Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT have announced the title and release date of the band’s upcoming 12th album.
[photo by Stephanie Cabral]
»The Brotherhood Of The Snake« will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast.
The record was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and is currently being mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH).
Commented Peterson in an interview with Metal Maniac: “It’s very diverse, but it’s very epic. There’s nothing on there that breeds commercial. And I think for thirty years of recording music and trying different formulas and stuff, I think we’ve found a formula that is very metal. I think for the metal fan that is looking for something for the nook and crannies… not just your normal, ‘Oh, it’s got a thrash beat and a riff.’ There’s a lot going on here.”
The songwriter also told Metal Forces in another interview: “It’s different. This one is more thrash. I mean, this has got some of the fastest stuff that we have ever played. Usually, we have one or two thrash songs, and then we have some mid-tempo, and then we have a slow, heavy one, and then up-tempo kind of stuff. Half of the new record is thrash, which we’ve never done before.”
He continued: “It’s kind of like »Demonic« and »The Gathering«, but a little bit wiser, I think. Chuck’s not singing so death. I mean, he does some death stuff but he’s singing more like he did on the last record and then with the craziness of »The Gathering« or even heavy stuff like »Demonic«.”
TESTAMENT will support »The Brotherhood Of The Snake« on theirEuropean run with AMON AMARTH this fall. Dates to be announced soon.
The band will embark on their summer festival run next week including some chosen club shows beginning July 13 in Hungary.
13.07. H Dunaujvaros – Rockmarathon Fest
14.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters Of Rock
15.07. D Balingen – Bang Your Head!!! Festival
16.07. D Neukirchen-Vluyn – Dong Open Air
19.07. RU Moscow – Yotaspace
20.07. RU St. Petersburg – Aurora Concert Hall
22.07. D Herford – X (w/ RAGE)
23.07. D Jena – F-Haus
25.07. SLO Tolmin – Metaldays
28.07. I Rome – Eutropia Fest
29.07. I Cascina – The Jungle
30.07. I Milan – Circolo Magnolia
31.07. F Albi – Xtreme Fest
03.08. D Aschaffenburg – Colo Saal
04.08. NL Rijssen – Lucky & Co
05.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
18.08. D Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
19.08. D Hamburg – Elb-Riot
20.08. D Saarbrücken – Garage
21.08. F Saint-Nolff – Motocultor Fest
27.08. TR Istanbul – 100% Metal Fest Headbangers
Testament in the U.K. 2016!
Jun 19 @ O2 Academy Oxford – Oxford, UK; buy tickets: http://bit.ly/1Pt9pHU
Jun 21 @ The Assembly – Leamington, UK; buy tickets: http://bit.ly/1VYDSUU
Jun 22 @ Engine Rooms – Southampton, UK; buy tickets: http://bit.ly/1VYEzO9
Jun 23 @ Brooklyn Bowl – London, UK; buy tickets: http://bit.ly/1YquSbB
AMON AMARTH BRING THEIR VIKING CRUSADE TO THE UK & IRELAND THIS AUTUMN
Swedish heavy metal Vikings AMON AMARTH have confirmed their return to UK & Irish shores this Autumn, in support of their brilliant new album, ‘Jomsviking’.
Amon Amarth’s tenth studio album, ‘Jomsviking’ was released in March via Sony. The record immediately crashed into the UK Top 30, marking the band’s highest ever chart position here; a feat repeated around the globe.
Joining them as special guests, will be Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT. With the follow-up to their 2012 album ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ due out through Nuclear Blast later this year, expect to hear some new songs as well as some older classics.
Also a part of AMON AMARTH’s crusade are fellow Swedish marauders GRAND MAGUS, showcasing their latest album ‘Sword Songs’, released to great acclaim last month.
Get set to hold your drinking horns aloft at the following shows:
Mon 31st Oct – MANCHESTER Academy; tickets: http://bit.ly/1XWviI5
Tue 1st Nov – GLASGOW O2 ABC; tickets: http://bit.ly/1U85PoK
Wed 2nd Nov – DUBLIN Vicar Street; tickets: http://bit.ly/1VYOVO2
Fri 4th Nov – LONDON Roundhouse; tickets: http://bit.ly/1UyQ5um
Sat 5th Nov – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy; tickets: http://bit.ly/1UyPUzp
Live Nation’s pre-sale begins at 10am on Tuesday, but if you can’t pillage a ticket from that, tickets will go on general sale from 10am on Wednesday via http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/amon-amarth-tickets.
Amon Amarth exclaim, “UK, after three years away we are returning to your lands and are bringing with us our biggest headline show ever. Sharpen your weapons, fortify your embankments & hide your loved ones! We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can “Raise Your Horns” together with us to glory!”
Testament’s Eric Peterson follows up: “With a heart of steel and rippling distant thunder, we are honoured to board the AA Viking ship and get ready to feast and plunder with them across Europe! Thor’s hammering strikes shall lead the way! Skol!”
JB from Grand Magus declares, “Warriors of the north Atlantic! We are proud and excited to be part of this tour. Earth-shattering metal is coming your way. Amon Amarth, Testament, and Grand Magus on the same night! There will be headbanging, thrashing, and all around heaviness to fill all needs. Join us! Rejoice!”
Prepare to be raided.
Slayer, Testament and Carcass North American Tour Dates for 2016 Announced
Note: Tickets go on sale 12/5; tickets for Nashville, TN and Fargo, ND go on sale 12/11.
2/19/2016 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre http://bit.ly/1jjY178
2/22/2016 Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium http://bit.ly/21w2F48
2/24/2016 Richmond, VA @ The National http://bit.ly/1l805kg
2/26/2016 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues http://bit.ly/1LOvc9H
2/27/2016 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz http://bit.ly/1l842W9
2/29/2016 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore http://bit.ly/1OA7wu4
3/02/2016 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theate http://ticketf.ly/1Ov4Sre
3/03/2016 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore http://bit.ly/1NoyzVP
3/05/2016 Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore http://bit.ly/1SwTHh1
3/06/2016 Boston, MA @ House of Blues http://bit.ly/1lgm87V
3/08/2016 Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion http://bit.ly/1PVH6o6
3/09/2016 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre http://bit.ly/1RnJB3H
3/11/2016 St. Paul, MN @ Myth http://bit.ly/1OxZlQX
3/12/2016 Fargo, ND Fargo @ Civic Center http://bit.ly/1MWHyjT
3/14/2016 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall http://ticketf.ly/1XCYmPW
3/15/2016 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre http://bit.ly/1Q9xCG4
3/17/2016 Boise, ID Revolution Center http://bit.ly/1OGyMHm
3/19/2016 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater http://bit.ly/1lY4UwG
3/20/2016 Portland, OR Roseland Theater http://bit.ly/1HGydhm
3/22/2016 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater http://bit.ly/1jz1dvC
3/26/2016 Las Vegas, NV The Joint http://bit.ly/1LJgSiF