Testament Hoping To Release New Album In 2023

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Testament frontman Chuck Billy revealed that the band are hoping to release a new album in 2023. The effort will be the band’s first since reuniting with drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer).

Billy said the following when asked about working with Lombardo again:

“We had a great time. I think he really enjoys playing in the band, enjoys the music. And we’re now talking about, ‘Let’s talk about maybe making a new record.’ So hopefully that’s in the future.”

He also added the following when asked if the band already have new music in the works”

“Well, [guitarist] Eric [Peterson] has a bunch of music. He doesn’t really like working, putting his head — he’s gotta go all in mentally to create some songs. So after this tour [the second U.S. leg of ‘The Bay Strikes Back’ with EXODUS, and DEATH ANGEL], we don’t have anything in the books till April. So from November till April, it’s time to get in there and start working on new songs. So hopefully we’ll have a new record out by next year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament Premiere “WWIII” Music Video

Testament have premiered a new video for their song “WWIII.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Titans Of Creation.” A video album edition of that record was released today (September 9). Chuck Billy commented:

“I am very excited for the release of our ‘WW3‘ video. This song is really relevant to what is going on in this crazy world we live in. When the song was written it was based on a future that I wished would never happen. Today I feel anything is possible.”

Testament Recruit Seven Spires Drummer Chris Dovas For Upcoming Shows

Seven Spires drummer Chris Dovas will be filling in for Testament drummer Dave Lombardo on the first six dates of the band’s upcoming tour with Exodus and Death Angel. Guitarist Eric Peterson said the following about that:

“Chillin with Stevie D and Chris Dovas after rehearsals today! By the way, Mr. Lombardo will be playing a show with the Misfits on the 17th and joining us in Saint Petersburg Florida until then we are in good hands with Mr. Dovas I think folks will be surprised! See ya all soon!🤘🏽”

Testament To Release “Titans Of Creation” Video Album

Testament will be releasing a video album edition of “Titans Of Creation” on September 9. You can find footage of “Curse Of Osiris” from that effort below:

Further information regarding the video album was shared in a press release:

“The limited-edition collectible features performance videos of all the tracks on the record. The footage was compiled at a soundstage in San Francisco and was edited into music video-style clips that will be available on Blu-Ray accompanying the CD with bonus photos and liner notes plus a button and sticker in a longbox. Staying true to the record, the performances feature Gene Hoglan behind the kit! This version will be limited to 6,500 units worldwide.”

Chuck Billy commented:

“I’m very excited and proud to release the video play through for the ‘Titans of Creation’ album. We were fortunate enough to have Gene Hoglan on drums before his departure. Now fans can watch us play the entire album in their homes with friends and start their own mosh pit in their living rooms.”

Eric Peterson added:

“We are pleased to announce something we have always wanted to do! A performance video for each song on our latest release ‘Titans Of Creation.’ It almost didn’t happen as we got the news from Gene that he was going to go his separate way, but we left on a good note and we agreed that we should nail this last idea I think it came out really killer & can’t wait for everybody to see it! We kept it simple, and added a couple of visual elements on some songs for a certain vibe of the song, overall great to listen to and watch us jam these new killer songs! Looking forward to doing it again on the next record too!”

Watch Testament Perform “Over The Wall” With Exodus Frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza In Boston, MA

During their May 2 show at the House Of Blues In Boston, MA, Testament were joined onstage by Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza for a performance of “Over The Wall.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Notably, Souza used to perform “Over The Wall” during his stint in the pre-Testament band Legacy. The latest performance was part of Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel’s “Bay Strikes Back” tour, which was recently extended.

[via Blabbermouth]

Original Testament Drummer Louie Clemente Attends The Band’s Huntington, NY Show

Original Testament drummer Louie Clemente attended the band’s May 5 show at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Guitarist Alex Skolnick shared the below photo of Clemente hanging with the band’s current drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel Add Second North American Leg To “The Bay Strikes Back Tour”

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have added another North American leg to their “Bay Strikes Back Tour.” You can find the new dates below.

Tour Dates:

09/09 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
09/10 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
09/12 Wichita, KS -Cotillion
09/13 Kansas City, MO – Truman
09/15 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
09/16 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
09/18 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
09/19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
09/21 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
09/22 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
09/23 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
09/26 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
09/27 Albany, NY – Empire Live
09/28 Portland, ME – State Theatre
09/30 Montreal, QC – Mtelus
10/01 London, ON – London Music Hall
10/03 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/04 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/06 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
10/08 Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
10/10 Vancouver, BC – Commodore
10/12 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
10/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10/14 Reno, NV – Cargo
10/15 San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic

Several members of the bands commented:

Testament’s Chuck Billy:

“We’ve all been having a killer time playing a lot of sold out shows for die hard metal fans across the US and we wanna keep the party rolling!”

Testament’s Eric Peterson:

“We’re so excited to do a second leg of Bay Strikes Back Tour into Canada- Its been a ling time coming and now things are starting to gel with Dave. We will be adding some newer songs and some older ones too into the set METAL!”

Exodus’ Gary Holt:

“This tour has been so raging, so crushing, what do we do to follow it up? We do it again! Exodus will be joining Testament and Death Angel for another round of The Bay Strikes Back Tour in the US! Hitting some major markets and also Canada! More Brutality on tap for all, come join the violence!”

Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda:

“I can’t begin to tell all of you how excited Death Angel is that this AMAZING tour has been extended with a second leg of North American dates! Night after night all three bands see how amazing the crowd reactions have been and we as band members are also so appreciative that we’re back doing what we love doing most of all! Playing music and exchanging energy with the most passionate fans of all! Thrash Metal Fans! The Bay Strike Back Tour is extending it’s endless reach! See you on the road!!”

Former Slayer Drummer Dave Lombardo Joins Testament

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) has officially joined Testament as their new drummer. He will be replacing Gene Hoglan, who exited the band earlier this year.

Lombardo said the following:

“This is a long-awaited reunion that was bound to happen. Once upon a time, we created a thrash masterpiece. I have no doubt that our musical chemistry will pick up exactly where we left off. I love the Testament family and am very excited to be joining them once again. Pure brutality awaits.”

Frontman Chuck Billy added:

“I’ll state the obvious, We are more than overwhelmed to welcome back Dave Lombardo to play drums with Testament. We are so excited to share the stage again with Lombardo. Dave added immense power when he joined the band for The Gathering (release), and we are ecstatic to see what new flavor he will bring back to Testament.”

Guitarist Eric Peterson also commented:

“Having Dave Lombardo join us again feels like we are picking up where unfinished business had left off. There is a silver lining to every cloud and working again with Dave calls for us to celebrate with our horns held high!”

Testament Announce Summer European Tour

Testament have announced a summer European tour. Exodus, Sepultura, Heathen, and Death Angel will join them on select dates.

Tour Dates:

07/09 Ballenstedt, GER – Rock Harz Festival
07/10 Vizovice, CZE – Masters Of Rock
07/11 Krakow, POL – Studio (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
07/12 Bratislava, SLO – Refinery Gallery (feat. Sepultura, Exodus, Death Angel & Heathen)
07/14 Neukirchen-Vluyn, GER – Dong Open Air
07/16 Leoben, AUT – Area 53 Festival
07/17 Cremona, ITA – Luppolo in Rock
07/19 Rome, ITA – Rock In Roma (feat. Exodus, Death Angel & Heathen)
07/21 Fritzlar, GER – Rock am Stuck
07/23 Plovdiv, BUL – Hills Of Rock
07/24 Sibiu, ROM – Art Mania
07/26 Tolmin, SLO – Metaldays
07/29 Vagos, POR – Vagos Metalfest
07/30 Burgos, SPA – Anden 56 (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
07/31 Pamplona, SPA – Totem (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
08/03 Malaga, SPA – Paris 15 (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
08/04 Villena, SPA – Leyendas del Rock
08/05 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
08/06 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
08/09 Bordeaux, FRA – Rocher de Palmer (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
08/12 Catton Park, UK – Bloodstock Festival
08/13 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcatraz Festival
08/14 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
08/16 Innsbruck, GER – Music Hall (feat. Exodus & Heathen)
08/17 Dinkelsbuhl, GER – Summer Breeze
08/19 Sulingen, GER – Reload Festival
08/20 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo Metalfest
08/21 St. Nolff, FRA – Motocultor