testament in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

TESTAMENT Singer Jams With HALFORD At Hollywood Gig

TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy joined HALFORD on stage during the two bands' gig at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, California Friday night (June 6) for a rendition of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Rapid Fire". TESTAMENT had previously recorded a version of "Rapid Fire" for the JUDAS PRIEST tribute CD "Legends Of Metal - A ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SEVENTH ONE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish power metallers SEVENTH ONE are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

Read more

Posted in: News

BURDEN OF GRIEF In The Studio, Prepare To Hit The Road

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF are currently recording their third album. The as-yet-untitled CD will contain nine songs. In other news, BURDEN OF GRIEF have been officially confirmed for the following festivals: Jul. 11/12 - Spittal am Semmering, GER @ Kaltenbach Open Air (w/ ENTHRONED, MÖRK GRYNING, DISBELIEF) Jul. 11/12 - Bebra, GER ...

Read more

Posted in: News

CARPATHIAN FOREST Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

CARPATHIAN FOREST are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK ...

Read more

Posted in: News

METALIUM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's METALIUM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK AGE DARKANE ...

Read more

Posted in: News

TESTAMENT Guitarist Working On THE ESSENESS PROJECT

TESTAMENT guitarist Steve Smyth has spent time recently working on his instrumental side project called THE ESSENESS PROJECT. The band, which features Smyth and his longtime friend Steven Hoffman (ex-ARIAH/SWEET LEAF bassist), was previously described as "progressive" and "covering a wide spectrum of moods," with some of the material being worked on spanning back to ...

Read more

Posted in: News

HALFORD Manager Says THE METAL GODS Tour Could Not Be Rescheduled Before The Fall

HALFORD manager John Baxter has issued a statement defending the group's decision to limit the "scaled-down" version of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour to only a handful of dates, beginning with the June 3 show at The Phoenix in Petaluma, California. As previously reported, the original multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SKINLAB Added To HALFORD/TESTAMENT Dates

SKINLAB have been added to the following two HALFORD and TESTAMENT shows: Jun. 03 - Phoenix Ballroom – Petaluma, CA Jun. 04 - Avalon Ballroom – San Francisco, CA As previously reported, SKINLAB will issue "The Nerve Damage Sessions" — a collection of alternate versions of studio tracks, several live tracks recorded on the band's ...

Read more

Posted in: News

PAINMUSEUM Drop Off HALFORD/TESTAMENT Dates

PAINMUSEUM, the new band featuring HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak, vocalist Tim Clayborne, HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek and longtime Metal Mike collaborator Steve Booke on bass, have withdrawn from their previously announced Los Angeles, Anaheim and Las Vegas dates in support of HALFORD and TESTAMENT, citing "economic and logistical constraints" as the reason for their ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ANNIHILATOR Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

Veteran Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have parted ways with vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) and have replaced him with Vancouver-based newcomer Dave Padden. Says ANNHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters: "Joe and I had a difference of opinion on an issue (not of a musical nature) that just couldn't be resolved mutually. We will miss Joe and ...

Read more

Posted in: News

TESTAMENT/SADUS Bassist Offers Update On SUICIDE SHIFT Project

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED and current TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has released an update via his official discussion forum on the status of the much-anticipated SUICIDE SHIFT project (featuring DiGiorgio, SADUS guitarist Darren Travis, and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy). "What will [SUICIDE SHIFT] sound like? Like Chuck singing on me and Darren's songs!" DiGiorgio joked. "No ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Produces Demo For ROB ZOMBIE Drummer

Former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader has just finished producing a three-track demo for the Los Angeles-based rock band FALL TO GRACE. FALL TO GRACE feature in their ranks ROB ZOMBIE drummer John Tempesta (ex-TESTAMENT, WHITE ZOMBIE, EXODUS). The three tracks recorded for the demo are as follows: 01. Voices 02. Bitter Suffering 03. Can't ...

Read more

Posted in: News

HALFORD: More Rescheduled Dates Announced

More dates have been confirmed for the "scaled-down" version of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, to be headlined by HALFORD and scheduled to kick off in early June. As previously reported, the original multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called off earlier in ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ROB HALFORD Not 'TWO' Metal For REZNOR-Era Material

In a recent interview with Electricbasement.com, Rob Halford spoke of the possibility of incorporating some of his controversial "non-metal" TWO material into future set lists (TWO's "Voyeurs" CD was produced by Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS fame), "I have to stop avoiding that because I still love that record," Rob said. "It was definitely ...

Read more

Posted in: News

HALFORD: First Rescheduled THE METAL GODS Dates Announced

The first few dates have been confirmed for a "scaled-down" version of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, to be headlined by HALFORD and scheduled to kick off in early June. As previously reported, the original multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called off ...

Read more

Posted in: News

HALFORD Manager On Cancelled Tour: 'We Are Moving On'

HALFORD manager John Baxter has issued a statement defending the band's decision to travel with three buses on the ill-fated The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour and rejecting as baseless accusations that the group's allegedly over-inflated traveling costs ultimately contributed to the tour's cancellation. Baxter's latest statement reads as follows: "3 buses. "1 for ...

Read more

Posted in: News

HALFORD Guitarist Regrets Cancellation Of THE METAL GODS Tour

HALFORD/PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak has posted the following message to his official web site: "Greetings all. Metal Mike coming at you from the Metal Land. We regret to say that The Metal Gods 2003 tour dates have officially been suspended. We were really having a great time on the tour with our friends in ...

Read more

Posted in: News

PRIMAL FEAR: 'Unbelievably Disappointed And Sad' Over THE METAL GODS Tour Cancellation

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have issued a statement explaining their position regarding the recent cancellation of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. As previously reported, the multi-band package trek featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called off last Friday (May 2) due to "contractual difficulties." ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ROB HALFORD: 'I Want To Jam'

Rob Halford has posted the following message to the official HALFORD discussion forum at www.robhalford.com: "Hi everyone. First of all, I want to say a big thank you to all the HALFORD fans that came out to the recent shows. Those of you who saw us and posted your reactions, sent a message ...

Read more

Posted in: News

TESTAMENT Manager Attempts To 'Shed Light' On METAL GODS TOUR Cancellation

TESTAMENT manager Phil Arnold of Thrill Entertainment has issued a rambling statement in response to fan speculation over the cause of the cancellation of the band's The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. As previously reported, the multi-band package trek featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called ...

Read more

Posted in: News

SADUS: In Writing Mode!

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers SADUS, who feature in their ranks current TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Jon Allen, are working on the material for their next album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004. "We're not casting illusions or any visions of anger on you," the band said in a statement on their ...

Read more

Posted in: News

NO MERCY FESTIVALS 2003: Photos Posted Online

TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, MARDUK, MALEVOLENT CREATION, PRO-PAIN and DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER performed at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany on April 13 as part of the No Mercy Festivals European tour. Click here to view pictures taken at the gig. The two-week trek concluded on April 21 in Tilburg, Netherlands. (Thanks: Metal News) ...

Read more

Posted in: News

HALFORD Manager Says A Single Person Caused Collapse Of METAL GODS Tour

HALFORD manager John Baxter has offered more details regarding the cancellation of The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. According to Baxter, "It was a single individual that caused the collapse of the tour. The individual's employer [apparently referring ...

Read more

Posted in: News

FREEDOM CALL Off Germany's EARTHSHAKER FEST

Despite a previous report to the contrary, FREEDOM CALL will NOT be appearing at Earthshaker Fest on July 25-26 in Hirschaid, near Bamberg, Germany. A detailed statement will follow later. As previously reported, Earthshaker Fest will feature performances by TESTAMENT, PRETTY MAIDS, ANNIHILATOR, PRIMAL FEAR, JUSTICE, EVIDENCE ONE, POWERGOD and END OF GREEN, among others. ...

Read more

Posted in: News