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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.
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Following successful kidney transplant surgery in December, guitarist Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Dragonlord, ex-Testament, etc.) issues the following statement:
"The time has finally come to share a very important piece of news, directly related to my health. On December 12 th, 2006, I had a successful kidney transplant! After 6 straight months on dialysis, changes to my lifestyle and diet, and a very thorough search for a suitable donor, by early August 2006, we had a preliminary match. Several rounds of blood and tissue typing tests had to be subsequently performed to ensure we were a perfect match for transplant; the main reason for my hesitance in saying anything publicly during those months.
The donor shall remain nameless, but my gratitude to him for his selfless act of kindness and friendship will endure forever! Thank you so much, you have no idea how much this means to me! I am now on the road to recovery, as they say. This is mainly requiring a lot of adjustment to medications I will be on for the rest of my life, a small price to pay to be free from dialysis, and the restrictions it places on a person, both mentally and physically. I had no idea how much freedom I took for granted before all of this hit. 2006 was a big revelation of the frailty of human life for me, something I will not take for granted again.
Where does all this lead to next? I’ve been advised by my doctors that I will not be able to travel in any capacity for the next 6 months, as I have to adjust to immunosuppressant drugs to fight any possible form of rejection of the kidney, and my body needs time to recover from this operation, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes. All things that only make one stronger!
Obviously, my health must come first, but of huge importance to me is my loyalty to the rest of Nevermore, and as soon as I am deemed fit and ready to hit the road again, I will. I’ve already written 4-5 songs in various stages for the next Nevermore record, when the time comes to do one.
My immediate plans are to finish The EssenEss Project, my instrumental debut album collaboration with bass player/composer Steve Hoffman, and special guest drummer, Atma Anur, and find a suitable label to release the album, and get this album heard, finally! It’s been a long road, most recently delayed by my health issues. I am glad to finally be getting this on to the mix stage within the next month. For more updates on The EssenEss Project, please check in at www.theessenessproject.com and our related forum. We have lots of news upcoming, as we confirm the next phases of the record, including mixing duties, mastering duties, and artwork, and finally, what label will release it. Interested parties in this last area, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also set to launch my internet guitar lesson business within the coming weeks. This will be a “live via webcam” lesson, all things that would happen in a regular live lesson with me will remain intact; written and audio/video examples, and direct focus on your goals as a musician are my aim. If you are interested in pursuing lessons with me, please contact me at: email@example.com with INTERNET GUITAR LESSONS in the title. I will include you on a mailing list due to go out this week, with full details on the lessons, how they will be run, cost, scheduling, etc. I look forward to teaching you!
Please stay tuned to www.stevesmyth.com or www.myspace.com/stevesmyth for further updates, or my forum on Ultimate Metal, as all further updates will come from any of these locations. I told everyone I would fight this, and be back! Bring on 2007, I’m ready!"
Testament's classic late '80s/early '90s period has been well documented over the years by several compilations. However, the group's latter era has thus far slipped through the cracks as far as compilations go. In February, this will change, as 'The Spitfire Collection' will be issued.
Consisting of tracks from such Spitfire/Testament titles as 'The Gathering,' 'Demonic,' 'Live at the Fillmore,' 'First Strike Still Deadly,' and 'Live in London,' the fourteen track set chronicles an era that ultimately saw the original Testament reunite for a successful 2005 tour. As a result, 'The Spitfire Collection' features both live versions of such Testament classics as 'Practice What You Preach,' 'Over the Wall,' and 'Souls of Black,' as well as such oft-overlooked studio tracks as 'Careful What You Wish For' and 'The Burning Times.' With such bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax introducing the world to thrash metal during the 1980's, Testament was one of the few second wave thrash bands to make a strong impression on the charts - resulting in such renowned releases as 1988's 'New Order,' 1989's 'Practice What You Preach,' 1990's 'Souls of Black,' and 1992's 'The Ritual.'
TRACKS LISTING FOR 'THE SPITFIRE COLLECTION':
The New Order
Souls of Black
Practice What You Preach
The Burning Times
Careful What You Wish For
Down for Life
Riding the Snake
Over the Wall
Into the Pit
Trial by Fire
Disciples of the Watch
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have lined up the following dates during the coming months:
Jan. 27 - San Francisco, CA - the Independent
Feb. 07 - Melbourne, Australia - the Prince Hotel
Feb. 08 - Sydney, Australia - the Manning Bar
Feb. 09 - Canberra, Australia - the Anu Bar
Feb. 11 - Perth, Australia - the Capital
Mar. 23 - Budapest, Hungary - Almassy MK Hall
Mar. 24 - Katowice, Poland - Hala Spodek
Jul. 26 - Subotica, Serbia - Hellwood Festival
Aug. 25 - Gemunden, Germany - Up From The Ground Open Air Fest
TESTAMENT is now tentatively planning to enter the studio in early 2007 to record the long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering", due before the end of next year.
TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza have joined forces in a brand new project called DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP). The band, which also features such other San Francisco Bay Area notables as Phil Demmel (guitar; MACHINE HEAD, ex-VIO-LENCE) and Willy Langenhuizen (bass; RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT), is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its debut album, due in 2007.
The group's complete lineup is as follows:
Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Vocals
Steve "Zetro" Souza (LEGACY, EXODUS) - Vocals
Andy Billy (SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Guitar
Greg Bustamante (RAMPAGE) - Guitar
Steve Robello (OUT OF CONTROL) - Guitar
Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE, DEATH PENALTY, METAL WARRIOR) - Guitar
Willy Langenhuizen (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT) - Bass
John Souza - Bass
Danny Cunningham - Drums
For more information, visit their MySpace page.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have added a Perth date to their upcoming Australian tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Feb. 07 - Melbourne, Australia @ the Prince of Wales Hotel
Feb. 08 - Sydney, Australia @ the Manning bar
Feb. 09 - Brisbane, Australia @ the Waterloo Hotel
Feb. 11 - Perth, Australia @ the Capital
TESTAMENT is now tentatively planning to enter the studio in early 2007 to record the long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering", due before the end of next year.
In a spring 2006 interview with LivingForMetal.com, TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson stated that the upcoming CD will feature the band's original lineup. He said, "We're gonna get Louie [Clemente] to come back to do some songs. The drummer situation, we are probably gonna use a couple of drummers 'cause we've had people that are in our lives and a part of TESTAMENT so it wouldn't be fair to not have these people play on it. Probably Jon Allen from DRAGONLORD and SADUS will play on it, who's also been a part of TESTAMENT and toured with us. Just the way we do things now, we don't tour extensively so it's kind of hard to keep steady players. Like if something comes up and someone's not available we'll go, 'Let's see if this guy's available.' Yeah it's gonna be killer, the new material is sounding pretty old-school. . . Alex's [Skolnick, guitar] got some riffs that he's been sending me and they sound pretty TESTAMENT, just really cool stuff. Like that 'Apocalyptic City' kind of vibe. Good chord progressions with octaves over it."
TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick has issued the following update:
"Just back from a whirlwind of shows, starting with ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO on the East Coast (touring with new projects by Dave Ellefson [ex-MEGADETH] and Marc Rizzo [SOULFLY, ex-ILL NINO], respectively) followed immediately by TESTAMENT on the West Coast and Europe (hottest summer in 100 years over there!).
"After a few days home, went to Pittsburgh to rehearse with the amazing modern dance company Attack Theatre (www.attacktheatre.com) which incorporates live music, multi-media and dance (AST's Matt Z was also there playing drums; between this, the trio and Jim Steinman's DREAM ENGINE project, we're turning into a 'package deal'). We then flew to Düsseldorf, Germany to showcase at an international dance conference and perform a concert in Dortmund, Germany at a medieval church. It was exciting to step (no pun intended) into the dance world; looking forward to more collaborations with them. More...
SCARIOT, the Norwegian metal band led by Død (a.k.a. Daniel Olaisen; BLOOD RED THRONE), had changed the projected title of its recently completed new album to "Momentum Shift" from the previously announced "The Grand Design". In addition, the group has announced that it has inked a deal with FaceFront Records to release the CD sometime in the fall.
"Momentum Shift" was mixed at Top Room studios in Norway. Drumming duties on the album were handled by Asgeir Mickelson (SPIRAL ARCHITECT, BORKNAGAR) while the bass tracks were laid down by Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH).
SCARIOT's last studio album, "Strange to Numbers", was released in 2003.
Drummer John Tempesta (ex-WHITE ZOMBIE, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, HELMET) will rejoin his former TESTAMENT bandmates on August 25 when the band play the Kaliakra Stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria. He will be filling in for Louie Clemente, who has been absent from the recent dates due to medical reasons.
Commented John: "It should be a lot of fun to play some thrash again!"
Filling in for Louie during July/early August is Paul Bostaph (ex-SLAYER) — a former member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, who had also previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City".
Former CRADLE OF FILTH/DIMMU BORGIR and current BENEDICTION drummer Nick Barker joined TESTAMENT on stage for a special rendition of the Bay Area thrash classic "Over the Wall" during their headlining appearance at Rio's in Bradford, England on Tuesday, July 25. Watch a low-quality video clip of the performance at YouTube.com.
TESTAMENT was forced to cancel its July 26 show at JB's in Dudley, England due to "time and mechanical issues with the tour bus they are using," according to an official statement from the band. The group is scheduled to perform at the Metalway Festival in Jerez, Spain on Friday, July 28.
As previously reported, TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente is unable to perform with the band on the upcoming shows in July/August due to "medical reasons." Filling in for Louie is Paul Bostaph (ex-SLAYER) — a former member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, who had also previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City".
SOILWORK's vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid got the chance of a lifetime last weekend as he performed a song with legendary Bay Area Thrash icons Testament at the Earthshaker Festival. "We had an awesome time at Earthshaker (Fest In Germany) and Metalcamp (festival in Slovenia) this weekend. Thanx for awesome support...I personally wanna take the time to thank Chuck Billy and Testament for asking me and giving me the honor to perform "Into The Pit" together with them on stage at the Earthshaker Festival--it was truly a dream come (true), wow! Thank you so much, I'll carry it with me 'till the end."
SOILWORK's next North American appearance will take place this fall when they return for a five-week tour that will take them coast to coast starting October 5th. Also appearing on the bill will be Darkest Hour, Mnemic and Threat Signal.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have added two California dates to their current itinerary. The group's schedule is shaping up as follows:
Jul. 25 - Bradford Rio - Bradford, England
Jul. 26 - JB's - Dudley, England
Jul. 28 - Metalway Festival - Jerez, Spain
Jul. 29 - Metalway Festival - Gernika, Spain
Aug. 04 - Bourbon Street - Concord, CA
Aug. 05 - Kennel Club - Sacramento, CA
Aug. 25 - Kaliakra Stadium - Sofia, Bulgaria
Oct. 13 - The Big Bop Concert Hall - Toronto, Canada
Oct. 14 - BW&BK 6-Pack, Le Medley - Montreal, Canada
As previously reported, TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente is unable to perform with the band on the upcoming shows in July/August due to "medical reasons." Filling in for Louie is Paul Bostaph — a former member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, who had also previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return To The Apocalyptic City".
Swedish death metal legends Grave and German rockers Kingdom Come are the latest additions to the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV - Back For More, which is being held in Montreal, Canada on October 13th and 14th, 2006 at Le Medley.
Grave, who will perform on October 14th (the Night Of Extreme Metal), will release their new album, "As Rapture Comes," in Europe on July 24th, and July 25 in North America via Century Media Records. Recorded in Studio Soulless in Stockholm, Sweden and mixed by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) in The Abyss Studio, the band says As Rapture Comes contains "the most brutal songs and sound that we have ever created." Head to Brave Tunes on the right hand side of BWBK.com to listen to the song 'By Demons Bred' from the band’s forthcoming release As Rapture Comes.
Confirmed acts for the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV - Back For More are as follows:
Friday, October 13th: Night Of Power - Helloween, Kingdom Come
Saturday, October 14th: Night Of Extreme Metal - Testament, Grave
More acts will be confirmed soon. Tickets are on sale now at TicketPro.ca for $34.99 CDN (plus applicable taxes). For more information visit the official website for the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend IV - Back For More at BWBK6pack.com.
Due to medical reasons, TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente will be unable to perform with the band on the upcoming shows scheduled in the United States, Europe, and South Korea. Veteran drummer and good friend Paul Bostaph (EXODUS, ex-SLAYER, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) will be filling in for Louie on the following dates in July and August:
Jul. 12 - Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Jul. 13 - Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
Jul. 14 - Nevada Empire Ballroom - Las Vegas, NV
Jul. 15 - Venue of Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ
Jul. 16 - Reflections - Victorville, CA
Jul. 21 - Earthshaker Fest - Rieden, GER
Jul. 22 - Metalcamp Fest - Tolmin, SLO
Jul. 24 - Carling Academy Islington - London, UK
Jul. 25 - Bradford Rio - Bradford, UK
Jul. 26 - JB's - Dudley, UK
Jul. 28 - Metalway Festival - Jerez, SPA
Jul. 29 - Metalway Festival - Gernika, SPA
Aug. 05 - Busan Rock Festival - Busan City, KOR
TESTAMENT are tentatively planning to enter the studio in the fall to record the long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering", due in early 2007.
In a recent interview with LivingForMetal.com, TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson stated that the upcoming CD will feature the band's original lineup. He said, "We're gonna get Louie [Clemente] to come back to do some songs. The drummer situation, we are probably gonna use a couple of drummers 'cause we've had people that are in our lives and a part of TESTAMENT so it wouldn't be fair to not have these people play on it. Probably Jon Allen from DRAGONLORD and SADUS will play on it, who's also been a part of TESTAMENT and toured with us. Just the way we do things now, we don't tour extensively so it's kind of hard to keep steady players. Like if something comes up and someone's not available we'll go, 'Let's see if this guy's available.' Yeah it's gonna be killer, the new material is sounding pretty old-school. . . Alex's [Skolnick, guitar] got some riffs that he's been sending me and they sound pretty TESTAMENT, just really cool stuff. Like that 'Apocalyptic City' kind of vibe. Good chord progressions with octaves over it."
Testament have added more U.S. tour dates, one date in Korea and one in Canada. Confirmed dates are now as follows:
July 12 Key Club - Hollywood, CA
July 13 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
July 14 Nevada Empire Ballroom - Las Vegas, NV
July 15 Venue of Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ
July 16 Reflections - Victorville, CA
July 21 Earthshaker Fest - Rieden, Germany
July 22 Metalcamp Fest - Tolmin, Slovenia
July 24 Carling Academy Islington - London, England
July 25 Bradford Rio - Bradford, England
July 26 JB's - Dudley, England
July 28 Metalway Festival - Jerez, Spain
July 29 Metalway Festival - Gernika, Spain
August 05 Busan Rock Festival - Busan City, Korea
Oct 14 Brave Words 6-Pack Festival, Le Medley - Montreal
BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
Steve Saks of LivingForMetal.com recently conducted an interview with TESTAMENT/DRAGONLORD guitarist Eric Peterson. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
LivingForMetal.com: After the CD "Live At The Fillmore" you released "Demonic". How was that era for the band?
Eric: "We toured our asses off for 'Demonic' and built our names up again, stayed out there for five months straight then we came back and it was just me and Chuck [Billy] standing looking behind us with everything on fire. I summoned up and ended getting Dave Lombardo [SLAYER] to work on the stuff with me then got Steve DiGiorgio [SADUS], wrote the record and invited James Murphy [DEATH, OBITUARY] back to play some leads on it...and there you have 'The Gathering'. And since then there has been a lot of internal things like Chuck's cancer and me breaking my leg touring, all kinds of shit. But it wasn't until the last year when we put the original line up back together...I mean I've always been writing ever since."
LivingForMetal.com: How many songs do you have hidden away? Like a billion? (laughs)
Eric: "I have so many, it's like..."
LivingForMetal.com: How do you write them anyway, and what do you keep them on?
Eric: "I have them on ProTools or four-track, boom boxes whatever I can record them on. The newer stuff is on ProTools. Now more than ever we are getting ready here. Hopefully we'll be recording in the fall, that's what I'm shooting for."
LivingForMetal.com: And that's for the new TESTAMENT album?
Eric: "Yeah, and it's gonna be with the original lineup."
LivingForMetal.com: Even with Louie [Clemente] on drums?
Eric: "Yeah, we're gonna get Louie to come back to do some songs. The drummer situation, we are probably gonna use a couple of drummers 'cause we've had people that are in our lives and a part of TESTAMENT so it wouldn't be fair to not have these people play on it. Probably Jon Allen from DRAGONLORD and SADUS will play on it, who's also been a part of TESTAMENT and toured with us. Just the way we do things now, we don't tour extensively so it's kind of hard to keep steady players. Like if something comes up and someone's not available we'll go, 'Let's see if this guy's available.' Yeah it's gonna be killer, the new material is sounding pretty old-school."
LivingForMetal.com: Has Alex [Skolnick] written a lot of material for the new TESTAMENT album as well?
Eric: "Yeah, he's got some riffs that he's been sending me and they sound pretty TESTAMENT, just really cool stuff. Like that 'Apocalyptic City' kind of vibe. Good chord progressions with octaves over it."
LivingForMetal.com: You guys were great together. I'm glad everyone's back and doing well.
Eric: "Actually, I just recorded some stuff last night with Jon Allen, a few new songs and there's this one song...I don't know. Me and Jon couldn't get past the beginning we kept stopping it and playing the beginning. I mean we're seriously both going, 'This is what METALLICA should be writing.' (laughs). It sounds really good the song, I'm not just saying it cause we're doing it. I mean all of the songs that we got are killer, but this new one to me is like, 'If this one doesn't hit home then I don't know what will.' It's got the really good essence of TESTAMENT and mixed with the drumming with Jon Allen and a little bit of 'Lombardo' kind of busy in style."
LivingForMetal.com: How was it playing with Dave on "The Gathering"?
Eric: "That was a blast. He was going through a rough period in his life, it kinda brought him back into drumming. I had a lot of good riffs and it wasn't something that we were trying to do...I bombarded him with riffs and he was just like, 'Whoa,' so he was kinda forced to play. He'd be playing like standard metal beats and I'd go, 'Dude, just fuckin solo through the whole song, go nuts!' So that's where a lot of the cool stuff came out, a lot of the rolls and all that stuff."
LivingForMetal.com: What kind of game plan are you looking at for the new TESTAMENT record, recording this fall?
Eric: "Recording in the fall would be nice, that's my wish list. There's a lot of stuff coming up, I have DRAGONLORD who are gonna tour the States and we're playing Japan in September and Alex has got stuff going on too."
LivingForMetal.com: Yeah everybody's got lives now.
Eric: "Yeah, everybody's got stuff they're doing. I think once we get together and we put this TESTAMENT record together and we're done with it we're all gonna be like, 'OK! We got something here.'"
LivingForMetal.com: Any idea how many songs you are planning to have on it?
Eric: "Probably 10, But we'll have some bonus tracks for Japan or something like that. I mean there's a lot of material being written so we're trying to get enough to write so we can at least get half or more for the next record after that...so we're not sitting around for another five years."
LivingForMetal.com: Oh, OK.
Eric: "So that's what we're kinda doing, we're trying to write more than we need so if things pick up we can turn around and go into the studio and get a head start."
Read the full article at Livingformetal.com.
The following announcement has been issued via the official TESTAMENT website;
"Testament have parted ways with management company Thrill Entertainment Group. We would like to wish Phil Arnold all the best. For band bookings, contact Chuck Bernal at Artists Worldwide. For other inquiries e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org."
In other news, Testament have announced two live dates for California, due to take place in Hollywood and Santa Ana. Their tour schedule is now as follows:
12 - Key Club in Hollywood, CA
13 - Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA
21 - Earthshaker Fest in Rieden, Germany
22 - Metalcamp Fest in Tolmin, Slovenia
NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-TESTAMENT) has issued the following statement:
"It is with deep regret that I will not be able to perform at any of European festivals over the next week with NEVERMORE, as I am now in hospital being treated with dialysis. The total kidney failure that I thought was a few months away has already happened. I am extremely disappointed with this situation, but there is nothing I can do. I wish the guys in NEVERMORE all the best and hope that as many of you fans as possible give them your support in Europe."
As previously reported, Smyth was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure last fall, the result of a congenital birth defect. Says Smyth. "JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick will fill in for Smyth on the upcoming dates as he has done on the recent U.S. tour.
Reformed classic British thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT will play a one-off date with TESTAMENT and XENTRIX at Bradford Rio's on June 3. This will be the only U.K. date that TESTAMENT will be playing with ONSLAUGHT and XENTRIX. It will be ONSLAUGHT's last U.K. appearance before going off to record their new studio album.
ONSLAUGHT will enter the studio the first week of July to begin recording their fourth CD, "Killing Peace", tentatively due in September via an as-yet-undisclosed label. The band's current lineup includes Sy Keeler (vocals), Nige Rockett (guitars), Steve Grice (drums), James Hinder (bass) and the group's latest addition, guitarist Alan Jordan (ex-MIRROR MIRROR, FRANKENSTEIN). Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Destroyer of Worlds", "Pain", "Tested to Destruction", "Burn", "Shock and Awe", "Prayer for the Dead", "Twisted Jesus", and "Killing Peace".
ONSLAUGHT recorded three albums in the late 1980s - including the underrated "In Search of Sanity" (1989, Polydor), featuring ex-GRIM REAPER frontman Steve Grimmett - before calling it a day.
This year's Metal Camp Festival is set to take place on July 21- 23 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The organizers have announced the addition of SOILWORK and very promissing Swedish newcomers SCAR SYMMETRY. Also appearing on the main stage are German Power metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY.
The Talent Forum Stage is being introduced for the first time this year. Bands set to play there include Blind Petition (AUT), Asterius (GER), Subhuman (ITA), Bleak Origin (CHE) and many others. For more information, visit the Metal Camp official page.
Below is the complete list of confirmed bands: More...