Testament

CTTouring Presents

Testament

Sepultura, Prong

Fri, May 12, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Revolution Concert House and Event Center

Garden City, ID

$25.00 - $135.00

This event is all ages

Testament
Testament
Whether evoking images of a barren post-apocalyptic landscape or extolling the virtues of the nature's ultimate might, thunderous prophecy shrouded in monolithic, overwhelming musical power has always been Testament's domain. With Dark Roots Of Earth, (their 10th album, released on July 31st in North America through Nuclear Blast Records) the Bay Area quintet have delivered their most mature, complete and intense collection in 25 years together, nine mind-bending, pit-stirring classics that will instantly crush your skull while also serving a delicious amount of depth and nuance to devour.
"It's partially fantasy-based, partially based on the prophecies of the Mayan calendar, partially based on the whole prophecy of the 'end-of-the-world'" says guitarist/founder-member Eric Peterson, "but nature always ends up taking charge in the aftermath, we always end up back with nature being in charge."
"Our world is changing," furthers vocalist Chuck Billy, "it has changed over the last 10 years, the environment, the seasons, and it (makes you wonder) if there 'might' be something to those prophecies."


"It's hard not to see what the media's feeding us," adds Peterson, " 'The End of The World' is like a big billboard, an advertisement, and I think a lot of people believe in it."
It took a trip to the British countryside for Peterson to start connecting the dots between the initial creative embers explained above and the collection of riffs Testament had conceived for Dark Roots of Earth. Like heroes such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, who often wandered off to rural outposts for inspiration, much of the album's heart and soul was conceived in darkest, rural Derbyshire with producer Andy Sneap at his Backstage Studios.


"Andy's a guitarist himself (Sneap is in Sabbat), comes from our background and understands what we're trying to do," explains Eric, "so I asked him if I could go spend a week visiting to pull ideas together. Going there's a whole other world. It used to be dairy farm, there's lambs, cows, goats, ghosts, noises, (some) really spooky stuff in the old section where you can hear people walking up the stairs and doors slamming, it's all pretty inspirational. You wake up after surviving the
Sepultura
Sepultura
Class is eternal and metal is forever. The road to heavy music glory is littered with the shattered corpses of those that didn't have the strength to complete the journey. But true masters always win through, and Sepultura have long since earned their status as legends of the metal world. In 2017, they return with more fire in their collective belly than ever before. Machine Messiah is coming… Formed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1984, Sepultura swiftly became major players in the burgeoning thrash metal underground. With a sound that was as inventive and exuberant as it was raw and primitive, the band shattered preconceptions by planting South America firmly on the metal map, as early albums like Morbid Visions, Schizophrenia and Beneath The Remains helped to shape the sound of this new, brutal strain of heavy music. With a dogged devotion to touring anywhere and everywhere, Sepultura steadily built up one of the most dedicated fan bases on the planet, and while the '90s caused many metal bands to struggle creatively and commercially, the Brazilians went from strength to strength: both 1993's Chaos AD and its groundbreaking follow-up Roots in 1996 were instant classics and have since proved to be hugely influential on several generations of metal musicians. The departure of frontman and founder member Max Cavalera in 1997 could easily have derailed a less focused outfit, but the recruitment of vocalist Derrick Green later that same year proved to be a masterstroke. The last two decades have seen Sepultura evolve, diversify and thrive, releasing a steady succession of devastating records that have added great depth and diversity to the band's illustrious catalogue. From the scattershot euphoria of Green's first album Against in 1998 and the snarling groove barrage of 2003's Roorback to the gleaming, riff-driven futurism of 2011's Kairos and the Ross Robinson-produced mutant extremity of the widely acclaimed The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, released in 2013, Sepultura's progress has been perpetual and their artistic integrity impeccable. Ever more revered as a destructive and exhilarating live band, the current lineup of Derrick Green, guitarist Andreas Kisser, bassist Paulo Jr. and drummer Eloy Casagrande recently celebrated Sepultura's 30th anniversary with an unrelenting world tour that confirmed beyond doubt that the Brazilian crew are on the form of their lives right now. Fast-forward to 2017 and Sepultura are poised to release an album that promises to once again reaffirm the band's status as standard bearers for heavy music. Recorded with esteemed producer and engineer Jens Bogren (Opeth/Kreator/Ihsahn/Paradise Lost) manning the controls, Machine Messiah is not just the band's 14th studio album – a remarkable enough feat in itself – but it is also quite simply the most complete and absorbing album the band have made in the Derrick Green era. Thrillingly broad in musical scope but always firmly rooted in the spirit and fire of no-nonsense heavy metal, it is clearly an album that the band have crafted with great love, passion and determination. "We worked a lot in Brazil, doing as much pre-production as we could, to make it as complete as possible," Andreas Kisser explains. "So when the producer comes, he comes with his suggestions and ideas and we refine the songs and then finally record it all. Jens was an amazing addition to the project. He's a great producer. He's very attentive to the details. I'm very happy with the sound – Jens mixed the album as well, in Sweden. We had an amazing time over there. We're very excited about this record and we can't wait for the it to come out!" Ranging from the stately menace of the slow-burning title track and the heads-down fury of classic thrasher I Am The Enemy to the esoteric percussive riot of Phantom Self and the monstrous dark metal behemoth of Sworn Oath, Machine Messiah strikes an exquisite balance between delivering the goods and veering joyously off-piste. An album of meticulously crafted songs, but also of jaw-dropping individual moments, it reaches an epic and invigorating crescendo with the glowering,nightmarish Cyber God, as one of Kisser's finest ever solos spirals, soars and fades to black. A towering achievement and a bona fide team effort, Machine Messiah may just be the finest Sepultura album yet. "There are lots of new elements on this record, and that's something we always do," says the guitarist. "We always put 100% energy and passion into it. We talk about everything a lot, especially when it comes to the lyrics and finding the best way to express what we want to say. Derrick did his best job on this record. His voice sounds amazing and he can really sing! He really took over the lyrical part this time, too. Everyone was really professional. Even Paulo worked on his bass arrangements at home by himself, which he's never done before! That's what we need in Sepultura. I think this is one of our best albums, because it's a real band effort." Armed with their finest album in decades and itching to get back on the road to share their new music with the faithful, Sepultura have never been in such a confident and content state of mind. Machine Messiah emerges into a troubled world, but its extraordinary contents are guaranteed to lift the spirits of any loyal metalhead. This is metal with a giant heart, a head full of inspiration and one foot planted squarely on the accelerator. The messiah is coming. Praise be! "It's a privilege to be in a band like Sepultura, 32 years into a career, and these are possibly the best times of all for us," says Kisser. "It took a long time after Max left, we lost everything, so it took a while to rebuild everything and to find the right people to do stuff for us, but we're in a good place now and we're really excited about 2017. I love touring, man! We can't wait to get back out there. Onstage is where the time stops and you lose your connection with reality and go somewhere else, and you have that exchange of energy with the crowd. It's life - pure life."
Prong
Prong
After a self-prescribed hiatus, 2012 saw PRONG blow the hinges off the door with the release of "Carved Into Stone". Seemingly out of nowhere, Tommy Victor and company managed to combine all the previous elements of the band's formula: thrash, hardcore, industrial metal, etc. with a new urgency and angst that struck a deep nerve with the band's loyal fan-base and beyond. The band marched onwards with 2014's highly acclaimed "Ruining Lives" which spawned a number of instant classics. "Turnover", "The Barriers" and the title track became staples in their live set when embarking on a bone breaking schedule of concerts around the world in support of the record. A video for "Remove, Separate Self" was released creating even more interest in this significant recording. Recorded over the summer of 2014 and released in early 2015, PRONG's cover album "Songs From The Black Hole" was loved by fans and critics alike. Always game to make the unexpected move, the album featured songs from artists as diverse as Hüsker Dü, The Bad Brains, Black Flag, The Sisters Of Mercy and Neil Young. After yet another headline tour, it was straight back to the studio for another studio album. Just days after mixing was completed, PRONG went on the road with Danzig and SuperJoint Ritual in North America and released the first single "Ultimate Authority" on the day the tour began. "X – No Absolutes" is PRONG at their very best. The sheer intensity and ferocity of the albums opening triumvirate "Ultimate Authority", "Sense Of Ease" and "Without Words" leaves the listener gasping for air. The title track is crunchy and catchy at the same time. "Do Nothing" may be as close as you will ever hear PRONG get to a ballad and shows the enormous progress and confidence Victor has made vocally. It is hard to find a weak spot here, notably Victor mentions that "sequencing the album was a difficult task; every song is so strong in it's own way". Again produced by Tommy Victor, this time with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer, "X – No Absolutes" also broadens the horizon sonically. With over 55 headline shows already announced for right after the album release, PRONG can seem to do everything but stand still. Tommy Victor talks about "X – NO ABSOLUTES": PRONG is excited about the upcoming release of our tenth studio release of new material, "PRONG X – NO ABSOLUTES". It seems as though our recent records keep getting better and this new recording definitely appears to be a testament to this. PRONG has maintained aggression while tackling the challenge of creating classic songs and anthems in the past, but we have gone even a step further with this mentality on "NO ABSOLUTES". Here you will find a collection of riff intensified crushers, furious barn burners, and fist pumping sing-a-longs. Also, this record exhibits even more technical proficiency, showing progress again on all fronts. We feel the listener needs to be excited about every lyric, performance, sound, etc. for the duration of the record. This record throws a powerful punch, yet we feel it to be memorable and in demand of future listens with it's energy, strong production and overall catchiness. Our themes on this record will certainly inspire some thought. Whether it be a dose of self discovery, a dialogue of a personal challenge or a viscous finger pointing at what we believe to be a falsehood, those attentive to messages and lyrics in general will be supplied. And we feel they will be compelled to shout aloud with, mimic a riff, sing along or cry out in pain with "PRONG X – NO ABSOLUTES"!
Venue Information:
Revolution Concert House and Event Center
4983 Glenwood St. Unit 4
Garden City, ID, 83714
http://www.cttouringid.com/listing/revolution-concert-house