San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans TESTAMENT are the first confirmed band for Metal Heart, a brand new two-day metal festival set to take place August 17-18 at Tapperiet in Notodden, Norway. A total of 10-to-12 acts will perform at the event.More information about bands and ticket availability will come soon. TESTAMENT is currently working with new drummer Nick Barker (formerly of DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH) on material for its first studio album since 1999's "The Gathering". Nick Barker told BLABBERMOUTH.NET last week that "what we have so far is quite honestly mindblowing stuff in the vein of 'The Legacy'-, 'New Order'-meets-'The Gathering', only with yours truly behind the kit pounding like I've never pounded before." Spitfire will release a TESTAMENT compilation, "The Spitfire Collection", on February 13. Consisting of tracks from such Spitfire/Testament titles as "The Gathering", "Demonic", "Live at the Fillmore", "First Strike Still Deadly" and "Live in London", the 14-track set chronicles an era that ultimately saw the original TESTAMENT reunite for a successful 2005 tour. As a result, "The Spitfire Collection" features both live versions of such TESTAMENT classics as "Practice What You Preach", "Over the Wall", and "Souls of Black", as well as such oft-overlooked studio tracks as "Careful What You Wish For" and "The Burning Times".
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