Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament will be co-headlining the Scion Rock Fest alongside Melvins. The all-day free (!!!) concert will take place June 1st in Memphis, TN and will also see such acts as Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, The Obsessed, Corrosion Of Conformity, Arsis, and many more. You can see a poster with the full lineup below. READ MORE
Prog-metal group Soen will be releasing their debut album Cognitive in the States this summer. The album was originally released last Winter via Spinefarm Records. The 10-track album features some fantastic songs and is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of Tool or Porcupine Tree.
Soen features Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis. Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse).
Head below to see their video for “Savia”. READ MORE
For all you metalheads who have been desperately wanting some new reading material while you do your holy business on your porcelain throne, authors Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins may very well have provided you with your next big thing: The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists! This book is a compendium of dozens of factual, random and often outrageous lists that celebrate the best and the worst aspects of metal.
Contributions come from such authority figures as Scott Ian (Anthrax), Gary Holt (Exodus), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault/Brutal Truth), Katon W.DePena (Hirax), and many others. There will also be lists from Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, Eddie Trunk, Monte Conner, and many more.
Per the official press release: “You want to know about album covers that feature goats on them? What Motorhead icon Lemmy’s warts might tell you if they could speak? The achievements Iron Maiden would never have reached had their original vocalist Paul Dianno remained in the band?”
Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has released a stream of “Soldierhead”, the first single from his new band Newsted. The song comes from his upcoming EP Metal, which comes out on Jan. 8th, 2013 (pre-order on iTunes here). It’s a pretty badass song, mixing elements of Motorhead and Testament into some good old fashioned thrash metal. Very fun stuff. Check it out below. READ MORE
Bay Area thrash metal band Testament has announced an early 2013 headlining tour through much of N. America. Support will be coming from Overkill, Flotsam And Jetsam, and Australian band 4Arm.
“It’s a thrill to announce our upcoming dates with Overkill and Flotsam And Jetsam,” commented guitarist Alex Skolnick. “It’s a tour that brings together three different metal bands from three different regions: West Coast, East Coast and Southwest. All three bands sound very different from one another yet are highly compatible. All have been around the block (and the world) a few times and all have managed to keep a sound that feels current. This tour will be a ‘must see’ for fans who remember the early days of thrash/speed metal as well as those whose age is younger than the genre itself.”
The band is also making a VIP package available that includes a great deal of swag and a chance to win a Eric Peterson signature Dean guitar signed by the band. Check out all the tour dates and VIP package details below. READ MORE
Alright, so starting today, I figure that every once in a while I’ll record a video of me doing something that I think makes a difficult task just a bit easier. This isn’t going to be a scheduled series or anything like that. This is just going to be one of those situations where something pops into my head and I figure, “You know what? I want to share this with the readers so that their life is made better.”
To kick things off, I wanted to show you a trick that I learned on how to remove those really pesky stickers that are on the top of CD jewel cases. Check out this video below to see me open up Testament‘s Dark Roots Of Earth the irritating way and then Born Of Osiris‘ The Discovery MY way. Hope you enjoy! READ MORE
Anthrax caught up with Google Play to put together an audiobiography telling the story of their 1986 Gold-certified album Among The Living. Guitarist Scott Ian and singer Joey Belladonna went over the history of the album, from the recording process with famed producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix) to mixing in the Bahamas and the sold-out tour that followed the release. It’s a pretty damn cool interview and well worth checking out here.
Among The Living came out during what might be considered the best year in thrash metal history. Metallica‘s Master Of Puppets, Slayer‘s Reign In Blood, and Megadeth‘s Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying were all released that year.
Anthrax will be hitting the road to co-headline the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour. All dates can be seen below. READ MORE
All aboard the U.S.S. Hornet aircraft carrier as the third annual “Slaughter By The Water” festival will taking place Aug. 25th! Hosted by Testament‘s Chuck Billy and featuring a killer line-up including PHILM, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchhaven and more, this festival promises to bring some crushing metal to what is considered the most haunted warship in the American Navy. The festival will be in Alameda, CA and features free parking (lucky bastards…). The show is $35 (tickets available here) and, if you get there early, you get a discounted ticket to tour the vessel between 10a.m. and 4p.m.
Below is the full festival line-up. READ MORE
Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament are streaming “True American Hate”, a new track from their upcoming album Dark Roots Of Earth, which comes out July 31st via Nuclear Blast Records. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap (Nevermore, Arch Enemy), the album will feature nine tracks of blistering metal. You can stream the song below.
Make sure to check out our exclusive interview with Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson here.
Located in Ithaca, New York, Pyramid Sound Studios was founded by Alex Perialas in 1974. In the 80′s, this studio was responsible for recording artists such as Bad Religion, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Agnostic Front, and many more. Not only catering to national acts, the studio also recorded many local artists, solidifying its place as a staple of the local music scene. Now this studio faces possible condemnation in the face of renovations being one to the Clinton St. Bridge. Local officials have their hands tied as, legally, bridge renovation is a federally funded endeavor.
Perialas states, “This is one of those things that is a state and city project where they’re replacing a 70-year-old bridge and its right in our footprint, if you will. With the building of this new bridge, there’s a chance that if they aren’t careful, they could do damage to the studio. I’m currently working with the administration to land on an amicable solution to the situation. This has been a landmark facility for years. We pretty much created a style of music here that people had never heard of before. It would be a shame to lose such an integral part of music history due to this temporary construction.”
Too much of a good thing is awesome, don’t let anyone tell you different. And it is for this very reason that Testament, Anthrax, and Death Angel have announced a third leg to their tour. This leg will focus almost entirely on Canada with some select dates in a few Northern US States. Check out all the tour dates below (more to be added over the next few weeks). This tour will see Testament supporting their upcoming album, Dark Roots Of Earth, which comes out July 31st. More details for that album can be found here.
It’s always a good day when Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament announce a new album, don’t you think? Arriving July 31st in N. America (July 27th in Europe), Dark Roots Of Earth will bring nine tracks of blistering metal that pretty much guarantees Indiana Jones-esque face melting. The album is being produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Nevermore) and the album artwork (which you can see below) is done by Eliran Kantor, who has worked with Sodom and Atheist among others. Check below for a full tracklisting for the standard and special editions. READ MORE
Brendon Small paired with Dethklok drummer (legendary metal drummer) Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Fear Factory) and Dethklok bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally band) as well as Dethklok engineer and mixer Ulrich Wild.
Anthrax and Testament will be embarking on a full US tour later this fall with Death Angel as a direct opener. The tour begins in mid-October and concludes one month later in mid-November. Anthrax will be closing out each show on the tour, which coincidentally falls almost exactly 20 years after Anthrax and Testament first toured together.
Bloody-Disgusting has scored an exclusive interview with Alex Skolnick (guitarist of Alex Skolnick Trio, Testament). We talk his newest album, ‘Veritas‘ (review here), from his Alex Skolnick Trio project as well as gear used in the studio, his works in Testament and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and how horror influences him and his work. Check after the jump for the full scoop.
Bloody-Disgusting has scored an amazing Top 10 Horror Scores/Soundtracks from Alex Skolnick (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio, Trans-Siberian Orchestra). Skolnick goes through each film and discusses what makes their score so deep and important, making it a fantastic read for you music majors.
Sponsored by Nuclear Blast USA, Decibel Magazine, Amoeba Music L.A., Boss Printing, Dean Guitars, and Full Metal Jackie, the world’s first-ever film festival dedicated to heavy metal music will be taking place at the Downtown Independent Cinema in Los Angeles, California this coming March 31st through April 3rd, 2011.
Post-Apocalyptic MMO ‘Fallen Earth’ has teamed up with Nuclear Blast Records, who will provide players with Nuclear Blast Radio, which will stream songs from bands such as Meshuggah, Soilwork, and Testament. Also being added into the game is a new underground bunker bar (I’d definitely go to that place for drinks were it real). The tracks will cycle out periodically, making sure that players never get bored of blasting out those tunes.
Rockstar Energy Drink has announced the tour dates as well as this year’s line up for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. All the info is past the break and you all should be pretty excited with the line up this year. Who are you excited to see?
During the American Carnage tour, I got to meet up with Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson of Testament to chat about all sorts of fun topics (yes, yes, horror is among them)! After the jump, you can see the exclusive video interview! Also, don’t forget to check out the exclusive interview with David Ellefson of Megadeth conducted the same night!