Published Mar 18, 2009It's time for Bay Area outfit Testament to practice what they preach: metal. The seminal thrash originators are finally getting out on the road and touring Canada in support of latest effort The Formation Of Damnation.
Released by Nuclear Blast approximately a year ago, The Formation Of Damnation is the band's ninth studio album in their 17-year existence. In a weird twist of fate, it also happens to be their first album of original material in nine years.
The Formation Of Damnation finds Testament on a high. It's arguably their strongest album since 1999's The Gathering and won Album Of The Year at the 2008 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. Not only that but it was named as a top album by many others, including MySpace, iTunes, Revolver Magazine, Metal Edge, Metal Maniacs and more.
As an added bonus, the tour will feature the classic line-up of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian and recent addition drummer Paul Bostaph (Forbidden/Slayer). Billy is clearly thrilled at the opportunity to travel across the Great White North once again.
In a statement, the front-man said, "It was really exciting last summer touring with Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell and Motörhead, playing in front of all the old-school, as well as new-school, metalheads. Now we look forward to CRUSHING on our first headline tour on the Damnation Vacation run. Heavy metal forever!"
Testament headlining tour with Unearth and Lazarus A.D.:
5/4 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
5/6 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
5/7 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
5/9 Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre
5/20 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
5/21 Montreal, QC - Metropolis