Testament Post New Album Update

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick posted an update regarding the band's anticipated upcoming album on his Twitter profile.

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San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans Testament are currently writing material for the follow-up to 2008's "The Formation Of Damnation" for a tentative late 2011/early 2012 release. The new CD will be recorded this summer with British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Exodus and Machine Head, among others.

In a brand new posting on his Twitter profile, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick writes, "Another tune done! My riffs from last week [plus] some of [fellow Testament guitarist Eric Peterson's plus] new ones we wrote today. Planning one more, then we've got more than we need."

Regarding the musical direction of the new Testament material, the band's vocalist, Chuck Billy, stated in a 2010 interview, "The new album will most likely be a culmination of 'The Gathering' [1999] and 'The Formation Of Damnation', but we're definitely not going to forget who we are or our roots. I think we've found a comfortable spot in our writing style."

"The Formation Of Damnation" was reissued on February 23, 2010 in a deluxe tour edition. The two-disc edition includes the band's comeback album plus bonus footage of classic tracks and more.

Prosthetic Records recently re-released Testament's out-of-print 1995 hometown-show album "Live At The Fillmore" on CD. The LP was reissued digitally last spring.

The "Live At The Fillmore" re-release includes expanded artwork and new layout by Carson Slovak and new liner notes by Robert Deutsch.

Prosthetic previously reissued four Testament efforts: the acclaimed late-'90s studio albums "Demonic" and "The Gathering"; the re-recordings compilation "First Strike Still Deadly"; and the vintage live album "Live At Eindhoven '87".

Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    slaveskinJACKET
    Why does everybody get all excited for Megadeth and Metallica albums, but nobody seems to care about Testament? They have been more interesting than Metallica has been lately, anyway. I don't get it.
    T3HM3T4L
    Boy oh boy, I better pirate it soon! /trollface.jpg Nah, seriously, good for them. They're a great band but I'm not really into them.
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: Why does everybody get all excited for Megadeth and Metallica albums, but nobody seems to care about Testament? They have been more interesting than Metallica has been lately, anyway. I don't get it.
    Yeah, it's too bad 'smaller' bands don't really get the attention. I'm stoked for the new Megadeth album, but a little variety in album updates would be nice: throw some lesser known names in there, or make a list of albums that will come out next month or so and report about them.
    Megadethfan245
    I like Testament but have never been able to find an album to buy, so maybe I can find this one and finally call myself a real fan!
    SuicidalFreak
    Megadethfan245 wrote: I like Testament but have never been able to find an album to buy, so maybe I can find this one and finally call myself a real fan!
    Really? You don't known a Testament album? Get their first three albums: The Legacy, The New Order and Practice What You Preach.
    guitgrinder
    SuicidalFreak wrote: Megadethfan245 wrote: I like Testament but have never been able to find an album to buy, so maybe I can find this one and finally call myself a real fan! Really? You don't known a Testament album? Get their first three albums: The Legacy, The New Order and Practice What You Preach.
    Dont listen to this guy. Get Low, Demonic & The Gathering... then get New Order, Practice What You Preach, then Ritual. Some people like the older stuff more, but the newer stuff is just plain heavier
    SuicidalFreak
    guitgrinder wrote: SuicidalFreak wrote: Megadethfan245 wrote: I like Testament but have never been able to find an album to buy, so maybe I can find this one and finally call myself a real fan! Really? You don't known a Testament album? Get their first three albums: The Legacy, The New Order and Practice What You Preach. Dont listen to this guy. Get Low, Demonic & The Gathering... then get New Order, Practice What You Preach, then Ritual. Some people like the older stuff more, but the newer stuff is just plain heavier
    I think you're a moron, guitgrinder.
    Anjohl
    I really liked Formation, great band, definitely underrated. Many of their peers will say the same thing. They have just been chugging along all these years, putting out consistently great albums.
    Soundservant
    Hopefully Bostaph can make his drum tracks for this album to be as inventive and technical as his previous work with Slayer.