Entries tagged with: Testament
photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!
The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.
Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...
UPDATE: More artists added.
We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.
Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.
UPDATE: Chicago announced too.
All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...
photo: Motor Sister @ Saint Vitus - 2/12/15 (photo by Jason Donnelly)
Motor Sister -- the new band of Mother Superior's Jim Wilson, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Scott's wife and Jim's past collaborator Pearl Aday, Joey Vera (briefly also of Anthrax), and John Tempesta (ex-Exodus, Testament, currently of The Cult) -- are just over a week away from releasing their debut album, Ride (due 3/10 via Metal Blade), and it's now streaming in full via AllMusic. Listen below.
Motor Sister were also just in NYC, playing Saint Vitus on February 12. Anyone go to that show? How were they? If you missed it, or just want to relive it, check out two videos from the show below.
Scott Ian wasn't the only '80s thrash veteran to play Vitus this month. Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo played on 2/23 with his band Philm. Philm's tour hits NYC again on Monday (3/2) at The Stone. Slayer without Lombardo is touring this year too, and Motor Sister drummer John Tempesta's two former bands Testament and Exodus are touring together. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is also a current member of Slayer.
Motor Sister are also now labelmates with two former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick (guitar from 2008-2014) and Shawn Drover (drums from 2004-2014). The two recently teamed up with Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass to form the band Act of Defiance, who will have their debut album out on the label this summer. If you're at all curious what that might sound like, you can watch a teaser video below.
Meanwhile, if you were wondering what Dave Mustaine does for fun, why, he plays Metallica songs of course! Metallica also have dates coming up this year, including headlining Brazil's Rock In Rio which they were announced for this week. All of their dates are listed below.
And last but not least in '80s thrash news, Overkill have announced a big NYC show happening October 17 at Terminal 5 with two veteran power metal bands, Symphony X and Sanctuary (whose 1987 debut LP was produced by and featured Dave Mustaine). It's Overkill's only upcoming US date at the moment. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at noon.
Motor Sister videos and LP stream, Act of Defiance teaser, and Metallica dates, below...
photo: Testament on Motorhead's cruise in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Veteran thrash heavyweights Testament and Exodus were both already announced for a few festivals including New England Hardcore & Metal Fest, Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion (the latter two also with Slayer), and now they've announced a full North American tour surrounding those fests. The tour doesn't hit NYC proper, but it will be nearby for shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom on April 17 and Long Island's Paramount on April 19. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/20) at 10 AM. Paramount has venue and Live Nation presales starting Thursday (2/19) at 10 AM, and Starland has a presale starting Thursday at 9 AM.
Testament are promising a new setlist that includes their first two albums, 1987's The Legacy and 1988's The New Order, in full, as well as cuts from 1989's Practice What You Preach. They're also now back with bassist Steve DiGiorgio, who was in the band from 1998 to 2004.
Newer band Shattered Sun open on all dates. Full tour schedule, a few recent live videos, and streams of Testament's first two albums, below...
photo: Philm at Slaughter by the Water 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
While Dave Lombardo left Slayer again in 2013, he's remained active with other projects. One of those is his band Philm, who released their sophomore album, Fire From the Evening Sun, last year. Philm have a couple dates announced at the moment, including a Brooklyn show happening February 23 at Saint Vitus with Gozu and Long Day Gone. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No word yet if these dates are part of a larger tour, but stay tuned. Full upcoming show schedule below.
Meanwhile, Slayer without Dave Lombardo were announced this week for Bonnaroo, where they'll join mostly non-metal bands (besides Pallbearer and Between the Buried & Me) like Kendrick Lamar, My Morning Jacket and Belle & Sebastian. Their only two other dates scheduled at the moment are also festivals: Florida's Welcome to Rockville Festival with Ministry, Slash, Suicidal Tenencies, Testament, Exodus, and more; and North Carolina's Carolina Rebellion with Cheap Trick, Slash, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Exodus and more.
Between the Philm show and Scott Ian's band Motor Sister playing Saint Vitus on 2/12, there will be no lack of '80s thrash vets at the Brooklyn venue this February. Philm dates, a song stream from their 2014 album, and a recent video interview that Dave Lombardo gave, below...
photo: The Red Chord at Public Assembly in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, the New England Hardcore and Metal Festival is returning to Worcester, MA from April 17-19, and since we last spoke more acts have been announced. Code Orange, The Atlas Moth, The Red Chord, Rivers of Nihil, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, Cruel Hand, Rotting Out, God's Hate and more were added to the lineup that already included Testament, Between the Buried and Me, Exodus, Nails, Nuclear Assault and more. Tickets are still availble.
Full list of new additions and updated lineup below...
Testament on the Motorhead Motorboat in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A couple of stacked east-coast hardcore/metal festivals have recently announced their lineups. First up, Damaged City Fest will take place in Washington D.C. from April 10-12. It will feature UK-based The Mob, Canada's Career Suicide, DC's Coke Bust, PA's Hounds of Hate, NJ's Razorheads, and NY-based Warthog and Ajax, among many others. Those last few bands, along with DC's Red Death, who will also be making an appearance, were featured in our hardcore roundup last week. Ticket info and more bands TBA. Full initial lineup below.
The following weekend, Worcester, MA will play host to the more metal-centric New England Hardcore and Metal Festival on April 17-19. The lineup is pretty huge, with classic thrash like Testament, Exodus and Nuclear Assault joining more current popular bands like Between the Buried and Me and more exciting underground acts like Nails, Wisdom in Chains and Homewrecker. Tickets are available now in either three-day packages or for individual days.
Check out the initial lineups and flyers for both fests, below...
Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.
The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.
It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.
So, who's on the list?
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.
The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?
The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.
Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motorhead set sail aboard their own Motorboat cruise last month, leaving the coast of Miami on September 22 and returning on September 26. Joining the metal legends were other veterans (and newer bands) of the genre including Zakk Wylde, Testament, Anthrax, High on Fire, Down and more. Megadeth was supposed to play, but cancelled. To quote the fest's own press release:
The inaugural Motörhead's Motörboat, aka The Loudest Boat In The World, conquered the high seas aboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26. An international, multigenerational audience from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the legacy of the cruise's iconic namesake and escape into five days of true rock'n'roll living with no-holds barred! Highlighted by a pair of ear-splitting performances from Motörhead themselves, Motörhead's Motörboat featured more than 30 performances by 15 artists, including Anthrax Testament, Down, Zakk Wylde and High on Fire across four stages throughout the ship, as well as meet and greets with all of the artists, a book signing with Megadeth's David Ellefson, a spoken word performance by Anthrax's Scott Ian, an artist Q&A hosted by Jim Breuer, and some special rockin' from the Metal Allegiance featuring a slew of musicians from the bands performing.Check out a ton more pictures from the whole trip, below....
Vivian Girls at their last show (more by PSquared)
As previously mentioned, Cassette Store Day is returning this year on September 27, and since we last spoke, the first round of releases has been announced. There will be cassettes from Foxygen, Vivian Girls, Mutual Benefit, Dntel, Kevin Morby, Fear of Men, They Might Be Giants, Weedeater, Zero Boys, Kurt Braunohler, Enslaved, Immortal, Suffocation, Testament, Typhoon, The Rural Alberta Advantage, PUJOL, Chuck Ragan, The Gaslight Anthem, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Restorations, R. Stevie Moore and many more, as well as still more being added.
Check out the full initial list below...
by Fred Pessaro
The legendary Slayer is no more, in my eyes at least. After a tumultuous dispute between drummer Dave Lombardo and the rest of the band forced him out just prior to an Australian tour, it is now official: Paul Bostaph is Slayer's new drummer (again):
Slayer's Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis. Bostaph will be behind the drum kit beginning June 4 when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Warsaw, Poland. Gary Holt will continue to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.Bostaph and Lombardo have played flip-flop since Lombardo's inital departure after Seasons in the Abyss, and his return in late 2001 (not including a brief stint with Testament's Jon Dette). Bostaph has spent time in Testament and Exodus in the years following.
As mentioned, Living Colour is busy gearing up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Vivid. In the meantime, guitarist Vernon Reid is currating the second half of February at NYC avant garde music haven The Stone (Feb. 15 - 28). His series kicks off Friday (2/15) with Baltimore's Lafayette Gilchrist. Other highlights include freeform violinist Mazz Swift on February 17; Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick with his new trio on February 19; and Reid himself with bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston as "An Evening with Free Form Funky Freqs 67 & 68" on February 27. You can check out the full schedule at The Stone here.
March features curations by Dave Scanlon in the first half of the month and Al Lipowski in the second. And that will bring the Stone's "curator series" (which it's done since 2005) to a close. Beginning in April, The Stone will begin weeklong residencies. The new series kicks off with a week featuring pianist Matthew Shippfrom April 2 - 7 . Each night features a different collaborator and you can check out the schedule here.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Testament at Wellmont Theater, Oct 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Bay Area thrashers Testament will team with Overkill, Flotsam & Jetsam and 4arm for a string of dates in the new year, kicking off at The Filmore in San Francisco. From there, look for the bands to head south and eastward, eventually towards the New York area for two dates: Feb 14 at Best Buy Theater in NYC and Feb 15th at The Paramount on Long Island. Tickets for Best Buy go on AMEX presale at 10AM on Wed (11/28), with regular sale hitting on Friday (11/30), while tickets for The Paramount are currently on Citi presale with regular sale also hitting on Friday.
The trek, named "Dark Roots of Thrash", is a play on the name of Testament's new album title Dark Roots of The Earth, out now via Century Media. Stream a track from that LP alongside a list of all tour dates below.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
photos by Greg Cristman
Anthrax @ Wellmont Theatre, 10/5/2012
With Joey Belladonna fronting the band again, Anthrax made their way to the stage in front of a house full of metal thrashing fans... While I was a little disappointed that they didn't play more songs off their current album "Worship Music," the band put on an amazing performance that quenched my thirst. Their set included "Caught In A Mosh", "Death Rider", and "Antisocial". After finishing their set with "In My World", Anthrax left the stage but returned a few minutes later for a four-song encore including the Joe Jackson cover of "Got The Time" and ended the show with "I Am The Law". -[Concert Blogger]Anthrax was joined by Testament and Death Angel at Wellmont Theatre on October 5 as part of the trio's ongoing set of dates together. The Montclair, NJ show was the second-to-last date (they played Atlantic City the next night, where the above review comes from) for the second leg of the tour, the first of which included a stop at Best Buy Theater earlier this year. After a month, look for the trio to hop the pond to play European dates to close out 2012.
More pictures from Wellmont Theater (though we missed Death Angel) are below.
Anthrax at Yankee Stadium in 2011 (Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel will kick off another leg of their "Thrashfest Extravaganza" with dates in late September and October. The shows include a stop in the NYC area at Wellmont Theater on October 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/1) at noon.
Testament are preparing to release their new LP Dark Roots of Earth, the follow-up to The Formation of Damnation, which will be out in North America on July 31.
All dates are listed below...
Anthrax at Yankee Stadium (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
After playing a show at Best Buy Theater to promote their new album Worship Music before their Yankee Stadium appearance earlier this year followed by a tour with Testament that hit Long Island's Paramount Theater on 11/12, Anthrax has announced even more touring with Testament, and Death Angel. The new 2012 tour includes another show at NYC's Best Buy Theater on 2/8. Tickets go on AMEX presale at 10AM on 12/7, with regular sale hitting on Friday. Anthrax will also be offering fan presale tickets at their website starting at 3PM today (additional details TBD).
All tour dates and some videos below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
In 1991 there was The Clash of The Titans tour, a meeting of some of the biggest names in metal at the moment with Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament all on board for European and US legs featuring a rotating cast of Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, and more. A lot of time and changes have come to pass since that tour; Slayer lost their founding drummer and then found him, Testament battled cancer and arrived victorious, and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has a NY Times best-selling book among many other things. But nineteen years later, these thrash metal giants are still kicking around and reformed for a string of summer/fall dates that included the Izod Center in NJ on August 12th (and includes Nassau Coliseum on October 8th, where the classic lineup of Anthrax replaces Testament as opener).
Testament opened the Meadowlands show to a progressively growing audience at 7PM. The band's 40 minute set featured output from their career, with a few nods to their latest From Formation to Damnation. Although I enjoyed their set somewhat, the sound was unintelligible; guitars were completely buried in the mix with only the highest leads bleeding through the mud. That said, Alex Skolnick still knows how to rip it, Chuck Billy plays a mean air guitar, and they definitely know how to incite a killer Wall of Death (check out the video below).
Normally a set by Megadeth wouldn't get my heart racing, but tonight was Rust in Peace in it's entirety so I was guaranteed some of my favorite Megadeth songs. The band, now with Dave Ellefson back in the fold, followed Testament by launching directly into the classic Rust In Peace opener "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due". Sporting the classic "biohazard" emblazoned drumkit from the "Hangar 18" video, the band continued through the LP in track order declaring declaring "That was Rust In Peace!" at the finish and retreating from stage momentarily for a quick costume change afterword. Megadeth then looped back to classics like "Peace Sells" and "Symphony of Destruction" before a reprise of "Holy Wars" to close out the set. Mustaine's voice was a bit buried in the mix from my perspective, a relief in some ways as when he did come through it was too high pitched and nasal for my liking.
Little has changed since the last time I saw Slayer. Jeff Hanneman is still sporting the baseball catcher's shin plates, rockin a Raiders jersey and has his Heineken-style (that reads Hanneman) guitar. Kerry King still looks like a cross between Junkyard Dog and a cast member of Road Warrior. Dave Lombardo is still one of the best drummers on the planet. But what had changed was Tom Araya, due to his recent back surgery: no more head on a swivel, doctor's orders. The thrashing Araya was missed, but that didn't affect the legend's searing set of Seasons In The Abyss (in order) followed by a short set of Slayer classics. Easily my favorite preformance from the night. Dave Lombardo is god.
Tons more pics, some video and the set lists are below...
Slayer, live in Poland
Though tickets are still available for their date at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, the second leg of the American Carnage tour (Slayer + Megadeth) has been announced. That leg includes Nassau Coliseum on Oct 8th, and though tickets go on regular sale on July 23rd, they are currently on Live Nation presale through Thursday at 8PM. The password is "venue". Testament wont open the Nassau Coliseum show like they will at the Izod Center in August, but Anthrax will!
Full tour sked and some vids are below..
Dave Lombardo of Slayer's drumkit
We already knew that the three thrash titans would hit the road together, but now comes a new development...
Megadeth and Slayer, who last toured the U.S. together 19 years ago on the "Clash of the Titans" extravaganza, have confirmed that they will each perform, start to finish, their 1990 releases - Slayer's world-wide, million-selling Seasons In The Abyss and Megadeth's Platinum Rust In Peace - on the upcoming Canadian and American Carnage Tours. ...With Slayer and Megadeth co-headlining, Testament will be Special Guest on all dates.The twelve-year old in me just got STOKED. Tickets are still available for East Rutherford show at the Izod on 8/12.
Full tour dates and some video from those classic LPs are below...
It had some hiccups, but now the Slayer, Megadeth, Testament tour is back on:
The American Carnage Tour, originally scheduled to take place in January and February, had to be put on hold due to Slayer's vocalist/bassist, Tom Araya's ongoing, minimally-invasive treatments for what was diagnosed as a Cervical Radiculopathy, an occupational hazard for the rocker who is known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing. Right after the first of the year, Araya made the difficult decision to undergo a surgical procedure, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, a relatively routine practice with an excellent recovery rate. That surgery took place early last week.My mom used to see Slayer thrashing around on TV and would always say, "Those guys are going to hurt themselves!". The new dates happen in August, and are below.
"The doctors said that Tom's surgery went very smoothly and was a resounding success," said Rick Sales, long-time Slayer manager. "He's home now, doing really well, and he said the numbness in his fingers had already diminished considerably."
Shortly after the surgery, Slayer's Kerry King received a text from Tom: "Awake and feeling good, actually whatever he did, it feels better."
The original set of March Slay/Mega/Testa dates have been replaced by Megadeth/Testament/Exodus dates, which unfortunately bypass NYC in favor of the home of Dunder-Mifflin (Scranton,PA). Normally I would find that new tour lineup only a smidge more than intriguing, but the bands have upped the ante by announcing that in honor of the 20th anniversary of Megadeth's classic Rust In Peace LP, the band will perform that LP in its entirety. What's more, Testament will join the fun by performing all of their classic The Legacy! No word so far as to whether Exodus will play Bonded By Blood (which they recently re-recorded) (and have performed in full in the recent past), but here's to hoping.
Some videos, Mega/Testa/Exo tour dates, and the new Slay/Mega/Testa tour dates which include the Izod Center on August 12th (no ticket info yet), are below...
Slayer postpones tour w/ Megadeth & Testament. Press release below...
Slayer, and their promo photo is in a church! Get it?
Megadeth and Slayer will join forces to co-headline "American Carnage"... the first time that... [they] will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour. To celebrate that, and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the "1991 price" of $10.00. These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they're gone, they're gone.$10 tickets, very cool... hopefully there is a substantial amount available. The tour includes February 11, 2010 at The Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ; look for tickets to appear on Ticketmaster at some point. Slayer's new LP World Painted Blood is their second LP since reuniting the original lineup of Araya-King-Hanneman-Lombardo. If you were a fan of Christ Illusion (I definitely was), pick it up.
All tour dates and a video on the making of World Painted Blood, as well as a few classic Slayer vids are below...
Krallice in Brooklyn (more by Leia Jospe)
Ryan Adams' Top 9 Albums of 2008
Testament, The Formation of Damnation (Nuclear Blast Americ)That list via Filter. Ryan Adams' next NYC show is at MSG with Oasis on December 17th. All dates below...
Krallice, Krallice (Profound Lore)
The Killers, Day and Age (Island Records)
The Smiths, The Very Best of The Smiths (Rhino)
Metallica, Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.)
Mariah Carey, E=MC 2 (Island)
Coldplay, Viva La Vida (Capitol)
Fleet Foxes, Sun Giant EP (Sub Pop)
Ihsahn, Angl (Candlelight)