TESTAMENT Announces Australian Dates

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT will embark on an Australian headlining tour in August. Support on the trek will come from DREADNAUGHT.

The dates are as follows:

Aug. 06 - Billboard - Melbourne, Australia
Aug. 07 - Manning Bar - Sydney, Australia
Aug. 08 - The HiFi - Brisbane, Australia

TESTAMENT is rehearsing a brand new set for the upcoming "American Carnage" tour with SLAYER and MEGADETH. TESTAMENT promises to deliver a modern and most brutal set of songs which is sure to incite multiple mosh pits (old-school style). Fans can expect to hear favorites from "The Gathering", "Demonic" and TESTAMENT's most recent studio album, "The Formation Of Damnation".

Commented TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy: "The band has been rehearsing songs from the more current albums to dominate the setlist of future performances with just a few of the classics. We want to perform the more current material with this lineup, which makes TESTAMENT progressing creatively as a band in 2010."

Canadian guitarist Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND, EIDOLON) filled in for Alex Skolnick on TESTAMENT's recent tour with MEGADETH and EXODUS, which kicked off on March 1 in Spokane, Washington ran through the end of the month.

TESTAMENT performed its first-ever album, "The Legacy", in its entirety during the month-long trek that found these thrash titans crisscrossing the nation on the "Rust in Peace" 20th anniversary tour. In this monstrously massive celebration of metal, TESTAMENT felt it was time to throw down the gauntlet and bring people back to the roots of their visceral and vice-tight music, re-invoking songs which helped lay the foundation for a thrash generation. "We wanted to give the fans something different," said Chuck Billy. "We wanted to play these songs which have not been played since we've been touring [the latest TESTAMENT album] 'The Formation Of Damnation'."

TESTAMENT's highly acclaimed 2008 release, "The Formation Of Damnation", was reissued on February 23 in a deluxe tour edition. The two-disc edition includes the band's comeback album plus bonus footage of classic tracks and more.

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