Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have announced several East Coast dates July. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:
Jul. 06 - Mortegliano (Udine), Italy @ Festa in Tenda
Jul. 07 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands @Waldrock Festival
Jul. 13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Jul. 14 - Sayreville, NJ @ Sounds Of The Underground
Jul. 15 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Jul. 16 - Southbridge, MA @ ADC Performance Center
Jul. 19 - Rieden, Germany @ Earthshaker Fest
Jul. 27 - Taipei, Taiwan - Formoz Fest
Jul. 28 - Incheon City, Korea - Pentaport Rock Fest
Aug. 16 - Derbyshire, U.K. @ Bloodstock O.A. Fest
Aug. 17 - Oulu, Finland @ Jalometalli Festival
Aug. 18 - Notodden, Norway @ Metal Heart Fest
Aug. 19 - Gotenborg, Sweden @ TBC
Aug. 21 - Kolding, Denmark @ Godset
Aug. 22 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ Hof Ter Loo
Aug. 23 - Deventer, Holland @ Burgerweeshuis
Aug. 24 - Bergen, Norway @ Hole in the Sky - Bergen Metal Fest
Aug. 25 - Gemunden, Germany @ Up From The Ground Open Air Fest
Aug. 31 - Rimini, Italy @ Velvet
Sep. 01 - Palmaggio-Casserta, Italy @ Route to Hell Fest
TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, bassist Greg Christian, and guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, alongside ex-DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker, have finished writing more than half a dozen songs for the group's long-awaited follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering". Tracking is scheduled to begin in July/August for a tentative late 2007/early 2008 release. "It's been a long time coming," Billy said. "This new album is like a good wine: You throw in the grapes and crush."
TESTAMENT is currently unsigned in the U.S. and Europe after parting ways with Spitfire Records earlier in the year (the Spitfire Records catalog was acquired last summer by Redux Records, the company formerly known as Sheridan Square Entertainment). A Japanese deal with Universal remains intact.
Spitfire released a TESTAMENT compilation, "The Spitfire Collection", in February. Consisting of tracks from such Spitfire 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.