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USA flagTESTAMENT
CURRENT NAME Testament
FORMER NAMES Legacy
ORIGIN California, USA
STATUS Active
FORMED IN 1983
LABEL Nuclear Blast
GENRE Thrash metal
STYLE -
LYRICAL THEME -
BAND ADDED 2005-10-05, 00:00
LAST UPDATE 2011-07-18, 12:32
Band biography
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Testament is one of the most successful American thrash metal bands over the years. The band was originally formed in San Fransisco, USA, under the name Legacy in 1983 by Eric Peterson (guitar), his cousin Derrick Ramírez (guitar), Louie Clemente (drums) and "Zetro" Souza on vocals. Over the years the band has had lots of line-up changes and therefore they have connections with lots of other bands on the American thrash metal scene.

In 1985 they recorded their first demo called "First Strike Is Deadly" and in 1986 they changed their name into Testament. After the successful debut album "The Legacy" they played the Dynamo festival in Holland and recorded a live EP. Their second album made Testament one of the world's biggest metal bands and a tour was arranged with Megadeth, Voivod, Anthrax, Judas Priest and others. Their third album "Practice What You Preach" sold more than 400 000 copies.

In 1991, Alex Skolnick did a tour with Jazz bassist Stuart Hamm. After that Alex returned, and they started to write songs for the upcoming album. In 1995 the band, after several new line-up changes, was dropped from Atlantic Records and they therefore decided to create their own label called Burnt Offerings Inc. In 1996 Testament split up during the pre-production for the seventh album. Chuck told that he, Eric and Chris would form a new band called Dog Faced Gods while James left to do a personal project and Greg formed the band Flangue. However the band returned with a new line-up stronger than ever.
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Current members Add - Fetch
Steve DiGiorgio1998-BassSee also Autopsy, Dark Hall, Death, Death Metal Allstars, Dragonlord, Iced Earth, Sadus
Mike Chlasciak2004-GuitarsSee also Consortium Project, Halford
Eric Peterson1983-GuitarsSee also Dragonlord
Chuck Billy1986-VocalsSee also Dublin Death Patrol
Nicholas Barker2006-DrumsSee also Atrocity, Benediction, Borknagar, Brujeria, Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Gorgoroth, Leaves\' Eyes, Lock Up, Old Man´s Child
Former members Add - Fetch
Steve Smyth2000-2004GuitarsSee also Dragonlord, Forbidden, Nevermore, Vicious Rumors
Jon Allen2000-2004DrumsSee also Dragonlord, Sadus
Steve Jacobs1999-2000DrumsSee also Forbidden, Lowa, Spiralarms
Dave Lombardo1998-1999DrumsSee also Fantômas, Grip Inc., Slayer
Chris Kontos1996-1996DrumsSee also Forbidden, Konkhra, Machine Head
Jon Dette1994-1996, 1998-DrumsSee also Havochate, Killing Machine, Slayer, Temple Of Brutality
John Tempesta1993-1994DrumsSee also Exodus, Helmet, Prong, Rob Zombie, White Zombie
Glen Alvelais1993-1994, 1996-1996GuitarsSee also Bizarro, Forbidden
Alex Skolnick1983-1993GuitarsSee also Alex Skolnick Trio, Savatage
Steve Souza1983-1986VocalsSee also Dublin Death Patrol, Exodus
Louie Clemente1983-1992DrumsSee also Gallery Of Suicide
Derrick Ramírez1983-1984, 1996-1998Bass, guitarsSee also Dragonlord
Greg Christian1983-1996BassSee also Havochate
Paul Bostaph1992-1993, 2004-DrumsSee also Exodus, Forbidden, Slayer, Systematic
Session musicians Add - Fetch
Asgeir MickelsonDrumsOn tour 2003.
Glen DroverGuitarsOn Mexican tour 2008. See also Dimension Infinite, Eidolon, King Diamond, Lion's Share, Megadeth
Buy Testament albums
Official releases Add
1985First Strike Is DeadlyNo label
1987The LegacyMegaforce Records
1988The New OrderAtlantic Records
1989Practice What You PreachAtlantic Records
1990Souls Of BlackAtlantic Records
1992The RitualAtlantic Records
1993Return To The Apocalyptic CityAtlantic Records
1994LowAtlantic Records
1995Live At The Fillmore (live)Burnt Offerings
1997DemonicNo label
1997Signs Of Chaos (comp)Mayhem Records
1999The GatheringSpitfire Records
2001First Strike Still DeadlySpitfire Records
2005Live In LondonSpitfire Records
2008The Formation of DamnationNuclear Blast
2009Live at Eindhoven '87Prosthetic Records
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