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TRAUMA Announce Upcoming West Coast Performance Dates

October 17th, 2017
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TRAUMA: Featuring Former Members of Testament, Danzig, Dublin Death Patrol + More. Third Album Coming Soon

Bay Area thrash vets TRAUMA announced their long-awaited comeback earlier this summer, and are set to hit the road next month on a brief headline tour, with dates being added as the kickoff nears. Four dates have been confirmed, and more are to be announced. See below for all confirmed upcoming dates and stay tuned for more being added each day:

TRAUMA U.S. Performance Dates w/ Local Support:
11/17 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/25 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
11/30 – Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
12/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
MORE TBA!

TRAUMA founder/vocalist Don Hillier says,”TRAUMA is thrilled to be going back out to play live shows with our exciting new lineup. We are looking forward to seeing our West Coast fans!”

Listen to TRAUMA’s recently released new track, “The Rage”, produced by guitarist Joe Fraulob, via Soundcloud, or stream the track via Spotify. The track will be featured on the band’s upcoming third album, which they are recording right now with producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, M.O.D.).

TRAUMA was born in California’s Bay Area in 1980, a crucial year for metal music. It was within that fertile musical climate that TRAUMA developed a sound evoking the electric energy in the air around them. Donny Hillier consumed a steady diet of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and shared a love of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden with original guitarist Mike Overton. And of course there was TRAUMA’s legendary early bassist, Cliff Burton.

TRAUMA is highly revered by those in-the-know as an important evolutionary entity in the intersection of traditional heavy metal, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and the more melodically minded classic rock influenced bands on the Sunset Strip. TRAUMA is responsible for the much sought after classic ’80s album, Scratch and Scream, featuring killer cuts like “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” and “Lay Low.” Three decades passed before the reconfigured band reemerged in support of a re-mastered edition of their debut and delivered its 2015 follow-up, Rapture and Wrath.

With reverence for the past but eyes sharply focused on the future, TRAUMA entered 2017 preparing new material for what is certain to be a landmark third album, staying true to the signature sound that came before but with a very modern edge. Soaring melodies and fierce riffs collide in TRAUMA’s new songs – equal parts sharp, fierce, grandiose, and theatrical. Since their formation, they’ve assembled the strongest elements of seemingly disparate strains of metal, with passion and proficiency. Instantly familiar vocals and melodies merge with modern riffage in the TRAUMA of today – a band that stands renewed and reinvigorated with a new lineup of seasoned players functioning as a supergroup assemblage centered around a classic nucleus.

In addition to the new inclusion of former Testament bassist Greg Christian, TRAUMA co-founder/vocalist Donny Hillier and longtime TRAUMA drummer Kris Gustofson put together a monstrous lineup of amazing players. Guitarist Joe Fraulob is a former member of multiplatinum hard rockers Danzig and Deconstruct, and Steve Robello played guitar in Dublin Death Patrol – the Bay Area supergroup formed by the singers of Exodus and Testament – and was also formerly with the group Heist.

Stay tuned for more news on TRAUMA’s new album, coming soon.

TRAUMA online:
Website: www.traumathrashofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TraumaThrash
Instagram: @traumametal
Twitter: @trauma_theband

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TESTAMENT To Re-Issue Classic Albums With Stunning New Artwork

October 7th, 2017

TESTAMENT To Re-Issue Classic Albums With Stunning New Artwork!

Bay Area thrash giants TESTAMENT have announced to re-release 5 of their classic albums on November 17, 2017 via Nuclear Blast.

The re-issues will contain:
“Live At The Fillmore” (1995)
“Demonic” (1997)
“The Gathering” (1999) (remastered by Andy Sneap)
“First Strike Still Deadly” (2001)
“Live At Eindhoven ’87” (2009)

Commented guitarist Eric Peterson: “I’m super stoked that Nuclear Blast, “the best metal label on earth”, is re-releasing the re-birth of TESTAMENT era featuring »Demonic« & »The Gathering« these two albums brought us back to life with ultra heavy and unrelenting fury and melody. Also ’87’s live classic in full »Live In Eindhoven« and re-recordings of our classics »First Strike Still Deadly«. These classic records feature revamped art to boot that are unapologetic to their themes as they were.”

Added vocalist Chuck Billy: “I am more than excited to have Nuclear Blast re release part of our catalogue that has been in need of a good home. Nuclear Blast has taken these albums in and will help TESTAMENT bring something killer to our fans.”

The re-issues of all 5 albums will feature stunning new artwork by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, KREATOR, HATEBREED) and be released both as digipak CD and on black vinyl, »Demonic«, »The Gathering« and »First Strike Still Deadly« also being released on silver vinyl (Nuclear Blast Mailorder Exclusive!)

An associated merchandise collection will be launched soon!

Pre-order your copies here: http://nblast.de/TestamentRereleasesNB

TESTAMENT LIVE
+ ANNIHILATOR
+ DEATH ANGEL
11.11. D Weissenhäusser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise*
12.11. B Antwerp – Trix
14.11. D Berlin – Astra
15.11. PL Warsaw – Progresja
16.11. PL Gdansk – B90
18.11. H Budapest – Barba Negra
19.11. CZ Brno – Sono Centrum
20.11. A Vienna – Arena
22.11. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
23.11. D Munich – Backstage
24.11. D Saarbrücken – Garage
25.11. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
26.11. SLO Ljubljana – Kino Siska
27.11. D Nuremberg – Löwensaal
28.11. CH Pratteln – Z7
30.11. I Bologna – Estragon
01.12. I Milan – Live Club
02.12. CH Fribourg – Fri-Son
03.12. F Toulouse – Bikini
04.12. E Madrid – La Riviera
06.12. F Lyon – Transbordeur
07.12. F Nantes – Stereolux
08.12. F Paris – Bataclan
09.12. D Oberhausen – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
10.12. NL Haarlem – Patronaat *SOLD OUT*
* = no ANNIHILATOR

More information at:
STEVE DI GIORGIO: http://www.stevedigiorgio.comhttp://www.testamentlegions.com
MANAGEMENT: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlphaOmegaManagement
TESTAMENT: https://www.facebook.com/testamentlegions

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GONE IN APRIL – Featuring Testament/Death Bass Legend Steve Di Giorgio – Releases WW2 Inspired Music Video

August 27th, 2017

GONE IN APRIL, the symphonic melodic death metal ensemble from Canada-USA, releases a WW2 inspired music video for “As Hope Welcomes Death”, filmed and edited by Norwegian artist Thomas Mortveit. The song “As Hope Welcomes Death” is taken from the band’s sophomore album Threads of Existence, recorded at WaveTransform Studio, USA.

The video features the gripping story of a soldier injured at war. At the infirmary, a new battle takes place, where he lies between life and death, both represented by aerial acrobats.

The band features musicians of Testament, Death, Quo Vadis, Märchenbilder and Vivaldi Metal Project and combines elements of symphonic, death, speed and folk metal in a compelling and aggressive blend sure to please a wide audience.

The music video can be watched here:

Threads of Existence can be purchased through the official WaveTransform store at www.wavetransform.com/store-2/ as well as on iTunes.

Tracklist:
1 Dawn of Time
2 The Curtain Will Rise
3 Our Future Line
4 Remember the Days
5 As Hope Welcomes Death
6 Embracing the Light
7 A Million Souls Gather
8 Relentless
9 The Great Contemplation
10 The Will to End a Life

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There’s just 37 days to go and counting! Bloodstock 2017!

July 5th, 2017

Are you counting down the days yet to BLOODSTOCK 2017?  There’s just 37 days to go – that’s a mere 5 weekends!! Maybe you’re making plans which campsite you’re going to stay in? Perhaps the brand new Ragnarök campsite, named by you, the fans? Or maybe you’ve just picked up your day ticket?

Did you know that BLOODSTOCK’s online ‘click & collect’ service allows you to pre-order your 2017 merch for on site collection?  Festival attendees can snap up their faves now without fear of their size/design being already sold out on the day.  Just pre-order anything with a click & collect logo at https://bmerch.com/store/ bloodstock/ and collect at the merch stall in the arena at any point over the weekend, knowing your item is guaranteed and paid for! You can pre-order until Monday 7th August.
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Bloodstock Day Tickets on Sale from 30th June! Get them while you can!

June 29th, 2017

BLOODSTOCK release their day tickets at 9am on the 30th June!  Tickets will be priced at £60 (plus booking fee) and are available at http://bloodstock.seetickets.c om.  Four-day ‘weekend tickets with camping’ are also still available, priced £139 (plus booking fee). Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!  Weekend tickets are selling faster than ever this year and may well sell out entirely before festival weekend, so don’t delay if you want to guarantee access to the UK’s best metal weekender!

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Just ten more weekends before UKs BLOODSTOCK festival!

May 31st, 2017

Time is zipping past and there are now just ten more weekends before BLOODSTOCK!  Have you planned your travel and dusted off your tent?  BOA HQ is busy with preparations, site visits are underway and we’ve confirmed nine more bands and a whopping 26 more club nights! Read the rest of this entry »

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Bloodstock 2017 – It’s going to be a blast!

May 4th, 2017

Bloodstock Open Air Festival returns for another year of metal mayhem in August!

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Testament / Sepultura / Prong at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA

May 3rd, 2017

Testament / Sepultura / Prong

The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

April 23, 2017

Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

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Metal-Rules.com: Best of 2016

January 21st, 2017

As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2016. They are new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live albums. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members’ personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2017, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!

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TESTAMENT announce North American tour w/ SEPULTURA and PRONG

December 6th, 2016

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT, will launch a massive North American tour starting next April, in support of their chart topping Brotherhood Of The Snake release. Joining them are legendary Brazilian death/thrashers SEPULTURA and genre defying stalwarts PRONG.

“After 4 successful tours through Europe over the last 6 months, we are looking forward to touring across North America.” comments vocalist Chuck Billy. “We’ll have a new headlining set list with tracks from Brotherhood of the Snake, and how cool is it that we will be sharing the stage with our brothers in metal SEPULTURA and PRONG?! See ya’ in the PIT!”

To purchase tickets visit www.testamentlegions.com. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

02/02/17  70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA, PRONG
04/06/17  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
04/07/17  Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
04/08/17  Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
04/09/17  House Of Blues – Houston, TX
04/10/17  House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
04/12/17  The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
04/13/17  Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/14/17  House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
04/15/17  Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
04/16/17  The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
04/19/17  The National – Richmond, VA
04/20/17  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/21/17  The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Harcore Festival)
04/22/17  The Paramount – Huntington, NY
04/23/17  Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/24/17  Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
04/26/17  Metropolis – Montreal, QC
04/27/17  Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
04/28/17  Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
04/29/17  Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
04/30/17  Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
05/02/17  Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
05/03/17  First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
05/04/17  The District – Sioux Falls, SD
05/06/17  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
05/07/17  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
05/09/17  Roseland Theater – Portlant, OR
05/10/17  Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
05/11/17  Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
05/12/17  The Revolution Concert House – Boise, ID
05/15/17  Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
05/16/17  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/17/17  Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
05/18/17  House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
05/19/17  Regency Ballroom – San Francsco, CA
05/20/17  Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

Brotherhood Of The Snake was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH). Artwork was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, whom the band worked with for The Dark Roots Of Earth.

Order the album today digitally via iTunes or Amazon. Various physical formats (Digibook, Limited Box Set, Limited Mailorder Box Set, Vinyl) are also available from Nuclear Blast (http://nblast.de/TestamentBOTSNB).

More on Brotherhood Of The Snake:
“The Pale King” music video https://youtu.be/wkHT86Ei7DY
“Brotherhood Of The Snake” lyric video https://youtu.be/OeIgFsU0x4I
“Stronghold” 360º visualizer https://youtu.be/zvUcLcqwSzw
Weed Maps interview 
Video trailer #1 https://youtu.be/DCLWCmfiwSk
Video trailer #2 https://youtu.be/DCLWCmfiwSk
Video trailer #3 https://youtu.be/S18uR1-KWMg
Video trailer #4 https://youtu.be/Umgc-e9M7EI
Brotherhood Of The Snake game

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Amon Amarth + Testament + Grand Magus @ Roundhouse, London

November 19th, 2016

Amon Amarth + Testament + Grand Magus

@ Roundhouse, London

4th November 2016

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Inty Malcolm

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Swedish Vikings Amon Amarth returned to the shores of Britannia the first Friday of November in the year of 2016. Having finished plundering and burning all relevant villages and settlements about a millennium earlier, the Swedes arrived that day with gifts rather than trouble: gifts in the form of a behemoth of a metal show, including old school thrash from the New World, rocking heavy metal from their homeland, and a good dose of hard hitting melodic death metal centered around themselves. This was of course Amon Amarth’s stop at the Roundhouse in London, as part of their headlining tour promoting Jomsviking together with Testament and Grand Magus. An eager London audience greeted all bands with what was probably more enthusiasm than the villagers of the isle a millennium earlier, when they saw the armada of longboats approaching their shores.

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Chuck Billy of Testament – “Brotherhood of the Snake is 80% Thrash!”

September 19th, 2016

Chuck Billy of Testament – “Brotherhood of the Snake is 80% Thrash!”

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Testament

 

For over three decades Testament with Chuck Billy [vocals], Eric Peterson [guitar], Alex Skolnick [guitar], Steve DiGiorgio [bass], and Gene Hoglan [drums] have consistently delivered unadulterated, unbridled, and unbreakable metal in its purest form without compromise. They now return in 2016 with a new CD due out October 28th via Nuclear Blast entitled Brotherhood of the Snake which promises to have more teeth and bite than ever before.

I caught up with vocalist, Chuck Billy, to talk about the Brotherhood of the Snake and the unique storyline that fuels the lyrical direction.

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Testament ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ new video available!

September 2nd, 2016

Watch the lyric video for Testament’s ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ below!

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament have released the title track for their upcoming 12th album, “Brotherhood Of The Snake”, which will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album is now available for pre-order in various formats (Digibook, Limited Box Set, Limited Mailorder Box Set, Vinyl: black, clear, bi-colored, orange, splatter, silver, brown) here:http://nblast.de/TestamentBOTSNB

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Tuska 2016

August 9th, 2016

Tuska-2016

The Tuska Open Air Festival has carved its name as one of the most important metal festivals amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. The media, label staff and PR -people travel all over the world to attend and feel and see the metal culture in Finland. All in all, 28,000 metal maniacs made a visit to a sold-out Tuska during three days. That’s excellent, as Tuska will be turning 20-years old next year, therefore it can be expected we’ll see something really unique as well as some bigger bands in 2017.

The line-up of the festival was mostly ignored the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Ghost, Avantasia, the domestic metal export Children Of Bodom and a number of other interesting names, like old thrash metal veterans Testament and Anthrax had to be witnessed of course. The Finnish Metal-Rules.com team was present the whole time and managed to catch several interesting bands during the 3 long days of pure metal madness.

by Marko Syrjala, Arto Lehtinen, Petri Da Costa

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BLOODSTOCK reveal comedy bill, gallery plans and stage times!

August 6th, 2016

BLOODSTOCK HQ is at fever pitch with just days to go ‘til the gates swing open at Catton Park!  There are a last few things to announce before everyone packs their bags and heads to the UK’s biggest and best heavy metal party!

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