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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.
DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area "black" metal band featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", due in Europe on September 26 and October 4 in the U.S. via Escapi Music (note: the U.S. release date may get pushed back to October 25, according to an Escapi representative).
The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records), "Black Wings of Destiny" was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.
"Black Wings of Destiny" track listing:
01. The Becoming Of
02. Curse of Woe
04. Until the End
05. Sins of Allegiance
06. Mark of Damnation
07. Blood Voyeur
09. Black Funeral
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.
Abrasive Rock recently conducted an interview with UNEARTH frontman Trevor Phipps. An excerpt from the chat follows:
Abrasive Rock: With all the reunion shows going on right now is there one that really excites you?
Trevor Phipps: "I'd love to see TESTAMENT. I guess they're back together with Alex Skolnick, and the all original live up. I did just have the honor to see ANTHRAX play in London at the Download Festival. We played the same day as them about 3 weeks ago. That was killer. It was a favorite of mine back when I was a kid, so that was really cool to see, but I think the two main bands ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT.
Abrasive Rock: Is there one that you think is a complete joke?
Trevor Phipps: "MEGADETH, I would say, because it's just him. There's no Dave Ellefson, there's nobody. It's just Dave Mustaine. It's kinda ridiculous. Nick Menza's not there, it's just Dave Mustaine. It's a joke. It's not really MEGADETH. I think it's a total horseshit joke."
Read the entire interview at AbrasiveRock.com.
Over 700 metal fans turned out for the Thrash Against Cancer benefit on July 9 at the Pound amphitheatre in San Francisco. Bands playing the benfit included: TESTAMENT, HIRAX, LAAZ ROCKIT, VICIOUS RUMORS, MUDFACE, AGENT STEEL, IMAGIKA, DEKAPITATOR, KAOS, BROCAS HELM, RIGHTEOUS SIRE, HANGAR 18, NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS (featuring original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin), DREAMS OF DAMNATION (featuring former DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin), ANGER AS ART, MYSTIC RAGE.
Keith Regan, whose family is one of the recipients of the proceeds from the show, was extremely pleased with how the event turned out. “The crew from TAC deserves the utmost respect and praise from my family and everyone who decided to attend the show, “ Regan said. “They were instrumental in every aspect of the behind the scenes and made the day go as smooth as it could be. The show it self was incredible! All the people that approached us had nothing but high praise to say about every band!” Regan is looking into organizing another Thrash Against Cancer show next year, possibly involving different genres of music, in order to raise money for families with children who have pediatric cancer.
As announced by the organizers of the Earthshaker Festival and confirmed last week, Testament have been forced to cancel their appearance due to "personal obligations." Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed as a replacement. Assuming they will simply fill Testament's spot, Dimmu Borgir will play on Saturday, July 23rd from 8:45pm - 10:15pm.
The Earthshaker Festival is due to take place from July 21st - 23rd in Geiselwind, Germany,
Go to this location for the complete festival running order.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Hotly tipped British metallers PANIC CELL have been added as opening band to the forthcoming TESTAMENT reunion show at London's Koko on May 8. Also on the bill are SUSPERIA, DEMOLITION and DIVINE EMPIRE.
Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk, seetickets.com or direct from the promoter (cheapest option!). E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Doors for this event are 18:30 and not the previously advertised 19:00. This is an age 14 show.
PANIC CELL released their debut album, "Bitter Part of Me", last year through Casket Music. Production duties were handled by Dave Chang (EARTHTONE9, JOHNNY TRUANT, ORANGE GOBLIN, LINEA 77). The group's sound has been described as "BLACK LABEL SOCIETY fronted by Phil Anselmo."
For more information, visit www.paniccell.com.
JAG PANZER and PAINMUSEUM have been confirmed for the Louder Harder Faster festival, set to take place June 3-5 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA. This will be a unique event for PAINMUSEUM: When drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, HALFORD) was unable to cancel prior engagements for this particular performance, Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-SLAYER, SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN) was called upon to fill in for this one night only. Also performing with PAINMUSEUM will be Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X).
The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic TESTAMENT lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums). The weekend of metal mayhem will also include performances by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans NUCLEAR ASSAULT and SPEED\KILL/HATE, featuring members of OVERKILL.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
"Metal" Mike Chlasiak, formerly with Testament and Halford, has apparently joined up with Sebastian Bach as the new guitarist.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
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.
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...
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.
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."