Testament (2)

Testament (2)

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Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from San Francisco, CA.

Testament (2) under the name Legacy (27) in 1983 by Eric Peterson (guitar), his cousin Derrick Ramírez (guitar), Greg Christian (bass), Steve "Zetro" Souza, and Louie Clemente (drums). 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 parting ways with Zetro (who left to join fellow Bay-area thrashers Exodus) and hooking up with new vocalist Chuck Billy. 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.

After the release of 1992's "The Ritual", Louie Clemente and lead guitarist Alex Skolnick left the band and were replaced by guitarist Glen Alvelais and drummer Paul Bostaph, both from the band Forbidden. In 1995, after more line up changes which included guitarist James Murphy replacing Alvelais and a few different guys behind the drums, the band 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 and Eric would form a new band called Dog Faced Gods while James left to do a personal project and Greg formed the band Flangue. However Eric and Chuck soon resurrected the Testament name with various players. 1997's "Demonic" featured founding member Derrick Ramirez (playing bass) and drummer Gene Hoglan. 1999's "The Gathering" saw the return of James Murphy, along with bassist Steve DiGiorgio and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.

In 2005, after several years of playing with different line ups and Chuck's battle with cancer, he and Eric reunited with "classic line up" members Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian, and Louie Clemente for a series of show which resulted in the release of a live album. Moving forward, the original members opted to continue working together, with exception of Louie Clemente, who was unable to commit to the band full time and was replaced by ex-Dimmu Borgir drummer Nick Barker. Barker's tenure was brief, as visa problems prevented him from working in the US, and he was replaced by Paul Bostaph.

Testament began recording their new album, Dark Roots of Earth, on June 20, 2011. Paul Bostaph was unable to take part in the recording due to a "serious injury"; however, he was expected to rejoin when the band tours to support the album. Gene Hoglan, who played drums on the band's 1997 album Demonic, filled in for Paul on the drum tracks. It was announced on December 1st that Paul Bostaph left Testament. Gene Hoglan recorded the drums tracks for Dark Roots of Earth and continues to play live with the band. In interviews, Testament have expressed pleasure in Hoglan's playing, and a hope that he will continue with the band for the foreseeable future. In 2014, it was announced that Testament and Greg Christian had parted ways.

Current Line Up:
Chuck Billy - Vocals
Eric Peterson - Guitar
Alex Skolnick - Guitar
Steve DiGiorgio - Bass
Gene Hoglan - Drums
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Testament (2) Discography

Albums

Testament (2) The Legacy (Album) Atlantic Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Testament (2) The New Order (Album) Megaforce Worldwide UK 1988 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Practice What You Preach (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic, Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic Greece 1989 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Souls Of Black (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic US 1989 Sell This Version
Testament (2) The Ritual (Album) Atlantic Canada 1992 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Low (Album) Atlantic Canada 1994 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Live At The Fillmore (Album) Music For Nations Poland 1995 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Demonic (Album) Music For Nations, Music For Nations, Music For Nations Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
Testament (2) The Gathering (Album) Spitfire Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Testament (2) First Strike Still Deadly (Album) Spitfire Records Argentina 2001 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Live In London (Album) Spitfire Records Russia 2005 Sell This Version
Testament (2) The Formation Of Damnation (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Mexico 2008 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Live At Eindhoven '87 (Album) Prosthetic Records US 2009 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Dark Roots Of Earth (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Argentina 2012 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Dark Roots Of Thrash (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2013 Sell This Version
NB 3296-0, 3296-0 Testament (2) Dark Roots Of Thrash(DVD-V, NTSC + 2xCD, Album + Dig) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3296-0, 3296-0 US 2014 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Brotherhood Of The Snake (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Testament (2) Live At Eindhoven (EP) Megaforce Records France 1987 Sell This Version
Testament (2) Trial By Fire (EP) Atlantic, Megaforce Worldwide US 1988 Sell This Version
786 595-0 Testament (2) Trial By Fire(12", EP) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic 786 595-0 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
PR 2871 Testament (2) Practice What You Preach(12", Promo) Megaforce Worldwide PR 2871 US 1989 Sell This Version
PRCD 3286-2 Testament (2) Greenhouse Effect(CD, Single, Promo) Atlantic PRCD 3286-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
PRCD 3764-2 Testament (2) The Legacy(CD, Single, Promo) Atlantic PRCD 3764-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
BANG! 2 Testament (2) / Acid Reign (2) Testament (2) / Acid Reign (2) - Kerrang! Plastic Explosive(Flexi, 7", Promo) Kerrang! Magazine BANG! 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
PRCD 3579-2 Testament (2) Souls Of Black(CD, Single, Promo) Atlantic PRCD 3579-2 US 1990 Sell This Version