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About Testament

  • TestAmenT was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980's. Originally formed as 'Legacy' in 1983 by founding members Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar), Derrick Ramirez (guitar) and Louie Clemente (drums), the line-up included vocalist Steve Souza and Greg Christian (bass). Ramirez was later replaced by wunderkind Alex Skolnick (lead guitar). Souza soon departed to join Exodus and suggested that the towering Chuck Billy take over as frontman. The band became known as 'Testament' 3 years later, while recording their debut album in Ithaca, New York.

    "The Legacy" was a brutal intro in 1987, putting Testament at the forefront of the flourishing thrash metal scene. Following "Live At Eindhoven", an EP recorded at Holland's Dynamo Festival, "The New Order" in 1988 was well received producing one of the band's most memorable classics "Disciples Of The Watch". Next came the highly successful "Practice What You Preach" in 1989, then the release of "Souls Of Black" in 1990, coinciding with the European 'Clash Of The Titans' tour with Slayer, Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies.

    After "The Ritual" in 1992, Skolnick, whose musical tastes weren't limited to metal, departed the band and went on to become a respected jazz guitarist. Clemente also departed. "Return To Apocalyptic City" in 1993 brought Glen Alvelais (guitar, ex- Forbidden) into the fold, and filling in temporarily for Clemente, Paul Bostaph (ex- Forbidden, Slayer). James Murphy (ex- Death, Obituary, Disincarnate, Cancer) soon stepped in for Alvelais on lead duties for "Low" in 1994, as John Tempesta (ex- Exodus) took over on the drums. Tempesta later left to join White Zombie, and was replaced by John Dette (ex- Evil Dead ). "Live At The Fillmore" was released in 1995, then Dette left in 1996 to join Slayer. "The Best Of Testament" was released in 1996.

    "Demonic", which was recorded in Testament's Driftwood Studios, was released in 1997. James Murphy and Greg Christian having left the band were replaced by alumni Glen Alvelais and Derrick Ramirez (bass). Gene Hoglan (drums, ex- Death, Dark Angel) lent his percussion talents. "Signs Of Chaos", a 'best of' disc of the band, was released in 1997.

    Dave Lombardo (ex- Slayer, Grip, Inc.) was officially introduced into the band. James Murphy was brought back once again, and on bass, the legendary Steve DiGiorgio (ex- Death, Control Denied, Sadus). "The Gathering" was born in 1999. James Murphy abruptly departed, which was determined later for reasons due to a serious illness. Steve Smyth (ex-Vicious Rumors) jumped aboard as 'touring guitarist', later to be invited to stay on as a permanent member. Lombardo soon also left, not being able to commit, having other projects on his plate. In 2000, Jon Allen (drums, ex- Sadus) joined the band.

    After the successful "Riding The Snake" world tour to promote "The Gathering", vocalist Billy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called 'germ cell seminoma' in March 2001. Despite his illness and grueling cancer treatments, Billy offered his ground shaking vocals to the re-recording of Testament classics on "First Strike Still Deadly" with a reunion of sorts, bringing back Alex Skolnick and John Tempesta to record on the disc.

    Billy has since fully recovered. A busy touring schedule of the U.S. and Europe commenced in late 2002, through the summer of 2003. In 2004, guitarist Steve Smyth left the band to join Nevermore, and "Metal Mike" Chlasciak stepped in.

    Chuck Billy, vocals
    Eric Peterson, guitars
    Alex Skolnick, lead guitar
    Steve DiGiorgio, bass
    Gene Hoglan, drums



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  • Brotherhood of the Snake
  • Brotherhood of the Snake


    Released : 2016
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Brotherhood Of The Snake
    2. The Pale King
    3. Stronghold
    4. Seven Seals
    5. Born In A Rut
    6. Centuries Of Suffering
    7. Black Jack
    8. Neptune's Spear
    9. Canna-Business
    10. The Number Game
  • Dark Roots Of Thrash
  • Dark Roots Of Thrash


    Released : 2013
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Rise Up - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    2. More Than Meets The Eye - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    3. Burnt Offerings - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    4. Native Blood - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    5. True American Hate - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    6. Dark Roots Of Earth - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    7. Into The Pit - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    8. Practice What You Preach - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    9. Riding The Snake - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    10. Eyes Of Wrath - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    11. Trial By Fire - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    12. The Haunting - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    13. The New Order - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    14. D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate) - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    15. Three Days In Darkness - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    16. The Formation Of Damnation - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    17. Over The Wall - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
    18. Disciples Of The Watch - Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York
  • Dark Roots of Earth
  • Dark Roots of Earth


    Released : 2012
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Rise Up
    2. Native Blood
    3. Dark Roots of Earth
    4. True American Hate
    5. A Day in the Death
    6. Cold Embrace
    7. Man Kills Mankind
    8. Throne of Thorns
    9. Last Stand for Independence
    10. Dragon Attack
    11. Animal Magnetism
    12. Powerslave
    13. Throne of Thorns (Extended Version)
  • The Formation Of Damnation
  • The Formation Of Damnation


    Released : 2008
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. For The Glory Of...
    2. More Than Meets The Eye
    3. The Evil Has Landed
    4. The Formation Of Damnation
    5. Dangers Of The Faithless
    6. The Persecuted Won't Forget
    7. Henchmen Ride
    8. Killing Season
    9. Afterlife
    10. F.E.A.R.
    11. Leave Me Forever
  • Live at the Fillmore
  • Live at the Fillmore


    Released : 1995
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. The Preacher
    2. Alone in the Dark
    3. Burnt Offerings
    4. A Dirge
    5. Eerie Inhabitants
    6. The New Order
    7. Low
    8. Urotsukedoji
    9. Into the Pit
    10. Souls of Black
    11. Practice What You Preach
    12. Apocalyptic City
    13. Hail Mary
    14. Dog Faced Gods
    15. Return to Serenity
    16. The Legacy
    17. Trail of Tears
  • Low
  • Low


    Released : 1994
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Low
    2. Legions (In Hiding)
    3. Hail Mary
    4. Trail Of Tears
    5. Shades Of War
    6. P.C.
    7. Dog Faced Gods
    8. All I Could Bleed
    9. Urotdukidoji (Instrumental)
    10. Chasing Fear
    11. Ride
    12. Last Call (Instrumental Outra)
  • Return to the Apocalyptic City
  • Return to the Apocalyptic City


    Released : 1993
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Over The Wall
    2. So Many Lies
    3. The Haunting
    4. Disciples Of The Watch
    5. Reign Of Terror
    6. Return To Serenity
  • The Ritual
  • The Ritual


    Released : 1992
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Signs Of Chaos
    2. Electric Crown
    3. So Many Lies
    4. Let Go Of My World
    5. The Ritual
    6. Deadline
    7. As The Seasons Grey
    8. Agony
    9. The Sermon
    10. Return To Serenity
    11. Troubled Dreams
  • Souls Of Black
  • Souls Of Black


    Released : 1990
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Beginning Of The End
    2. Face In The Sky
    3. Falling Fast
    4. Souls Of Black
    5. Absence Of Light
    6. Love To Hate
    7. Malpractice
    8. One Man's Fate
    9. The Legacy
    10. Seven Days Of May
  • The Legacy
  • The Legacy


    Released : 1987
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Over The Wall
    2. The Haunting
    3. Burnt Offerings
    4. Raging Waters
    5. Curse Of The Legions Of Death
    6. First Strike Is Deadly
    7. Do or Die
    8. Alone In The Dark
    9. Apocalyptic City