Sadus/DragonLord Drummer Jon Allen Recovering from Life-Threatening Blood Clot in Leg
March 9, 2012
Jon Allen, drummer (Sadus, DragonLord, Futures End, AC/DZ, ex-Testament) is recovering from the removal of what is reported to be a very large, life-threatening blood clot in his right leg. Back to back, state-of-the-art ultrasonic clot-busting treatment was performed on March 7 and March 8 in an effort to clear a complete blockage.
Allen is slated to record the long-anticipated new DragonLord CD this Spring in his native northern California. Immediately following he is also slated to record Futures End sophomore follow up to the critically acclaimed “Memoirs of a Broken Man”. Additionally, he has new solo-project material in development for late 2012/early 2013.
The vascular surgeon reports the procedures were a complete success and Allen is expected to make a full-recovery and should be back to full-performance within a few weeks.
Video of Jon Allen performing with DragonLord in Japan may be seen here:
Eric Peterson’s DragonLord Signs Deal with Spinefarm/Universal Records
S.F. Bay Area black thrashers DragonLord, led by Testament’s Eric Peterson, just inked a new record deal with Spinefarm/Universal Records and plan to enter the recording studio very soon to start work on a third album. A release date is set for this fall.
Peterson stated, “This time around we’ve created some pretty mature sounding Symphonic Blackened Thrash. It will have more of a melodic touch to it and memorable song structures. It’s still gonna be heavy as hell, but it’s gonna be a well-rounded record. New songs “Kings Frost”, “The Devil’s Insight”, and “Battle at Mordor” will surely raise the hairs on your back!”
More info coming soon – a videography and pictures to follow.
Jeff Loomis Announces NAMM Appearances; Reveals Guest Musicians On Upcoming Album
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JANUARY 17, 2012
Guitar prodigy JEFF LOOMIS has locked himself in the studio for the past few months perfecting his highly anticipated sophomore solo record, to be released later this year. After his departure from NEVERMORE and the release of his solo debut — Zero Order Phase in 2008 — fans have been craving a new album. With a number of influential musicians appearing on the upcoming release, JEFF LOOMIS is more than ready to deliver. Details on two NAMM appearances have also been announced. JEFF LOOMIS comments:
“A couple of years ago I achieved my childhood dream of releasing a solo album. With the releasing of my second record coming up, I’m proud to announce another dream come true… or should I say dreams… Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine and Chris Poland have all done guest solos for it. These guys must have given me hundreds of blisters on my fingers when I was a kid trying in vain to emulate their work. Hell, I’m still trying to figure out some of their solos. To have three guitar players that I looked up to as a young player and still hold in such high regard is simply amazing. I can’t thank those guys enough.
In other news, I’ll be down in Southern CA next week for this year’s NAMM show. I have two new Schecter models that I’ll be showing and I’ll be doing a signing Saturday, the 21st, at their booth at 1pm as well as another one later that day with Engl Amps at 4pm. Also, I just confirmed a full US tour for April. I can’t wait to get back out on the road again. More details on that soon.”
For more information on JEFF LOOMIS, please visit:
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October 10th, 2011
Forthcoming TESTAMENT Album ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ Drummer GENE HOGLAN to Join Upcoming Co-Headliner with Anthrax from October 28th – November 13th TESTAMENT Issues Update on Exclusive VIP/Meet & Greet Packs Tour Kicks-Off Next Week in Grand Rapids, MI!
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 recently announced that they will again be offering special VIP/Meet & Greet Packs on their upcoming co-headlining tour with Anthrax with support from Death Angel. The band is pleased to announce that the cut off time to purchase VIP/Meet & Greet packs before each individual show has been extended to eight (8) days! The VIP/Meet & Greet packs are selling quickly, so make sure to purchase your pack soon! For more information on how to obtain your special VIP/Meet & Greet Pack, head over to www.slotix.com now.
Purchasing a VIP/Meet & Greet Pack allows you the opportunity to spend intimate, quality time with TESTAMENT. TESTAMENT offered these packs on last year’s monumental American Carnage Tour also featuring Megadeth and Slayer, which presented fans with a unique and exclusive chance to spend time with the band before doors opened, take photos and get autographs, throw up the horns, and chat. This year with the VIP/Meet & Greet Packs, fans will have another chance to hang out, sign autographs and take photos with the band, as well as have access to a ticket to their performance, special merchandise hand-picked by the band, and a collectible TESTAMENT laminate to commemorate this ultimate fan experience!
Testament Meet & Greet Package Includes (Full Details):
* One General Admission ticket
* Meet & Greet with select members of Testament Photo with select members of Testament
* Autograph opportunity with select members of Testament
* Testament merchandise items:
* T-shirt of your choice from the merch booth (before doors open)
– Opportunity to purchase a second item at half off from the merch booth (before doors open)
– Assorted guitar picks
– Rare, out of print “Live At The Filmore” cassette
– Original printing of “Demonic” CD
– Collectible Testament laminate
“We love connecting with our fans and showing them same the respect and admiration they show us year after year,” states vocalist Chuck Billy. “Hanging out and talking to the fans was a phenomenal experience for everyone last year. It was a first for us as well as the fans. It’s a great way to join us at the shows in celebration of all that is heavy metal and to make a personal connection with us, so come hang out and commemorate this great tour!”
TESTAMENT have been spending time in the studio recording Dark Roots Of Earth, the follow up to their 2008 Golden God ‘Album of the Year’ award winning album, The Formation of Damnation, released on Nuclear Blast Records to critical acclaim. The album was named SiriusXM Liquid Metal’s ‘Album of the Year’ in 2008, and debuted at #59 on the Billboard Top 200. The Formation of Damnation is TESTAMENT’s highest charting release in their 24-year history.
The band has spent the last three years touring the world in support of The Formation of Damnation, and now brings its original, classic lineup back home to the United States with Anthrax and Death Angel. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.
Oct. 14 – Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 15 – Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
Oct. 16 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 18 – The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
Oct. 19 – Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
Oct. 21 – LVCS, Las Vegas, NV *TESTAMENT/DEATH ANGEL ONLY*
Oct. 22 – Nokia LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 23 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 24 – House of Blues, San Diego, CA
Oct. 26 – Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 28 – South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
Oct. 29 – Emo’s East, Austin, TX
Oct. 30 – Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
Nov. 01 – House of Blues, Orlando, FL
Nov. 02 – Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 04 – House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov. 05 – Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Nov. 06 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
Nov. 08 – Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
Nov. 10 – Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 11 – Palladium, Worcester, MA
Nov. 12 – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
Nov. 13 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY
Nov. 15 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Nov. 17 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 18 – House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
Nov. 19 – Rave, Milwaukee, WI
Testament VIP Package Links:
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AUGUST 12, 2011
Jeff Loomis Announces Next Solo Album Details and Line Up
Jeff Loomis returns to the studio at the end of this month to begin recording his eagerly awaited sophomore solo album. With key players contributing to the release, there is no doubt fans will be pleased. Aaron Smith (7 Horns 7 Eyes) will be producing the album. “He [Smith] has been a friend for a while now and has helped me out with various recording projects over the years.” Says Loomis. “We’ve been working on demos and preproduction for the past few weeks and are very happy with the way things are turning out.”
Loomis has also enlisted a group of impressive musicians to back the project. Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork will be tracking drums, and Shane Lentz will be handling bass. “Doing drums, as most of you know, is Dirk Verbeuren. I don’t think there’s really anything else I can add to that. His name just sort of speaks for itself. Up until about 2 weeks ago, I was planning on doing the bass parts myself but then saw this amazing bass player on YouTube and said to myself, ‘I need to have him on the record.’ I got in touch and was thrilled to find out he was into it. I’m really looking forward to hearing what he’s going to be bringing to these songs.” In addition, Loomis plans on collaborating with a handful of other vocalists and musicians including Christine Rhodes, who previously contributed to Nevermore’s Dreaming Neon Black album.
Fans should keep their eyes peeled for previews of developing songs, studio updates and additional details. The album is set for release in Spring 2012. For more information, please visit:
Shane Lentz’ official Youtube page:
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July 7, 2011
Guitarist Jeff Loomis will be entering the studio on August 23rd to begin recording his second solo release. Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork will be playing drums on the follow up to 2008’s “Zero Order Phase.” There will be 3 to 4 tracks on the disc featuring vocals. Christine Rhoades, known for her prior work on Nevermore’s “Dreaming Neon Black,” will be singing on selected tracks. Special guest guitarists will be announced in a future update. The entire recording process will be videotaped.
Shortly after wrapping up in the studio, Jeff will be doing 3-weeks of special Schecter Guitar clinics in China scheduled for October 2011.
S.F. Bay Area Thrashers Testament has just entered the studio with Andy Sneap to start recording their follow up to the chart topping “The Formation Of Damnation”. This time around, the ‘God of Thunder’ Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Testament, SYL, Tenet, Dethklok, Fear Factory) will be handling drum duties. In addition, a special guest appearance by Lamb of God’s Chris Adler on a couple of bonus tracks. Be prepared to be blown away!
Due to a serious injury, Testament’s Paul Bostaph will rejoin the band for touring in the future.
[Thank you, Eric (Peterson)! – Ms. A]