TESTAMENT Guitarists Talk Roots Of Thrash Metal On Michigan’s FOX 17

Early this morning (Thursday, February 21), guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT spoke to Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Fox 17 TV about the roots of thrash and their current “Dark Roots Of Thrash” tour. Check out the segment at this location.

TESTAMENT‘s February 15 concert at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York as part of “The Dark Roots Of Thrash” tour was professionally filmed for a 90-minute DVD, to be released later this year via Nuclear Blast.

“We haven’t shot a live DVD or CD since our ‘Live In London’ release and we’ve had two killer albums since then,” commented Chuck Billy. “We thought it would be cool to put out a live DVD/CD focusing on the last three records (‘The Gathering’, ‘The Formation Of Damnation’ and ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’) mixed in with a good amount of classics, too. Last time we recorded anything live in America was for ‘Live At The Fillmore’ on the West Coast. This time we thought we’d give the East Coast a chance to show the world how crazy and loud they can be.”

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Rise Up
02. More Than Meets the Eye
03. Burnt Offerings
04. Native Blood
05. True American Hate
06. Dark Roots of Earth
07. Into the Pit
08. Practice What You Preach
09. Riding the Snake
10. Eyes of Wrath
11. Trial By Fire
12. The Haunting
13. The New Order
14. D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
15. 3 Days in Darkness

Encore 1:

16. The Formation of Damnation

Encore 2:

17. Over the Wall
18. Disciples of the Watch

TESTAMENT‘s new album, “Dark Roots Of Earth”, sold more than 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No, 12 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on July 31, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

“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. The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was painted by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.



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