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San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT have announced their first U.S. headlining tour in support of their new album, "Dark Roots Of Earth". The "Dark Roots Of Thrash" trek promises to be one of the best thrash metal lineups of the year, with support coming from the world-renowned OVERKILL and , as well as Australian thrashers 4ARM.

"It's a thrill to announce our upcoming dates with OVERKILL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM," commented guitarist Alex Skolnick. "It's a tour that brings together three different metal bands from three different regions: West Coast, East Coast and Southwest. All three bands sound very different from one another yet are highly compatible. All have been around the block (and the world) a few times and all have managed to keep a sound that feels current. This tour will be a 'must see' for fans who remember the early days of thrash/speed metal as well as those whose age is younger than the genre itself."

VIP packages are now available for each show but will be on a limited basis per gig. Act now before they're all gone!

VIP ticket packages will include the following:

* Meet-and-greet with members of TESTAMENT
* Photos with members of TESTAMENT
* Special VIP collector pass
* 8x10 photo of TESTAMENT
* 1 merchandise item
* Discount coupon for online shopping
* VIP purchasers will receive a raffle ticket. Two lucky raffle winners per show will get to watch a portion of TESTAMENT's set side stage with the opportunity to sing background vocals on "Into The Pit"
* All VIP purchasers will be in an end of the tour drawing for a signature Eric Peterson Dean guitar signed by TESTAMENT


Jan. 30 - The Filmore - San Francisco, CA*
Jan. 31 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA*
Feb. 01 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ*
Feb. 02 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA*
Feb. 04 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM*
Feb. 05 - Emo's - Austin, TX
Feb. 06 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
Feb. 07 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
Feb. 09 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Feb. 10 - The Filmore - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 12 - The Filmore - Silver Spring, MD
Feb. 13 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 14 - Best Buy Theatre - New York, NY
Feb. 15 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
Feb. 16 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Feb. 17 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
Feb. 18 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON
Feb. 20 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
Feb. 21 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Feb. 22 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
Feb. 23 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25 - The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
Feb. 26 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 27 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
Feb. 28 - Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA


TESTAMENT recently wrapped a co-headlining North American tour with fellow American thrash metal greats ANTHRAX and Nuclear Blast labelmates DEATH ANGEL.

"Dark Roots Of Earth" sold more than 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No, 12 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on July 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.

TESTAMENT's previous studio album, "The Formation of Damnation", opened with 11,400 units back in May 2008 to debut at position No. 59.

"Dark Roots Of Earth" was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was painted by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.

(via Blabbermouth)

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