Testament’s Alex Skolnick Performs U.S. National Anthem At Chicago Bulls Vs. Detroit Pistons Game

Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Allegiance, etc.) performed the U.S. national anthem at the November 1 Chicago Bulls Vs. Detroit Pistons game at the United Center in Chicago, IL. You can see footage of that below:

Testament’s Alex Skolnick To Perform U.S. National Anthem At Chicago Bulls Vs. Detroit Pistons Game

Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Allegiance, etc.) will be performing the U.S. national anthem at the upcoming Chicago Bulls Vs. Detroit Pistons game. That match will take place on November 1 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Notably, Metal Allegiance will be the band spotlight that night. Fans and friends of the band will be able to get tickets at 50% off with no service fees or Ticketmaster charges by going HERE.

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Come watch our guitar guru @alexskolnick perform the National Anthem as the @chicagobulls battle the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Nov 1 at 7:00 at the @unitedcenter The Bulls will also be having an MA band spotlight that night. All fans and friends of @metalallegiance can purchase Bulls tickets at 50% off (without any service fees or Ticketmaster charges) by going to https://bit.ly/2nnz436. This is an event you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets now before they sell out! *Please note that the Bulls utilize mobile ticketing. Printed and screenshot tickets will not be accepted at United Center gates. Don’t forget, we play the night prior on 10/31 at the @bottomlounge as we pay tribute to the mighty @blacksabbath MA will be taking over the Windy City Halloween week! @markmenghi @creamale @overkillofficial 🎃 🏀 🤘🏻 #metalallegiance #chicagobulls #nationalanthem #alexskolnick

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Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel Announce European/UK Tour

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel will be joining forces for a European/UK tour next year. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

02/06 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
02/07 Stockholm, SWE – Arenan Fryshuset
02/10 Helsinki, FIN – The Circus
02/11 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
02/13 Hamburg, GER – Docks
02/14 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
02/15 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
02/16 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
02/18 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
02/19 Wroclaw, POL – Orbita Hall
02/20 Vienna, AUT – Arena
02/21 Munich, GER – Backstage
02/22 Filderstadt, GER – Filharmonie
02/25 Milano, ITA – Live Club
02/27 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
02/28 Madrid, SPA – Palaxio Vistalegre
02/29 Toulouse, FRA – Bikini
03/01 Paris, FRA – Elysee Montmartre
03/03 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
03/04 Dublin, IRE – National Stadium
03/06 London, UK – The Forum
03/07 Manchester, UK – Academy
03/08 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
03/10 Brussels, BEL – AB
03/11 Hannover, GER – Capitol

Chuck Billy (Testament) said the following:

“It’s finally happening!!!! All of us have spoken over the years of how killer it would be to tour together and bring Bay Area Thrash Metal across the world and we are starting in Europe. I’m sure I can speak for all three bands in saying that we are proud of where we all came from and we are still delivering some of the best thrash metal we can to the fans. Be ready for the Bay Area Strikes Back Tour 2020.”

Gary Holt (Exodus) added:

“I am fired up to FINALLY return to Europe with Exodus! Along with our Bay Area friends Testament and Death Angel! An epic tour for the ages! Looking forward to crushing everyone Bay Area style! See you there!!! I cannot wait!”

Rob Cavestany (Death Angel) also commented:

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce our upcoming tour with Testament and Exodus! Bay Area Thrash Attack in full force! All three bands have been close friends for decades and our mutual respect is of the highest level. That said, we will surely push each other to go beyond expectations each and every night. This is a first – the three of us have never toured together in the same package… it’s about time! See you in the pit!”

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Lamb Of God, Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Etc. Performing At Hellfest

ARTE Concert have shared pro-shot footage of Lamb Of God, Testament, Cradle Of Filth, Kvelertak, and Carpathian Forest’s full sets at Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France. You can watch those performances below:

Testament Planning To Release New Album In January 2020

During a press conference at Hellfest in Clisson, France, Testament’s Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson offered an update on their new album. According to them, the effort will be released in January 2020.

Billy said the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“The day before we got on the plane [to start our European tour], we just finished recording all the tracks. And [producer] Andy Sneap, who’s out with JUDAS PRIEST [as the band’s touring guitarist], will mix it. So when he gets home, a couple of weeks in July, he’ll start the mix. So, it’s gonna be a good one.”

Peterson added:

“Well, we don’t have a name yet, but it’s gonna come out in late January 2020.”

“Musically, it’s a lot more thrash, I think, and more old school. I don’t wanna say MERCYFUL FATE, but that kind of guitar harmonies and stuff like that. And lyrically, it’s probably a little bit more storytelling, kind of evil shit, I guess. The label told us to write something evil, so…”

Billy continued:

“It’s definitely faster than the last record. But I think the way we’ve been writing the last couple of records, we work a long time on the riffs, but when we get in the studio is when we really start putting the pressure on ourselves, and I think we’ve been working better under pressure. It’s not my favorite time of year when it’s time to write lyrics and get prepared to do the record, so it gets tough. But it really drives us to really reach down and do something. ‘Cause when you get to a point when you wrote 120 songs, it’s a little tough to get inspired by ‘What else can I write?’ ‘What else can we do?’ ‘How do we keep it fresh?'”

“I give Eric credit, because he doesn’t follow anybody else — he has his own taste in music, and he brings what he does to TESTAMENT. And it always keeps us on our toes, and me especially, because when I hear the riff, I expect, ‘Maybe it’s gonna be the old-school thrash — maybe.’ But then when I get it, okay, I hear the thrash, but then there’s some new elements and maybe some new chords that he chooses to play that maybe aren’t comfortable for me. And when I first hear them, I go, ‘Wow. That’s different. Maybe I’m not so comfortable.’ But it pushes me to experiment and challenge myself to try something different. And I think that’s what keeps the TESTAMENT records always sounding different — we don’t copy ourselves. So I’m very proud of what we did, because again we had our backs against the wall and a little pressure on us, and the songs came out great. And I think everybody’s gonna enjoy the record again. We have some really good stuff on it — some good thrash, some good melodic stuff, some good melodies on the vocals. So there’s a little bit of everything.”

Peterson added:

“It’s not so much death metal kind of stuff. Chuck didn’t wanna sing melodic, but a lot of the songs are really melodic — like ‘Electric Crown’, ‘Trial By Fire’ kind of riffing, kind of old school. It’s a little bit like that.”

Billy went on:

“I always tell Eric when he’s writing songs, ‘Is it heavy? Is it fast? Is it heavy?’ And then I always question myself: ‘Maybe I should sing the death metal voice more on this record.’ Then I get the songs and I’m, like, ‘Well, it doesn’t really work on this.’ So I go back just to what comes natural, I think.”

Billy also talked about the group’s recording process and whether the band still records music live in the studio:

“We tried it live once, and it worked at that point in our lives and career. But I think at this point, especially with technology getting where you can do it at home, Eric records a lot of his tracks on his own at home now. We all don’t live together, so it’s a little difficult to get everybody just to be at the same place. So we choose to do it individual tracks, whenever we have our own time. So we’re never really in the studio together, on the past recordings. But I think it’s better this way. We know that the tracks, once you record ’em, they’re good, they’re set in stone. You don’t have to go back and worry about it if somebody else messed up. So there’s advantages to it.”

Testament In Pre-Production For New Album

Testament have officially started pre-production for their next album. Eric Peterson and Steve DiGiorgio confirmed the news in the below posts:

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament Hoping To Release New Album In July

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Chuck Billy offered an update on the new Testament album. He said the group are currently writing and that they are hoping to hit the studio in April and release the effort in July.

Billy said the following:

“The touring [for ‘Brotherhood’] is done,” he said (see video below). “We finished that tour with SLAYER in September, and right from there, we started writing a record right away. The holidays threw a wrench in it, but now, we really started, after the New Year, working hard. We should have it out hopefully by July. Hopefully we’ll get into the studio by April. That’s the goal.”

He also added the following when asked about the musical direction:

“It’s hard to say, because we don’t know until the final thing. And the songs are always so different. Nothing just resembles the last song we wrote. So I have about eight songs that are totally different. So it’s a challenge for me, because I’ve really gotta think about how to approach the songs when they are so different. Which I did. Because at the point, once you start writing over a hundred songs, you’ve gotta start thinking, ‘How do I get more creative and do something different?’ So it’s always a challenge.”

He also talked about possible lyrical themes as well:

“I’m still hooked on aliens. ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ was all about aliens and creating mankind and finding the earth, and I’m still fascinated about that, and even beyond that… There’s just a lot going on out there beyond this planet, which fascinates me. And there’s always a story or always something I can make up.”

Billy also added the following when asked if the group would ever do a full concept album:

“Maybe, but we just really haven’t sat down and thought if that’s what we’re gonna do. I’m sure if we came up with a good concept and a title and said, ‘Okay, here’s something we’re gonna work on,’ I’m sure we can build something like that, if we really tried to. But at this point, we just are trying to come up with riffs and songs, and that’s it.”

[via Blabbermouth]