Thursday, July 26, 2012
TESTAMENT Hire FORBIDDEN Drummer Mark Hernandez For Upcoming European Tour!
If there is one good thing about the DETHKLOK/LAMB OF GOD tour cancellation (More about this story HERE!) is that drummer Gene Hoglan WILL be joining TESTAMENT on the European run (starts next week).
In a series of tweets, TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick explained, "As some of you know, there's been a sub-drummer lined up for this tour, Mark Hernandez (ex-FORBIDDEN), subbing for Gene Hoglan, who was booked.
"So we find out Gene is available now (due to last-minute LAMB OF GOD/DETHKLOK tour cancellation). Calls were made and it's worked out: Gene is coming [out with us].
"Mark Hernandez took it very well; [he was a] total pro! Agreed it's best to have Gene if he's now available. But [the other] guys [in TESTAMENT] didn't tell me!!
"So I show up [to rehearsal] and they tell me [Mark] doesn't know and ask me to break the news to him. I take him outside and tell him. He acts devastated! Eric [Peterson, guitar] films it from afar. I told him please not to take it hard, it's just like being an understudy on Broadway! He tells me he's crushed, he's been working so hard, etc. And then, I said a line that everyone's now quoting and probably will for years. That's when they all came out and everyone started laughing.
"The quote of the year... Here's what I said, while looking this dude straight in the eye: 'It sucks to be the understudy.'"
A complete list of tour dates can be seen below.
This just in, TESTAMENT have recruited drummer Mark Hernandez (FORBIDDEN, HEATHEN, DEFIANCE, VIO-LENCE) for their upcoming two-week European tour, which kicks off on July 31 at the Total Metal Festival in Toritto, Italy. Hernandez is filling in for the bands current drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DETHKLOK, FEAR FACTORY), who is unable to make this run due to scheduling conflicts.
TESTAMENT's 'The Dark Roots of Earth', was produced, mixed and mastered once again by the world renowned Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (CATTLE DECAPITATION, HEATHEN, VILE, SADUS) at his Trident Studios. The highly anticipated follow up to their 2008 release 'The Formation of Damnation' will be released tomorrow July 27, 2012 (Europe) and July 31, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
In anticipation of the release of TESTAMENT's NEW album 'The Dark Roots Of Earth', Skolnick has been busy spreading the word about the bands 10th studio album. We recently had the chance to chat with him at the "meet and greet" that was hosted in New York City. Here is what went down!
Video by: Zulie Alvarez (www.zuliephotographierocks.com/)
UPCOMING TESTAMENT TOUR DATES:
European Tour Dates:
7/31 – Toritto, Italy – Total Metal Fest
8/02 – Székesfehérvár, Hungary – Fezen Fest
8/03 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Konzerthaus Schuur
8/04 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Fest
8/06 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metalcamp
8/09 – Vasteras, Sweden – Sigurdsgatan 25
8/10 – Rejmyre, Sweden – Skogsrojet
8/11 – Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Fest
8/12 – Brussels, Belgium – Alcatraz Fest
8/13 – Istanbul, Turkey – Venue 2012
U.S./Canada Tour Dates:
09/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
09/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
09/16 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center
09/17 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
09/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
09/21 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
09/22 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Centre
09/24 – Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Event Center
09/25 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
09/29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
09/30 – Quebec City, QC @ Capitole du Quebec
10/02 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
10/05 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
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