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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.
Sitting behind the drums for some of the upcoming shows will be SADUS drummer Jon Allen, who will be filling in for original TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente while Louie is busy taking care of other matters. However, both guitarist Alex Skolnick and bassist Greg Christian have signed on for the forthcoming dates, TESTAMENT's manager - Phil Arnold of the Thrill Entertainment Group - told blabbermouth. "We'll do more shows this year, some with Louie some with Johnny Tempesta [HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE, EXODUS]," Arnold said.
Nevermore have announced that they will be playing this year's installment of the Gods of Metal festival, which is set to take place in Italy on June 3-4. The festival also features Stratovarius, Dimmu Borgir, Sonata Arctica, Testament, and more.
Nevermore have also been confirmed for the Live N Louder festivals in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7th, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 12th and Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 14th.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT are the latest confirmed band for the MetalMania 2006 festival, set to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (featuring TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick) are scheduled to perform live on Good Morning America on Wednesday, December 14, and on Live With Regis And Kelly on Thursday, December 15. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.
A posting on Skolnick's official website states: "FYI: just so everyone knows, this will not be a showcase for Alex (or any other individual musician involved). Don't expect long guitar solos. It will be quick, edited versions of the TSO songs, designed strictly for the purpose of appealing to a morning show TV audience."
TESTAMENT and NUCLEAR ASSAULT have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Atarfe Vega Rock festival, set to take place March 10-11, 2006 at Nave Medina Elvira in Atarfe, Granada, Spain. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
A brand-new SADUS track, entitled "Sick", has been posted online at www.myspace.com/sadus. The song comes off the long-running San Francisco Bay Area thrashers' upcoming album, "Out for Blood", due in early February via Holland's Mascot Records.
The follow-up to 1997's "Elements of Anger", "Out for Blood" was recorded at Trident Studios in California with producer B?rge Finstad (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR, VINTERSORG, EXTOL), engineer Juan Urteaga and manager Rob Lewis. The album features a guest appearance on one track by TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy.
With regards to the upcoming CD, SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio (SEBASTIAN BACH, ex-DEATH, TESTAMENT) had previously said, "Eleven new songs, some bonus crap and a cool behind the scenes video are all comprising the fifth album.
"Man, I know it's so cliché to say this...but this is by far our best-sounding shit... Holy crap, we're psyched for you to get some of this shyssa (scheiße)! Hopefully the wait will be worth it when you get infected from the contagious brutal aggression found through all the varying songs. Some raging bear vocals to be found on one courtesy of crazy Chuck Billy [TESTAMENT].
SADUS worked on the new album with producer Børge Finstad (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR, VINTERSORG, EXTOL), engineer Juan Urteaga and manager Rob Lewis. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to 1997's "Elements of Anger" include "Sick" and "Out for Blood".
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers SADUS have completed work on their new album, "Out for Blood", tentatively due early next year via Holland's Mascot Records.
Commented SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio: "Just wanted to say that finally, our new album is fucking done! No one knows how long I've been dying to type those exact words. So here it is, new SADUS 'Out For Blood' — eleven new songs, some bonus crap and a cool behind the scenes video are all comprising the fifth album.
"Man, I know it's so cliché to say this...but this is by far our best-sounding shit... Holy crap, we're psyched for you to get some of this shyssa (scheiße)! Hopefully the wait will be worth it when you get infected from the contagious brutal aggression found through all the varying songs. Some raging bear vocals to be found on one courtesy of crazy Chuck Billy [TESTAMENT].More...
Three complete tracks from TESTAMENT's upcoming live CD, "Live in London" — "Into the Pit", "Practice What You Preach" and "Over the Wall" — have been posted online at EagleRockEnt.com.
Due on November 1 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, "Live in London" is the documentation of a dream that long-time die-hard TESTAMENT fans have been waiting for: the reuniting of the band's "classic" lineup. Featuring vocalist Chuck Billy, guitar virtuosos Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian, and original drummer Louie Clemente (along with TESTAMENT and WHITE ZOMBIE alumnus John Tempesta as a second drummer), the band rips through classic TESTAMENT fan favorites in this show, shot in London earlier in 2005. This CD is the companion CD to the "Live in London" DVD.
"Live in London" track listing:
01. The Preacher
02. The New Order
03. The Haunting
04. Electric Crown
05. Sins of Omission
06. Souls of Black
07. Into the Pit
08. Trial by Fire
09. Practice What You Preach
10. Let Go of My World
11. The Legacy
12. Over the Wall
13. Raging Waters
14. Disciples of the Watch
SANGRE ETERNA, the new Oakland, California-based metal band featuring drummer Chris Kontos (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, VERBAL ABUSE, IRON VEGAN) and bassist Sean Smithson (SACRILEGE BC, GRINCH, THE UNCALLED FOUR), have launched their official MySpace page at this location. Currently available for streaming on the site are four recently recorded demo cuts from their "Swine of the Times" EP: "Trapped", "Swine of the Times", "Ceremony" and "Niraya".
Commented Kontos: "The time is prime for some crushing metal from the Bay Area... and NOT just a project, 'scrap metal' I call it... with this guy from this band, and that guy from that band. No, thanks! This is a real band - one with guts, drive, heart, and we are damned ready to bring it out raw and fast to you."
SANGRE ETERNA's curent lineup is completed by guitarists John Forcina and Ryo Shibata, along with vocalist Karl Fisher.
FIREWIND, the Greek power metal act led by guitarist Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY), have posted the following message on their official web site:
"As many of you know by now from other online sources, Chity Somapala [vocals] has decided to leave FIREWIND due to 'personal reasons.' But this doesn't mean that FIREWIND stops right here! We're already working with an incredible new vocalist and have eight brand new songs that kick ass!!
"Due to Chity's sudden departure, our plans for an extensive European tour this fall had to be cancelled. But we will be back on the road as soon as the new album is completed.
Although nothing's confirmed by now, we're looking at entering the studio in late January/early February 2006.
"More details and new singer info to follow soon."
FIREWIND's third album, "Forged by Fire", received its long-overdue U.S. release in July via Magick Records (a division of Cleopatra Records).
Somapala originally joined FIREWIND in early 2004 as the replacement for Stephen Fredrick. Chity appeared on "Forged by Fire", which was produced by band leader/guitarist Gus G. and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Guest musicians on the album included former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy.
Gus G. recently toured with ARCH ENEMY on Ozzfest 2005 as the group's touring guitarist after Christoper Amott bowed out of that band in order to "fully concentrate on his studies at home in Sweden," according to ARCH ENEMY axeman Michael Amott.
DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingstone (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT), have lined up the following U.S. dates during October/November:
Oct. 29 - Jimmy Z's - Everett, WA
Oct. 31 - The Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Nov. 04 - The Reverb Room – Toronto, ONT
Nov. 05 - Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Nov. 06 - Continental – New York, NY
Nov. 09 - Whisky a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 10 – Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
Nov. 12 - The Pound SF – San Francisco, CA
DRAGONLORD's sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", will be released in the U.S. on October 25 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.
DRAGONLORD performed on July 23 at the Earthshaker Fest in Geiselwind, Germany, where they showcased some of the new material and filmed footage for an upcoming DVD.
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have announced the cancellation of their appearance at the Live 'N' Louder Rock Fest, set to take place October 12 at the Estádio do Canindé in São Paulo, Brazil.
"After pulling out of the October 15 concert in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the band have now decided to call off their entire Latin American/Mexican tour, which was to include stops in Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The reason for cancelling the tour, according to the band, is that a new guitar player was not found in time for rehearsals, and all options were exhausted.
"The band had first announced 'Metal' Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM, SEBASTIAN BACH) as the fill-in guitarist for the tour. They then 'replaced' him with Derrick Ramirez, who had previously played with the band when they were still called LEGACY.
"When it became clear that Derrick would not be able to do the tour, the festival organizers offered to find TESTAMENT a Brazilian guitar player to replace him, going as far as to suggest a few names. However, the band's management wasn't interested and the group refused to make an effort to come down and do the tour. Meanwhile plane tickets for the band had already been paid for and TESTAMENT's money had already been sent.
"This is the third time TESTAMENT have cancelled their Latin American tour.
"To replace TESTAMENT, German thrash metal icons DESTRUCTION have been recruited to play the Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre dates. As a result, DESTRUCTION will now kick off their world tour in South America in support of their acclaimed new album, 'Inventor of Evil'."
Eagle Rock Entertainment has set a November 1 release date for the new DVD from TESTAMENT, entitled "Live In London".
"Live In London" is the documentation of a dream that long-time die-hard TESTAMENT fans have been waiting for: the reuniting of the band’s "classic" lineup. Featuring vocalist Chuck Billy, guitar virtuosos Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian, and original drummer Louie Clemente (along with TESTAMENT and WHITE ZOMBIE alumnus John Tempesta as a second drummer), the band rips through classic TESTAMENT fan favorites in this show, shot in London earlier in 2005.
Among the leaders of heavy metal over the past twenty years, TESTAMENT have always provided the rock solid proof that great song writing, regardless of genre, will always transcend time. Their crucial contributions to the early thrash metal surge of the mid to late 1980s helped to develop a sound that forever changed the face of heavy music and resonates just as loudly today. With all of their Bay Area peers either calling it a day or drastically altering their sound, TESTAMENT has remained a worldwide metal ambassador throughout the 1990s and into the new century.
"Live In London" DVD track listing:
01. The Preacher
02. The New Order
03. The Haunting
04. Electric Crown
05. Sins Of Omission
06. Souls Of Black
07. Into The Pit
08. Trial By Fire
09. Practice What You Preach
10. Let Go Of My World
11. The Legacy
12. Over The Wall
13. Raging Waters
14. Disciples Of The Watch
On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.
"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.
"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:
01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman
The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.
"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.
Testament's booking agent has stated that the band will not be performing at Brooklyn Music Terminal on September 30th. The only dates on the calendar at this time are:
Oct 1 - The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct 2 - The Crazy Donkey in Long Island, NY
Another track from the upcoming Roadrunner United collaborative project has been posted online. The latest features performances from members of Deicide, Chimaira, Slipknot, Testament and more, and can be found here. Furthermore, the complete details for the upcoming release, which sees performances from innumerable artists from the Roadrunner Records roster both present and past, have been posted online here. The album from the project, entitled "The All-Star Sessions", is due out in stores on October 11th.
Tesament have confirmed the following shows featuring the original lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums):
17 - Kawasaki-ku,Tokyo - Japan Thrash Domination '05
18 - Kawasaki-ku,Tokyo - Japan Thrash Domination '05
19 - Honolulu, Hawaii - U.S.
1 - Poughkeepsie, NY - U.S.
2 - Long Island, NY - U.S.
8 - Mexico City, Mexico - Live N Louder Rock Fest
Testament have confirmed a second New York show. Dates are as follows:
September 30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Music Terminal (ex-L'amour)
October 1 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Guitarist/producer extraordinaire James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has issued the following update:
"Hi everyone. I'm sorry for dropping out. I've been dealing with my grandmother's illness and passing. Several weeks ago she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, quite large and inoperable. She has always been a major part of our family life and an 'anchor,' if you will, always there for me with a place to stay and a meal throughout the ups and downs of my career, not to mention her unconditional love.
"Dealing with the emotional side and logistics of always having at least one family member in the hospital with her... And now with the family handling all her final business... It's been overwhelming and ongoing. Her funeral was last week and I have begun to see the light of day again finally.
"Even with these issues I managed to get more recording for the DEATH tribute [album] done. On the day of my grandmother's funeral, after the services, I made the trip to Tampa to record the singer of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN... And only two days before (one day after she passed) I traveled to Orlando to record the bassist of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. It was hard for me to focus but I couldn't lose the opportunity to have these two great musicians on 'Within The Mind'. Their performances for Chuck's [Schuldiner] memory transcend the difficult circumstances I recorded them under.
"I also want to take a moment to express my sadness about the passing of Piggy [of VOIVOD]. I have no words that haven't already been spoken more eloquently than I can manage at this moment. I was given the first two albums as a gift and when number three, 'Killing Technology', came out I was at the store the day it was released. Some months later I stood outside at Janis Landing in St. Petersburg to see the tour and buy the T-shirt. Piggy was, and is, an inspiration."
In the merch section of their official website, Testament are now selling a Live In Paris Bootleg DVD. Filmed this past May by Walter Morgan of Deadly Embrace, it features the original lineup of Chuck Billy - vocals, Alex Skolnick - guitar, Eric Peterson - guitar, Greg Christian - bass and Louie Clemente - drums.
Available for $18 in the U.S. or $23 overseas (plus s&h), Live In Paris features the following songs: 'The Preacher', 'The New Order', 'The Haunting', 'Electric Crown', 'Sins Of Omission', 'Into The Pit', 'Trial By Fire', 'Practice What You Preach', 'The Legacy', 'Over The Wall', 'Raging Waters' and 'Disciples Of The Watch'.
To view the DVD cover, click here.
To purchase the DVD, go to TestamentLegions.com.