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Formed: 1983
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.

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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Bloodstock Festival Live Feed Available

This weekend's Bloodstock Festival is streaming live over at this location and in the player below. At the time of this post, Behemoth's headlining performance is streaming live.

The festival is scheduled for two more days, featuring Chthonic, Testament, Machine Head, Sanctuary and Mayhem on Saturday and Nile, Evile, Black Dahlia Murder, Anvil, Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir and Alice Cooper on Sunday.

Check out the live stream here:


Bloodstock Festival 2012 by BloodstockFestival

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Exodus To Headline Slaughter By The Water

Slaughter By The Water 3 is pleased to announce the addition of the almighty Exodus as this year’s main stage headliner. The main stage will also include performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, and Abysmal Dawn.

The Pier stage will include performances by Enemy In Peril, Desecrator, Necrosin, Hemotoxin, Ulysses, Siren, Scars of Envy and ZH. A video of Bay Area thrash legends Testament announcing Exodus as the headliners is online now and can be viewed below.

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, Bay Area Rocks, Scion, Native American Health Center, Dunlop, Anchor Bay Tattoos, Ustream, and Expressions College, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy, who recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed here.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available at this location. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet. More...

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Testament Releases New Music Video

Thrash legends Testament have released a new music video for the track "Native Blood," which comes off their new album "Dark Roots of Earth." Check out the video clip below. The album is set for release tomorrow, July 31st, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day in the Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne of Thorns
9. Last Stand for Independence More...

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Slaughter By The Water Details Revealed

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, and more, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy and includes performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War and Abysmal Dawn.

More announcements including the full line-up and headliner are coming soon. Chuck Billy recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed below.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available here. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet.

From noon to 9pm, access to the entire pier, which includes Pier Stage entertainment, food vendors and retailers, is FREE to the public. The pier stage is powered by Rock the Bike and the bands performing will be announced soon. More...

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Testament Posts More Behind The Scenes Footage

Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament have posted the fifth in-studio video documenting the making of their new album "Dark Roots Of Earth." Check out the clip below.

Two complete tracks off the album: "True American Hate" and "Native Blood," as well as 90 seconds samples of "Rise Up," "Dark Roots Of Earth," and "A Day In The Death" have been made available at this location.

The band’s 10th studio album, "Dark Roots Of Earth," is the first release in over four years following 2008’s "The Formation Of Damnation." "Dark Roots Of Earth" is due out on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Testament Posts "Native Blood" Lyric Video

Testament posted up a lyric video for the track "Native Blood." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the lyric video here:

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Testament Posts More "Dark Roots" Sound Clips

Testament has posted additional 90 second samples from tracks off forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth." In the players below, you can check out "Cold Embrace," "Man Kills Mankind," "Throne of Thorns," and "Last Stand For Independence" from the album, which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the samples here:

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Testament Posts Samples Of Three New Songs

Testament posted 90 second samples from three new tracks from the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth." In the players below, you can check out "Rise Up," "Dark Roots of Earth" and "Day in the Death" from the album, which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the samples here:

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Testament Posts Making Of "Native Blood" Video

Testament posted the first part in a behind the scenes video for the band's new music video for the song "Native Blood." The song appears on the band's new album "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The "Native Blood" video is expected soon.

Check out the "Making of Native Blood," part one here:

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Testament Posts Third Making-Of Video Clip

Testament's Chuck Billy has shared his side of the story of the making of new album "Dark Roots of the Earth" in a third making-of video, available below. You can also check out the previously posted second video clip at this location.

"Dark Roots of Earth" is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (EU) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots Of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day In The Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne Of Thorns
9. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus Disc (On CD/DVD Version Only):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

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Testament Streaming New Song

After previously posting a lyric video online for the song "True American Hate," Testament has now released another track from upcoming album "Dark Roots of the Earth." Check out the song "Native Blood" over at the Nuclear Blast website.

"Dark Roots of Earth" is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (EU) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots Of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day In The Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne Of Thorns
9. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus Disc (On CD/DVD Version Only):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

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Testament Posts "Making Of Dark Roots" Pt. II

Testament posted a second behind the scenes video on the making of the band's forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth." In this installment, guitarist Alex Skolnick explains how he and Eric Peterson have developed as a team better than ever on the new release. "Dark Roots of Earth" is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out part one of the series by heading over to this location. The new track "True American Hate" can be heard here.

Check out part two of the "making of Dark Roots" here:

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Testament Posts "Making Of Dark Roots" Video

U.S. thrash icons Testament posted a behind the scenes video on the making of the band's forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth." Guitarist Eric Peterson explains how the album started and eventually came together. "Dark Roots of Earth" is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

A lyric video was previously issued for the song "True American Hate," which can be viewed at this location.

Check out the "making of" footage here:

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Bloodstock Open Air Trailer Posted Online

This year's edition of the U.K. Bloodstock Open Air Festival is set to take place from August 9th - 12th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of BOA 2012 have now posted a teaser trailer for the event, which can be viewed below.

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Testament Posts "True American Hate" Lyric Video

Testament posted up a lyric video for the track "True American Hate." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the lyric video here:

The track listing for "Dark Roots Of Earth" is as follows:

1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots Of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day In The Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne Of Thorns
9. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus Disc (On CD/DVD Version Only):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

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Testament Streaming New Track "True American Hate"

Bay area thrash legends Testament are streaming the new track "True American Hate" exclusively over at Blabbermouth.com at this location (Update: now available directly below). The song is from the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

As previously reported, the band is currently working on a new music video for the track "Native Blood."

The track listing for "Dark Roots Of Earth" is as follows:

1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots Of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day In The Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne Of Thorns
9. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus Disc (On CD/DVD Version Only):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

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Testament To Shoot New Music Video

Bay area thrash legends Testament revealed to Greek webzine Rock Overdose (see article here) that the band will be filming a video for the new song "Native Blood." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders are available now at this location.

Guitarist Eric Peterson revealed the details: "We are working on a video right now… actually we start tomorrow. It’s gonna be for the song 'Native Blood.' We’re gonna film it in an Indian reservation. It’s about people who were oppressed in life. We haven’t done one (video) in a while, so we’re kind of excited about that."

In the interview, Peterson elaborated on the injury to drummer Paul Bostaph that led to his departure last December:

"Paul Bostaph got injured about a year and a half ago and he was ordered by his doctor to stop playing for a while and it just kept taking a lot of time. We needed to get started for the record and Paul told us to start without him, but it kept going further and further and we ended getting a drummer for the record. We found Gene Hoglan who played with us in the 'Demonic' album."

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands to appear at this year's festival:

"After last week’s headliner announcement - where we revealed the mighty Machine Head will be letting fans pick the songs at their first ever UK festival headline slot - Bloodstock and Machine Head are now ready to take requests.

"If you head to Facebook you can now submit your suggestions via a poll. Each fan can pick five songs from Machine Head’s incredible debut 'Burn My Eyes,' and the five most popular tracks will be performed at Catton Hall this summer.

"Bloodstock can also reveal a further three acts for the Sophie Stage and one for the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Headlining the Sophie Stage on Thursday night, raucous rockers Viking Skull bring their loud and proud metal to Bloodstock, alongside Belfast metalheads Sweet Savage. Hotly tipped newcomers Death Valley Knights show why in just a few short months their powerful metal has earned them a much coverted spot at Britain’s most metal festival, and finally Canada’s Kobra & The Lotus make their Bloodstock debut opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday." More...

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Machine Head To Headline Bloodstock

The 2012 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival will take place this coming August 9th - 12th, and the organizers of the festival have now issued the following statement about confirming Machine Head:

"It is with tremendous excitement that we can now reveal our final headliner to be Oakland metal titans Machine Head, who will make their first ever UK festival headlining appearance on Saturday, August 11th on the RONNIE JAMES DIO main stage.

"Machine Head first graced UK shores in the wake of their landmark debut album 'Burn My Eyes' in 1994 as main support to Slayer. Fan reaction to Machine Head’s signature brand of crushing metal was so intense that the band would return immediately afterward to headline their own sold-out shows at many of the same venues, launching a massive swell of passionate fan support that continues to this day.

"Seven albums, a Grammy nomination and countless tours later, UK fans continue to champion and support Machine Head as feverishly as they did at those first shows, and this year, at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, they will be given the unprecedented opportunity to influence Machine Head’s set list!

"Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Machine Head’s first-ever live performance at their roadie Mike Scum's getting-evicted-from-his-house party - for which they performed five songs – Bloodstocker ticket holders will be given the opportunity to vote for the five 'Burn My Eyes' songs they most want to hear Machine Head play during their headline set Saturday night, with the five that receive the most votes included in the set list (details to follow)!

"Anyone that’s ever witnessed Machine Head live will attest to the fact that the raw, unbridled energy of their performance is unlike anything else you’ll ever see. With countless legendary UK performances already on record, and a first-ever fan-influenced setlist, it goes without saying that Machine Head’s headline set at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 is going to go down in metal history as one of those festival performances that you’ll forever be glad you got to see. Keep an eye on the official Bloodstock Facebook page for your chance to vote on the songs YOU want to hear."

The current Bloodstock lineup is as follows: More...

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Anthrax, Testament Add Third Leg Of Tour Dates

Fans in Canada and select cities in the northern part of the U.S. will finally have a chance to see what reviewers have called "The Best Metal Tour of the Year," when co-headliners Anthrax and Testament, joined by Death Angel, kick off a late-summer trek on September 14. Starting in Portland, OR, the bands will work their way north, cross into Canada, and play all of the major Canadian cities before wrapping up in Montclair, NJ on October 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1.

This run will be the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel hat-trick; the three bands packed five weeks worth of venues coast-to-coast last Fall, marking the first time Anthrax and Testament had shared a stage in more than a decade; again, earlier this year, the line-up played another dozen dates to headbangers in cities from Las Vegas to New York.

According to Anthrax's guitarist Scott Ian, "We played to sold-out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances, and we can't wait to do it again, especially for our Canadian fans who have been waiting a long to time 'worship music' with us."

"There have been very few three band bills in which the acts are so compatible and the shows so consistent that a second leg of the tour is a 'no-brainer'," said Testament's lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. "But in the case of Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel, that's been the case. Things have gone so well, in fact, that it's made sense to add a third leg with this exact same line up. All three bands are excited to take this show into new territory with a trek across Canada, and a few spots in the US we missed last time around. And this time, Testament will be armed with a brand new album with music that we're eager to share with everyone. Hope to see you out there!"

"We've been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time, and had a great time touring with them before," added Anthrax's drummer Charlie Benante. "And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a great time, for us and for the fans."

Said Testament's frontman Chuck Billy, "It's good to see that metal is alive in 2012 and the fans want a third leg of the Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel tour. Don't fucking miss it! Metal Forever!"

With more dates to be confirmed, the upcoming Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour dates are as follows:

September 14 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
September 15 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
September 16 Toyota Arena, Kennewick, WA
September 17 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
September 20 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
September 21 MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AL
September 22 Events Center, Edmonton, AL
September 24 The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
September 25 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
September 29 Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
September 30 Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, QC
October 2 Metropolis, Montreal, QC
October 3 State Theatre, Portland, ME
October 5 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

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