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!
Posts Tagged ‘Testament’
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/
More on Brotherhood Of The Snake:
“The Pale King” music video https://youtu.be/
“Brotherhood Of The Snake” lyric video https://youtu.be/
“Stronghold” 360º visualizer https://youtu.be/zvUcLcqwSzw
Weed Maps interview
Video trailer #1 https://youtu.be/
Video trailer #2 https://youtu.be/
Video trailer #3 https://youtu.be/S18uR1-
Video trailer #4 https://youtu.be/Umgc-
Brotherhood Of The Snake game
Amon Amarth + Testament + Grand Magus
@ Roundhouse, London
4th November 2016
Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad
Photography by Inty Malcolm
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.
Tags: AMON AMARTH, bay area, Brotherhood of the Snake, concert review, Grand Magus, HEavy metal, jomsviking, jomsviking tour, London, melodic death metal, roundhouse, Testament, Thrash Metal
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Chuck Billy of Testament – “Brotherhood of the Snake is 80% Thrash!”
Interview by Robert Cavuoto
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.
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
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
Tags: Anthrax, AVANTASIA, BEHEMOTH, cain offerings, CHILDREN OF BODOM, GHOST, Hatebreed, Havok, kvertalak, Lord Vicar, LORDI, Mantar, myrkur, Obscura, Primordial, Testament, Thunderstone, Tobias Sammet, tsujunder, Tuska
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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!
Tags: 2016, AMON AMARTH, Andrew O'Neill, BLOODSTOCK, Comedy, Comedy Stage, Evil Scarecrow, festival, Festival News, gojira, Metal, Reprisal, Testament, UK
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w/ Testament & Carcass
March 14, 2016
Review by JP Wood
Photos by Monika Deviat
It is not too often that the 2500+ capacity MacEwan Hall gets completely sold out for Metal shows, but Slayer, who have performed at this same venue a few times before, managed to do just that on their most recent stop in Calgary, Alta. Slayer is riding high on what many people are saying is their best album in years (REPENTLESS [Nuclear Blast, 2015]) and the legions of Metal were out in force! Managing crowds and traffic flow is a complicated endeavor at the best of times and it was a bit of a struggle on Monday night.
Slayer / Testament / Carcass
The Fillmore Philadelphia
March 3, 2016
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by She-Wolf
Metal Allegiance have released the first lyric video from the upcoming self–titled release available worldwide on September 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. “Can’t Kill The Devil” features Chuck Billy on vocals; Alex Skolnick, Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser on guitars; David Ellefson on bass; and Mike Portnoy on drums. The lyric video for the song impacting radio today can be seen here: https://youtu.be/zjXEXx-mIdc.
“I am very honored to be a part of the Metal Allegiance record. The track ‘Can’t Kill The Devil’ was fun and challenging for me,” states vocalist Chuck Billy. “Working outside of Testament lets me try different things with my voice. I think the fans are going to be singing along to this track for sure.”
Testament and Exodus, Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour, Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 2015
Testament / Exodus
The Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour
The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
April 30, 2015
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
Interview with Steve DiGiorgio of Testament
April 30, 2015 in Philadelphia
at the Dark Roots of Thrash 2 Tour
Interview by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf
Caleb ‘Sick’ Smith of Heavy Metal Thrash, The Sickroom Podcast recently conducted a 2 part interview with legendary Testament bass player Steve DiGiorgio talking about the bands up and coming studio album and his near miss on rejoining Testament. You can now listen to the chat below:
Steve DiGiorgio Interview
Interview by InfamousButcher
Photos by SheWolf
Interviewed on November 30, 2014 at the Death to All show in New York City
Renowned metal bassist Steve DiGiorgio is one of the very best in the genre. Currently a member of Testament, Steve also had stints in Death and Sadus and is currently on tour with Death To All. At the New York City Death to All show I was lucky enough to interview him and ask a few questions about Chuck Schuldiner, Death To All, and the differences between the bands Steve has played in.
Metal, beer and bratwurst are the unholy alliance at German metal festivals. Those festivals are those things that every banger has to experiment once in lifetime. Even though festivals are packed by those obvious and quaranteed bands on the bill, but missing the true metal feeling is something. Summer Breeze has grown tremendously and gained the monumental status amongst several other metal festivals in Germany. The main headliner of this year was without any doubts Machine Head. The Summer Breeze festival is the well organized metal festival in Southern Germany. Even though most of bands appeal to the metal public, but some strange German acts such as JBO were on the bill. However, Summer Breeze was a great success, despite the horrible weather. Here is the brief article of the fest.
By Arto Lehtinen and Jani Koskela
Pic by Arto Lehtinen