addition, theme nights for Motörhead’s Motörboat are as follows:

Monday, September 22 -- Löud and Hometown Pröud

Motörhead’s Motörboat will have a very diverse and international crowd. Guests are encouraged to be proud of where they come from. Wear a state jersey, don your Nordic horns, paint your face and show your city/state/country pride. More...

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Alex Skolnick To Speak At Metal Impact Conference

The Metal & Cultural Impact Conference (MACI) will take place November 6th - 8th and is under the umbrella of the International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS).

Revolver Golden Gods Awards founder and former producer Josh Bernstein will be giving the closing keynote, "Heavy Metal: A Business, A Lifestyle, Past, Present & Future.” Alex Skolnick meanwhile will be giving a panel on "Louder Education," which was a web series originally produced with Metal Injection. Both Alex and Josh will be presenting on Saturday, November 8th.

Other events of interest are a heavy metal "masks" art exhibit and screening of the heavy metal Africa documentary, "March of the Gods." There will be a closing concert (off-campus) of local/regional metal bands during the evening of Saturday, November 8th.

In addition to Alex & Josh, a few speakers of note are Vivek Venkatesh (dubbed Professor Death Metal by Decibel magazine) and Jason Netherton of Misery Index (both presenting on Thursday, November 6th in the "Death Metal/Black Metal" category).

Laina Dawes, author of "What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal," will be presenting on Saturday, November 8th in the "Women in Metal" category. Full details can be found at this location.

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Knotfest 2014 Lineup Announced

Slipknot - which is currently wrapping up work on a new album - is set to return to the U.S. with the Knotfest, a three-day metal and heavy music destination festival to be held October 24th - 26th at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.

The Knotfest 2014, powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, will feature a Slipknot-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP pre-party bash, band performances, and other activities for those that purchase VIP or camping packages.

The weekend will feature performances from Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass and many more. A list of artists performing each day is available now at this location.

Slipknot will close the Main Stage both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience. In addition, all ticket purchasers will receive a digital copy of Slipknot’s forthcoming album, to be delivered on its release date.

“Knotfest is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European festival--and now we're coming for you, California,” says Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). "Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s Knotfests in the U.S. and Japan are going to be on another level." More...

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Testament Added To Motorboat Lineup

The first annual Motörhead Motörboat has announced additions to the band lineup for the September 22nd - 26th, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy.

Testament, Down (featuring Philip Anselmo), High On Fire, and Kill Devil Hill (featuring Rex Brown) will join Megadeth, Motörhead, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and Wilson on “The Loudest Boat In The World.”

Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

Tickets for Motörhead’s Motörboat are on sale now at this location. The Carnival Ecstasy, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment, features a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area, multiple dining options (including a 24-hour pizzeria), 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club, a jogging track, as well as 12 lounges, bars, and nightspots.

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Author Seeking Crowd Funds For Download Fest Book

Author Ian Carroll has launched a crowd funding campaign to release a book about the many bands he has interviewed at the Download festival.

Full details on the campaign and perks for contributing can be found at Kickstarter here. Carroll comments:

"In 2005 I started to write the book of the Donington & Download Festival (including Monsters Of Rock at Milton Keynes).

"I was coming to the end of completing the Official Book of the Reading Festival and saw Donington as the second release in my 'Festival Series' of books, covering my favourite festivals that I attend every year - Donington/Download Festival is the longest running rock festival in the UK, covering all genres from rock to classic rock, Emo to Screamo, Punk to Hardcore, Black Metal to Death Metal and every style in between, plus in the last 5 years the addition of drum & bass and dance - the festival that caters for all.

"I have traveled the length and breadth of England interviewing bands and artists for the book and have had some great times in amongst the hard work. I've also had many phone interviews from Metallica to Testament, Lordi to Staind, Alice Cooper to Queensrÿche and also what was possibly one of the legend Ronnie James Dio's last interviews, prior to cancelling his final UK tour." More...

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Testament Splits With Bassist Greg Christian

Testament announced the band has split with bassist Greg Christian. Sadus/Charred Walls of the Damned bassist Steve Di Giorgio will return to replace Christian.

The announcement reads:

“It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve Di Giorgio will be returning to Testament. Steve previously was a member of Testament on The Gathering (1999) as well as First Strike Still Deadly (2001). He will be joining Testament on their upcoming shows in Australia on the Soundwave Festival, Japan and Mexico City. Steve will also be taking part in the new Testament album. We are looking forward to continuing the momentum you, the fans, have made possible.” More...

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Chuck Billy Checks In From Christmas Metal Tour

Continuing to post a series of holiday themed videos, Testament's Chuck Billy checks in from Germany on the last day (December 21st, 2013) of the Christmas Metal Symphony Tour, ready to head home for the holidays.

Check out the clip below, along with another video of Chuck discussing his favorite Christmas memories.

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Testament Posts Christmas Videos

As part of the band's ongoing "12 Days 'Til Christmas" video feature, members of Bay Area thrash band Testament have taken the time to share some of their favorite Christmas childhood memories with their fans… and they won’t stop ‘til Christmas Day.

Get a bird’s eye view into the holiday world of Testament vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarist Eric Petersen, guitarist Alex Skolnick, and drummer Gene “HO HO” Hoglan via Testament's official YouTube Channel.

You can also see the two most recent videos below. Additionally, the band will be delivering a New Year’s video message on January 1st, 2014. More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Testament Video Interview Available

Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson of Bay Area thrash veterans Testament discuss their teenage years, hobbies, heritage, family and the most rewarding parts of the job, in a new two-part interview with Nuclear Blast. Check out both parts below.

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Mark Workman Releases Book On Tour Managing

Mark Workman has released a new book titled "One For The Road: How To Be A Music Tour Manager," which features a forward by Testament's Alex Skolnick.

The cover can be viewed below, and the following press release was also issued about the book:

"One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager is the first and only book on music tour management. As the music business continues to go through many dramatic changes, music groups are quickly discovering that in order to build and sustain a successful career they must stay on the road and do as many shows possible each year. Because of this, skilled tour managers for music groups are now needed more than ever.

"In One for the Road: How to Be a Music Tour Manager, author Mark Workman shows you how to become a tour manager for a music group in any genre of music; how to organize a music tour the right way; how to effectively complete one; and how to build your career as a music tour manager into a successful one. Written with an acerbic wit and brutal honesty, Mark Workman pulls no punches in telling you what it’s really like to tour the world with a famous music group.

"Mark Workman has been a successful tour manager and lighting designer in the music business since 1983. His list of past and present clients includes Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Machine Head, Danzig, Mudvayne, Dio, Queens of the Stone Age, Devildriver, Soulfly, Sepultura and many others.

"As a lighting designer, Mark Workman has designed high-impact lighting performances for many music tours, including the infamous Clash of the Titans (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Alice In Chains, & Suicidal Tendencies) in 1990/1991 and American Carnage 2010 (Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax & Testament), as well as for many music videos and live DVDs such as Machine Head’s Elegies DVD filmed at Brixton Academy in London, Megadeth’s Rust In Peace Live DVD shot at the Hollywood Palladium, and Testament’s Dark Roots of Thrash Live DVD shot at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY.

"Mark Workman's upcoming memoir, Hunger For Hell, will be released in 2014." More...

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Testament Posts New "Dark Roots Of Thrash" Clip

"Dark Roots Of Thrash," a DVD/2CD release documenting Testament's sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 18 (Europe), October 21 (UK) and October 29 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

In the meantime check out "Native Blood," the second song taken from the upcoming DVD, in the player below. You can also watch a previously posted trailer for the release right here, and the track listing is available after the jump.

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Testament Posts "Dark Roots Of Thrash" Preview

Testament posted up a preview clip for the upcoming 2CD/DVD live release "Dark Roots Of Thrash." The live release is set to drop on Oct. 11th (EU), Oct. 14th (UK) and Oct. 15th (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list is:

Disc 1

1. Intro
2. Rise Up (see live clip here)
3. More Than Meets the Eye
4. Burnt Offerings
5. Native Blood
6. True American Hate
7. Dark Roots of Earth
8. Into the Pit
9. Practice What You Preach

Disc 2

1. Riding the Snake
2. Eyes of Wrath
3. Trial by Fire
4. The Haunting
5. The New Order
6. Do Not Resuscitate
7. Three Days in Darkness
8. The Formation of Damnation
9. Over the Wall
10. Disciples of the Watch

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Testament Posts Live Clip From Upcoming DVD

Legendary thrash act Testament posted up a live clip for the track "Rise Up." The video/track is part of the band's upcoming 2CD/DVD live release "Dark Roots Of Thrash," which will be released on Oct. 11th (EU), Oct. 14th (UK) and Oct. 15th (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The track list is:

Disc 1

1. Intro
2. Rise Up
3. More Than Meets the Eye
4. Burnt Offerings
5. Native Blood
6. True American Hate
7. Dark Roots of Earth
8. Into the Pit
9. Practice What You Preach

Disc 2

1. Riding the Snake
2. Eyes of Wrath
3. Trial by Fire
4. The Haunting
5. The New Order
6. Do Not Resuscitate
7. Three Days in Darkness
8. The Formation of Damnation
9. Over the Wall
10. Disciples of the Watch More...

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Aftershock Festival Hosting Battle Of The Bands

The first annual Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be held from August 12th -September 6th, 2013. Bands can enter the competition--and fans can vote for their favorite band--at this location.

The grand prize winner of this unsigned band competition will have the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage on Sunday, September 15th at Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival held September 14th and 15th at Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento, CA.

The top 100 “Buzz Rated” bands that sign up for the Ernie Ball Aftershock Battle Of The Bands will be eligible to win. A panel of judges will choose the winner of this global search for the best undiscovered rock band. The winning band will be announced on Monday, September 9th, 2013.

Ernie Ball will provide the winning band with an all-expense paid trip to the festival in Sacramento, CA and an Ernie Ball Music Man endorsement.

To enter the Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands, bands must complete a short informational profile and upload at least one MP3 to the Battle Of The Bands website. Entrants should use the Band Promotional Toolkit provided in their profile after logging in to promote their entry on the web and drive fans to vote.

"Buzz Rating" is a proprietary system developed by Ernie Ball that gives a real time snap shot of each band's overall exposure level. The system takes into account both viral reach and real world factors that produce a 1-100 rating system giving a reading on each band's relevance within the industry. “Buzz Rating” also calculates fan votes as an overall percentage of each band’s rating. In order to boost “Buzz Rating,” bands should be sure their profile is complete with a valid link to their public Facebook profile.

The daily band performance lineup for Monster Energy’s Aftershock Festival is as follows: More...

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Prosthetic To Reissue Testament Releases On Vinyl

Two titles by Bay Area metal icons Testament will be released on vinyl this coming September 24th via Prosthetic Records, soon before the group will tour North America alongside Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage.

The 2001 anthology “First Strike Still Deadly” features tracks from Testament’s iconic first two Megaforce/Atlantic albums, re-recorded with modern technology by four-fifths of group’s original lineup. The album has never been available on vinyl until now. Approximately 400 copies will be issued on 180-gram black vinyl. a limited-edition, 180-gram clear vinyl mail-order exclusive (100 copies) will also be offered.

Originally released in 1990 in EP format on vinyl and cassette, and finally released in its entirety by Prosthetic in 2009, “Live At Eindhoven ’87? - which captures Testament’s European coming-out party - will now be available on vinyl for the first time in its complete remastered form. In addition, the new LP layout, which features liner notes by guitarist Alex Skolnick, pays homage to the original EP artwork and includes never-before-seen pictures by photographer PG Brunelli.

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Lamb Of God To Tour With Testament, Killswitch

Long-time friends Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage have joined forces for a can't miss tour in the fall of 2013. The tour launches October 22nd in Toronto and canvases much of the U.S and Canada.

The two bands will combine for 28 North American shows in total. Support for all shows except Los Angeles will be provided by thrash legends Testament, with Huntress opening all shows.

Lamb of God will end the North American portion of the "Resolution" record cycle with this tour. It will include a coast to coast visit to all major Canadian cities which will be Lamb of God’s first visit to Canada on this cycle other than a festival play in June in Montebello and a show in Toronto in January 2012. Lamb of God will then finish the Resolution cycle completely with a visit to Europe and South Africa in January 2014. Details on that tour will be released late August. More...

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