Fans in Canada and select cities in the northern part of the U.S. will finally have a chance to see what reviewers have called "the best metal tour of the year" when co-headliners ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT, joined by DEATH ANGEL, kick off a late-summer trek on September 14. Starting in Portland, Oregon, the bands will work their way north, cross into Canada, and play all of the major Canadian cities before wrapping up in Montclair, New Jersey on October 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1.
This run will be the third leg of the ANTHRAX/TESTAMENT/DEATH ANGEL hat-trick; the three bands packed five weeks worth of venues coast-to-coast last fall, marking the first time ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT had shared a stage in more than a decade; again, earlier this year, the line-up played another dozen dates to headbangers in cities from Las Vegas to New York.
Commented ANTHRAX's guitarist Scott Ian, "We played to sold-out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances, and we can't wait to do it again, especially for our Canadian fans who have been waiting a long to time 'worship music' with us."
"There have been very few three band bills in which the acts are so compatible and the shows so consistent that a second leg of the tour is a "no-brainer," said TESTAMENT's lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. "But in the case of ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL, that's been the case. Things have gone so well, in fact, that it's made sense to add a third leg with this exact same line up. All three bands are excited to take this show into new territory with a trek across Canada, and a few spots in the U.S. we missed last time around. And this time, TESTAMENT will be armed with a brand new album with music that we're eager to share with everyone. Hope to see you out there!"
"We've been tight with the guys in TESTAMENT for a long, long time, and had a great time touring with them before," added ANTHRAX's drummer Charlie Benante. "And all of us in ANTHRAX are big DEATH ANGEL fans, so this is going to be a monster of a great time, for us and for the fans."
Said TESTAMENT's frontman Chuck Billy, "It's good to see that metal is alive in 2012 and the fans want a third leg of the ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL tour. Don't fucking miss it! Metal forever!"
With more dates to be confirmed, the ANTHRAX/TESTAMENT/DEATH ANGEL tour are as follows:
Sep. 14 - Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
Sep. 15 - Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
Sep. 16 - Toyota Arena, Kennewick, WA
Sep. 17 - Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
Sep. 20 - Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Sep. 21 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AL
Sep. 22 - Events Center, Edmonton, AL
Sep. 24 - The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
Sep. 25 - Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
Sep. 29 - Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
Sep. 30 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, QC
Oct. 02 - Metropolis, Montreal, QC
Oct. 03 - State Theatre, Portland, ME
Oct. 05 - Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ