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Testament Dominates Sales Charts Around the Globe!

Testament Dominates Sales Charts Around the Globe!

The Mighty Testament

Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, have scanned 20,720 copies of their new album Dark Roots of Earth in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. The album debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, making it their highest first week sales since the inception of Soundscan. This also marks the highest first week sales for a Nuclear Blast artist yet.

Commented the band:
“Thanks to the TESTAMENT legions for making us shine this first week. Horns up!” – Eric Peterson

“I want to express my eternal gratitude to everybody who supported the Dark Roots of Earth album and for making our hopes, dreams and hard work a reality. I am forever grateful.” – Chuck Billy

“It is with great pleasure that I share this honor with the TESTAMENT family and their legions of fans worldwide. The highest charting debut the band’s and label’s history! That is due not only you the fans, but also the extremely hard work by the worldwide offices of Nuclear Blast. Their efforts have paid off greatly and are most appreciated. Now that’s how you run a campaign.” – Gene Hoglan

“I’d like to give a big ‘thank you’ to all the people that helped bring this about. Thank you to everyone at Nuclear Blast, for all the hard work putting this campaign together. And definitely, a big thank you goes put to all the fans. You all made this possible. Cheers!” – Greg Christian

“Our first week chart activity, which includes a #12 Billboard debut, is the type of thing that has long seemed elusive to this band. But this time, thanks to a great team (our label, our management and of course, our awesome fans) it’s on. Thank you all!” – Alex Skolnick

Dark Roots of Earth First-Week Chart Positions Around the Globe:
#21 Austria Top 75
#62 Belgium Top 100
#86 Belgium Flanders
#40 Belgium Walloonia
#12 Canadian Top 200
#4 Germany Top 100
#4 Finland Top 50
#13 Ireland Top 20
#32 Netherlands Top 200
#10 Switzerland (CH)
#57 United Kingdom Top 200
#3 United Kingdom Indie Top 40
#3 United Kingdom Rock Top 40

Critics Rave:
“Numerical groupings be damned, perennial underdogs TESTAMENT are the best thrash band still standing.” – DECIBEL MAGAZINE (US)

“TESTAMENT maintain their hard-won reputation as the only one of the major ‘80s thrash bands who still haven’t released a crappy record.” – REVOLVER MAGAZINE (US)

“Those of us who consider ourselves TESTAMENT die-hards will probably die holding tightly to this album.” – BLABBERMOUTH.NET

“Hail and kill! Fuckin’ awesome!” – METAL HAMMER (UK)

“Polish the crown because 2012’s thrash kings have been crowned!” – TERRORIZER (UK)

“Heaviness and melody nearly perfectly balanced. Who ever doubted TESTAMENT would belong to the Big 4 should be convinced now!” – METAL HAMMER (GER)

Dark Roots of Earth was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others, provided the cover artwork.

For USA IN-STORE specials on Dark Roots of Earth visit and to order online go to

Check out the music video for their new single “Native Blood” here: The song, whose lyrics are about vocalist Chuck Billy’s Native American heritage, was filmed at the Hopland Indian Reservation in Hopland, Calif. The clip was directed by Mike Sloat (MACHINE HEAD, STAIND).

Dark Roots Of Earth CD/DVD track listing:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

Dark Roots Of Earth vinyl track listing:
Side A:
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth

Side B:
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace

Side C:
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Side D (Bonus):
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

TESTAMENT has also revealed several co-headlining tour dates with fellow American thrash metal greats, ANTHRAX, in support of the summer release. The September run will feature DEATH ANGEL in support, and is slated to kick off on Sept. 14thin Sacramento, Calif. A list of all confirmed dates can be seen below.


09/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
09/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
09/16 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center (Kennewick)
09/17 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox at The Market
09/20 – Vancouver, BC – CANADA @ Vogue Theater
09/21 – Calgary, AB – CANADA @ MacEwan Hall
09/22 – Edmonton, AB – CANADA @ Edmonton Event Centre
09/24 – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA @ Odeon Event Center
09/25 – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA @ Burton Cummings Theatre
09/29 – Toronto, ON – CANADA @ Danforth Music Hall
09/30 – Quebec City, QC – CANADA @ Capitole du Quebec
10/02 – Montreal, QC – CANADA @ Metropolis
10/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
10/05 – Montclair, NJ@ Wellmont Theatre


Chuck Billy – Vocals
Eric Peterson – Guitar
Alex Skolnick – Guitar
Greg Christian – Bass

Gene Hoglan – Drums

Chuck Billy on Full Metal Jackie Radio this weekend

Testament’s Chuck Billy will guest on Full Metal Jackie Radio this weekend! To find a rock station near you airing the show, go to:

Chuck Billy to MC ‘Slaughter By The Water 2012′

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2012

SLAUGHTER BY THE WATER 3: Hosted by TESTAMENT’s Chuck Billy with Performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, Abysmal Dawn and More!

Taking Place on August 25, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA

Slaughter By The Water 3 details are ready to be unleashed! The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, Bay Area Rocks, Scion, Native American Health Center, Dunlop, Anchor Bay Tattoos, Ustream, and Expressions College, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy and includes performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War and Abysmal Dawn. More announcements including the full line-up and headliner are coming soon! Chuck Billy recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed here:

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available at Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet.

From noon to 9pm, access to the entire pier, which includes Pier Stage entertainment, food vendors and retailers, is FREE to the public. The pier stage is powered by Rock the Bike and the bands performing will be announced soon.

GET TO THE HORNET EARLY! All main stage ticket purchases also entitle you to a discounted admission rate to freely roam the USS Hornet on the day of the event between the hours of 10am to 4pm. Discounted admission is $12.00 per person in addition to the cost of the general admission ticket. Slaughter By The Water general admission tickets only get you access to the ship and our private tours after 5pm.

There is free parking at this event.

Private Tours (groups of 15) available after 5pm include:

2nd Deck Tour: The Sick Bay, Torpedo Room, Marine Detachment Unit, Chapel, and more.

Island tour: Sit in the Ship’s Captain’s Chair, explore the Pilot house and Admirals Bridge, go to the top secret Combat Information Center and see the view from the Primary Flight Control the Air traffic control tower of the Aircraft Carrier, USS Hornet.

Haunted Tour: Forecastle – ghost stories from where the tidal wave hit the USS Hornet Museum.

The second edition of Slaughter By The Water took place in June 2011 at The Craneway Pavillion. The show billing included AUTOPSY, CATTLE DECAPITATION, and more. The festival also hosted Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” winner Grill ‘Em All, led by chefs Ryan Harkins and Mathew Chernus. The first edition of Slaughter By The Water took place in April 2010 at the Oakland Metro. The show billing included TOXIC HOLOCAUST, FUELED BY FIRE, BONDED BY BLOOD, and many more.

The USS Hornet is 893 feet long and 33,000 tons of metal, it’s nicknamed “The Grey Ghost in Alameda” and is said to be one of the most haunted warships in the American Navy, with numerous reports of supernatural events occurring onboard. She is also a “Rosie the Riveter” ship with thirty percent of her construction crew being women and she holds a couple Navy records: most planes shot down in a day (72) and most planes shot down in a month (255). The USS Hornet was also the location Exodus filmed their video for “War Is My Shepherd” ( Check out an insider view of the ship here:

Television shows, music video credits and networks highlighting the USS Hornet include SyFy – Ghost Hunters s04e422, Travel Channel – Ghost Adventures, MTV Music Video – Saving Abel “18 Days”, BBC – The Battle of Midway special, Buick – new Lacrosse model commercial, Fear Factor – All-Military episode, JAG – Ghost Ship episode, History Channel – Man, Moment, Machine series – Doolittle Raid episode and more. Major motion picture credits include CARRIER, RESCUE DAWN (starring Christian Bale), and XXX2: STATE OF THE UNION.

Important websites:

For more information on the performing bands:


Rock The Bike:
Rock the Bike are inventors and advocates. Their dream is to help spread the spirit of the bike into the broader culture by organizing, entertaining, inspiring, educating, and inventing new ways to get the message out there. Rock the Bike provides Slaughter by the Water with the outside stage entirely powered by you, the rider. Music has a gift to bring us all together. Pedal Power provides an example of team work that helps us have faith that our individual efforts can collectively matter. One person alone can not power this concert but 10 people working together can. Rock the bike and Slaughter by the Water invite you to wake up early, come to Berkeley, help transport equipment by bike to Alameda, set up the stage and be a part of something big. Rock the Bike stands for clean energy and working together. Come join us and help us put the Pedal to the Metal!

Native American Health Center:
The Native American Health Center’s mission is to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives to improve and maintain their physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being with respect for cultural traditions, and to advocate for the needs of all Indian people. The NAHC has teamed up with Slaughter by the Water to promote their Native youth Wellness initiative to address the very serious issue of Teen Suicide in Indian country today. Together the Native American Health Center and Slaughter by the Water plan to reach every teen in need, and to help them know they are loved. The Native American Health Center is a non profit organization serving the California Bay Area Native Population and other under served populations in the Bay Area. This year is NAHC’s 40th anniversary; as an organization, they have been serving our community since 1972.

Whole Heart Native Warmth Project:
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing warm blankets to the people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This is a grassroots organization working in conjunction with Hearts of the Sacred Spirit. Whole Heart and Hearts of the Sacred Spirit are funded through private donations. All of the proceeds go directly to the materials to make the blankets and the cost to ship them. The blankets are made by volunteers either independently or in a gathering. We appreciate your interest in helping provide warmth to the people of Pine Ridge. If you plan on attending the free to the public “Rock the Bike” stage at Slaughter by the Water, we ask that you bring a donation of a blanket or small contribution that goes directly to the Whole Heart Native Warmth Project. Come enjoy live music, food, and vendors right alongside the USS Hornet.

Testament’s ‘Native Blood: Part 1 – Behind The Scenes’ video clip

Testament’s 3rd ‘Making of’ Dark Roots of Earth teaser video clip



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