TESTAMENT ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
Posted on 02 November 2016
Thrash Metal titans TESTAMENT just put out their 12th studio album BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE, and we threw a big ass party, the biggest to date, at our Seal Beach Affliction Studios, to help celebrate their new release.
We teamed up with Testament's record label NUCLEAR BLAST and about 200 friends, family and fans showed up on a Saturday night to rage, drink, eat, shop & soak up some sick tunes!
Affliction brand ambassador & Testament frontman Chuck Billy led the charge and helped me host the event, along with band mates riff master / guitarist Eric Peterson & master drummer Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan.
Chuck invited Northern California Johnny Cash cover band THE CASH PROPHETS to help entertain the crowd before and after premiering Testament's new album. In addition to playing spot on Cash songs, they jammed out some Cash-style renditions of Motorhead, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath songs.
Speaking of Sabbath, Gene invited Black Sabbath's original drummer the legendary Bill Ward who I greeted at the door with awe and respect! He enjoyed his time hanging with us and we all saw him rocking out to new Testament!
Other VIPs partying with us; Dino Cazares & Tony Campos from Fear Factory / Asesino, Chris Broderick from Act Of Defiance, Chris & Tony from ESP Guitars, Rita Haney, Suzy from Apple Music, Vincent Usuriello from SiriusXM, and 25 lucky contest winners & their guests who won a spot on our guest list!
We played Testament's killer BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE album twice and in between we did a really cool Facebook live Q&A with fans online and in person. I was also able to share my feelings about how much Testament means to me, as I first met Chuck when I interviewed him for my college radio show when I was 19, and I've been a massive fan since the 80's! Definitely one of my all time favorite bands!
Besides all the METAL & Johnny Cash tunes, we had our friends from BORRACHOS TACOS serving up delicious tacos & quesadillas, ice cold MODELO beer for all, & our world famous "Satan's Jizz" margaritas (jalapeño & cucumber infused RIAZUL TEQUILA), which are always a spicy benefit of attending one of our TACO METAL PARTIES!
Also huge ThanX to ROLAND & QSC AUDIO for making our place sound so frikkin amazing! Andy from Roland helped me with sound that night, as he always does, and we're super grateful to our partners for being so awesome to us, all the time!
And of course last but not least, THANK YOU Testament for continuing to put out super high quality Metal for the masses, and for always supporting Affliction! We got nothing but mad respect & love for you guys!!! Let's do this again for the next album, we're ready!!!
Peace in a celebrated cloud of music...
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