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Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from San Francisco, California (USA).

Initially founded as Legacy (27) in 1983 by Eric Peterson (guitar) his cousin Derrick Ramírez (guitar and vocals) and Mike Ronchette (drums). Same year Steve "Zetro" Souza joined as vocalist, Gregg Christian as bassist and Louie Clemente replaced Mike on drums. In 1984 Alex Skolnick replaced Derrick on the guitar and they began rehearsing for their first demo.

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 (1986 – )
Eric Peterson - Guitar (1986 – )
Alex Skolnick - Guitar (1986 – 1992, 2001, 2005 – )
Gene Hoglan - Drums (1996 – 1997, 2012 – )
Steve DiGiorgio - Bass (1998 – 2004, 2014 – )
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Albums

7 81741-2 Testament (2) - The Legacy album art Testament (2) The Legacy (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic 7 81741-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
7 81849-2, 81849-2 Testament (2) - The New Order album art Testament (2) The New Order (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic, Atlantic 7 81849-2, 81849-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
782009-4 Testament (2) - Practice What You Preach album art Testament (2) Practice What You Preach (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic, Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic 782009-4 Greece 1989 Sell This Version
787556T, A2 82143 Testament (2) - Souls Of Black album art Testament (2) Souls Of Black (Album) Megaforce Worldwide, Megaforce Worldwide, Atlantic, Atlantic 787556T, A2 82143 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
A4 82392 Testament (2) - The Ritual album art Testament (2) The Ritual (Album) Atlantic A4 82392 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
7567 82645 4 Testament (2) - Low album art Testament (2) Low (Album) Atlantic 7567 82645 4 Turkey 1994 Sell This Version
MASSCD 0212 Testament (2) - Live At The Fillmore album art Testament (2) Live At The Fillmore (Album) Music For Nations MASSCD 0212 Poland 1995 Sell This Version
210206-4 Testament (2) - Demonic album art Testament (2) Demonic (Album) Music For Nations, Music For Nations 210206-4 Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
CD-PRO-5001 Testament (2) - The Gathering album art Testament (2) The Gathering (Album) Spitfire Records, Burnt Offerings (3) CD-PRO-5001 US 1999 Sell This Version
PCKD20080 Testament (2) - First Strike Still Deadly album art Testament (2) First Strike Still Deadly (Album) Spitfire Records PCKD20080 South Korea 2001 Sell This Version
CDM 0606-2556 Testament (2) - Live In London album art Testament (2) Live In London (Album) Spitfire Records CDM 0606-2556 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
SC08384-2 Testament (2) - The Formation Of Damnation album art Testament (2) The Formation Of Damnation (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast SC08384-2 Mexico 2008 Sell This Version
6561910069-2 Testament (2) - Live At Eindhoven '87 album art Testament (2) Live At Eindhoven '87 (Album) Prosthetic Records 6561910069-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
ICARUS 1010 Testament (2) - Dark Roots Of Earth album art Testament (2) Dark Roots Of Earth (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast ICARUS 1010 Argentina 2012 Sell This Version
NB 3101-8, 27361 31018 Testament (2) - Dark Roots Of Thrash album art Testament (2) Dark Roots Of Thrash (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3101-8, 27361 31018 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
NB 3327-0, SC 1298 Testament (2) - Brotherhood Of The Snake album art Testament (2) Brotherhood Of The Snake (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 3327-0, SC 1298 Mexico 2016 Sell This Version
0555021272 Testament (2) - Live At Dynamo Open Air 1997 album art Testament (2) Live At Dynamo Open Air 1997(CD, Album) DYNAMO CONCERTS, F.R.E.T. Music 0555021272 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
NB 5345-0, 5345-0 Testament (2) - Titans Of Creation album art Testament (2) Titans Of Creation (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast NB 5345-0, 5345-0 US 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

780 226-4, WE 431 Testament (2) - Live At Eindhoven album art Testament (2) Live At Eindhoven (EP) Megaforce Records, Atlantic 780 226-4, WE 431 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
0-86595 Testament (2) - Trial By Fire album art Testament (2) Trial By Fire (EP, Maxi) Atlantic, Megaforce Worldwide 0-86595 US 1988 Sell This Version
PR 2871 Testament (2) - Practice What You Preach album art Testament (2) Practice What You Preach(12", Promo) Megaforce Worldwide PR 2871 US 1989 Sell This Version
PRCD 3286-2 Testament (2) - Greenhouse Effect album art Testament (2) Greenhouse Effect(CD, Single, Promo) Atlantic, Megaforce Worldwide PRCD 3286-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
PRCD 3579-2 Testament (2) - Souls Of Black album art Testament (2) Souls Of Black (Single) Atlantic PRCD 3579-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
PRCD 3764-2 Testament (2) - The Legacy album art Testament (2) The Legacy(CD, Single, Promo) Atlantic, Megaforce Worldwide PRCD 3764-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
SAM 1011 Testament (2) - Signs Of Chaos / Electric Crown album art Testament (2) Signs Of Chaos / Electric Crown(12", Promo) Rock Ahead SAM 1011 UK 1992 Sell This Version

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