Band Photo: Testament (?)
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.
Metal Scene TV has posted a video interview online with Testament's Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick at The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in San Bernardino at The San Manuel Amphitheater on July 9th, 2011. You can check out the clip below.
Testament was also recently featured in Metalunderground.com's Sunday Old School column, which can be found at this location.
Today sees Sunday Old School reach it's 100th article. You might say reaching this milestone is a true testament to how high heavy metal fans regard the old school. Or you might say that the previous sentence was just a bad pun to lead into this week's band. Either way, this week Sunday Old School will be looking at Testament, one of the most popular bands to emerge from the Bay Area thrash metal scene.
Testament was originally founded under the name Legacy in 1983 by guitarist Eric Peterson, along with his cousin Derrick Ramirez. The band took a significant step when Ramirez was replaced by guitarist Alex Skolnick and singer Steve "Zetro" Souza. The band were late comers of sorts to the Bay Area thrash scene, with such other bands as Metallica, Slayer and Exodus pre-dating them, which perhaps might have been a key factor in Souza deciding to leave the band to join Exodus after they fired singer Paul Baloff. Despite his resignation, Souza suggested that the band attempt to recruit Chuck Billy to replace him behind the microphone, a move which proved highly successful.
After finding out that the name The Legacy was already trademarked by a jazz band, the group changed their name to Testament on Stormtroopers Of Death frontman Billy Milano's suggestion. They remained close to their Legacy moniker though, and after signing with Megaforce Records, used the title "The Legacy" as the name of their debut album. The record was a success, earning the band favourable comparisons to Metallica and containing several songs that remain in the band's setlist to this day, including "Over The Wall" and "First Strike Is Deadly." Testament supported the album by supporting Anthrax on their "Among The Living" tour, which helped to make a household name out of Anthrax and thus garnered Testament much attention. Thrash fans remained enamoured with the band when they released their second album, "The New Order," which followed in the same vein as "The Legacy" both lyrically and musically. This second album also contained future fan favourites such like "Trial By Fire" and "Into The Pit," the latter becoming something of an anthem. More...
SMN News has posted a video interview online with Testament's Chuck Billy. The clip, which was taken during the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, can be viewed below.
Professionally filmed video footage of TESTAMENT's July 24 performance at the Heavy T.O. festival at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada has been posted online. Check it out below:
As previously reported, Testament has announced the title of their upcoming new album
American thrash metal legends Testament have revealed that the name of their forthcoming new studio album, the follow up to 2008's hugely successful, "The Formation Of Damnation," will be "The Dark Roots Of Earth." The album is currently being recorded with producer Andy Sneap (the Sabbat guitarist who has also produced for the likes of Megadeth, Onslaught and Arch Enemy) and is expected to be released this October through Nuclear Blast Records.
In other news, Testament frontman Chuck Billy revealed in a recent interview that the band is planning to embark on a tour this year with three other big names of American thrash, namely Anthrax, Death Angel, and Overkill. You can check out the interview below. More details on this tour will be revealed as soon as they become available. More...
Bassist Greg Christian of California thrash act Testament had previously checked in late last month with an update about the band recording a new album.
Vocalist Chuck Billy has now also issued the following brief statement via the band's Facebook page about Gene Hoglan's process on recording drums for the as-yet-untitled album:
"Gene Hoglan completed his drum tracks last Friday, so now Greg Christian will start on the bass tracks. More news later."
No information on the title, track listing, artwork, or release date has yet been made available about Testament's follow-up to the 2008 album "The Formation Of Damnation" (reviewed here). Additional details will be announced as they are made available.
Bassist Greg Christian of California thrash act Testament has checked in with the following brief update about the band recording a new album:
"Here's an update on the new record: Eric, Gene, Andy and I have been in the studio jammin' on the new songs since last week and today is the last day of preproduction. Gene starts recording the drum tracks tomorrow. It's coming to be, and it's heavy as shit."
Additional details on the new album, which is the follow-up to 2008's "The Formation Of Damnation," will be announced as they are made available.
A new band has been formed which features members from some of the biggest names in metal. The new group, named Temple Of The Black Moon, is fronted by Cradle Of Filth singer Dani Filth and also includes in it's ranks Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, bass player King Ov Hell (Ov Hell/Sahg/former Gorogoroth) and drummer John Tempesta, who has worked with a variety of bands including White/Rob Zombie, Exodus, Testament and The Cult, of whom is he is still a member. The band describe their sound as "a cauldron bubbling over with the unsavory flavors of Tool and Celtic Frost, and seasoned with the likes of Immortal and At The Gates."
Speaking about the name, Dani Filth commented: "We had an innumerable amount of names that never seemed likely to stick, that was until we put our proverbial heads together and narrowed it down to just three or four, and then tossed for it (proverbially of course) using a silver Norwegian crown (we couldn't find any proper money). The name Temple Of The Black Moon represents the rigorous worship of desire, (the black moon astrologically has always held association with the dark Goddess Lilith) and of course the ramifications of the lunar eclipse, always a herald for death and ill-omen."
The band has recorded almost an album's worth of material and is planning to record the songs in Bergen, Norway for a full-length album, which is expected to be released in the summer of next year.
Song titles thus far include "Infernal Desire Machine," "Don't Call Up What You Can't Put Down," "Dark Eyes For Trouble," "Beautifully Perverse," and "C.N.T (All That's Missing Is You)."
Guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio has posted the following message discussing the "Cost of Free Music" on his blog:
"Everyday, I get a daily ‘alert’ informing me whenever my name is mentioned on a blog or website. Usually these are on-line reviews, recent interviews being posted, or just a mention on a web forum."
"Well, for the past several weeks, I’ve been seeing increasing numbers of links next to the words ‘Alex Skolnick Trio,’ with words like: ‘Download All You Want, ‘Free MP3’s’ ‘Free Full Albums.’ These are usually accompanied by tags such as hotshare, rapid file, mega-upload etc… The picture is one of countless examples. In other words, more and more illegal sites are joining in every day to, without our permission, give away our new album for free."
"My first instinct was to just stand idly by and accept it. ‘There’s nothing we can do, it’s just what’s going on right now, it’s how it is, blah blah…’ But then, as I was running on the treadmill at my gym, I thought about it deeply. And I got pissed. I realized I’ve been standing idly by at things my whole life. No more." More...
The official lineup has been announced for the first ever "Heavy T.O" festival, which is set to take place at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario on July 23rd and 24th, 2011. The following acts have been announced thus far, with more expected to be announced shortly.
Children Of Bodom
As I Lay Dying
Baptized In Blood
Times Of Grace
Melissa Auf der Maur
Testament Guitarist Alex Skolnick has posted a new trailer online to promote his forthcoming solo/Alex Skolnick Trio album "Veritas." "Veritas" is set to be released on March 29, 2011. You can view the trailer below.
In a recent video update from the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise event, Testament frontman Chuck Billy confirmed that the band will be entering the studio this March to begin recording a new studio album, which will be the band's first since 2008's highly acclaimed, "The Formation Of Damnation." You can check out the video in question below.
The official lineup and dates for the 4th annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has finally been announced. Confirming much of what was leaked last week, DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH will headline the main stage, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more bands. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.
This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today. IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour.
The JAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
The 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team.
“Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer,” exclaims GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna. “Godsmack/Disturbed, Mayhem Festival!! Can't Fu@?kin' wait!!!”
Mainstage guitarist Dan Donnegan of DISTURBED emotes, “DISTURBED is looking forward to being part of the biggest summer tour in the U.S. this year. It's been years since we shared the stage with GODSMACK and we've been wanting to team up with them and join forces for a longtime. MEGADETH has been a big inspiration to us and we are looking forward to the other bands rounding out what seems to be a solid bill.” More...
California thrash act Testament has announced that it will be re-releasing its 1995 live album, titled "Live At The Fillmore." The new edition will be released though Prosthetic Records on January 18, 2011 and is set to include expanded artwork and new layout by Carson Slovak and new liner notes by Robert Deutsch.
Here is the "Live at the Fillmore" tracklisting:
1. "The Preacher" – 4:20
2. "Alone in the Dark" – 4:36
3. "Burnt Offerings" – 5:14
4. "A Dirge" – 2:03
5. "Eerie Inhabitants" – 3:50
6. "The New Order" – 4:31
7. "Low" – 3:13
8. "Urotsukidoji" – 3:47
9. "Into the Pit" – 2:54
10. "Souls of Black" – 3:39
11. "Practice What You Preach" – 4:59
12. "Apocalyptic City" – 5:58
13. "Hail Mary" – 3:45
14. "Dog Faced Gods" – 4:46
15. "Return to Serenity" – 5:55
16. "The Legacy" – 5:16
17. "Trail of Tears" – 6:16
California thrash act Testament has announced that vocalist Chuck Billy will be appearing on the upcoming edition of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" on Saturday, November 13th, 2010. Additional information on "That Metal Show" and show times can be found at this location.
Thrashers MEMORAIN, whose current line-up of the band includes main-man Ilias Papadakis, Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament, etc), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth, etc) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism, etc), has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming full-length album, "Evolution," scheduled for a 2011 release, which is as follows:
01. Nations On Fire
02 Where Hate Lies
03. The Break
04. Rules Of Engagement
05. Destiny Found
06. A New Era
07. Methods Of The Past
08. Death Shop
10. Power Out
11. Scratching The Surface
Also to be featured on MEMORAIN's latest album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine and Carlos E. Perez.
David Ellefson recorded 2 songs "A New Era" and "Rules Of Engagement", as well as co-wrote "Rules Of Engagement" with MEMORAIN guitar-player Ilias Papadakis and Tim "Ripper" Owens. On top of that, Tim "Ripper" Owens recorded vocals on "Rules Of Engagement" and Laura Christine also contributed a solo on the song "Destiny Found". More...
Nuclear Blast has issued the following update about Arsis, Death Angel, Exodus, Meshuggah, and Testament songs becoming available for download on the Rock Band Network for the newly released Rock Band 3 video game:
"Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce that tracks from TESTAMENT, MESHUGGAH, ARSIS, DEATH ANGEL, and EXODUS are now playable within the newly released Rock Band 3! Songs are available now via the Rock Band Network and on sale to the public at this location. Soon to be added will be DIMMU BORGIR, SOILWORK, KATAKLYSM, and many more! Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.
"Featuring an incredible 83-song set list and access to far more music than any other music game - as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments - Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.
"Most importantly, though, Rock Band 3 supports the library of existing Rock Band Downloadable content, including Rock Band Network tracks like those from Nuclear Blast Records. Players can find tracks in the Rock Band 3 Music Store, available now. Click here to purchase Nuclear Blast artist tunes for Rock Band!"
Well, this is a first: the cute little console with the wiimotes is getting more metal than the rest of the pack, with the Xbox 360 seeing absolutely no new metal tracks on the Rock Band Network this week. Starting October 26th, the PS3 gets a track from Graveyard BBQ, while the Wii gets some love from In This Moment, Clutch, Demon Hunter, and Testament. The newly added Xbox 360 tracks this week (all non-metal) are as follows:
Cosmic Tribe – "All I Want"
Hugh Cornwell – "Philip K. Ridiculous"
Since October – "The Way You Move"
Those Among Us – "I Thought I Knew You"
Kingsize – "Miss America"
Scotty Don't – "Refugee"
Shylo Elliott – "Drum Exercises for the Sufficiently Masochistic"
Fake Problems – "Soulless" More...
Gary Holt, guitarist for thrash legends Exodus, has been announced as one of the guest musicians set to appear on the debut release from AC/DC tribute act AC/DZ. AC/DZ is a bay area AC/DC tribute act formed by Exodus guitarist Steve Souza. The album is also set to feature appearances from Machine Head's Phil Demmel, Testament's Steve Smyth and Rob Cavestany from Death Angel.
Chuck Billy, vocalist for legendary thrash metal act Testament, have provided the following statement in regards to the band's future plans.
Chuck Bill commented by saying:
"The 'American Carnage' tour was great for us, but now is the time for us to hold off on performing and go full steam ahead on getting the record finished," states vocalist Chuck Billy. We currently have studio time booked at the end of this year, and we're shooting for a mid-2011 release. The new album will most likely be a culmination of 'The Gathering' and 'The Formation of Damnation', but we're definitely not going to forget who we are or our roots. I think we've found a comfortable spot in our writing style."
Guitarist Eric Peterson commented by adding:
"I think the tour went really well for us. It's the first time we had a stage set to our live performance, which was a lot of fun, and it brought the band to a whole new level in regards to performing. Playing with Megadeth and Slayer again was a lot of fun. We're going to be home during the fall and winter working on new material. As we speak, I'm working on new music, and we're shooting to record by the end of the year. That's our plan, but we're not going to just put out a record to put out a record. We have standards, and we're picky as to what exactly we want to put out."