The veteran metal band’s next album “The Dark Roots of Earth” is scheduled to be released in late April, but don’t expect Testament to premiere any new material at their March show in Utah. “We’re not playing any new stuff until the record comes out,” said guitarist Eric Peterson, 47, in a Tribune interview. “The only control we have is putting out the record properly.” In other words, Peterson doesn’t want the first-time fans listen to new songs is on a poorly-recorded YouTube video posted immediately after the band performs. Peterson wants fans to be able to get their first listen hearing a pristine version that the band labored over. But the band has plenty of material to draw on, considering the Bay Area band first coalesced in 1983. Missing in action will be drummer Paul Bostaph, who injured his band last year and bowed out in December. Replacing him is Gene Hoglan, who played drums on the band’s 1997 album Demonic as well as on “The Dark Roots of Earth.” Hoglan, one of the most acclaimed technical drummers in metal, is known for his signature blast beats, which Peterson couldn’t wait for fans to hear at The Depot.
When • Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m.
Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $22 for GA, $150 for VIP meet-and-greet, at SmithsTix