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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.
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."
*Before you start into this report, do yourself a huge favor, scroll to the bottom, see which tour stop is most convenient and buy a ticket. Pay however much you have to. If you like metal, and presumably you do since you are on MetalUnderground.com, then don’t make the biggest mistake of your life and not go – even bigger than the raspberry cosmo you had at Harry’s Drink Shack last Wednesday. And if you already have a ticket, buy another. You’ll need the extra space to clean your melted face and blown mind off the floor.*
Strolling onstage as thrash underdogs to the sounds of “For the Glory Of…,” which is the intro crush from 2009 full length “The Formation of Damnation,” Testament took the stage like a MAC truck pulling to the starting line of a drag race. When the opening chords of “More Than Meets the Eye” hit it was clear we were tied to the tracks at the end of the racecourse and we were going to get run over by a MACK truck. Or something like that anyway. About halfway through the set, it was clear Chuck Billy’s demonspawn roar (which has aged like a fine boxed wine, by the way) had ripped my brains out through my eye sockets, chewed on them for a while, and then jammed them back in through my earhole. The only ones that avoided the carnage were members of the vigorous circle pit, which grew throughout Testament’s 40-minute set and culminated in an impressively large wall-of-death, which Testament built up like fine orchestra conductors and finally set off during the real good head-banging part of set-closing song “The Formation of Damnation.” Leaving the stage, Chuck Billy thanked the crowd for “Kicking Our [Testament’s] Ass.” Well Chuck, thank you for kicking ours. More...
Testament/Dublin Death Patrol frontman and Native American activist, Chuck Billy has been featured in a new exhibit which is currently on display in the world famous Smithsonian Museum. The exhibit is entitled, "Up Where We Belong: Native Americans In Popular Culture" and will be featured on the mueseum's second floor until the 2nd of January, next year.
According to a Smithsonian official press release, "Up Where We Belong" tells [Native artist’s] stories and histories and provides visitors the opportunity to hear music and discover artists with whom these exceptional musicians collaborated. Visitors will also learn of the musical greats who inspired these artists, as well as the growing number of contemporary performers who follow in their path.
Chuck Billy is featured in the "Encore" segment of the exhibition, which features artists who represent the span of Native achievement in mainstream music over the past half century, according to the Smithsonian. Other musicians featured in this segment are saxophonist Jim Pepper, and singer Debora Iyall.
Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has issued the following update about his decision to not participate in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra winter tour this year:
"It’s been nearly ten years since my first TSO Winter Tour. Each year it’s been an incredible experience, traveling from arena to arena being an important part of the largest symphonic rock production in history. This year, however, I’ve decided to make the difficult decision of stepping out of the spotlight (and lasers, fog, fire and snow) and embarking upon new adventures.
"The reasons for this are twofold. As one might imagine, the TSO winter tour is a demanding one- with long days and an action packed show that calls for no less than 200% of yourself, often twice a day from the mid-October rehearsals to the final show in January. While the awesome response from fans and the collaboration with fellow performers make it beyond worth it, there comes a point, after so many years of annual grueling intensity, for some of us to draw upon that quarter of a year’s worth of time and energy in order to launch a renewed focus on our own visions.
"In my case, this process begins with the release of a brand new album (Alex Skolnick trio ‘Veritas’ Due October 15) to be followed by heavy touring, including winter dates in support of RodrigoYGabriela. There are many other endeavors in the works, the information of which will be continually updated on-line at www.alexskolnick.com. Furthermore, as someone who has been on tour with multiple projects and running on all cylinders during the entire calendar year since 2006, reclaiming this three month period will open up the option to take breaks once in a while, remember what home looks like, lessen the constant separation from friends and loved ones and recharge my own batteries as needed.
"I’m really looking forward to sharing all the new projects with everyone. Updated info can always be found at www.alexskolnick.com and you can follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/alexskolnick.
"Of course, I’ll miss doing the TSO tour. The stage time, friendships and overall experience has been invaluable. I’m grateful to Paul O’Neil and Nightcastle Mgmt for the opportunity, to all the musicians and singers for the good times and to all the fans for the unyielding support, you guys are the best! I look forward to seeing many of you out there in different configurations."