Testament Planning To Release New Album In April

It looks like Testament are planning to release their new album on April 3. Frontman Chuck Billy confirmed the news during a recent interview with Heavy New York and he also had the following to say about the effort:

“You’re always trying to top your last record, and I thought ‘Brotherhood‘, up to that point, was a pretty strong record. This one, it definitely stands on its own — all the songs have their own identity. Eric somehow came up with a way to make it be Testament but feel fresh and new still Testament, so that’s pretty awesome.”.

[via Blabbermouth]

Chuck Billy Says Testament’s New Album Has “A Bunch Of Different Moods”

During a recent interview with Lana Morgan of Milwaukee’s 102.9 The Hog, Testament’s Chuck Billy talked a bit about the band’s new album. According to him, the effort has “a bunch of different moods.”

Billy said the following:

“I don’t know about surprises, but I think we definitely keep TESTAMENT fans on their toes as far as it’s always something new, always a different twist, always a different feel, but still being TESTAMENT. So I think again Eric [Peterson, guitar] really captured some new riffs. The mix is pretty straightforward TESTAMENT, like it’s been, but I think the songwriting is definitely a little bit… It has a little of everything; it’s got a bunch of different moods on the record. Again, I think fans will be, like, ‘Yeah, right on.’ It’s definitely a different TESTAMENT record.”

He also revealed that the record won’t include a ballad, despite previously saying that it would:

“We have some moody stuff, but I wouldn’t say we would gear up to try to write a ballad. I just think — I don’t know if that’s really who TESTAMENT is.

When we had Atlantic Records backing us, they were always the ones that wanted the singles and the videos, and everything always seemed to lean towards the ballads. So, that’s kind of where that went back in those days. But we’re long past that now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren Joins Testament Onstage At Knotfest Colombia

During Testament’s December 6 set at Knotfest Colombia, the band were joined onstage by Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren. The drummer was filling in for Gene Hoglan, who was unable to make the show.

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Killer show tonight at @knotfestco with the mighty @testamentofficial! It was truly an honor to fill in for @therealgenehoglan whose masterful beats and fills have inspired me for 30+ years! And also to finally play in person with my longtime friend and bass wizard extraordinaire @sdglowend- as well as Chuck, Eric and Alex- all total masters at their craft! Thanks to the crew: Steve, Carlos, Christian, Freeway and Kyla for taking great care of us. And to @samgamps at @officialtamadrums for his help with the kit. Maybe I'll post a drumcam at some point. – 📷: @carlosgunngt – #testament #testamentlegions #knotfestco #chuckbilly #ericpeterson #alexskolnick #stevedigiorgio #genehoglan #brotherhoodofthesnake #thrash #drumtillyoudrop

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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: