Testament Postpone North American Tour With The Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste, & Meshiaak

Testament have postponed their North American tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste, and Meshiaak due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will be rescheduled at a later date.

Testament said the following:

“Hi everyone! We unfortunately are going to have to reschedule our upcoming North American spring tour. Please bear with us while we work to get the new dates together with our team. Please hold onto your tickets as they will be honored for the newly scheduled dates. We hope everyone is staying safe, staying home, and we look forward to rocking out with you soon.”

The Black Dahlia Murder also commented:

“It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the elephant in the room aka the rescheduling of our big US tour with Testament and Municipal Waste, as well as our headlining off dates to, from, and between the scheduled Testament shows. Our new album “Verminous” is still coming out April 17th on Metal Blade Records. Standby for more live info soon!”

Testament Premiere Animated Video For “Children Of The Next Level”

Testament have premiered an animated video for their song “Children Of The Next Level.” This track is from the band’s new album “Titans Of Creation,” which was released today (April 3).

Chuck Billy said the following about the Balázs Gróf-created clip:

“Being so busy with touring, we weren’t able to schedule a video shoot and thought we’d try something different and came up with a killer animated video for the song ‘Children Of The Next Level’. With the song being about the Heavens Gate cult, we thought it would make for a good visual story. It takes a lot of time and effort to make animated video and it was really cool to watch the process as it came to life. i think it came out awesome.”

Eric Peterson added:

“Watching clips as it was being put together was exciting, but after seeing it for the first time from beginning to end, its hilarious as hell and lots of fun to watch. It sticks to the story board of lyrics while remaining very entertaining to watch and much more, I think even non metal fans will love this too!”

Testament Bassist Steve DiGiorgio Tests Positive For COVID-19

Testament bassist Steve DiGiorgio has officially tested positive for COVID-19. Frontman Chuck Billy confirmed the news to Joshua Toomey of “Diabolus In Podcastica.”

Billy said the following when asked about him and his wife going public with their own COVID-19 diagnosis:

“It was kind of almost our duty to say something. Fortunately, we got home off the road and were isolated right away. So we didn’t really see anybody. But it’s definitely a nasty sickness and illness. I mean, we’re starting to feel better, but I wouldn’t say I’m a hundred percent. So I don’t know — am I contagious still? I don’t know.

“Steve, our bass player, just tested on Thursday, he got his results back, and they’re positive. And that’s after a couple of weeks of being sick. So it made us think, ‘Are we still contagious?’, even though the doctors and the CDC [Centers For Disease Control And Prevention] told us that, ‘Go ahead and go to the store. Go out. Wear a mask.’ But you just don’t know. We don’t know if we’re ill or not.”

Billy and DiGiorgio both tested positive for COVID-19 after their European tour with Exodus and Death Angel. As previously reported, Exodus’ Gary Holt and Death Angel’s Will Carroll both tested positive as well.

[via Blabbermouth]

Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) On Will Carroll (Death Angel): “I Heard He’s Doing A Lot Better, But The News Is Very Vague”

Upon returning from “The Bay Strikes Back” tour in Europe, Testament’s Chuck Billy tested positive for COVID-19, Exodus’ Gary Holt started exhibiting symptoms of the disease, and Death Angel’s Will Carroll ended up in the hospital. Now, Exodus’ Steve “Zetro” Souza has offered an update on all of his peers in the below video:

Souza said the following:

“You’ve gotta understand that [we were] meeting fans and [we were] meeting different people and [we were] all using the same facilities and the same catering and [we were] all around each other constantly, so it makes good sense why so many people from the tour caught it”

He went on to say that he personally feels “great”:

“If I have [the disease], I don’t have any symptoms of it. I don’t feel bad at all. I am sleeping really well. I feel strong as an ox. I wish the gyms weren’t closed; I’d be there every day, unfortunately.

“The only one from our camp who seems to be sick is Gary, who showed signs of it. But his test won’t come back for quite some time now — seven to 10 days, I believe. Why that is, I don’t know. But him and his wife were tested. Now, I spoke to him this morning, and he feels better, although he still has a little bit of the symptoms sometimes, but he says he feels much better on that.

“Obviously, everybody knows, yesterday, Chuck Billy and his wife Tiffany had went on the Internet and told everybody that they have contracted it as well, which means now more people, it looks like. And I believe there’s two of their techs in their camp, that worked for them, have contracted it as well.

“I don’t even know if Will [has tested] positive. Will Carroll is very sick. He’s in the ICU right now. I heard he’s doing a lot better, but the news is very vague.

“We’re doing all right in the EXODUS camp. Really, Gary’s the only one that’s sick as far as the techs. And the rest of the band, everybody’s doing good. A couple of guys in DEATH ANGEL are not feeling too well but getting better. Chuck and his wife and a couple of their techs not feeling too well, but they’re getting better. So just keep your fingers crossed.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Testament’s Chuck Billy Tests Positive For COVID-19

Testament’s Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19. The band confirmed the news on Facebook and also revealed that Billy’s wife Tiffany and some of their crew members have tested positive as well.

Testament commented:

“As many of you already know, after returning from the BAY STRIKES BACK over Europe Tour last week, some of us in TESTAMENT have been feeling unwell and have made the decision along with our Doctors to be tested for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As of yesterday morning, Chuck and Tiffany Billy’s tests have come back positive as well as some crew members.

We wanted to reach out to everyone who has been supporting us and expressing concern to inform you that we are doing what’s right, and what’s safe, and have all been quarantining ourselves since our return home; since before we were even tested. We are of course concerned for our families, our friends, our crew, our fellow musicians, and our fans. We’ve reached out to support our fellow Bay Area Bands who are also being proactive in their own camps, staying quarantined and safe, and will speak on their individual situations if and when they are ready to.

At this moment we are currently focused on staying safe and quarantined, resting, getting ourselves back to health, and of course, sending well wishes, prayers, and positive energy towards our friends who are also sick. We also want to send well wishes to all of our fans and supporters in this time of crisis. We’re taking all the necessary steps to stay safe at home and we ask our friends and fans to do the same. Please take care of each other, and stay healthy so we can continue to thrash in the not so distant future!

-TESTAMENT”

This news comes after Exodus’ Gary Holt started exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and after Death Angel’s Will Carroll was hospitalized following their European tour with Testament.

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel’s Hannover, Germany Show Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel’s March 11 concert in Hannover, Germany has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Testament commented:

“We greatly apologize, but we’ve also had to cancel tomorrow’s Sold-Out show in Hannover due to worldwide health concerns. We hope to make it up to you soon!”

Testament Premiere New Song “Children Of The Next Level”

Testament have premiered a new song titled “Children Of The Next Level.” This track is from the band’s new album “Titans Of Creation,” which will be released on April 3. Chuck Billy commented:

“To all our Testament Legions out there… we hope you have been playing the shit out of our first single ‘Night of the Witch‘ and are ready for our second release ‘Children of the Next Level‘. I know we are ready to play it live, so March 6th we are going to debut it for our fans attending the show at the O2 Academy in London. We are going to ask them to pull out there cameras and put up videos for everyone to enjoy and thrash it up! Hey fucking Metal For ever!!!!!!”

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel’s Milan, Italy Show Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel’s February 25 show in Milan, Italy has been cancelled due to a coronavirus outbreak. The remaining dates on their current European tour will continue as planned.

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Below is the official statement in English. We are sorry we are missing you Italy. The rest of the tour is still on!! Hope to see you soon!! +++ OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE +++ Following the order signed by the President of the Lombardy Region, we are forced to suspend all the events scheduled at the Trezzo Live Club. It is a precautionary measure valid unless corrections are made until 1 March 2020. We will shortly communicate the recovery date and the refund modalities. We want to clarify to all those who have followed us for years and also to those who have never come to us, who we have tried in all ways, expected and hoped with you, to be able to go ahead with our events and provide you with services and offer for which you have always appreciated us. The cancellation of an event causes economic damage and serious inconvenience to everyone, especially you and the public, who often make sacrifices in terms of time and money to make sure you participate in an event or concert of the band you love: by booking travel, accommodation , taking leave and vacation days. It is economic damage also for the club, obviously, for the intermediary agencies, for the companies and workers involved, up to the artists themselves. They are therefore choices that must be carefully considered, in order to also evaluate possible recoveries in the case of international tours in particular. Regarding the epidemic situation, our personal conviction is that the infection does not stop by stopping only the entertainment, sport and culture, instead leaving free access to shopping centers, supermarkets, shops, banks, public transport and offices. It is a virus that has reached every corner of the globe and is transmitted even just by walking, but which fortunately has a very limited incidence of danger. If you want to tackle the problem seriously, healthcare must be structured above all to treat serious cases. We hope to see you all as soon as possible with more and more desire to be and have fun.

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Gary Holt (Exodus) & Alex Skolnick (Testament) Detail “Terrifying” Ferry Ride Through Powerful Winter Storm

Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel are currently on tour in Europe and while they were taking the ferry from Sweden to Finland on February 9, they were hit by a powerful winter storm called Storm Ciara. Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Gary Holt (Exodus) shared some posts regarding that:

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Yesterday was insane, although some reports are greatly exaggerated…Yes, our overnight ferry from #stockholm to #helsinki got caught in #stormsabine aka Storm Ciara. With hurricane level winds, 25 ft waves, our large vessel felt like the “Minnow” from #gilligansisland . There was wreckage all over the ship (@garyholt_official’s pic is not the result of partying) & most of us didn’t sleep a wink. Some of us who “never” get seasick had an exception (hello 👋🏼 🤢). Here’s where things got misreported online – our equipment truck wasn’t thrown overboard (although no one would’ve been surprised in those conditions) – it was on the next ferry which was postponed (as ours probably should have been)…So we did the gig punk rock style – street clothes, borrowed gear – 1st pic is just before going on w @punkerted’s guitar (Thank you to @deathangelofficial & @exodusbandofficial whose equipment arrived on the same boat as ours) and a literal t-shirt as backdrop. The wild crowd was incredibly understanding and in fact, seemed to especially enjoy the set, which included many songs pulled out of the hat. Ok, not the leisurely ferry ride that was anticipated (still feeling beat up) but as @brianmayforreal & co said, “the show must go on.” _ Soon, we are on in #Tampere, Fi with everything back to normal (🤞)….

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Testament Announce North American Tour With The Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste, & Meshiaak

Testament have announced a North American tour in support of their new album “Titans Of Creation“ (out April 3). The Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste, and Meshiaak will open.

Tour Dates:

04/20 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
04/21 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
04/23 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
04/24 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
04/25 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04/26 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/28 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
04/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/30 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
05/02 Mexico City, MEX – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Testament only)
05/05 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
05/06 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
05/07 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/08 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/09 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/10 Montreal, QC – MTelus
05/11 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Hall
05/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
05/14 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall
05/15 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival (Testament only)
05/16 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/17 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
05/19 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
05/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05/22 Portland, CA – Roseland Theater
05/23 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater (no Municipal Waste)
05/24 Seattle, WA -Showbox SoDo (no Municipal Waste)
05/24/2020 Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling + Festival (Municipal Waste only)
05/26 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
05/27 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
05/28 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues