For Anthrax – Scott Ian/guitar, Charlie Benante/drums, Rob Caggiano/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and Frank Bello/bass – this run of dates will follow the band’s summer-long slot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival where they will headline the tour’s Jagermeister Stage, playing a special “bare bones, guerrilla” performance. The Mayhem tour, as well as these dates with Testament, are in support of Worship Music, Anthrax’s first new album in eight years, and the first with Belladonna on vocals in twenty years. The album debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, has received stellar reviews and been called “the metal album of the year” by numerous critics and music tastemakers, including VH-1/That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk, and Alexander Milas, editor of the UK’s Metal Hammer. Worship Music also landed on copious amounts of “year-end-bests” lists, and the editors of Loudwire named it their #1 Metal Album of the Year, with the track “The Devil You Know” claiming the #1 Metal Song of the Year honors.
The return of Belladonna and Anthrax’s remarkable renewal began in 2009 in a Cleveland hotel bar with Anthrax’s Benante and Ian, and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, when he first brought up the idea of The Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the four bands that served as the original architects for the “thrash/speed-metal” scene,” yet had never shared the same stage before. The first of (so far) fourteen Big Four events took place on June 16, 2010, culminating in what was Anthrax’s New York homecoming concert – The Big Four at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, the day after Worship Music hit stores. “We came into The Big Four as the underdog,” said Benante. “We were the band that had the most to prove, and we’ve worked really, really hard to do that.”
Anthrax’s worldwide sales have exceeded 10-million and the band has received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, numerous Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the press, industry and fans.
Few bands have the capability to survive lineup changes, health crises and over 25 years of recording and touring, only to come out the other side primed to impress once again. Legendary Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT are one of the few living legends of the thrash metal scene who are able to evoke the same strong emotions as they did in the 80s and who truly grow with each album without abandoning the substance and integrity they are known for. With their upcoming effort, Dark Roots Of Earth, they have proven once again that there is no stopping their relentless talent!
TESTAMENT will start work on a brand new music video promoting their upcoming record Dark Roots of Earth before a European and U.K. festival run. Soon after, they will return to the U.S.A. for a third leg of the ANTHRAX/TESTAMENT tour.
TESTAMENT return with their highly anticipated follow-up album in the form of Dark Roots of Earth on July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America). The record will also be released in a special edition format which will include a DVD and bonus tracks. Produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS), along with bonus tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, CATTLE DECAPITATION,
Dark Roots of Earth SPECIAL EDITION, CD/DVD Track Listing:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD
ABOUT DEATH ANGEL:
Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their latest release RelentlessRetribution, which recently landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, making it their highest charting record since the band’s reformation in 2004. Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER). The savage cover art was handled this time by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL).
Not every band can live up to a legacy but every once in a while a group exceeds expectations by pushing boundaries in a genre they’ve helped create, but DEATH ANGEL is one such band. In 1986, a DEATH ANGEL demo produced by Kirk Hammett (Metallica) titled “Kill As One” sparked the interest of Enigma Records. The band was soon signed and the band’s debut, The Ultra Violence, was released in 1987. The album was a full-frontal assault on the ears, buzzing with the group’s youthful energy, and The Ultra Violence sold 40,000 copies in just four months. Another innovative recording, Frolic Through the Park, followed, marking DEATH ANGEL’s evolution both lyrically and musically. “Bored,” another track from the band’s second release, highlighted the cutting-edge band’s inventive dynamics, and won a spot on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball.”
Geffen Records was impressed enough with DEATH ANGEL’s television premier to offer the band a deal, and DEATH ANGEL became the first band of their breed to appear on the major label’s roster. At Geffen, the band released what is widely regarded as one of the most original and accomplished thrash metal albums ever recorded, Act III. The record pushed the limits of the genre to create something truly unique, a definitive work that is essential to any metal fan’s music collection. Death Angel’s masterful songwriting ability was once again on display nationwide in 1990, as the videos for “Seemingly Endless Time” and “Room With a View” saw heavy rotation on MTV.
DEATH ANGEL’s trajectory to fame was tragically cut short in 1990, when the band’s tour bus crashed in the Arizona desert. Original drummer Andy Galeon was critically injured, and would need more than a year to recover. During this downtime, vocalist Mark Osegueda left the band and moved to New York to pursue a life outside of music. The remaining members went on to form The Organization, and released two full-length albums under that name.
The Organization disbanded in 1995 and the members split up into various projects. DEATH ANGEL wouldn’t resurface again until 2001 to perform at a cancer benefit for frontman Chuck Billy (Testament) called “Thrash of the Titans.” The response was so great that many offers came quickly in 2002, beginning with a “secret” gig in San Francisco, and sold it out under the psuedo name, “Kill As One.”
The next year saw DEATH ANGEL supporting Metallica at the Fillmore in San Francisco as well as supporting Anthrax and Halford in the US. What began as a gathering of positive vibes for a friend turned into a full time mission to continue a journey that began so long ago. In 2004 DEATH ANGEL released their long awaited fourth studio disc, The Art of Dying; on Nuclear Blast. Since then the band has released two more records and has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, with those releases and their live show, that thrash is alive and well and that DEATH ANGEL is here to stay!