Thursday, 18 February 2016
TESTAMENT Announce Two Regional UK Shows
Testament are delighted to announce that they will be returning to our UK soil this June to play a couple of regional UK show dates as part of a wider European tour.
Esteemed frontman Chuck Billy said regarding their UK return:
“Testament are excited to be playing some club dates in England. It’s been a while since we have played some intimate shows there and we can’t wait. Be ready for a great night of thrash metal!”
Testament have been working hard in the studio over the past year on the follow up to 2012’s ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’. Their new record is due for release this summer via Nuclear Blast, stay tuned for more details…
You can see Testament live at the following UK shows:
21st June - Leamington Spa, The Assembly 22nd June – Southampton, Engine Rooms
Testament were one of the first thrash metal band to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980's, originally formed as 'Legacy' in 1983 by founding members Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar), Derrick Ramirez (guitar) and Louie Clemente (drums), the line-up included vocalist Steve Souza and Greg Christian (bass). Ramirez was later replaced by renowned player Alex Skolnick (lead guitar). Souza soon departed to join Exodus and suggested that the imposing Chuck Billy take over as frontman. The band became known as 'Testament' 3 years later while recording their debut album in Ithaca, New York. ‘The Legacy’ was a brutal introduction in 1987, putting Testament at the forefront of the flourishing thrash metal scene.
Following ‘Live At Eindhoven’, an EP recorded at Holland's Dynamo Festival, ‘The New Order’ (1988) was very well received, producing one of the band's most memorable classics ‘Disciples Of The Watch’. Next came the highly successful ‘Practice What You Preach’ (1989), then the release of ‘Souls Of Black’ (1990) coinciding with the famed European 'Clash Of The Titans' tour with Slayer, Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies - which helped cement their place in thrash royalty.
Testament signed with Nuclear Blast in 2007 and have since released two critically acclaimed studio albums; ‘The Formation of Damnation’ (2008) and ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ (2012).