Chuck Billy Says Testament “Want To Release A New Album In 2019”

During an interview with Kimberly Bulletin, Chuck Billy revealed that Testament’s upcoming touring will serve as the end of the “Brotherhood of the Snake” cycle, and that the band are hoping to release a new album next year. He said the following:

“This will be the final lap for us touring in support of our latest album, ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’. We want our focus, during this and after this, to dive back into the songwriting process. We want to release a new album in 2019, so we need to get started soon.”

Testament will serve as one of the supporting acts on Slayer’s North American farewell tour, and they also have some off-dates booked with Anthrax.

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Anthrax & Testament Announce Off-Dates From Slayer Tour

Anthrax and Testament have announced some off-dates from their upcoming tour with Slayer. Here’s where you can catch them:

05/12 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
05/18 Cranbrook, BC – Western Financial Place
05/23 Fargo, ND – Sanctuary Events Center
05/26 Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre
06/08 Knoxville, TN – The International
06/13 Savannah, GA – The Stage on Bay
06/18 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues

Gary Holt On The Possibility Of A New Slayer Album: “I’d Say It’s A No”

Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus) was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice and was asked about Slayer’s “final” world tour. At first he said the following: “My middle name is ‘No Comment.’ See you at the shows. Seriously, no comment,” but then added the following after Kay mentioned how some bands, like Scorpions, change their minds about retirement:

“Noooo. C’mon! But I love the Scorpions. I hope [their tour] never ends. We are wrapping it up. The tour dates have been announced. The tour is huge. It’s gonna be awesome. And I’m honored and proud to be a part of it. And we’re gonna make it something for people to remember. It’s gonna be epic.”

He also said the following when asked about the possibility of a new album:

“No. No, there’s no new album. I’d say it’s a no. But my name is Gary ‘No Comment’ Holt today. I don’t know nothing. You’ve seen the dates, you saw the press releases. And come out and celebrate the mighty history of Slayer, which I’m lucky to have been part of for the last seven years now. It’s been a ride, it’s been remarkable, and we’re gonna end it in gloriously violent fashion.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament Guitarist Alex Skolnick Says The Band Are Set To Head Out On A Big North American Tour

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick recently chatted with Music & Art Interviews and revealed that the band have “just signed on to a North American tour that [he] can’t talk about yet” and that he thinks “it will be one of the biggest tours of the year.” According to Blabbermouth, there are some rumors saying it will be a run with Slayer. It is also worth noting that Skolnick’s comments echoed recent comments made by Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, although it is unknown if those tours are related. Stay tuned for more information.

Testament Announce 2018 UK/Ireland Tour With Annihilator & Vader

Testament have announced a UK/Ireland tour with Annihilator and Vader. Here’s the dates:

03/29 Bristol, UK – Motion
03/30 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
03/31 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
04/01 Dublin, IRE – Vicar Street
04/02 Glasgow, UK – QMU
04/04 London, UK – Koko

Testament To Reissue “Live At The Fillmore,” “Demonic,” “The Gathering,” “First Strike Still Deadly,” & “Live At Eindhoven ’87” In November

Testament will be reissuing five albums, including:”Live At The Fillmore,” “Demonic,” “The Gathering,” “First Strike Still Deadly,” and “Live At Eindhoven ’87,” on November 17. They will all be available on CD and black vinyl, complete with new artwork by Marcelo Vasco. “Demonic,” “The Gathering,” and “First Strike Still Deadly” will also come on silver vinyl. Preorders can be found HERE. Eric Peterson commented:

“I’m super stoked that Nuclear Blast, ‘the best metal label on earth,’ is re-releasing the rebirth of Testament era featuring ‘Demonic’ and ‘The Gathering’. These two albums brought us back to life with ultra-heavy and unrelenting fury and melody. Also ’87’s live classic in full, ‘Live In Eindhoven’, and re-recordings of our classics, ‘First Strike Still Deadly’. These classic records feature revamped art to boot that are unapologetic to their themes as they were.”

Chuck Billy added:

“I am more than excited to have Nuclear Blast re-release part of our catalog that has been in need of a good home. Nuclear Blast has taken these albums in and will help Testament bring something killer to our fans.”