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After a hugely successful first run, Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel have announced additional tour dates. The second leg of the tour kicks off in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 22 and includes fifteen cities over a three-week period. This trek follows the thrash titan's five-week Fall tour that comprised cities from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Anthrax will once again close each show, while Death Angel will open.
"The first leg of the tour with Testament and Death Angel was an amazing way to end a great year for Anthrax," said Anthrax's Scott Ian, "and it went above and beyond my expectations! Sold out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances! So we figured what better way to start 2012 than to continue this thrash-fest into the new year!!! Thank you all for giving us this privilege to come and play for you. See you soon!"
The return of Belladonna and Anthrax's remarkable renewal began in 2009 in a Cleveland hotel bar with Anthrax's Benante and Ian, and Metallica's Lars Ulrich when he first brought up the idea of The Big Four - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the four bands that served as the original architects for the "thrash/speed-metal" scene," yet had never shared the same stage before. The first of (so far) fourteen Big Four events took place on June 16, 2010, culminating in what was Anthrax's New York homecoming concert - The Big Four at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, the day after Worship Music hit stores. "We came into The Big Four as the underdog," said Benante. "We were the band that had the most to prove, and we've worked really, really hard to do that."
With more dates to be added, the confirmed itinerary is as follows:
22 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
24 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
27 Egyptian Room @ Murat Center, Indianapolis, IN
28 Piere's Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, IN
29 Expo Five, Louisville, KY
30 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
2 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
3 Promowest Pavilion, Columbus, OH
6 Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
7 Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
8 Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY
The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for next years edition of the event. These include Connecticut natives Hatebreed, metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage, Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus, Scottish pirate metal group Alestorm and American heavy metal outfit Devildriver. The festival will take place from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium and now features the following lineup, with more to be announced soon: More...
The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have begun announcing the first batch of names for next years edition of the event, in addition to the previously confirmed headliners, Black Sabbath.
The lineup so far is as follows:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Winds Of Plague
More bands are expected to be announced shortly
It was Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11, 2011 and a perfect fall day in New England. As if by fate, it was also National Metal Day. It started with Black Sabbath making it's return official - they wouldn't just reform, but create a new album and tour. The icing on this cake was the arrival of one of the most prolific tours that thrash metal could ever assemble: Death Angel, Testament and Anthrax. That is a staggering 84 years of combined metal experience in the building. This was three bands that defined a genre and still to this day put out material that is as relevant as the classics we all know them for.
The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts is a perfect place for an event like this, a haunted theater turned music club. The crowds come from all over New England and they are a knowledgeable metal crowd too. You don't get a lot of punks or wannabees or curious fake metal types. These crowds can rival those in European clubs, making this a location one that most bands play when in the area. Imagine an old style theater with the levels still there but seats removed, the rails of each level still present dividing the crowd. For shows of this caliber, the club opens the balcony section, which does have seating, however beaten and torn those seats may be. The view from this area is a unique one, providing a respite for those beaten in the pit and metalheads who are "heightenly challenged." The club had its years where it banned moshing, but fortunately they eased up and now really allow the crowd to be themselves within the realm of safety and the security team doesn't seem overly dickish. More...
Anthrax’s Big 4 thrashin’ glory had not graced the halls of Texas’ capital since joining Pantera in 1997. During the last fourteen years, Austin’s avid devotees to the cult of NOT were forced to travel the hour-plus journey to find their selves “Caught in a Mosh.” This last appearance was the “American Carnage” tour with Slayer and Megadeth during the summer of 2010—the same lineup as the “Clash of the Titans” tour in 1991. Tonight’s lineup may not have featured three of the Big 4 thrash icons, but with Second Wave thrash staples, Testament and Death Angel, this tour surely featured enough neck-wrecking force to wear the “Clash of the Titans” title.
While there was no shortage of banging heads, the evening could have stocked up on banging bodies. Sure, Anthrax put the crowd in motion a number of times, but the place wasn’t a “Madhouse” like the footage relayed from their 1980s performances. The concert hall was vast enough that pits would have evaded my eyes, but I don’t recall seeing any significant movement during Death Angel, and the pit widened when Anthrax took the stage with “Earth on Hell,” but the circle shrank after the first track. Of course, their classic war-dance breakdown during “Indians” and closer “I Am the Law” instigated more rowdiness.
Stage diving wasn’t allowed, so there is no meter for that activity, but the fans from Anthrax’s popularity peak in the late eighties to early nineties are twenty years older and no longer possess that teen angst. Even though plenty of younger fans showed up, they either weren't in force like their older fans or just didn’t bring the energy like the thrashers of yesteryear. Testament never seemed like a mosh band, at least that’s what the crowd’s actions stated in every show I’ve seen. Here, fans wore out vocal chords instead of lungs and limbs.
The doors opened around 7 and Death Angel took the stage around 8. Guitarist Rob Cavestany is the sole remainder of the Filipino cousins that started the group. Mark Osegueda still grips the mic, so the core of the band is still intact. Osegueda commanded the stage, assuming bold stances during spot-on vocal performances. Like the writhing snakes forming Medusa’s hair, Osegueda’s dreads took on a life of their own during hard-driven musical breaks. The mix could have been clearer, but the group played passionately and Osegueda’s voice was in top form. Their half-hour set catered to a wide expanse of material, which climaxed with “Thrown to the Wolves” from the 2004 album “The Art of Dying.”
Death Angel left the stage, but would return to the stage when Testament wished Rob Cavestany a happy birthday. The Testament crew brought out a cake and Chuck Billy led the crowd in singing happy birthday.
Much like Death Angel, fellow California Bay Area act, Testament took a long hiatus due to Chuck Billy’s health issues. Since releasing “The Formation of Damnation,” Testament has been on a tear. Having joined Megadeth and Exodus on the “Rust in Peace” 20th Anniversary tour, this would mark their second consecutive year in Austin. The Megadeth tour worked on the theme of classic albums—Megadeth performed all of “Rust in Peace,” while Testament unpacked “The Legacy.” Because Testament devoted most of their time to “The Legacy,” the group didn’t offer much in terms of new material. Tonight’s set list focused more on new material.
Even though “The Formation of Damnation” was one of the comeback albums of the decade, and the group showcased some of its best songs such as “More Than Meets the Eye,” the fans came to hear classic material. “Into the Pit,” “The Haunting,” “Envy Life” and essential “Souls of Black” got the nostalgia factor flowing. “Electric Crown” was an expected surprise from the overlooked and underrated “The Ritual” album. The ballad-heavy and flashier style turned off many fans and was Alex Skolnick’s swan song until his recent return. However, this was arguably Billy’s best vocal performance. “3 Days of Darkness” and “D.N.R. (Do not Resuscitate)” recalled material from one of the highlights of the ‘90s—“The Gathering.”
Watching Gene Hoglan (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory) play the Dave Lombardo drum rhythms of “The Gathering,” was surely a treat, and "Gene Gene The Drum Machine" was up to task. It was also a treat seeing the return of Alex Skolnick from the group’s initial lineup. The white-stripped, black-haired guitarist showed why he is considered one of the world’s great guitar shredders. He played no Christmas music tonight (probably saving that for December), just slick leads and brawny riffs. Although Chuck Billy voice was nothing short of monstrous and his onstage banter, often standing next to Hoglan on his elevated platform, stirred up the electricity in the audience. Even though he never sold me on his mic-stand-air-guitar technique, his glowing, moble mic stand related a cool Star Wars effect during dark interludes.
Following cue from Testament and Death Angel, Anthrax opened with a barrage of new hits. Also, like their predecessors, the new material was great but fans came out to for the oldies. Chorus-charged songs “The Devil You Know” and “I’m Alive” were an indicator of Joey Belladonna’s voice. Questions were in abundance regarding Belladonna’s return. He had been absent for nearly twenty years. All these questions were put to rest. Classic songs “Indians” and “Metal Thrashing Mad” were tests of range and he passed with an A (for anarchy). He devoted the later track to die-hards who were there since the “Fistful of Metal” early days. This track was a bit of a surprise, seems how the group rerecorded and released a video for “Deathrider.”
The biggest surprise of Anthrax’s set was a cover of Sepultura’s “Refuse Resist.” Using the comedic wit that characterizes Anthrax, Scott Ian introduced the song by saying, “This is something we’ve been working on.” Belladonna joined Benante at the drum kit, hitting the snare and recreating the tribal vibe of the original.
More madness came in the form of “Madhouse” from the “Spreading the Disease” album. The audience tested their voices on “State of Euphoria” essentials “Be All End All” and “Antisocial.” The group represented “Persistence of Time” with their rendition of Joe Jackson’s “Got the Time.” They put a spotlight on “Among the Living,” their breakout record, playing “Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)” as a second encore and ending with expected closer “I am the Law.”
The show started with poor sound, but was soon rectified. Those bemoaning the closing of Emo’s downtown soon forgot about the club upon hearing the superior sound and seeing the massive stage of Emo’s East. Emo’s East destroyed Emo’s in every regard except the east side “EAST SIIIDE” location. Testament and Anthrax battled for the best performance of the night, which is a tough call because both bands played hard. Both singers were pitch-perfect—Belladonna is clearly the best singer of the Big 4. He was back in the group’s height of popularity and he is now. Don’t expect to see another Dan Nelson mess anytime soon!
U.S. thrash band Death Angel posted another episode of the ongoing fan Q&A series (shown below). The band is currently on a U.S. tour with Anthrax and Testament in support of the current LP "Relentless Retribution."
Check out the video here:
Death Angel has just confirmed its participation in Metalfest 2012 and will raise hell by performing a song selection of the '87 classic “The Ultra Violence." Of course there are some more members of the Nuclear Blast family who are going to play at Metalfest 2012. You can look forward to:
Blind Guardian (not playing Metalfest Dessau)
Dates are as follows:
31.05.-02.06.2012 Mining, Metalfest Austria
31.05.-02.06.2012 Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
01.06.-03.06.2012 Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
02.06.-05.06.2012 Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
05.06.-07.06.2012 Milan, Metalfest Italy
07.06.-09.06.2012 Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
07.06.-10.06.2012 Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
08.06.-10.06.2012 Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic
Bay Area thrash kings Testament are pleased to announce that current "Dark Roots Of Earth" studio drummer and world-famous percussionist Gene Hoglan will be joining them on the road for select dates on their upcoming co-headlining run with Anthrax. Gene will join Testament from October 28th through November 13th.
“As many of you know, I just played on the new Testament record, Dark Roots Of Earth, which went amazingly well,” states Gene Hoglan. “The dudes were kind enough ask me to join them for a couple weeks on this tour with Anthrax and Death Angel. I’m super stoked to do the shows. It’s going to be a great time. Just so everybody knows, I will be selling my Drum Instructional DVD, The Atomic Clock, at the shows (shameless plug). If you can’t make it out to one of the shows, buy it on line!”
Testament has been spending time in the studio recording "Dark Roots Of Earth," the follow up to "The Formation of Damnation." Upcoming Testament tour dates with Anthrax and Death Angel are as follows: More...
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:
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
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
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...
Veteran West Coast thrash metal act Death Angel, which recently canceled its previously scheduled appearances on the Neckbreaker's Ball tour, will headline the fifth edition of Indonesia’s Rock in Solo: Heritage Metal Fest 2011 later this summer.
Rock in Solo: Heritage Metal Fest 2011, Central Java, Indonesia’s largest heavy metal festival, will take place at Alun-alun Utara Solo in Surakarta (also known as Solo) on September 17th.
Other international metal bands Kataklysm, Deranged, Enforce, Oathen, and Isthar will round out the co-headlining acts. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Death Angel (USA)
Down For Life (Solo)
Something Wrong (Yogyakarta)
Crucial Conflict (Surabaya)
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...
San Francisco thrash metal veterans Death Angel have posted the following statement online, announcing their decision to pull out of the upcoming "Neckbreaker's Ball" European tour.
"Due to what we feel is an incredible opportunity that has arisen for the band, Death Angel is forced to pull out of this year's Neckbreaker's Ball. We are not at liberty to discuss the details just yet, but as soon as we are, another announcement will be made and we hope that all of our true fans, any true metal fan really, will understand our decision. We will miss the opportunity to once again rock out for European fans, but we will make it up to you in the New Year with a surprise live set and tour that will blow your minds!"
The tour is set to feature appearances from Dark Tranquillity, Eluveitie, Varg, Mercenary and Omnium Gatherum. The dates for the tour are listed below. More...
A teaser trailer has been posted online for the upcoming Neckbreaker's Ball tour, which can be viewed below. The tour will feature Dark Tranquillity, Eluvietie, Varg, Mercenary, Death Angel, and Omnium Gatherum.
A listing of dates and an update from Dark Tranquillity about the tour can be found at this location.
New live footage featuring Death Angel performing in Bangkok, Thailand has been posted online. You can view the footage in the player below.
Death Angel has posted another video clip online in which the band answers fan submitted questions. You can check out the new clip below.
Death Angel will also be touring with Dark Tranquillity in October. Details on the shows can be found at this location.
Dark Tranquillity has issued the following update about the upcoming Neckbreaker's Ball tour:
"Greetings darklings, it's time again to bring our music to the road and to the ever hungry European audiences. Starting October 28, we'll be headlining the Neckbreaker's ball tour, which will treat the audience to a six-band metal overdose for three weeks. Needless to say, we're pleased and excited about being part of such a diverse and interesting line-up, and we'll do our utmost to ensure very special shows each and every night. See you there!"
The tour, which also features Eluveitie, Death Angel, Mercenary, Varg, and Omnium Gatherum, has the following tour dates:
Oct. 28 - München, Germany - Backstage
Oct. 29 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
Oct. 30 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
Oct. 31 - Wien, Austria - Arena
Nov. 01 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
Nov. 02 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Cvetlicarna
Nov. 03 - Milan, Italy - Live Club
Nov. 04 - Klagenfurt, Austria - Messehalle
Nov. 05 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
Nov. 06 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 07 - London, England - Electric Ballroom
Nov. 08 - Paris, France - Bataclan
Nov. 10 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
Nov. 11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 12 - Geiselwind, Germany - Music Hall
Nov. 13 - Hengelo, Netherlands - Metropol
Nov. 14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Nov. 15 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Nov. 16 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
Nov. 17 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
Nov. 18 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
Nov. 19 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW
Nov. 20 - Hannover, Germany - Faust
Greek band Suicidal Angels has issued the following recap of the band's recent eastern European tour with Death Angel:
"This is it then… After Thrashfest and the Eastern European Tour, a series of 42 live shows with our brothers, Death Angel, to almost every part of Europe, came to an end. We performed in cities that we had never played before, interacted with new crowds, made new friends, met new people, and we just want to extend a great Thank You to all those who showed up for these gigs, sweating and moshing their asses off for us. Also, we want to thank all the promoters who took care of us, all the zines who took the time to interview us, and the photographers who captured our moments on stage.
"A big Hello to Adimiron, Roots of Death and Resistance who shared the stage with us and showed everyone the quality of their work. We will run into each other in the future, hopefully. A million Hailz and respect to the Polish crew from Hell, Kuba, Lucas and Vacek, for helping us out on this tour and saved our asses many times during , as well as our tour manager, Darek, for keeping everything in order and for giving us memorable hilarious moments to take back home. Our tech, Manolis, who worked his ass off for us helped a lot, our soundguy Oscar for giving his best so we could perform with a proper sound, Anders and Thilo (Death Angel crew), our dear Julia, and last but not least, the Death Angel boys themselves, who are therefore considered brothers of ours.
"We shared booze, laughs, good times and important experiences, with these down-to-earth and open, legends of the Bay Area Thrash scene. Mark, Rob, Ted, Damien, Will, thank you for everything we went through together, we're sure to meet again soon!
"Our mext scheduled show is in Metal Bash Open Air in Germany, and we're looking forward to it since Deutschland has become our favorite place to perform in! Hope to see you all there! Until then….... Thrash Till Death!"
American thrash metal legends Death Angel have announced that they will be releasing a new DVD in the Spring of next year entitled, "Death Angel: A Thrashumentary." A special twelve minute trailer for the film will be shown at this year's Heavy Metal Film Festival, which will take place in Los Angeles, California from March 31st to April 2nd.
Death Angel: A Thrashumentary is a combination live video and documentary, all wrapped up in one thrashing DVD. The footage was directed by Tommy Jones and mixed by Chris Clancy of The Studio. The film gives the viewer an in-depth look into one of the longest running thrash acts out of the San Francisco Bay Area, an area known for turning out historic thrash bands such as Metallica, Testament and Exodus.
With the band surviving a span of 30 years of activity, and nearly 25 years since the release of the classic album The Ultra-Violence, now was the time to tell the story. Filmed on the Relentless Retribution world tour, the film shows the bands energetic live performance, cut with documentary style interview footage. Fly-on-the-wall filming of the band talking about their career and footage of the band on the road, give the viewer a personal connection to what is known as the mighty Death Angel.
Stormwarrior and Legion of the Damned have been confirmed for Germany's Bang Your Head festival. The upcoming festival will take place on July 15th and July 16th at the Messegelände in Balingen.
For further information on the festival, visit this location.
Other confirmed bands include: Desaster, Crystal Viper, Accept, Helloween, Immortal, Lordi, Amorphis, Death Angel, Asphyx, and more.