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Digital Tour Bus has posted another "Bus Invaders" episode: This time Digital Tour Bus is focusing on San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans Testament, who just returned from the "Dark Roots Of Thrash II" tour with Exodus and Shattered Sun.
Check out the new episode below.
In an age where heavy metal music cruises with high-profile line-ups are becoming a dime a dozen, it’s about time that true guitar pros, gearheads, theorists and hobbyists have a voyage of their own. Imagine a cruise exclusively planned for guitarists and instrumentalists, featuring performances and personal lessons from some of the greatest guitar gods on the planet.
Wake up – you are not dreaming! Prepare to learn from the masters on what fans have dubbed the “shredders cruise:” the 5-day/4-night Axes & Anchors cruise aboard the Carnival Victory, departing from Miami, FL on February 20th, stopping in Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on February 24th.
Witness blazing performances and take lessons directly from world-class rock and metal guitarists including Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses, LA Guns), Dario Lorina (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden), and more, all while sailing the high seas and visiting exotic locales.
Passengers can look forward to more than 40 performances, about a dozen free guitar workshops, as well as games and mingling with guitar gods, and more. Alex Skolnick comments: “For generations now, the guitar has remained a source of creativity and symbol of coolness, defying strange musical trends, poor economic forecasts and more, all the while providing a sonic backdrop to good times and bad. I consider it a great honor to be joining Yngwie, Zakk and many other great players as part of Axes & Anchors the very first cruise built around the guitar.”
“This cruise will surely appeal to guitar players who want to take their skills to the next level in this really fun, unique, and immersive setting,” said Ann Squire, co-owner of Axes & Anchors, “Passengers will get to meet their idols and learn from them in between stops at exotic beaches and on-board parties. All of the performers are bringing full bands, and we will be adding some iconic bands to our lineup as well, but as our name implies, the focus now is on guitar-dominated rock.” More...
A limited number of tickets for the Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion festival are still available for purchase at this location, with the fest set to take place from May 1st - May 3rd. The full lineup and performance times have also been announced and will be as follows:
Friday, May 1 — Friday Night Campground Party (for those with hotel and camping packages)
7:30 PM 21st Century Goliath
8:40 PM Failure Anthem
9:50 PM Brown Sabbath
Saturday, May 2 Doors open at 11am
Monster Energy Rebellion Stage
12:30 PM We Are Harlot
2:00 PM Of Mice & Men
4:00 PM Hollywood Undead
6:10 PM Papa Roach
7:40 PM Sammy Hagar & The Circle
9:50 PM Korn More...
The Nuclear Blast Records thrash pioneers from Testament rode a wave of unparalleled metal through Toronto, Canada on April 15th, 2015 and, per usual, helped to blow the proverbial roof of the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Most Extreme was lucky enough grab some time with band founder and guitarist Eric Peterson and got some bad-ass answers to their "most extreme" questions. Check it out below.
Testament vocalist Chuck Billy is releasing a new vaporizer pen, in partnership with San Francisco Bay Area-based Lord Vaper Pens, dubbed "The Chief." You can pick yours up at this location.
Those who act early will truly receive special treatment: the first 1,000 buyers of “The Chief” will not only receive an individually numbered vape pen, but each pen will also be autographed by Chuck Billy himself.
“I’m very excited to release 'The Chief' herbal vaporizer from Lord Vaper Pens – we’ve been discussing the potential release of this product for quite some time and I’m glad to say it’s now a reality,” states Chuck Billy. “We’ve actually modified 'The Chief' by turning up the temperature settings higher than what this style of vaporizer typically features. We’ve learned that these new settings are a desirable feature based on feedback from Lord Vaper Pens users. As someone who is in the business of giving music fans what they want – I feel it is important to translate that passion into this venture by listening closely to the consumer.”
Lord Vaper Pens CEO Adam Black adds, “Joining forces to collaborate on a product with Chuck is an honor for me, as I’ve been a long-time friend of his and a fan of Testament. They carry the torch, staying true to their thrash metal style and Chuck is a real Native American warrior, being a cancer survivor and all. He did sweat lodge rituals for treatment… I mean, how fucking dope is that? 'The Chief' Herbal Vaporizer is a tribute to all those fighting the good fight out there.” More...
Bay Area thrash metal giants Testament recently announced the "Dark Roots of Thrash II" tour which will include support from Exodus and Shattered Sun.
As of today, several new dates have been added to the run, including dates in Philadelphia, PA, Cincinnati, OH and more. The currently announced details are as follows:
04/01/15 Regency Center Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/02/15 House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA
04/03/15 Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
04/04/15 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
04/06/15 Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
04/07/15 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
04/08/15 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
04/10/15 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
04/11/15 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
04/12/15 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
04/13/15 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
04/15/15 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
04/17/15 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/18/15 The Palladium – Worcester, MA, New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
04/19/15 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
04/21/15 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
04/22/15 Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
04/23/15 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/24/15 The International – Knoxville, TN
04/25/15 – Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL, Welcome To Rockville Festival (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN)
04/26/15 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/28/15 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
04/29/15 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/30/15 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
05/01/15 – Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA, Lunatic Luau 15 (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN)
05/02/15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
05/03/15 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, NC, Carolina Rebellion 2015 (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN) More...
If you think you've seen it all when it comes to thrash metal tour packages, think again.
Digging deep into the early discography that launched a worldwide career spanning two-and-a-half decades, battle-scarred ambassadors of Bay Area thrash Testament will be performing an exclusive headlining set comprised of select tracks from their first three albums: 1987's debut "The Legacy," 1988's "The New Order," and 1989's "Practice What You Preach."
Adding gasoline & road flares to the live pandemonium with direct support will be none other than mastery gunnery sergeants of thrash metal Exodus. Opening every show will be Texan metal cowboys Shattered Sun.
Launching their seventeen-date trek on April 1st with a hometown show in San Francisco that's sure to register on the Richter scale, the "Dark Roots of Thrash II" tour will hit fifteen additional U.S. cities plus Toronto, Canada, wrapping up in Georgia's capital city of Atlanta on April 23rd.
VIP Packages are available via this location and include:
· One Premium Reserved ticket or One General Admission ticket
· A Meet & Greet with select members of TESTAMENT and EXODUS
· Individual & Group Photo opportunities with select members of TESTAMENT and EXODUS
· Exclusive TESTAMENT/EXODUS poster
· Collectible TESTAMENT/EXODUS commemorative laminate
· On-site check-in staff
Confirmed "Dark Roots of Thrash II" dates are: More...
UDR Music will release "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" and its accompanying bonus DVD (with digipack edition) on March 3rd, 2015.
"Mr. Crowley" features a line-up of all-star performers: Chuck Billy (Testament), Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Kelle Rhoads (brother of Randy Rhoads), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio). More...
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival today announces additional acts for the 2015 edition: The Red Chord, Allegaeon, Rivers of Nihil, Overcast, and more. This year's edition takes place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17th, 18th, and 19th.
Headliners already announced include Testament, Between The Buried and Me, and Motionless In White. The currently revealed lineup is as follows:
Friday April 17th
Between The Buried And Me
The Red Chord
The Atlas Moth
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...