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There will be a special event at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA on Friday, September 13!

Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton.

 The Battle of San Bernardino

TESTAMENT Announce U.S. Headlining Tour!

Testament

Bay Area thrash metal legends, TESTAMENT, are proud to announce their first U.S. headlining tour since their phenomenal chart success with their new album, Dark Roots of Earth. The trek promises to be one of the best thrash metal lineups of the year, with support coming from the world renowned OVERKILL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, as well as Australian thrashers 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.”

VIP packages are now available for each show but will be on a limited basis per gig. Act now before they’re all gone!

VIP ticket packages will include the following:
*Meet and Greet with members of TESTAMENT.
* Photos with members of TESTAMENT.
* Special VIP collector pass.
* 8×10 photo of TESTAMENT.
* 1 Merchandise item.
* Discount Coupon for online shopping.
* VIP purchasers will receive a raffle ticket. Two lucky raffle winners per show will get to watch a portion of TESTAMENT‘ s set side stage with the opportunity to sing background vocals on “Into The Pit!”
* All VIP purchasers will be in an end of the tour drawing for a signature Eric Peterson Dean guitar signed by TESTAMENT.

TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, 4ARM
1/30 The Filmore – San Francisco, CA*
1/31 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA*
2/1 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ*
2/2 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA*
2/4 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM*
2/5 Emo’s – Austin, TX
2/6 House of Blues – Houston, TX
2/7 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
2/9 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/10 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
2/12 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
2/13 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
2/14 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
2/15 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
2/16 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
2/17 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
2/18 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
2/20 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
2/21 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
2/22 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/23 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
2/25 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/26 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
2/27 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV*
2/28 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA*

* – Denotes FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will not be playing

Dark Roots of Earth Tour

TESTAMENT recently took home the award for “best music video” at the American Indian Film Festival for their clip for the track “Native Blood!” The song, whose lyrics are about vocalist Chuck Billy’s Native American heritage, was filmed at the Hopland Indian Reservation in Hopland, CA. The clip was directed by Mike Sloat (MACHINE HEAD, STAIND).

The American Indian Film Festival recognizes outstanding Indian cinematic accomplishments from Native media makers and talent. The Festival also provides an opportunity for filmmakers, tribes, media and public audiences to come together and share in the creative experience and celebrate cinematic accomplishment. For more information visit http://aifisf.com.

TESTAMENT scanned 20,720 copies of their new album Dark Roots of Earth in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, making it their highest first week sales since the inception of SoundScan. This also marks the highest first week sales for a Nuclear Blast artist yet.

Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others, provided the cover artwork.

Dark Roots of Earth

TESTAMENT is:

Chuck Billy – Vocals
Eric Peterson – Guitar
Alex Skolnick – Guitar
Greg Christian – Bass
Gene Hoglan – Drums

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http://www.twitter.com/testamentband | http://web.stagram.com/n/alexskolnick/ |
http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions

Testament’s Eric Peterson Clinic at Guitar Center – Emeryville, CA:

Eric Peterson @ Guitar Center

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Testament Official Site

www.testamentlegions.com

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May 31, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL

TO BRING THRASH-FEST EXTRAVAGANZA

TO CANADA AND SELECT U.S. CITIES

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 31, 2012 — Fans in Canada and select cities in the northern part of the U.S. will finally have a chance to see what reviewers have called “The Best Metal Tour of the Year,” when co-headliners Anthrax and Testament, joined by Death Angel, kick off a late-summer trek on September 14. Starting in Portland, OR, the bands will work their way north, cross into Canada, and play all of the major Canadian cities before wrapping up in Montclair, NJ on October 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, log onto http://anthrax.comhttp://www.testamentlegions.com or http://deathangel.us

This run will be the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel hat-trick; the three bands packed five weeks worth of venues coast-to-coast last Fall, marking the first time Anthrax and Testament had shared a stage in more than a decade; again, earlier this year, the line-up played another dozen dates to headbangers in cities from Las Vegas to New York.

According to Anthrax’s guitarist Scott Ian, “We played to sold-out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances, and we can’t wait to do it again, especially for our Canadian fans who have been waiting a long to time ‘worship music’ with us.”

“There have been very few three band bills in which the acts are so compatible and the shows so consistent that a second leg of the tour is a “no-brainer,” said Testament’s lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. “But in the case of Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel, that’s been the case. Things have gone so well, in fact, that it’s made sense to add a third leg with this exact same line up. All three bands are excited to take this show into new territory with a trek across Canada, and a few spots in the US we missed last time around. And this time, Testament will be armed with a brand new album with music that we’re eager to share with everyone. Hope to see you out there!”

“We’ve been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time, and had a great time touring with them before,” added Anthrax’s drummer Charlie Benante. “And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a great time, for us and for the fans.”

Said Testament’s frontman Chuck Billy, “It’s good to see that metal is alive in 2012 and the fans want a third leg of the Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel tour. Don’t fucking miss it! Metal Forever!”

With more dates to be confirmed, the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour are as follows:

SEPTEMBER
14 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
15 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
16 Toyota Arena, Kennewick, WA
17 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
20 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
21 MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AL
22 Events Center, Edmonton, AL
24 The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
25 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
29 Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
30 Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, QC

OCTOBER
2 Metropolis, Montreal, QC
3 State Theatre, Portland, ME
5 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

ABOUT ANTHRAX:
For Anthrax – Scott Ian/guitar, Charlie Benante/drums, Rob Caggiano/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and Frank Bello/bass – this run of dates will follow the band’s summer-long slot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival where they will headline the tour’s Jagermeister Stage, playing a special “bare bones, guerrilla” performance. The Mayhem tour, as well as these dates with Testament, are in support of Worship Music, Anthrax’s first new album in eight years, and the first with Belladonna on vocals in twenty years. The album debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, has received stellar reviews and been called “the metal album of the year” by numerous critics and music tastemakers, including VH-1/That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk, and Alexander Milas, editor of the UK’s Metal Hammer. Worship Music also landed on copious amounts of “year-end-bests” lists, and the editors of Loudwire named it their #1 Metal Album of the Year, with the track “The Devil You Know” claiming the #1 Metal Song of the Year honors.

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.”

Anthrax’s worldwide sales have exceeded 10-million and the band has received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, numerous Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the press, industry and fans.

ABOUT TESTAMENT:
Few bands have the capability to survive lineup changes, health crises and over 25 years of recording and touring, only to come out the other side primed to impress once again. Legendary Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT are one of the few living legends of the thrash metal scene who are able to evoke the same strong emotions as they did in the 80s and who truly grow with each album without abandoning the substance and integrity they are known for. With their upcoming effort, Dark Roots Of Earth, they have proven once again that there is no stopping their relentless talent!

TESTAMENT will start work on a brand new music video promoting their upcoming record Dark Roots of Earth before a European and U.K. festival run. Soon after, they will return to the U.S.A. for a third leg of the ANTHRAX/TESTAMENT tour.

TESTAMENT return with their highly anticipated follow-up album in the form of Dark Roots of Earth on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America). The record will also be released in a special edition format which will include a DVD and bonus tracks. Produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS), along with bonus tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE,SADUS), expect the bar by which we judge all things thrash to be raised!

Dark Roots of Earth SPECIAL EDITION, CD/DVD Track Listing:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
Bonus:
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

ABOUT DEATH ANGEL:
Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their latest release Relentless Retribution, which recently landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, making it their highest charting record since the band’s reformation in 2004. Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). The savage cover art was handled this time by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL).

Not every band can live up to a legacy but every once in a while a group exceeds expectations by pushing boundaries in a genre they’ve helped create, but DEATH ANGEL is one such band. In 1986, a DEATH ANGEL demo produced by Kirk Hammett (Metallica) titled “Kill As One” sparked the interest of Enigma Records. The band was soon signed and the band’s debut, The Ultra Violence, was released in 1987. The album was a full-frontal assault on the ears, buzzing with the group’s youthful energy, and The Ultra Violence sold 40,000 copies in just four months. Another innovative recording, Frolic Through the Park, followed, marking DEATH ANGEL’s evolution both lyrically and musically. “Bored,” another track from the band’s second release, highlighted the cutting-edge band’s inventive dynamics, and won a spot on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball.”

Geffen Records was impressed enough with DEATH ANGEL’s television premier to offer the band a deal, and DEATH ANGEL became the first band of their breed to appear on the major label’s roster. At Geffen, the band released what is widely regarded as one of the most original and accomplished thrash metal albums ever recorded, Act III. The record pushed the limits of the genre to create something truly unique, a definitive work that is essential to any metal fan’s music collection. Death Angel’s masterful songwriting ability was once again on display nationwide in 1990, as the videos for “Seemingly Endless Time” and “Room With a View” saw heavy rotation on MTV.

DEATH ANGEL’s trajectory to fame was tragically cut short in 1990, when the band’s tour bus crashed in the Arizona desert. Original drummer Andy Galeon was critically injured, and would need more than a year to recover. During this downtime, vocalist Mark Osegueda left the band and moved to New York to pursue a life outside of music. The remaining members went on to form The Organization, and released two full-length albums under that name.

The Organization disbanded in 1995 and the members split up into various projects. DEATH ANGEL wouldn’t resurface again until 2001 to perform at a cancer benefit for frontman Chuck Billy (Testament) called “Thrash of the Titans.” The response was so great that many offers came quickly in 2002, beginning with a “secret” gig in San Francisco, and sold it out under the psuedo name, “Kill As One.”

The next year saw DEATH ANGEL supporting Metallica at the Fillmore in San Francisco as well as supporting Anthrax and Halford in the US. What began as a gathering of positive vibes for a friend turned into a full time mission to continue a journey that began so long ago. In 2004 DEATH ANGEL released their long awaited fourth studio disc, The Art of Dying; on Nuclear Blast. Since then the band has released two more records and has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, with those releases and their live show, that thrash is alive and well and that DEATH ANGEL is here to stay!

Upcoming Testament Tour Dates 2012

With Anthrax and Death Angel

09/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
09/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
09/16 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
09/17 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
09/21 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
09/22 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Centre
09/24 – Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Event Center
09/25 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
09/29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
09/30 – Quebec City, QC @ Capitole du Quebec

10/02 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
10/05 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

Testament 'Dark Roots of Earth'

Testament “Dark Roots of Earth is to be released July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America) on Nuclear Blast Records.

For Immediate Release
Tuesday May 15, 2012:

Bay Area thrash titans, TESTAMENT, have revealed the cover art and details for their upcoming Dark Roots of Earth release! Artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor who has worked with such bands as SODOM, ATHEIST, SIGH. Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE, SADUS) at his Trident Studios. The highly anticipated follow up to their 2008 release The Formation of Damnation will be released on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America).

Testament 'Dark Roots of Earth'

Dark Roots of Earth Jewel Case CD Track Listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Dark Roots of Earth CD/DVD Track Listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus:

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thorns (extended version)

+ Bonus DVD

Dark Roots of Earth Vinyl Track Listing:
Side A:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth

Side B:

04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace

Side C:

07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

SIDE D (Bonus):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

For more info visit:
www.testamentlegions.com
www.facebook.com/testamentlegions
www.twitter.com/testamentband
www.myspace.com/testamentlegions

Testament 2012

[Photo by: Carlini Photography Inc.]

Testament August 2012 European Tour Dates

8/02 – Székesfehérvár, Hungary – Fezen Fest
8/03 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schuur
8/04 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Fest
8/06 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metalcamp
8/10 – Rejmyre, Sweden – Skogsrojet
8/11 – Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Fest
8/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Alcatraz Fest

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