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

Testament Part Ways With Drummer Gene Hoglan

Testament have parted ways with drummer Gene Hoglan. A replacement has yet to be revealed.

The band commented:

“To all our Testament fans around the world,

First off, we are beyond grateful to have had Gene Hoglan behind our drum throne for ten years, several albums and countless tour dates. Unfortunately, our brother Gene’s additional tours and solo endeavors in 2022 conflict insurmountably with Testament’s rescheduled dates after two years of lost time due to the pandemic. Rather than Testament having to reschedule upcoming dates (yet again) or Gene having to cancel his own plans, we have decided to amicably part ways.

We understand that this announcement will cause some disappointment but rest assured: There is no drama, only the best of vibes between us. As Gene embarks upon a new chapter, we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for bringing the most powerful drum beats to Testament and heavy metal. We have no doubt he will continue to bring it as only he can. Gene will always be family and we ask all of you to join us in wishing him only the best of luck going forward!

Also rest assure that we will continue to deliver yet another top notch addition to Testament and will reveal soon! We will see you all on tour very soon!

– Testament“

Hoglan added:

“It’s been a great ten years folks, and now it’s time for me to move on from the mighty Testament. It merely comes down to the fact that schedules can be challenging to align for in-demand dudes like yours truly.

I wish Chuck, Eric, Alex and Stevie D the absolute best of luck as they will continue to crush as always.

I’m moving into an exciting new chapter of my career and free agency, with all that it will entail.

I’ll freely admit, I’m psyched. And I’m greatly looking forward to all the new opportunities the coming months and years are looking to bring, and again I wish my friends and family in Testament and their crew a fantastic future and all the best in ‘22 and beyond.

Thank you gentlemen, for a great ride together.

Gene”

Testament’s Chuck Billy: “We’re Working On New Music Now”

It looks like Testament already have some new material in the works. Frontman Chuck Billy recently confirmed the news during an interview with La Mesa Del Metal.

Billy said the following:

“We’re maybe working on some new music. We might as well start writing another record.”

He then went on to say that fans may get some new music “in the next year”:

“We’re working on new music now, but it all depends how fast we all get it done. Right now we don’t have shows until April [of 2022], so we have a lot of time now to start really working on it.

We never try to rush. We wanna make sure it’s right, it’s perfect and the right time [to put it out]. We wanna make sure the fans that get our music have good records and strong songs. So we can start writing songs now, but if we’re not happy yet, we’re, like, ‘Okay, it’s not ready yet.’ Let’s keep molding it a little bit more and changing it and fixing it and coming up with new ideas until we go, ‘Okay. That’s good. That’s a song now. That feels really good.’

Like [last year’s] ‘Titans Of Creation’ [album], all those songs, they’re all not the same time. They all have different life and different feelings when you listen to ’em. But they all are strong on their own, by themselves. So we wanna make sure that when you put on a song from a TESTAMENT record, you go, ‘Oh, I know that’s TESTAMENT. I can tell that’s TESTAMENT.’ But I don’t want it to be, like, ‘Oh, that’s that record,’ or, ‘That feels like this record.’ I want it to be, like, they all are strong. I want [fans] to enjoy listening to a whole record and not just pick out a certain couple of songs.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Five More Dates Added To Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel’s Upcoming North American Tour

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have added five more dates to their upcoming North American tour. You can find the updated schedule for that run below.

Tour Dates:

2021:

11/27 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

2022:

04/09 San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
04/10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
04/12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
04/13 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/15 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
04/16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04/20 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
04/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/22 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/23 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
04/25 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
04/26 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/27 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
04/28 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
04/30 Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom
05/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
05/02 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
05/05 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/06 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
05/07 Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/10 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
05/11 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05/12 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
05/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/17 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/19 Denver, CO – Summit
05/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
05/22 Seattle, WA – Showbox
05/23 Portland, OR – Roseland
05/25 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel Postpone U.S. Tour To Spring 2022

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel have postponed their upcoming U.S. tour until 2022. Despite this, the three bands will still be performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on November 27 and at the 2021 Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA.

2022 Tour Dates:

04/09 San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
04/10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
04/12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
04/13 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/15 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
04/16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04/20 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
04/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/22 Dallas, TX -Amplified Live
04/23 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
04/26 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/27 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
04/30 Sayreville, NJ -Starland Ballroom
05/01 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
05/02 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05/03 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
05/05 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/06 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
05/07 Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/10 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
05/11 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05/12 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
05/14 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/15 Joliet, IL – The Forge
05/17 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/19 Denver, CO – Summit
05/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

Several members of the bands commented:

Testament guitarist Eric Peterson:

“We were really on the fence with this decision. But seeing other bands make it through with a few mild cases and other bigger bands just cancelling their entire tours, we felt it is in our best interest to postpone these shows to ’22.”

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick:

“It gives none of us any pleasure to be the bearers of bad news yet again, but here we are. Although Bay Strikes Back is a top tour package for theaters, the reality is this: It can’t afford to take the risks that top grossing larger venue tours have been taking. The type of disruptions Kiss and other large outdoor venue tours have experienced could cause our shows to be permanently cancelled – a lose/lose for everyone.

The fact that a lower budget tour such as ours is limited to indoor venues with tight backstage space only adds to the risk. It should go without saying that calling off these dates was a ‘last resort’ decision, and everyone involved would much rather this weren’t the case. However, this is the new reality we’re all in. All we can do is hope for everyone’s understanding, which we ask for sincerely.”

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt:

“We are saddened to announce that the Bay Strikes Back tour is being postponed, but the risk of cancelled shows due to positive tests leading to tour personnel being quarantined and isolated is just too great at this time. We want to feel safe, enjoy the tour and be able to hang out with our close friends. The silver lining in this is that Tom Hunting no longer needs chemo and will have more time to work his way back to doing a full tour. He will make his return behind the drums at Aftershock but a full tour requires more preparation, so that is the good part.”

Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda:

“Usually when I’m asked to contribute a quote to an announcement it pertains to something I’m extremely excited about. In this case I’m gutted… It pains me to announce that The Bay Strikes Back U.S. Tour is being postpone. No one was looking forward to this more than me. But, on the brighter side of things, the tour is in fact going to happen – just at a later time. And I can assure you that the already ravenous to play live members of Death Angel promise to provide a crushing set during a crushing tour. The Bay WILL Strike Back!”