Bay Area thrash giants TESTAMENT have announced that they will be re-releasing 5 of their classic albums on November 17th 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
The re-issues read as follows:
‘Live At The Fillmore’ (1995)
‘The Gathering’ (1999) – remastered by Andy Sneap
‘First Strike Still Deadly’ (2001)
‘Live At Eindhoven ’87’ (2009)
Guitarist Eric Peterson commented: “I’m super stoked that Nuclear Blast, “the best metal label on earth”, is re-releasing the re-birth of TESTAMENT era
featuring ‘Demonic’ and ‘The Gathering’ these two albums brought us back to life with ultra-heavy and unrelenting fury and melody. Also ’87’s live classic in full ‘Live In Eindhoven’ and re-recordings of our classics ‘First Strike Still Deadly’. These classic records feature revamped art to boot that are unapologetic to their themes as they were.”
Added vocalist Chuck Billy: “I am more than excited to have Nuclear Blast re-release part of our catalogue that has been in need of a good home. Nuclear Blast has taken these albums in and will help TESTAMENT bring something killer to our fans.”
The re-issues of all 5 albums will feature stunning new artwork by Marcello Vasco (Slayer, Kreator, Hatebreed) and be released both as digipak CD and on black vinyl, ‘Demonic’, ‘The Gathering’ and ‘First Strike Still Deadly’ are also being released on silver vinyl.
An associated merchandise collection will be launched soon!
Pre-order your copies here now:
Limited Digipack CDs & Black Vinyl
Testament will be playing live in Europe this November and December alongside Annihilator and their label mates Death Angel.
+ DEATH ANGEL
11.11. DE Weissenhäusser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise*
12.11. BE Antwerp – Trix
14.11. DE Berlin – Astra
15.11. PL Warsaw – Progresja
16.11. PL Gdansk – B90
18.11. HU Budapest – Barba Negra
19.11. CZ Brno – Sono Centrum
20.11. AT Vienna – Arena
22.11. DE Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
23.11. DE Munich – Backstage
24.11. DE Saarbrücken – Garage
25.11. DE Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
26.11. SLO Ljubljana – Kino Siska
27.11. D ENuremberg – Löwensaal
28.11. CH Pratteln – Z7
30.11. I Bologna – Estragon
01.12. IT Milan – Live Club
02.12. CH Fribourg – Fri-Son
03.12. FR Toulouse – Bikini
04.12. ES Madrid – La Riviera
06.12. FR Lyon – Transbordeur
07.12. FR Nantes – Stereolux
08.12. FR Paris – Bataclan
09.12. DE Oberhausen – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
10.12. NL Haarlem – Patronaat *SOLD OUT*
* = no ANNIHILATOR
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 three critically acclaimed studio albums; ‘The Formation of Damnation’ (2008), ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ (2012) and ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ (2016).
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