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METAL VINYL: Testament re-releases coming soon!

by Terry Stevens

Prosthetic Records just announced a couple of Testament re-releases that are getting the vinyl treatment.

Here's the press release:

Two titles by Bay Area metal icons TESTAMENT -- one of the most celebrated thrash bands of all time -- will be released on vinyl on Sept. 24, soon before the group will tour North America alongside Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage, two groups whose music they have undoubtedly influenced.

The 2001 anthology "First Strike Still Deadly" features tracks from TESTAMENT's iconic first two Megaforce/Atlantic albums (which have sold in excess of 500,000 copies combined), re-recorded with modern technology by the four-fifths of group's original lineup. The album has never been available on vinyl until now. Approximately 400 copies will be issued on 180-gram black vinyl; a limited-edition, 180-gram clear vinyl mail-order exclusive (approx. 100 copies) will also be offered.

Originally released in 1990 in EP format on vinyl and cassette, and finally released in its entirety by Prosthetic in 2009, "Live At Eindhoven '87" -- which captures TESTAMENT's legendary European coming-out party -- will now be available on vinyl for the first time in its complete remastered form. In addition, the new LP layout -- which features liner notes by guitarist Alex Skolnick -- pays homage to the original EP artwork and includes never-before-seen pictures by noted photographer PG Brunelli. Approximately 400 copies will be 180-gram black vinyl; a limited-edition, 180-gram while vinyl mail-order exclusive (approx. 100 copies) will also be available.

Prosthetic's five TESTAMENT reissues are some of the label's top catalog titles, and the vinyl versions of "The Gathering" and "Demonic" have been sold out for years, so don't miss your chance to order these exciting chapters of thrash history! 

Two thoughts.

1)  Live at Eindhoven is a killer EP.  You'll get to hear Testament when they were young hungry and had everything to prove.

2)  First Strike Still Deadly features Testament's first vocalist (back when they were known as Legacy) Steve "Zetro" Souza doing vocals on a couple classic tracks.  You may be more familiar with Zetro as the lead singer of Exodus.  "FSSD" is an interesting exercise in "What If?"  Anyway, worth the bucks.

*In addition to being a huge Testament mark, "Scary" Terry Stevens is the host of Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare, a 3 hour metal show heard every Saturday from 9 to Midnight CST on Rock 94.7/102.9 in Central Wisconsin, online at www.rock947.com/listen-live and on your smartphone or tablet when you download the Rock 94.7 app.