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Formed: 1983
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
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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.

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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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Testament Posts Facebook Fan Interview Footage

Testament posted a Facebook fan interview video featuring guitarist Eric Peterson. Peterson answers questions about the band's forthcoming LP "The Dark Roots of Earth," the details of which were recently unveiled. The album is expected to drop on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the interview here:

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Witchsorrow And More Playing Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have announced a further three acts for the Sophie stage at this year's festival.

Returning to Catton Hall, Witchsorrow threatens the British summer time with downtuned doom and gloom that echoes metal greats such as St Vitus, Candlemass and Trouble. Says mainman Necro Skull: "We are truly honoured to be returning to cast a shadow over Bloodstock once more. We promise you total doom annihilation, a celebration for the damned as the end of the world looms at the end of this wretched annum. To be in the company of such excellent bands as Watain, Alice Cooper, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus and Winterfylleth is a grand thing indeed. God curse us, every one!"

Returning for the second year in a row, London loud-louts Dripback take a break from the studio to come back to the Sophie stage with their seething mix of hardcore and death metal. The band commented, “For us it’s all about being intense in tents, so this really is the perfect festival slot for Dripback. We’re all so buzzing about playing with Crowbar, Hatebreed, Testament and all the other awesome bands, this really is the best festival."

Finally, Swiss thrashers Battalion make their UK debut at Bloodstock. The Thrash Maniacs check in to say: “It's the first time for us to play in England! What a fucking start! We're looking forward to kick some ass there!!! See ya Bloodstock! Cheers from Zurich, the Battalion-Bastards.”

For more details on Bloodstock Open Air, head over to this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Testament Reveals New Album Details

Bay Area thrash titans Testament have revealed the cover art and details for their upcoming "Dark Roots of Earth" release. The artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor and "Dark Roots of Earth" was produced, mixed and mastered once again by Andy Sneap. Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga at his Trident Studios.

The follow-up to the 2008 release "The Formation of Damnation" (reviewed here) will be released on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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Crowbar And More Added To Bloodstock

With a plethora of metal talent already on offer - including Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Hatebreed and loads more - Bloodstock Open Air has another addition to it’s main stage, in the form of New Orleans sludge-monsters Crowbar. The organizers of the festival commented:

"The epitome of heavy, Kirk Windstein and co have been showing the world that speed isn’t everything since their debut 'Obedience Thru Suffering' stunned the metal world in 1991 with its downtuned, slow-paced yet punishingly heavy sound. With nine studio albums under their very large belts, Crowbar have mastered the art of the riff, continually delivering irresistible sludgey metal via a sound uniquely their own. With mammoth sludgey slabs such as 'I Despise,' 'All I Had (I Gave),' 'Time He’s Nothing,' 'Like Broken Glass,' 'Nothing' and many more, the Ronnie James Dio Stage will be put to the test at Crowbar’s only UK festival of 2012.

"Over on the Sophie stage, additions come in the form of homegrown extreme symphonic metallers and Metal 2 The Masses winners Saturnian, fellow countrymen and Melo-death thrashers Bloodshot Dawn, as well as Finnish melodic death metallers Re-Armed."

Tickets and more information on the festival can be found at the official Bloodstock website. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Anthrax and Testament Tear Up Baltimore

Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel recently wrapped up their second leg of U.S. tour dates earlier this month. Baltimore was the second to last stop, on February 7th, and after missing the first leg of the tour in Silver Spring, Maryland, a show at Ram's Head Live was one I couldn't pass up. Despite having stopped in Silver Spring not too long ago, Ram's Head Live was packed pretty close to capacity, if not sold out.

The crowd was noticably older - mostly in their upper thirties and fourties - and for once I didn't feel like the old guy at a metal show. That is, until I saw those who made the show a family affair and brought their teenagers or younger kids. It seemed a little surreal, but bringing my teenage sons is something I could see myself doing in the not too distant future.

When I arrived, Death Angel was already well into their set, despite it being five minutes before they were supposed to take the stage. Having missed the opportunity to photograph the band, I grabbed a beer and enjoyed experiencing their brand of old school thrash. While Death Angel has been around since the 80's thrash scene, I didn't grow up listening to them like the "big 4," so this was my first time seeing the band live. More...

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