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Formed: 1983
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Divine Empire New Album Details

Florida's death metal outfit Divine Empire is ready to unleash their brand new, hate fueled bullets upon all of us with their new album “Method Of Execution.” Opening with the crushing atmospheric track “Vowed Revenge,” it becomes immediately clear that the new album “Method of Execution” is a giant leap forward for the band. “Prelude to the Storm,” for example, provides some beautiful classical guitar melodies accompanied by violin and cello lines before blasting into “Storm of Hatred".

Produced once again by Jeremy Staska (Malevolent Creation, Hateplow, Remembering Never, Nonpoint, Poison The Well), Divine Empire have achieved their most stellar production to date. The guitars are clear yet dirty; the drums sound big yet sharp; and the bass cuts through beautifully, making Blachowicz’s impressive techniques on the four-string apparent. He also gives the vocal performance of his career, displaying a range that could very well give Glen Benton a run for his money.

Divine Empire have always released strong death metal records, but with “Method of Execution”, the band has reached a creative zenith. They’ve grown from their straight ahead death metal origins to include a variety of influences, helping distance them from their Malevolent Creation brethren. Stronger melodies, catchier song structures and hints of classical, doom, black, and even classic rock all rear their ugly heads. Without a doubt the Empire has solidified its reign and shall continue to rule for years to come.

"Method Of Execution" tracklisting (58:08): More...

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Susperia To Support Testament On European Tour

Norway’s SUSPERIA have announced details of a high profile European tour in May. The band have been confirmed as the main support act for bay area thrash legends TESTAMENT on their upcoming European 'Reunion Tour'. Also appearing on the tour will be DIVINE EMPIRE from the US and DEMOLITION from Austria.

Susperia recently completed a video for the album track ‘Devil May Care’ from their third full-length album, Unlimited. It features highlights from the group's recent and most successful tour of Europe, including footage from their performance at 2004's Inferno Festival.

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Testament Frontman Comments On 'Reunion' Tour

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has issued the following statement regarding the band's upcoming "reunion" tour:

"Well, it is really happening. Alex [Skolnick], Greg [Christian], Johnny [Tempesta], Eric [Peterson], me and Louie [Clemente], we are joining together to play some shows in Europe in May and a few in the U.S. in June. We are all stoked. More...

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More Tuska Open Air Details Revealed

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival has added more international and Finnish acts to the 2005 roster. The line-up is almost complete with only 1 more artist to be added for Saturday afternoon as well as the winner from the band contest at Rotonde-Festival, France, which is to be held later this spring. This year's Tuska-Festival is more international than ever, with nearly half of the artists coming from abroad. The evening clubs will most likely see some international action as well.

New additions in Finnish professionalism will be represented by Apocalyptica, whose cello metal is witnessed way too rarely on their native soil. Apocalytica just recently supported Rammstein on their European tour and appeared stateside on a few selected dates.

German precision and universal greatness is brought to you by the mighty Gamma Ray. The band last appeared on the bill at Tuska 2000 and have since built their fanbase by selling out club shows on a regular basis.

Other additions include up-and-coming death metallers Amoral, Finnish-singing Stam1na and Viikate, as well as Callisto who are about to embark on a European tour in a few weeks.

The search continues for one more, either domestic or foreign artist.

Ticket sales for Tuska 2005 start on Friday April 1st. Three-day ticketcosts 67 euro, one-day ticket 32 euro. Go to www.lippupalvelu.fi to purchase tickets.

Current Tuska 2005 line-up reads as follows: More...

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Testament Announce Reunion Tour Dates

Testament have announced upcoming reunion tour dates that will see the band venture on a 10-date trek of Europe in May. The tour will feature vocalist Chuck Billy, founding guitarist Eric Peterson, original guitar player Alex Skolnick and original bassist Greg Christian (Havochate). As for the drum-kit spot, it will be either previous Testament drummer Johnny Tempesta (Helmet, ex-Rob Zombie) or original drummer Louie Clemente.

Here are the confirmed dates:

May 06 Eindhoven, NETH - De Effenaar
May 07 Hellendorn, NETH - Dynamo
May 08 London, UK - Koko
May 09 Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
May 10 Esch, LUX - Alsette
May 11 Milan, ITA - Rolling Stone
May 12 Innsbrook, AUT - Hafen
May 13 Lichtenfels, GER - Stadthalle
May 14 Dieburg, GER - Live Arena
May 15 Gavere, BEL - Racing

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Testament To Do Reunion Tour in Europe

Testament lead vocalist Chuck Billy, and founding guitarist Eric Peterson have announced that original guitar player Alex Skolnick, original bassist Greg Christian, and drummer alum Johnny Tempesta, are joining them for a Reunion Tour in Europe, 7-15 May ONLY. The tour will last for 9 shows only.

Each of the other three musicians have other bands, projects, and recordings coming out, but they have all agreed to join forces with Chuck and Eric to blow out this limited reunion tour in May. Chuck Billy is quoted as saying: "I'm in music to enjoy it, and playing with my old band-mates after all these years will be killer!" Eric Peterson adds: "This reunion tour takes me back 20 years, the fans will freak seeing us together again!"

Agents, Tour Promoters, and Festival Organizers who wish to submit offers can contact Testament's manager : Phil (at) ThrillEntertainmentGroup.com.

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Cage Confirmed For Earthshaker Festival

CAGE has been confirmed to play at the Earthshaker Festival 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MANOWAR will headline the festival and will also feature TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, RHAPSODY, GRAVE DIGGER, MASTERPLAN and many other bands.

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First Acts For Tuska Open Air Confirmed

The eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival which takes place at Kaisaniemi in Helsinki, Finland from July 15-17th. Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT will headline on the 17th.

Other confirmed acts include: TESTAMENT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EVERGREY, NAGLFAR, SCARVE, FINNTROLL, ROTTEN SOUND, THUNDERSTONE, AJATTARA, TERASBETONI, TURMION KATILOT, DEATH CHAIN, PAIN CONFESSOR.

33,000 are expected to attend the event. Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale later this spring through Lippupalvelu. For more information, grab a Finnish dictionary and head to tuska-festival.fi.

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Testament, CoB Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

Testament, Overkill, Children of Bodom, Rhapsody, Grave Digger and Masterplan are among the latest bands confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Bludgeon
Cage
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Disbelief
Ektomorf
Evidence One
Feinstein
Grave Digger
Graveworm
J.B.O.
Manowar
Masterplan
Overkill
Rhapsody
Testament

A poster for the festival can be viewed at this location.

As previously reported, festival headliners Manowar are currently in studio working on a new song to be performed at EarthShaker Fest 2005. The band warn the fans that this will be only one of the many great surprises they are preparing for this show and the Mega Fan Convention.

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Testament Re-Release "Seen Between the Lines"

Testament, who are renowned for their intense live performances and amazing musicianship , have announced that they will re-release the legendary "Seen Between the Lines" band documentary on DVD this spring. A fan–favorite for over a decade, "Seen Between the Lines" was originally released on VHS in 1991 and has been re-recorded in DVD format to enhance picture clarity and sound quality for today’s Testament followers.

"Seen Between The Lines" contains a live set recorded during the band’s 1991 world tour, 4 promotional music videos, rare video interview clips, and exclusive behind the scenes and candid footage of the early years of this metal juggernaut.

Featuring the ‘classic’ lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass), and Louie Clemente (drums), this footage takes fans back to the day when Testament were in their prime: a hungry young metal band out to conquer the world. "Seen Between The Lines" is a visual documentation of how the band wowed fans with their technical prowess, coupled with their unbridled aggression, both in the studio, and on the stage. More...

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Dragonlord To Enter Studio In February

Dragonlord, the San Francisco Bay Area "black" metal band featuring current and former members of Testament, will finally hit the studio in February to record their long-awaited second album, entitled "Black Wings of Destiny".

Recording will take place in at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer/mixer Fredrik Nordström. Nordström is known for his work with bands such as In Flames, Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir, The Haunted and Old Man's Cild, among many others. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Becoming Of", "Until The End", "Mark Of Damnation", "The Curse Of Woe", "Blood Voyeur" and "The Requiem".

Commented Dragonlord guitarist/vocalist Eric Peterson: "We've been working hard off and on with these new tracks for a while now, and I think Fredrik is the perfect choice to help birth these dark new gems. We are also the first American band to record with him, which is very cool!"

Dragonlord's debut album, "Rapture", was released in 2001 through Spitfire Records.

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More Info On Damageplan Nightclub Shooting

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net that Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul was in a complete state of shock and expressed his desire to be with his brother right after the shooting occurred.

A friend of Scoop's, Kevin Minerd, who also attended the concert, told Blabbermouth.net that the gunman entered the stage from the left side and walked over to the right side where Dimebag was standing before grabbing the guitarist and pumping several bullets into him. Additional shots were fired, although it's presently unclear which other member of Damageplan, if any, was killed in the incident.

"A Columbus police officer, when he arrived, engaged the shooter, and the shooter is also dead, and if the officer hadn't acted when he did and how he did, we'd probably be looking at more dead, because this guy was actively shooting," Sergeant Brent Mull, public information officer, told MTV News.

"We have 200-plus patrons that we have sequestered inside three city buses," Sergeant Mull explained. "We are interviewing them one by one. The ones that were inside and witnessed this, ran for their lives and were in fear for their lives. They are victims too, and we want to take care of them."

As news of Dimebag's (born Darrell Lance Abbott in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966) bizarre and tragic demise rippled through the metal community, the news was met with shock and sadness.

"I'm speechless," friend and Rob Zombie/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson told MTV. "This is totally unreal. Dimebag is a fucking legend and this is total bullshit."

"This is insane and this is beyond travesty," Killswitch Engage frontman, and former Damageplan tour partner, Howard Jones said. "This is beyond anything I've ever heard. This shouldn't happen in or outside of the rock and metal community. He will be missed and mourned as a person, as a musician, and as a friend."

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, whose band has toured with Pantera and has featured Dimebag guest appearances on their albums, stated in a posting on Anthrax's web site, "I am devastated as I'm sure we all are. All I can convey at this moment are my condolences to Rita and Vinnie and the whole family. My heart is with you."

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx offered the following: "Dime, I will never forget all the times you made us laugh. I'm so happy we got to spend the day together in London recently… We should all live our lives as full as you have. I will miss you, as will all of us... This is a sad day."

Rich Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo): "Darrell was as nice as they come. During the times that I spent with him, I wondered why he played in such a heavy band. Not that he didn't have the ability to school all of us that dared to share a stage with him, but because he seemed like such a gentle and kind man. He had a great sense of humor and was someone that everyone in the room gravitated toward. He never carried himself like the big rock star that he really was, instead he came across humble and appreciative. I consider it a privilege to have known him, as he was one of the 'real' guys in the business and as Zakk [Wylde] would say, 'one of the boys'!"

Shaun Glass (Soil): "Today I am saddened to say I lost my friend and hero it sickens me that someone would take away a person that brought so much joy to so many people. Love ya, Double D."

Jon Dette (ex-Slayer, Testament): "My brother just called to tell me that Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage tonight. Words cannot express the sadness I'm feeling right now and my condolences go out to Vinnie Paul and the Abbott family for their loss. This is a huge tragedy for the music world."

Orange County, California-based sextet Bleed The Sky (recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records): "It's a sad day in heavy metal, Dimebag Darrell formerly of Pantera, was shot and killed while performing with Damageplan in Ohio. We would more than likely not be a band if it wasn't for him, and can't possibly imagine the pain that his brother and his family must be in. RIP, brother, heavy music will never be the same without you."

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Testament/Painmuseum Guitarist On Clinic Tour

Former Halford and current Testament/Painmuseum guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak will embark on the next leg of the "Flurry Of The Black Notes Guitar Clinic Tour 2004" later this month. Hear the latest metal gear products and get your answers straight from Metal Mike. Attendance at the clinics is free, but get there early for best seating. A live performance by Metal Mike focused on the gear used will take place at each clinic, and there will also be question-and-answer segments as well as a meet-and-greet. The details are as follows:

November 16, 2004 (7PM)
SAM ASH - Edison
1831 Route 27
Edison, NJ 08817
(732) 572-5595

November 17 (7PM)
SAM ASH - New York City
155 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 719-2625

November 18 (7PM)
SAM ASH - Springfield
155 Route 22
Springfield, NJ 07081
(973) 376-5161

November 24 (7PM)
VICTOR's HOUSE OF MUSIC
762 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 444-9800

November 27 (7PM)
PRO LINE MUSIC
490 Lincoln Hwy
Fairless Hills, PA, 19030
(215) 736-8055 (Includes a Master Class with Metal Mike. Call store for details and availability)

November 29 (7PM)
GUITAR CENTER - Atlantic City
560 Hamledon Commons
May's Landing, NJ 08330
(609) 383-6979

A Painmuseum record-release party will take place on Saturday, November 20 in Linden, NJ: A night full of metal and drinking devastation. Meet and bang heads with Metal Mike (Testament, Halford), Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, Halford, Riot) and Painmuseum. Metal cover band all night upstairs, Metal DJ downstairs, drink specials, giveaways, brief performance by PAINMUSEUM. Two floors of metal headbanging mayhem. Sponsored by WDHA 105.5 FM "Metal Mania", The Aquarian Weekly, Thatssometal.com, Metalforever.com. Hosted by Matt Murray from WDHA 105.5 FM.

PAINMUSEUM party:
Saturday, November 20, 2004
THE CUP COMPLEX - 10 PM/ Door $5
1140 E. Elizabeth Avenue
Linden, NJ 07036
(908) 486-8925
www.cupcomplex.com

The band will also visit WDHA 105.5 FM "Metal Mania" with Matt Murray on November 19, 2004. Listen 11-12AM for album tracks and party ticket giveaways.

Commented Mike: "Here we go again. The clinic tour is back, stronger then ever hitting mostly national chains and the Painmuseum party will surely take place in history books. That I can guarantee. We got a killer label now. CD reviews have been very strong. After the hard work on the debut album, it's good to go out and spread the news about [the Painmuseum debut CD] 'Metal For Life' and, as always have some fun with our friends again. See you there mutherf**ckers."

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Metal Babies Gets Thrash Acts

Exodus, Testament and Death Angel have all signed deals with Metal Babies, a clothing company that specialises in baby clothing. Each now has one item available: Exodus - 'Bonded By Bib', Testament - 'Into The Crib' and Death Angel - 'The Art Of Crying'.

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Testament: 1989 'Bootleg' Live DVD Now Available

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Testament are currently offering the second live "bootleg" in DVD format for sale in the "Merch" section of the group's official web site. "Testament - Live at Santa Monica Civic December 16, 1989" was filmed in Santa Monica, CA during the band's tour in support of their third album, "Practice What You Preach".

"Testament - Live at Santa Monica Civic December 16, 1989" track listing:

01. Practice What You Preach
02. Sins of Omission
03. The Haunting
04. The New Order
05. Envy Life
06. Greenhouse Effect
07. Alex Skolnick Guitar Solo
08. Perilous Nations
09. Into the Pit
10. The Ballad
11. Trial by Fire
12. Blessed In Contempt
13. Burnt Offerings
14. Disciples of the Watch

The video is available for $18.00 in the U.S. or $23 overseas (+ $5.00 shipping & handling). For more information, click here.

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Painmuseum Confirm US Release Date

November 16, 2004 has been confirmed as the official U.S. release date for the long-awaited "Metal For Life" album from guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak's (Testament, ex-Halford) Painmuseum. "Metal For Life" features Chlasciak, Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, ex-Halford, Riot) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Sadus, Death, Vintersorg) on bass and newcomer Tim Clayborne (Hatred) on vocals. The album was mixed by Roy Z. (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickenson, Halford, Helloween) and mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death, Disincarnate). Additional guest vocals were provided by Joe Comeau (Overkill, Annihilator).

This will be the first U.S. release under Metal Mike's own label imprint C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC. C.M.M.'s exclusive retail chain agreement with Transworld Entertainment Group places this and future C.M.M. releases in major U.S. retail chain locations, namely FYE, Coconuts, Wherehouse, Strawberries, The Wall, Camelot and more. Metal Music World Marketing, LLC will provide marketing, sales and promotion. "Metal For Life" will also be available through several Internet providers including CDBaby.com, GuitarMusic9.com, Metal Mike Armory Store at www.painmuseum.com, CenturyMedia.com, TowerRecords.com, and metal speciality store locations.

The Metal God himself, Rob Halford, also gave "Metal For Life" thumbs up and invited the release to be placed for sale at RobHalford.com.

Distribution to metal speciality retail in the U.S., Central and South America will be handled by Century Media/CM Distro direct sales. Album downloads will be found at iTunes, SonyConnect, Napster, Rhapsody, AOL's MusicNet, and more.

Territories outside of the U.S./Central and South America are already spoken for and full label details will be disclosed soon. It has also been confirmed that Metal Mike Chlasciak has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music.

"'Metal For Life' is an album that I feel is one of the best I have ever been a part of," stated Mike in a press release. "It is 100% of what it should and what this band wanted it to be, and proudly 0% of what the martini drinking bullshit talkers wanted it to be. This CD is about what the words heavy metal mean to us, the band. The creative and recording process was closed to the business world, and only opened to the individuals that made this album. To us metal is a sign of freedom and individuality. The music speaks the truth."

You can preview album cover and tracks "I Am Your Keeper", "Speak The Name", "Hosanna Hosanna", "Words Kill Everything", "American Metalhead", "Dogs In A Cage" and "Live And Die" at this location.

For more information, visit www.painmuseum.com.

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Testament In Recording Mode

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT have issued the following press release via their official web site:

"Eric Peterson [guitar] has been given the green light to drive again by his doctor following his long recovery from a triple-fracture leg surgery. On tour in June, he fell down a flight of stairs resulting in the fracture that put him in the hospital in Vienna for 12 days. He spent the rest of the summer and part of the fall recuperating and in physical therapy.

"Now that he is mobile, he can drive the hour+ to the TESTAMENT recording studio, Driftwood Studios, and get back to working on the recording. He is in the studio two to three days a week with Chuck Billy and Paul Bostaph jamming on the songs as Chuck continues to work up more melody and lyric ideas.

"In preparation for their follow up CD to the #1 Chart topper, 'The Gathering', Eric and Chuck upgraded their hideaway studio to include a state-of-the-art Digi-Design Pro Tools HD hard disk recording system. Chuck is quoted as saying, 'We wanted to [and did] get all the bells and whistles plug-ins and hardware necessary to deliver a killer album.' No doubt it will be deafening — as usual.

"Currently, longtime friend and acclaimed recording engineer and ProTools pro Vinnie Wojno is helping TESTAMENT test-drive their newly installed system. Last week they added a newly constructed raised platform for the drum kit to better anchor a biting edge on the drum tones. Wojno set up the drum mic-ing for Lombardo on 'The Gathering' and likes the new upgraded set up.

"Recording legend has it that in order to get drum ideas out of Eric Peterson's head and onto the tracks, Dave Lombardo had to duct tape his sticks into his hands for one of the more blistering outings on 'The Gathering'. Paul Bostaph, a metal drum legend in his own right, endorsed by Tama, steps 'into the pit' for this new record and brings his own formidable double-kick talents to the mix."

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Musicians Speak Out On Anti-American Sentiment

Norway's Imhotep 'zine recently asked more than 60 heavy metal and hard rock musicians to answer the following question regarding the current political situation in the world:

What's your opinion on the rising tide of the anti-American sentiment around the world and to what would you attribute this?

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Wacken Open Air Festival DVD Info

Armageddon Over Wacken
Various Artists
Street Date: October 19, 2004
Catalog Number: CMU 61127

Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany.The festival started out 14 years ago and has now amassed an attendance up to 35,000 people and is the largest metal gathering in Europe. Crash Music is proud to release the live concert two DVD set.

The DVD includes performances by many well known metal gods such as Twisted Sister, Saxon, Nile, The Crown, Testament, Vader, In Flames, Gamma Ray and many more. Also includes backstage and behind the scenes footage of the Wacken Open Air festival. The DVD was shot in 5.1 Surround Sound for exceptional audio quality.

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Watch The Get Thrashed Documentary Trailer Online

The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:

METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN

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