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Formed: 1983
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.

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James Murphy Selling Testament Lyric Books

Guitarist James Murphy, known for his work with metal heavyweights such as Testament, Obituary, Death and others, has announced that he will be selling some rare Testament lyric books, which feature Testament lyrics in both English and Farsi. This is to help pay for his medical costs as he undergoes treatments to determine whether a cancerous tumour has returned. A message from Murphy reads as follows:

"If anyone wants one of these, I'm selling them, signed, for $15 via PayPal in the US, $25 to the EU. Just message me with the subject 'Testament Farsi Book'. It's a unique collectors item that compiles all of Testament's lyrics from the first several albums in both English and Farsi. I have a couple boxes of them, and I'll be using the proceeds for my prescriptions."

To contact James Murphy about the books, check out his official Facebook page.

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James Murphy Fighting Cancer Recurrence

James Murphy, renowned for his guitar work with Obituary, Death, Testament, and Disincarnate among others, has revealed on his Facebook page that the tumor he fought nearly a decade ago may have returned due to a high hormone indicator present during a routine bloodwork exam. He is scheduled for an MRI on the 11th of this month.

Several messages like the one below have been posted on his page, along with a Paypal account to help with his medical expenses.

"James Murphy A metal guitarist/producing legend is racking up the medical expenses, due to a relapsing brain tumor. I know how bad medical expenses can be in this great country of ours so please help out by donating via paypal to felissarose123@aol.com. Every little bit helps, whether it be 50 cents or a dollar, or more. Oh, and you can purchase these sweet CKY vinyls from Mr. Deron Miller, and all proceeds will go to help out James. Thanks"

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Alex Skolnick Announces Winter Guitar Retreat

Renowned guitarists Alex Skolnick of Testament and Chris Broderick of Megadeth have joined forces to create the first annual Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat. The retreat offers guitarists of all talent levels the opportunity to expand their horizons while spending four days and five nights studying and jamming with Broderick and Skolnick at Full Moon Resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains from December 26th - 30th, 2011.

Skolnick & Broderick’s Winter Guitar Retreat will include master classes with Skolnick and Broderick, jam sessions, open mic nights and optional private lessons. Check out a video clip of Skolnick and Broderick talking about the Winter Guitar Retreat below. For full details, go to this location.

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Anthrax Adds More U.S. Shows

Anthrax has announced that three new dates have been added to the band's upcoming Fall tour, including Sayreville, NJ, Huntington, NY, and Cleveland, OH. Anthrax will co-headline the 27-date trek with Testament and Death Angel will open all shows. Upcoming Anthrax live dates are as follows:

OCTOBER
14 Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
15 Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
16 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
18 The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
19 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
21 Independence Events Center, Independence, MO (radio show with Five Finger Death Punch)
22 Nokia LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
23 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
24 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
26 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
28 South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
29 Emo's East, Austin, TX
30 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX

NOVEMBER
1 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
2 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
5 Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
6 The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
8 Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
10 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
11 Palladium, Worcester, MA
12 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ **ADDED**
13 The Paramount, Huntington, NY **ADDED**
15 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
17 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
18 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH **ADDED**
19 Rave, Milwaukee, WI

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Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel Tour Announced

Anthrax and Testament, who haven't toured together in more than a decade, are set to co-headline a U.S. tour beginning Friday, October 14 in Grand Rapids, MI. Anthrax will close all shows, and Death Angel will be main support for the entire tour. The coast-to-coast trek will hit more than two dozen cities over a five-week period, with both Anthrax and Death Angel debuting brand new material from their new albums, both set for summer/fall release; Testament's new album is set to be released in 2012.

"We've been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "so we're really looking forward to hanging out with them on the road. And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a good time - for all of us and for the fans. Plus, with the incredible success of The Big Four shows over the last year, we wanted to tour with some of the 'second wave' of thrash bands."

The tour will follow Anthrax's Big Four "hometown" appearance at Yankee Stadium on September 14, with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.

"We're excited to do this tour because Anthrax was actually the first band we ever toured with," adds Testament vocalist Chuck Billy. "It's an accomplishment 20 odd years later that we're going to do it again. The tour kick-off date is actually about five days difference from the kick off date of the first tour 20 years ago. The first time we performed with Anthrax, we only had a total of ten songs, so obviously now we have many songs to pick from so it will be very different. It's good to see that a lot of the faces in the bands are the same as back when we first did this original tour 20 years ago."

Here are the latest Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel Fall 2011 tour dates, with more to be announced: More...

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Testament Interviewed About New LP

Lithium Magazine conducted a recent interview with vocalist Chuck Billy about the upcoming Testament LP "The Dark Roots of Earth." When asked about the record, Billy stated: "We're actually in the studio recording, we came out just [to play at the Heavy T.O. festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada] and then we're going right back Monday to finish. Right now we're at the point where all the drums are done and all the rhythm guitars are done. Next week we're going to start bass, vocals and lead guitar."

Billy went on to say that the album will contain ten songs. When asked about what can be expected, Billy said "[w]ith this one we kind of wrote, I wouldn't say a ballad, but something a little slower; we've got one of those on this record. Eric's [Peterson, guitar] always written some really strong ballads for the band, or whatever you want to call them. There's some other stuff, there's definitely some songs that are the fastest we've ever played, there's some mid-tempo, there's a little bit of everything on there. It's definitely Testament, but we never try to do the same record twice. There are some good hooks on it."

Billy also commented on the writing process on the new LP, stating "[t]his year Alex came in and worked with Eric for weeks all day, all night arranging, contributing parts and he's on a lot more on this record. I think Eric felt like he was writing "The New Order" record, because Alex is really good at taking what Eric's doing and interpreting it to what he does, too. It seemed to work. It's going to be a good record and it's going to be a different record."

Read the full article at Lithium Magazine.

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Mayhem Bands Say "Thank You" To Fans

The organizers of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival have posted a "thank you" video clip online in which the bands that took part in the tour say their farewells to the fans. You can check out the clip below.

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Testament Video Interview Available

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.

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Sunday Old School: Testament

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...

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Testament Video Interview From Mayhem Fest Posted

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.

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Video Footage Of Testament At Heavy T.O. Posted

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

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Testament Reveals New Album Title

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...

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Testament Finishes Drums For New Album

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.

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Testament Issues New Album Update

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.

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Cradle Of Filth Singer Forms New Band

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)."

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Alex Skolnick Discusses Illegal Downloading

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...

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2011 "Heavy T.O." Festival Lineup Revealed

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.

Megadeth
Rob Zombie
Billy Talent
Slayer
Anthrax
Opeth
Motorhead
Mastodon
Children Of Bodom
Testament
As I Lay Dying
Baptized In Blood
Anvil
The Sword
Times Of Grace
Melissa Auf der Maur
DevilDriver

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Alex Skolnick Trio To Release Solo Album

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.

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Testament To Enter The Studio In March

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.

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Official Rockstar Mayhem 2011 Lineup Announced

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...

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