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Sweden's Amon Amarth has announced Bay Area thrash group Testament as special guest on the European "Jomsviking" tour in Germany, France, and Italy. Also joining Amon Amarth as support is Sweden’s epic Grand Magus. Dawn Of Disease will be the opening act in Poland.
Comments Testament's Eric Peterson: “With a heart of steel and rippling distant thunder, we are honoured to board the Amon Amarth viking ship and get ready to feast and plunder with them across Europe! Thor's hammering strikes shall lead the way! Skol!”
JB from Grand Magus declares, "Warriors of the north Atlantic! We are proud and excited to be part of this tour. Earth-shattering metal is coming your way. Amon Amarth, Testament, and Grand Magus on the same night! There will be headbanging, thrashing, and all around heaviness to fill all needs. Join us! Rejoice!” More...
UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have now opened up the 2017 installment to public sales. Check out how to plan your metal vacation using the link below.
In addition, the lineup is taking shape as an additional 20 acts were added to the bill, bringing the total announced at 36 of 60 bands, as follows:
Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria.
70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.
The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!
The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.
Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.
Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria join the previously named 16 acts, with 24 still to be announced: More...
Legendary bay area thrash metal group Testament recently revealed the cover artwork for impending 12th album "Brotherhood Of The Snake," which will be released on October 28th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.
The expressional cover was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who also created the artwork for Testament's last album, "The Dark Roots Of Earth," and has previously worked with bands such as Hatebreed, Soulfly and Kataklysm.
"Brotherhood Of The Snake" was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (Exodus, Heathen, Machine Head), guitarist Eric Peterson, and singer Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by producer Andy Sneap (Accept, Arch Enemy, Cradle Of Filth, Kreator, Machine Head, Megadeth).
Peterson commented: "It's very diverse, but it's very epic. There's nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for thirty years of recording music and trying different formulas and stuff, we've found a formula that is very metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something, for the nooks and crannies… not just your normal, 'Oh, it's got a thrash beat and a riff.' There's a lot going on here. More...
Legendary Bay Area thrash act Testament unveiled the artwork for the upcoming new release "Brotherhood of the Snake."
The album is set to drop on October 28th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Much more information is expected soon.
Check out the piece, which was created by Eliran Kantor, here:
This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).
The live stream can be accessed at this location.
The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):
Thursday, August 4th:
16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)
Friday, August 5:
16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
Saturday, August 6th:
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...
The Swedish heavy metal Vikings from Amon Amarth have announced the remaining dates of their massive European "Jomsviking" tour with new shows added in Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic & Hungary.
Joining as special guest in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal is the legendary Bay Area group Testament.
Testament's Eric Peterson comments: “With a heart of steel and rippling distant thunder, we are honoured to board the AA Viking ship and get ready to feast and plunder with them across Europe! Thor's hammering strikes shall lead the way! Skol!”
Poland’s Behemoth will be joining Amon Amarth for dates in Norway, Sweden, Finland & Denmark. Behemoth's Nergal states: “The last and only time we toured with Amon Amarth was over a decade ago when both our bands were conquering North America in a small shitty van. We are in a different place now and we are more then honoured to be sharing the stage with those Norse men again! Scandinavia, you have been warned!”
Also joining as support on all shows is Sweden’s epic Grand Magus. JB from Grand Magus declares, "Warriors of the north Atlantic! We are proud and excited to be part of this tour. Earth-shattering metal is coming your way. Amon Amarth, Testament/Behemoth, and Grand Magus on the same night! There will be headbanging, thrashing, and all around heaviness to fill all needs. Join us! Rejoice!” More...
The legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament just announced the title and release date for an upcoming 12th album.
New full-length release "The Brotherhood Of The Snake" is slated to arrive on October 28th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.
The album was recorded under the watchful eye of producer Juan Urteaga (Exodus, Heathen, Machine Head), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy - and is currently being mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (Accept, Arch Enemy, Cradle Of Filth, Kreator, Machine Head, Megadeth).
Eric Peterson commented in an interview with Metal Maniac: "It's very diverse, but it's very epic. There's nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for thirty years of recording music and trying different formulas and stuff, we've found a formula that is very metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something, for the nook and crannies… not just your normal, 'Oh, it's got a thrash beat and a riff.' There's a lot going on here."
The songwriter also told Metal Forces in another interview: "It's different. This one is more thrash. I mean, this has got some of the fastest stuff that we have ever played. Usually, we have one or two thrash songs, and then we have some mid-tempo, and then we have a slow, heavy one, and then up-tempo kind of stuff. Half of the new record is thrash, which we've never done before."
He continued: "It's kind of like ‘Demonic’ and ‘The Gathering’, but a little bit wiser, I think. Chuck's not singing so death. I mean, he does some death stuff but he's singing more like he did on the last record and then with the craziness of ‘The Gathering’ or even heavy stuff like ‘Demonic.'" More...
Rogue Records America has revealed the band lineup for an upcoming Fallout 4 hard rock/heavy metal radio station mod called "Rogue Radio." Complete with 44 songs by 38 bands and 2 DJs, "Rogue Radio" will be available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next month.
Commented Rogue Records America owner Dean Martinetti: "We saw that the opportunity was not only there for our artists, but we had room to add other artists - bands we admire and bands who wanted a chance to increase their reach to hopefully obtain new fans.
"We are aiming for the 4th of July, but we have to take a few things into consideration, like compatibility on all platforms. Testing is what will take the longest on here, but we need to get it right so everyone can enjoy what we have done"
The lineup, consisting of Rogue Records America bands as well as nationally touring and emerging artists, is as follows: More...
The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.
As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.
Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.
As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.
Among the many acts to check out:
Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):
19h30 Sacred Reich
22h40 Aura Noir
00h45 Abbath More...
Kaaos TV conducted an interview with Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph at the South Park festival in Tampere, Finland on June 10. Check it out below.
On whether he is pleased by the fan response to Slayer's latest album "Repentless":
Paul: "Absolutely. Whenever you're putting a new record out, you're not sure what other people are gonna think. You know you like it, but it's always nice when you get positive feedback from people about the fact that they like it."
On whether he was nervous about being accept by Slayer's fans again after being away from the band for so long: More...
Testament is thrilled to announce that the band will be returning to U.K. soil in June to play an extra two shows in Oxford and London as part of a four-date long U.K. run.
This trek will take the thrash icons to Oxford, Leamington Spa and Southampton – culminating in a special Thrash’n’Bowl show at the Brooklyn Bowl, London. There will be special VIP/bowling with the band tickets available for this event.
Esteemed frontman Chuck Billy comments: “Testament are excited to be playing some club dates in England. It’s been a while since we have played some intimate shows there and we can’t wait. Be ready for a great night of thrash metal!”
Testament has been working hard in the studio over the past year on the follow-up to 2012’s "Dark Roots Of Earth." The new record is due for release this summer via Nuclear Blast, stay tuned for more details…
19th June – Oxford, O2 Academy
21st June - Leamington Spa, The Assembly
22nd June – Southampton, Engine Rooms
23rd June – London, Thrash’n’Bowl @ Brooklyn Bowl More...
Carcass frontman/bassist Jeff Walker broke the proximal fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot prior to the band's March 19 concert in Seattle, Washington as the support act for Slayer and Testament. States the band via Facebook: "Sorry for Walker's lacklustre performance in Seattle last night....here's the reason why! Talk about "break a leg".....just a poor man's Dave Grohl!!!!! OUCH!!!!!"
Walker has received medical treatment for his injury. More...
While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.
Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.
A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:
Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015
Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We're forever grateful for all of your inspiration. RIP pic.twitter.com/WC1csn5F5x— Metallica (@Metallica) December 29, 2015
Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.
Our hearts are with Paris tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZRDD8BmhvM— Robert Trujillo (@RobertTrujillo) November 14, 2015
Metal Allegiance premieres another new music video for the band's cover of Dio's “We Rock“, taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which is out now in stores via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs/ex-Dream Theater.
Joining them on "We Rock" are Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Chuck Billy (Testament), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus) with additional lead guitars.
Check it out now below.
Metal Allegiance premieres a new music video for the track "Gift Of Pain", taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which hits stores September 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The supergroup's core musicians include Megadeth‘s David Ellefson, Testament‘s Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs. Joining them on "Gift Of Pain" are Lamb Of God's vocalist Randy Blythe and Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus with a guest solo.
Check it out now below.
Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced 45 more acts for the 2016 edition of the annual Memorial Day festival bash. Among the list - U.K. doom metal legends Paradise Lost, U.S. doom metal upstarts Crypt Sermon, the reformed Swedish death act Centinex, U.K. legends Discharge, U.S. thrash legends Hirax, soon to be defunct legends Nuclear Blast, U.K. classic metal legends Satan and the mighty Bay Area thrash act Testament.
Tickets for the event will be available soon. Head over to this location for more information.
The freshly named act list is:
The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin (Italy)
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
Gets Worse (UK)
Cannibal Corpse has confirmed the band will be touring Latin America in November and December with thrash legends Testament.
The tour begins November 17th in Brazil, and concludes on December 2nd in Guadalajara, Mexico. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 10th at this location. Catch Cannibal Corpse live:
11/17 Porto Alegre, Brazil Opiniao
11/18 Curitiba, Brazil Vanilla Music Hall
11/20 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Circo Voador
11/21 Sao Paulo, Brazil Carioca Club
11/24 Buenos Aires, Argentina Groove
11/25 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolican
11/26 Lima, Peru Embarcadero 41
11/28 Bogota, Colombia Downtown Majestic
11/29 San Jose, Costa Rica Club Peppers
12/01 Mexico City, MX Pabellón Oeste Del Palacio de los Deportes
12/02 Guadalajara, MX Teatro Studio Cavaret More...
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...