TESTAMENT is pleased to announce a string of headlining dates this October with Louisiana metallers Soilent Green. The tour includes TESTAMENT’s appearance at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 9 in New York City, where they will be direct support to headliners Children of Bodom; also special guests, The Black Dahlia Murder and Between The Buried and Me.
Guitarist Eric Peterson checked in to discuss the Metal Masters tour and the band’s upcoming US headlining dates: “We just finished the Metal Masters tour, and it was a great tour to be on. Unfortunately, it went by too quick. We got to know everyone towards the end, and it started to feel like family. It’s too bad it had to end so soon, especially after getting to know everyone. Hopefully, the Metal Masters will continue next year in Europe.
“In the meantime, we’re heading to Japan and Australia. The last time we played there in ’06, we promised our fans we’d have a new record out the next time we came around. We kept our promise and we’re excited to get back there and play it for them.
“Once we get back, we’ll be headlining some east coast shows, including a one-off with Children of Bodom at the infamous Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. We’ll have full production, so we’re excited to put on our whole show. This tour is going to focus on secondary markets, so we don’t spoil anything for next year. We plan on having a big year and putting a big package together, wink wink.”
Having just wrapped up the biggest tour of the summer – Metal Masters with Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, and Motorhead – TESTAMENT has been touring to support their phenomenal new release, The Formation of Damnation. The album hit streets April 29 on Nuclear Blast Records and debuted at 59 on the Billboard 200. TESTAMENT has been in the top 3 on Sirius’ Hard Attack since March and were 1 on national metal radio for 12 weeks. The band recently won “Album of the Year” at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards for The Formation of Damnation.
9/25 – Brisbane, Australia – The Arena
9/26 – Melbourne, Australia – The HiFi
9/27 – Sydney, Australia – The Metro
11/09 – Christchurch, New Zealand – AMI Stadium – Southern Amp 2008
Testament headlining w/ Soilent Green:
10/1 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
10/4 – Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
10/5 – State College, PA – Lulu’s
10/7 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
10/8 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock Café
10/9 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom (w/ Children of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder, Between The Buried And Me)
10/10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Testament in Mexico (venues TBA):
10/27 – Monterey, Mexico
10/29 – Guadalajara, Mexico
10/30 – Puebla, Mexico
10/31 – Mexico City, Mexico
Bringing their legendary live show to dozens of North American cities this fall, AC/DC wants to be certain their biggest fans can score tickets. To give their fans the best chance possible, AC/DC has launched a Fan Club at ACDC.com.
Members of ACDC.com will not only receive exclusive access to concert tickets via fan club on-sales, but also merchandise discounts, entry to members-only contests, message boards and more. In addition, fan club members will receive an exclusive membership gift.
The 2008-2009 Black Ice World Tour will be stopping in over 20 North American Cities this fall, including Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York, Minneapolis, Vancouver, Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles. Visit the ACDC.com Tickets Page for a full list of tour dates.
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After eight months in the writing process, Tesla has announced their new album, Forever More will be released 10/7. On Forever More, the band keeps their gritty brand of guitar-rock coming around every turn, with energized anthems like “I Wanna Live” to somber-toned tracks such as “Fallin’ Apart”. The band wrote and recorded during a very dynamic period for the members, and those bizarre times fueled the process, leading to what they say are some of their “most exciting songs”.
Having already been to Europe this year, playing festivals with Judas Priest and Kiss, Tesla are ready to hit the road;bringing the new material for the first time to their fans at home.
Forever More hits stores on 10/7
Metallica’s Death Magnetic has easily been one of the most hyped CD’s of 2008. This album will certainly be a major conversation piece in the hard rock and heavy metal world. I can’t think of another album released this year that will receive an equal amount of love and hate.
The question most people have been wondering is if this disc surpasses Metallica’s last effort, the awful St. Anger.
The first time I saw the cover art, I thought it was pretty terrible. I still don’t think it is great, but the way the cover is cut does make it kind of cool, and if anything, unique. Thankfully, the music is better than the cover art! Death Magnetic is cram packed with music. This CD has over 70 minutes of music. The first two songs together clock in at 15 minutes in length by themselves.
Death Magnetic is not a detour from Metallica’s roots ala the Black and Load albums. There are a couple of instances, where the album slows down just enough, so fans of the Black/Load era Metallica will find something to sink their teeth into. In fact, on Death Magnetic, Metallica does a pretty good job blending the sound of all of their past albums (with the exception of St. Anger). The end result is a heavy album that I think most fans will be pleased with.
Death Magnetic starts off in heavy fashion with “That Was Just Your Life“. The music on this song is awesome, and easily one of the heaviest songs Metallica has done since their album, And Justice For All. I thought the vocals of James Hetfield were mixed a little too low on this song, but the music is so full of headbanging goodness that the mixing quickly becomes an after thought.
“The End of The Line” is another long heavy cut with a crazy amount of guitar solos by Kirk Hammett. If this song doesn’t ignite your inner head banger, your headphones must be broken.
Chances are you have already heard the first single off of Death Magnetic, “The Day That Never Comes“. I immediately took a liking to this song. I though it was a nice mix of the Black album, with a mix of Master of the Puppets thrashing guitar solos by Kirk Hammett.
“Suicide & Redemption” might be the heaviest and longest instrumental track that I have ever heard.
I didn’t care for the track “Cyanide” at first, but repeated plays has completely changed my mind. I like this track a lot now. Some other highlights for me are “Broken, Beat & Scarred”, and “The Judas Kiss”.
The Bottom line, Death Magnetic is a great return to form by Metallica. Yes, folks that is right Metallica still has it, and if you haven’t bought Death Magnetic, you should go get it!
You can buy Death Magnetic at this link!
1. That Was Just Your Life (7:08)
2. The End Of The Line (7:52)
3. Broken, Beat & Scarred (6:26)
4. The Day That Never Comes (7:56)
5. All Nightmare Long (7:58)
6. Cyanide (6:40)
7. The Unforgiven III (7:47)
8. The Judas Kiss (8:01)
9. Suicide & Redemption (9:58)
10. My Apocalypse (5:01)
James Hetfield – Vocals & Guitar
Kirk Hammett – Guitar
Lars Ulrich – Drums
Robert Trujillo – Bass