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TESTAMENT’s Eric Peterson Joins Forces with Celtic Goddess LEAH on New Track “Dreamland”

November 6th, 2013
Leah Featuring Eric Peterson

Leah Featuring Eric Peterson

New ‘Otherworld’ EP Available via iTunes, Amazon and More!

Testament/Dragonlord‘s Eric Peterson has just entered a new realm, combining brutal death vocals and dramatic singing with Celtic-metal vocalist/composer LEAH on her new track ‘Dreamland’. The track is cut from LEAH’s new EP Otherworld. The EP is available now via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Rdio and several other digital retailers. Take a listen to ‘Dreamland’ now at LEAH’s official Bandcamp page.

The cinematic character vocals from Eric Peterson on ‘Dreamland’, a beautiful, symphonic progressive track with a fantasy twist, leave the listener electrified in his wake with “…an echo’s breath, a romance death!”

“It was a real treat to have Eric’s unique vocals on this track,” states LEAH. “My original demo went from having a mellow, Clannad-type feel to now almost dancing on the line of black-metal. I hope this is the first of many collaborations to come!”

“I’ve known LEAH for about 12 years, we’ve been friends since 2001. I jammed with her about eight years ago in Vancouver, and at the time it didn’t work out because I was busy with Testament and Dragonlord, but we stayed in contact,” adds Eric Peterson. “This time around, LEAH contacted me to play on her new record and I thought she wanted me to play guitar. But when she told me she wanted me to sing, I was honored because LEAH is the kind of person that will sing right in the middle of a store and sound amazing, she’s that kind of vocalist. She sent me the song and right away I knew exactly what I needed to do. She took my pattern, wrote some lyrics for me, we went into the studio and it was done! It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It’s really great to finally be able to work together with LEAH and put out this great track. I can hear this song in a movie! A couple of people I’ve let hear thought it was the soundtrack to the new Snow White movie! Ha!” Read the rest of this entry »

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TESTAMENT – Interview With Alex Skolnick

October 25th, 2013

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TESTAMENT – Interview with guitarist Alex Skolnick

By Peter Atkinson

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Promo photos from https://www.facebook.com/testamentlegions

Live Photos by Arto Lehtinen

I realize Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick was the subject of an interview for Metal Rules two months ago, but I was originally set to speak with guitarist Eric Peterson about their new CD/DVD Dark Roots of Thrash and the current state and future plans of the band. But our scheduled interview didn’t happen – as sometimes, well, happens. Two subsequently rescheduled interviews with vocalist Chuck Billy ended up being re-rescheduled because of, well, scheduling difficulties. So, eventually, the ball fell into the lap of Skolnick, but this time things went off at the appointed time – albeit it 7:30 on a Friday night – and without any hitches. Whew!

Since Skolnick’s recent interview here focused primarily on his new book, Geek To Guitar Hero, I largely steered clear of that subject and stuck to things Testament – as well as some of the other projects the busy guitarist has on his plate, notably his jazz trio. And, despite a cold that sounded a lot worse than he let on, Skolnick, on the phone from Brooklyn, N.Y., was able to provide some fresh perspective on Testament, who marked the 30th anniversary of their formation as Legacy this year, where things might be headed after this and offer a few words on the recent passing of one his thrash guitar contemporaries, Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman.


So how is everything? Sorry to you got stuck doing this when you should be settling into the weekend.

ALEX SKOLNICK: Oh, no worries at all. I just got back from a trip and I have a slight cold, so I’m laying low and taking it easy. I’m doing a lot of “green drinks” right now (laughs).

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Alex Skolnick

If you don’t mind my asking, where did you travel to?

SKOLNICK: I was just in London, that’s where I traveled back from. I did a short tour of Dublin, London, Scotland and Northern England with my jazz trio.

Eric and Chuck did a DVD preview event out in California, are you doing anything like that back East?

SKOLNICK: Not that I’m aware of. I guess the tour is really what’s gonna hype it up.

Will you be doing any more trio stuff between now and then, or is it time to get back into Testament mode, since the band hasn’t played that many recent shows?

SKOLNICK: The Testament tour is coming up pretty quick, I’m just gonna rest up and get ready for that. I leave for that Oct. 20 and the first show is Oct. 22, so it’s really right around the corner and it’s definitely time to get back in Testament shape. But I think everybody is gonna be on the top of their game. That’s the thing about touring with bands you respect, everybody’s gonna be really up for it.

Your relationship with Lamb of God goes back a ways, but have you encountered Killswitch that much over the years. Are you that familiar with them?

SKOLNICK: I’ve bumped in them. I’m not nearly as familiar with them as I am with Lamb of God because we’ve played a lot of festivals with them and I did a guest solo for one of their albums [the title track of Ashes of the Wake] and their drummer [Chris Adler] – (sneezes), excuse me! – did a guest appearance on one of our [Dark Roots of the Earth] bonus tracks [the iTunes version of “A Day In The Death”], so yeah, we have a pretty good relationship with them. But I’m looking forward to getting familiar with Killswitch. They’re one of the “new faces of metal,” even though they’re not that new anymore, so I’ll be interested seeing what they are all about.

Most of the tours you’ve done over the last few years were with contemporaries from back in the day – Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Death Angel, Overkill – are you excited to go out with the so-called “new breed” this time for a change of pace?

SKOLNICK: Absolutely. It’s been great. We’ve toured with bands from earlier generations, like Heaven & Hell, Judas Priest and Motorhead, bands whowere a few years of ahead of us like Slayer and Megadeth, so yeah, getting to tour with these bands who came later is great. I think it’s gonna open up a whole new fan base. I think many fans of those bands know the name Testament, and some of them will no doubt be familiar with us, but not all of them. So it will be great for them to get a chance to see what we’re all about and hopefully we’ll win some of them over. This seems to be the tour of the fall, from what I’m hearing.

The last time you toured with Slayer, was Jeff Hanneman still with the band?

SKOLNICK: The last time we toured with them I think it must have been one of the last tours that Jeff did, of course no one knew that at the time. He hadn’t developed his health issues so Gary [Holt] wasn’t there yet, he was still going full-time with Exodus, who we also toured with. You couldn’t have known what was going to happen. That was 2010, and it was only 2011 when the Big Four shows happened and he [Hanneman] couldn’t do those, which was such a shame.

Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick

You wrote a very eloquent and well-circulated tribute to Hanneman after his death, Testament toured with Slayer many times, but did you really know him that well or was that more to show respect for his talents?

SKOLNICK: I never really knew him well at all. He was very difficult to get to know, actually. And I don’t say that disrespectfully. Even close friends of his said it would take a long time to get to know him. Robb Flynn, a friend of ours from Machine Head, wrote that he’d toured with them like eight times and he still felt like he barely knew him. He kept to himself more. I don’t think he related to many people, that was just the way he was, but he was a towering presence, no question.

I wrote about him more from his reputation, which is tremendous. When you think about the music, the music is great and he is such a part of it. With all due respect to Kerry [King], when you take a look at the iconic Slayer tunes, its Hanneman’s riffs all over it.

I haven’t seen anything about Chuck’s health in a long time, so I’m assuming no news is good news there and his health is good? How’s the rest of the band holding up, since none of you are kids anymore?

SKOLNICK: Yeah, thankfully that’s worked out really well. Chuck’s been much better [after a battle with rare form of cancer in 2001], he’s been in great shape. Everybody in this band, knock on wood, is in relatively good health. I think as time goes on and you realize that you don’t have as much free time as you once had, your perspective changes.

Fortunately, most of us realize that and take better care of ourselves. I was always a lightweight when it came to alcohol and never really developed a taste for other substances, so I think that worked to my benefit. I was taking care of myself early on, and I would get a lot of funny looks, but it seems like now many people are catching up to me.

Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick

Testament’s been pretty busy, especially over the last few years, and just about everyone has at least one other band going on the side – notably Gene [Hoglan, drummer] with Dethklok and now, apparently, with Dark Angel again. Are you all finding you are able to balance Testament with the other things you want to do?

SKOLNICK: That’s been the toughest, I think, with Gene. I used to be the thorn in the side, with my trio shows and I was doing Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a long time. I narrowed it down to Testament, my trio and a world music project I’m working on. But I have control over those, so I am able to let the chips fall where they may with Testament, because usually their shows are booked well in advance. Occasionally, there are some curveballs where we get last-minute things like festivals or something. I’m mostly able to work my activities around the Testament schedule.

Eric and Chuck do their side projects [Dragonlord and Dublin Death Patrol, respectively] so sporadically that it never poses scheduling problems. With Gene, it got a little bit easier when he wasn’t playing in Fear Factory anymore, which happened last year. And the Dethklok shows are usually booked far in advance, so we can work around those.

Occasionally, he’ll have to miss a few dates, a friend of ours, Mark Hernandez from Forbidden was able to fill in and it worked out. But with all of us, [bassist Greg Christian rounds out the Testament roster] we really feel like the core lineup and we do everything that we can so the fans get to see this lineup.

If you were still doing TSO, you probably wouldn’t be playing this tour because you’d be out on the road with them, since they tour around the holidays.

SKOLNICK: Oh yeah, I’d have to miss that tour. I would have had to miss a tour with Anthrax the year before, I wouldn’t have been able to do a tour my trio did with Rodrigo y Gabriela the year before that in Europe. It was a great experience, I definitely valued the experience, but it got to the point where the sacrifice was too much. I couldn’t imagine missing this or any of those other tours I mentioned.

Still, being part of that TSO spectacle must have been pretty cool?

SKOLNICK: It’s a spectacle to be sure (laughs). It’s definitely something else. On the other hand, that’s one of the reasons why, for me, I felt it was time to focus on projects that were about music and the musicians. It’s fun to be part of a huge production like that, but sometimes it feels like it’s more about the production and the wow factor it can give the audience than the music itself.

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Was the band tempted to go a little overboard with the production for the show you filmed for the DVD, or did you want it just to represent what a genuine Testament show is like?

SKOLNICK: Yeah. We just wanted to capture the show we were doing and the tunes that we were doing, at that time. Who knows, it would be nice if things build and maybe we can do a little bit more production that’s on a level that can compete with some of the bigger shows, but we also didn’t feel the need for it. The music speaks for itself. The crowd is a big part of the show, and the crowd speaks for itself, and the whole experience is captured. So I think that works out well.

Compared to the last DVD, Live in London, which was filmed in a pretty small place and really had no stage production whatsoever, you can certainly get a feel for how things have grown for the band since then?

SKOLNICK: Sure. That first DVD was meant to capture a moment in time that might not ever happen again – the classic lineup from the first couple albums with Louie [Clemente] playing drums, even though it was only for part of the show [John Tempesta played for the other half of the show]. And we weren’t real sure where things were going to be headed afterward as far as the band goes. This one captures us at the height of our second life, if you want to call it that. And there’s new material in there, and stuff from the albums that came after the classic lineup started to fragment, so it captures the entire history of the band. I think the first one was a little more to celebrate the old days, this one’s more about where we are now.

Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick

You had a decent break for the summer, have you started doing any writing for new Testament material, or will that come in the new year after this tour?

SKOLNICK: I think that is something we’ll focus on next year. There’s always ideas popping up, any time you pick up the instruments to warm up there’s a chance some random part might come out that just might find its way to an album. I always try to keep the “cassette player” handy (laughs). Nowadays it’s the iPhone or the MP3 recorder, but it’s always there and there are a few ideas on there. I think we’re so focused on the tour and next year will be the time to set aside the time to go through those ideas and see what works and develop them from there and try to get into a routine of coming up with more ideas.

You mentioned the band’s second life, since things seem to be going pretty well are you concerned at all about maintaining the momentum you’ve built over the past couple years, or are you just taking things as they come, given that you’ve also seen the downside over the years as well?

SKOLNICK: You can’t think too much, you can’t overthink and you can’t try to micromanage. You can drive yourself crazy. We’ve already been through this with Formation [of Damnation]. With it having been so long since the band had done an album, could we get together and do an album that people can say they value? And we did.

And also there were questions, I would read about myself online, “Oh, he’s a jazz guitarist now. He can’t play metal.” And I’m not hearing any of those comments now (laughs). OK, so we shut up a lot of people with that, and then the next time it was “well, they’ve done one record can they do another record?” And we come out with Dark Roots [of the Earth] and it was almost in a Top 10 album. So I think it’s safe to say we’re doing something of value.

It is a hard process and there are disagreements along they way and it always takes longer than you think it’s gonna take. It’s a really big endeavor, the process of the first riff being written to having a full musical composition and putting vocals on top of that. The creative process takes a while. But we focus on what we like and we find enough common ground where we can create music that overall, the big picture, we all like it. And that’s the test, otherwise you can go crazy.

I really think we suffered in the early days because there were all these questions where we started out one way maybe we should just be like the old days and not develop. I always thought we should develop because what’s going to set us apart are melodies and hooks, so there were disagreements about direction, what are people going to think? What are the critics going to think? What are the old fans going to think? Now, we don’t concern ourselves with what people are going to think.

Metal fans are very vocal, and more power to ’em, that’s part of it. There’s a Woody Allen movie, I can’t remember which one, but he meets this space alien who says “Why don’t you make the funny films anymore, like you used to?” And I think anyone who’s gained some level of popularity deals with that, and you just have to push it aside and do what satisfies you first. Because if you try to please everyone else, it ends up driving you crazy or leaves you feeling empty. And if people end up not liking it, well that’s the way it is sometimes. At least you, yourself, can feel good about what you’ve done.

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Alex Skolnick with his new signature guitar by ESP Guitars. Photo by Tom Couture Photography

You’re arguably in the position where you could just go out there and play the old classics and people would be happy with it. I don’t know if you’d be happy with that, however?

SKOLNICK: No. I wouldn’t do it. I could never do anything that’s like the nostalgia thing. It’s one thing to do a classic album thing, we’ve done that and a lot of other bands have as a celebration of a significant achievement, and it can be pretty cool. But groups I used to hear on the radio and I see them really doing the nostalgia thing without doing anything new, that doesn’t seem fun to me.

Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick

Didn’t you miss the tour where Testament did the whole first album, I think it was when the band played with Megadeth. Glenn Drover filled in because you were out with your trio?

SKOLNICK: Yeah, I was on tour with my trio and Rodrigo y Gabriela, and that had been booked for like half a year, and it was all booked around the original American Carnage tour, Slayer, Megadeth and us. And there was so much craziness because that got postponed because of [Slayer frontman] Tom Araya’s back surgery, but [Megadeth mainman] Dave Mustaine decided he wanted to tour anyway and that’s why Testament did that tour, along with Exodus. That was just one of those things. And it was funny because the tour I did with Rodrigo y Gabriela ended up playing some of the same venues, so we almost criss-crossed a few times. I felt bad about missing that, it was unfortunate, but the Rodrigo y Gabriela tour was amazing.

With all the other stuff you have going, did you ever end up doing any kind of book tour for “Geek to Guitar Hero?”

SKOLNICK: No, I didn’t and I would like to. Like you said, I’ve been so busy with the music tours that it’s been hard to get a book tour together. I would definitely like to. I may, on the upcoming tour, do some appearances. We’re working on that. And then after [February Soundwave Festival dates in] Australia, there’s talk that we may visit a couple other countries out in that direction. Once that’s done, that will be the end of the album cycle. We’ll be going out with a bang.

And then I’ll be busy with some other things. I have a lot of activity coming up at the NAMM show. I have a signature guitar that’s coming out form ESP. We’ll officially be launching it at NAMM, and I’ll be doing some other events for Budda amps and D’addario strings. So that doesn’t leave a lot of time. But I think it would be interesting and worthwhile. It would definitely be something different. So we’ll see what we can do.

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TESTAMENT: Artist Profile Interview with Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson Posted

October 21st, 2013

Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson of Bay Area thrash veterans TESTAMENT, discuss their early days, first albums, concert experiences and the impact of rock music in their Nuclear Blast artist profile interview located here: http://youtu.be/21SsQBcqHQg

Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 18 (Europe), October 21 (UK) and October 29 (North America) via Nuclear Blast!

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Getaway Rock Festival 2013 at Gasklockorna Gavle,Sweden

October 15th, 2013

Getaway Rock Festival

Gasklockorna, Gavle, Sweden
8-10/8 – 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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Here comes a review of this years edition of Getaway Rock Festival in Gavle Sweden. The festival was jammed with good music like In Flames, Nashville Pussy, Deep Purple, Behemoth, Testament, System Of A Down, Lamb Of God and Iced Earth. The festival was packed with good people that didn’t seem to mind the constant rain during the first day of the festival. Unfortunately, couldn’t we be there all three days because of a broken camera caused by too much rain and moisture but read about Friday at the festival down below. Read the rest of this entry »

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TESTAMENT: New Trailer and Release Dates Posted Online

October 7th, 2013
TESTAMENT: "Dark Roots of Thrash" DVD/CD

TESTAMENT: “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD/CD

Bay Area Thrash Veterans TESTAMENT have posted a new trailer for their upcoming DVD Dark Roots Of Thrash here:  http://youtu.be/BNYliQu9mGc. The DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will now be made available on October 18 (Europe), October 21 (UK) and October 29 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

In the meantime, you can also check out the performance of “Rise Up” taken from the upcoming DVD here http://youtu.be/B81K2qKF-1M

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GENE HOGLAN Releases Video Teaser for “The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two” DVD

October 2nd, 2013
Gene Hoglan

Gene Hoglan

Out Now on “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE” – Special Clinic Tour –
Coming to Gene’s Hometown of San Diego, CA this Weekend!

Win a Signed Drumhead, Copy of GENE HOGLAN’s First DVD “The Atomic Clock”, and More via CraveOnline.com
Read an Exclusive New Interview with LA Weekly Here

 GENE HOGLAN is pleased to unveil a brand new teaser for his upcoming DVD, The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two. The teaser is available for viewing now, exclusively via Modern Drummer. View it here. This is just a taste of what’s to come! Earlier this week, Gene announced a few of the tracks that will be included on the DVD:

Testament-Rise Up

Meldrum-A Toast To Romance

Galaktikon-On My Way

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TESTAMENT: Los Angeles Meet & Greet Next Tuesday Announced

September 20th, 2013
TESTAMENT: "Dark Roots of Thrash" DVD/CD

TESTAMENT: “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD/CD

Vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson of Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT, will be available for a meet and greet at the Velvet Margarita (1612 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028) next Tuesday in Los Angeles. The event will start at 10 pm PST and a Monster Energy Drink guitar signed by the band will also be given away throughout the evening. For more information on the occasion and to RSVP visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/248829568575188/?context=create

Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast! In the meantime, check out the song “Rise Up” taken from the upcoming DVD here http://youtu.be/B81K2qKF-1M

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TESTAMENT: Video Track from “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD Released

September 12th, 2013
TESTAMENT: "Dark Roots of Thrash" DVD/CD

TESTAMENT: “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD/CD

Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast! In the meantime, check out the song “Rise Up” taken from the upcoming DVD here http://youtu.be/B81K2qKF-1M

Dark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show!

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Tuska Open Air – Suvilahti Helsinki Finland

August 29th, 2013

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TUSKA OPEN AIR FESTIVAL 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

TUSKA AFTERPARTY FEAT. MARKY RAMONE’S BLITZKRIEG REVIEW  BY CHRISTER USENIUS

The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Suvilahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is the new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with burning and hot asphalt underfoot. Tuska faced a serious battle to pull the audience as another festival named Rock The Beach was arranged on the same weekend in the Helsinki area. The line-up of that festival mostly pulled the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Tuska however managed to pull about 25.000 visitors during the weekend. That was pretty good as the line-up did look good, not that tempting to pull a mainstream audience.

Nightwish and Testament, and of course the legendary Danish King Diamond were headliners, but of course a few cult metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Lama, had to be  witnessed. The festival was an nice success although the event wasn’t sold out. Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the metal in different forms.

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GENE HOGLAN Announces NEW DVD Details – Choose from SEVEN Pre-Order Packages

August 22nd, 2013
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Gene Hoglan

GENE HOGLAN Announces NEW DVD Details – Choose from SEVEN Pre-Order Packages NOW at www.HoglanIndustries.com

 YOU Decide What Happens on Next “The Atomic Clock” DVD!

The time has come! Earlier this month, GENE HOGLAN announced that there would be another “The Atomic Clock” DVD coming out, along with the announcement of his upcoming clinic tour, “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”. Now, Gene can unleash these details! The jam-packed DVD is available for pre-sale NOW, with several awesome package options (see below), at http://www.hoglanindustries.com/Fan_Packages.html. If that isn’t enough, although Gene has footage chosen for his next “The Atomic Clock” DVD, he’s leaving it up to his biggest fans to really decide what they would like to see!

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Interview With Alex Skolnick of Testament

August 18th, 2013

Interview With Alex Skolnick of Testament

by JP

Alex live at Copenhell 2013

Alex live at Copenhell 2013

As part of my interviews with authors series, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Skolnick about his new memoir GEEK TO GUITAR HERO.  Feel free to check out my review of his book here  as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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TESTAMENT: “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD/CD Details Released

August 15th, 2013
TESTAMENT: "Dark Roots of Thrash" DVD/CD

TESTAMENT: “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD/CD

Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast! Dark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show!

Commented guitarist Eric Peterson: “Metal heads! In case you’ve missed us on our Dark Roots campaign tour here’s a day in the life and good representation of our show! Check it out, and put on your list of metal to get!”

Vocalist Chuck Billy added: “For all you die hard metal heads out there Dark Roots Of Thrash is a must have for your collection. This live DVD and CD is something you can put in you player and crank up for the feeling of a live TESTAMENT performance! You will get 18 songs from the early days of thrash metal to where we are today. Heavy metal forever!”

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Copenhell Festival 2013 Refshaleoen Copenhagen,Denmark

July 31st, 2013

 Copenhell Festival 2013

Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, Denmark
14-15/6 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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For the fourth year in a row, it is once again time for this years edition of Copenhell Festival. The festival is the largest metal/hardrock festival in Denmark and located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. The organizers, Live Nation Denmark, had  outdone themselves this year and booked more bands than ever. They had also branched out music-wise and this year was not only dedicated to the more extreme forms of metal but also to traditional metal. The bands that performed included: In Flames, Ghost, Accept, Sabaton, Testament, and the Danish metal legend King Diamond who’s show closed the festival at Saturday night. Read about the great festival below. Read the rest of this entry »

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GENE HOGLAN

July 30th, 2013
Gene Hoglan

GENE HOGLAN

Pictures and interview by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Gene “The Atomic Clock” Hoglan needs no introduction as every metalhead has to have at least an album or two that he has played on. The man is currently sitting behind the drum kit for Testament who recently visited the Tuska Open Air festival in Helsinki. We managed to meet the legend before the show and then we sat and listened when Gene Hoglan spoke.  Read the rest of this entry »

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TESTAMENT and HUNTRESS to Support LAMB OF GOD / KILLSWITCH ENGAGE for North American Tour

July 17th, 2013
Testament

Testament

Long-time friends LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have joined forces for what will undoubtedly be one of the essential “can’t miss” tours of the fall of 2013.  The tour launches October 22 in Toronto and canvases much of the U.S and Canada.  The two bands are a dominant live pairing, and will combine for 28 North American shows in total.  Support for all shows except Los Angeles will be provided by thrash legends Testament, with Huntress opening all shows.

 

LAMB OF GOD will end the North American portion of the Resolution record cycle with this tour.  It will include a coast to coast visit to all major Canadian cities which will be LAMB OF GOD’s first visit to Canada on this cycle other than a festival play in June in Montebello and a show in Toronto in January 2012.  In the last year, both Ashes of the Wake and Sacrament have been certified gold in Canada.  LAMB OF GOD will finish the Resolution cycle completely with a visit to Europe and South Africa in January 2014. Details on that tour will be released late August.  Read the rest of this entry »

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