It’s been a year since TESTAMENT’s Dark Roots Of Earth debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and marked the highest U.S. first week sales ever for a Nuclear Blast artist. Since then, these Bay Area thrash metal legends have shown absolutely no signs of slowing down.
This fall, TESTAMENT will be direct support on the upcoming not-to-be-missed Lamb Of God and Killswitch Engage co-headlining tour through North America, which launches on Tuesday, October 22nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Been wanting to tour with Lamb Of God for a long time now,” shares TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy, “and with Killswitch also on the bill, how can this tour be anything but killer?”
Lamb Of God will be supporting 2012’s Resolution; Killswitch Engage is out promoting their latest, Disarm The Descent. California occult rockers Huntress will be opening all 28 shows. Ticket prices have been kept as low as possible to assure fans can come out during the holiday season.
Advanced tickets go on sale this Friday & Saturday, July 19th & 20th. A limited number of TESTAMENT V.I.P. packages will be available for each show, which include:
- A souvenir TESTAMENT V.I.P. Laminate
- A TESTAMENT poster
- An 8”x 10” photo of the band
- A coupon for discounted online merchandise
- Individual photo opportunities with band members
- A group photo with the entire V.I.P. group and TESTAMENT members
In addition, each V.I.P. purchaser will be entered into a raffle to win Chuck Billy‘s stage vest worn throughout this tour. The winner of the vest will be personally contacted by Chuck and will also receive two (2) tickets to the next local TESTAMENT show with passes to come backstage and more!
Confirmed dates for the Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage tour with TESTAMENT and special guests Huntress are:
10/22/13 Kool Haus – Toronto, ON [BUY TICKETS]
10/23/13 Pavillon de la Jeunesse – Quebec City, QC – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
10/24/13 Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
10/25/13 Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY [BUY TICKETS]
10/26/13 Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford, CT [BUY TICKETS]
10/28/13 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH [BUY TICKETS]
10/29/13 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI [BUY TICKETS]
10/30/13 Congress Theater – Chicago, IL [BUY TICKETS]
11/01/13 The Midland by AMC – Kansas City, MO [BUY TICKETS]
11/02/13 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, TX [BUY TICKETS]
11/03/13 Socorro Entertainment Center – Socorro, TX – FREE SHOW!
11/05/13 The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO [BUY TICKETS]
11/07/13 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ [BUY TICKETS]
11/08/13 Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA ***LOG, KSE, and Huntress only***
11/09/13 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA [BUY TICKETS]
11/11/13 ShoWare Center – Kent, WA [BUY TICKETS]
11/12/13 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
11/14/13 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
11/15/13 Big Four – Calgary, AB – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
11/16/13 Saskatoon Prairieland Park – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA [BUY TICKETS]
11/18/13 Myth – St. Paul, MN [BUY TICKETS]
11/19/13 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI [BUY TICKETS]
11/20/13 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI [BUY TICKETS]
11/22/13 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ [BUY TICKETS]
11/23/13 House of Blues – Boston, MA [BUY TICKETS]
11/24/13 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA [BUY TICKETS]
11/25/13 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA [BUY TICKETS]
11/26/13 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD [BUY TICKETS]
In the past year, TESTAMENT toured with Anthrax & Death Angel and headlined with Overkill & Flotsam And Jetsam to kick off promotion for Dark Roots Of Earth. Last September, TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy was featured on the cover of Decibel Magazine. Last November, the band’s “Native Blood” video won “Best Music Video” at the 2012 American Indian Film Festival. In February, TESTAMENT appeared on the ABC Morning Show “Take Five” and shot their show in Huntington, New York for their upcoming live Dark Roots Of Thrash DVD/CD to be released this fall. In April, the band received a hometown heroes reception on RECORD STORE DAY at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, California. In June, they headlined the SCION ROCK FEST in Memphis, Tennessee and Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakland) honored Chuck Billy on the California State Assembly floor. Come this September, TESTAMENT will annihilate the stage at Southern California’s BATTLE OF SAN BERNARDINO with Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Anthrax, Sabaton, and Overkill.
Dark Roots Of Earth debuted the week following its June 2012 release at #12 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #1 on the Independent Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart. The album roared into the #9 position on the World Sales chart – a huge accomplishment for a metal band for a chart that included pop artists such as ADELE, JUSTIN BIEBER, LINKIN PARK, JENNIFER LOPEZ and MAROON 5.
Dark Roots Of Earth‘s first-week chart positions around the globe include:
#3 United Kingdom Indie Top 40
#3 United Kingdom Rock Top 40
#4 Germany Top 100
#4 Finland Top 50
#12 U.S. Top 200
#12 Canadian Top 200
#13 Ireland Top 20
#21 Austria Top 75
#32 Netherlands Top 200
#40 Belgium Walloonia
#57 United Kingdom Top 200
#62 Belgium Top 100
#86 Belgium Flanders
The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed, and mastered at Trident Studios by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER). Cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS, GWAR).
To order Dark Roots Of Earth online, visit the album’s Landing Page.
“Native Blood” is TESTAMENT’s latest video.
Chuck Billy – Vocals
Eric Peterson – Guitar
Alex Skolnick – Guitar
Greg Christian – Bass
Gene Hoglan – Drums