Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT will be the featured artist on MTV for an entire week later this spring as part of the channel's "52/52" campaign. Performances including footage shot this past Wednesday (April 2) on the Alcatraz Island (more commonly known simply as Alcatraz) and video material that will be filmed at this Sunday's (April 6) concert at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City along with interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage will air throughout the week.
MTV's "52/52" is a brand new way for the channel to give unprecedented exposure to unsigned artists, indie bands, and established acts on major labels in a completely new and innovative way. MTV handpicks one band/artist per week for the entire year and gives them the equivalent of roughly 11 hours of on-air commercial time per week on the channel.
As previously reported, TESTAMENT will answer your questions live on Sirius Satellite Radio's Hard Attack on Monday, April 7 between 12:00 p.m. (noon) and 1:00 p.m. EST.
Tune in for your chance to talk to resurrected metal gods Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson, Greg Christian and Paul Bostaph as they proudly step into the Sirius studios to debut tracks off their forthcoming masterpiece, "The Formation of Damnation", due on April 29 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Get your questions and comments ready NOW and good luck getting through when you get the toll-free number to speak to your metallic heroes in TESTAMENT!
TESTAMENT will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Friday, April 18 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". Listen to the program live via the Internet between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. U.K. time at BBC.co.uk.
TESTAMENT is strongly rumored to have been added to the upcoming summer tour featuring HEAVEN AND HELL, JUDAS PRIEST and MOTRHEAD (as previously reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on March 27 and March 30).
A brand new TESTAMENT track, entitled "More Than Meets The Eye", has been posted on the group's MySpace page.
The band recorded "The Formation of Damnation" in part with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
Prosthetic Records has just re-released TESTAMENT's "First Strike Still Deadly" album. Originally issued in 2001 on Spitfire Records, the updated version features new artwork.
Current TESTAMENT lineup interviewed on Fuse TV's "Uranium":