Testament

Though not one of the hallowed Big Four, Testament have certainly been more reliable over their three decades than Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, or Megadeth — umpteen lineup changes notwithstanding. Since releasing 1987's The Legacy and the next year's The New Order — one of the greatest freshman-sophomore punches in metal history — the Berkeley-founded thrashers have never stumbled. Last summer's Dark Roots of Earth, the band's 10th album overall, might not add any new ridges to the band's legacy — riffs are stacked on top of riffs on top of riffs, while tempos rarely dip below 140 BPM — but the thing has its moments. "Rise Up" was one of the most confident metal anthems to emerge in 2012, and Alex Skolnick's fretboard-charring solos on closer "Last Stand for Independence" pretty much typify why dude is worshiped by every last Guitar World subscriber. With Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam, and 4ARM. 18+, $25, 5 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775.
Sat., Feb. 23, 5 p.m., 2013

 
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