Test Dept.

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The group was formed in New Cross, south-east London in late 1981. All unemployed, and with listening tastes ranging from soul to classical music, they searched out whatever they could find to make music with, and for the most part this consisted of scrap metal salvaged from waste ground and derelict factories. The reason had as much to do with lack of money as it had to do with a dislike for conventional rock instruments. Originally, they used bass guitars and other conventional instruments, but these were fairly rapidly dropped as they obtained more industrial percussion, and found that these created a stronger and more consistent sound.
They also, probably later on, gained the rights for some of their music and can been seen listed as copyright holders on some re-issues. Some examples can be seen on the Test Dept. page.
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TEST ONE Test Dept. - History (The Strength Of Metal In Motion) album art Test Dept. History (The Strength Of Metal In Motion)(Cass, Ltd) Not On Label (Test Dept. Self-released) TEST ONE UK 1982 Sell This Version
TEST ONE Test Dept. - Strength Of Metal In Motion album art Test Dept. Strength Of Metal In Motion(Cass) Not On Label (Test Dept. Self-released) TEST ONE UK 1983 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Beating The Retreat album art Test Dept. Beating The Retreat (Album) Some Bizzare, Some Bizzare UK 1984 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Ecstacy Under Duress album art Test Dept. Ecstacy Under Duress (Album) Pleasantly Surprised UK 1984 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Shoulder To Shoulder album art South Wales Striking Miners Choir / Test Dept. South Wales Striking Miners Choir / Test Dept. - Shoulder To Shoulder (Album) Ministry Of Power UK 1985 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom album art Test Dept. The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom (Album) Ministry Of Power Germany 1986 Sell This Version
V207 Test Dept. - European Network 1-9-8-5 album art Test Dept. European Network 1-9-8-5(Cass, C53 + Box) V2_Archief V207 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - A Good Night Out album art Test Dept. A Good Night Out (Album) Ministry Of Power UK 1987 Sell This Version
NP.006 Test Dept. - Europe album art Test Dept* Europe(Cass, C90) Les Nouvelles Propagandes NP.006 France 1987 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Terra Firma album art Test Dept. Terra Firma (Album) Sub Rosa US 1988 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Gododdin album art Test Dept. / Brith Gof Test Dept. / Brith Gof - Gododdin (Album) Ministry Of Power UK 1989 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Materia Prima album art Test Dept* Materia Prima (Album) Ministry Of Power UK 1990 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Pax Britannica album art Test Dept. Pax Britannica (Album) Ministry Of Power, Jungle Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Proven In Action album art Test Dept. Proven In Action (Album) Ministry Of Power UK 1991 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Atonal & Hamburg "Live" album art Test Dept. Atonal & Hamburg "Live" (Album) Dossier Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Totality album art Test Dept* Totality (Album) KK Records Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Tactics For Evolution album art Test Dept* Tactics For Evolution (Album) KK Records, KK Records US 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Test Dept. - Compulsion album art Test Dept. Compulsion (Single) Some Bizzare, Some Bizzare UK 1983 Sell This Version
MOP12.1 Test Dept. - The Faces Of Freedom 1 2 & 3 album art T.D.A. (3), Test Dept. T.D.A. (3), Test Dept. - The Faces Of Freedom 1 2 & 3(12", Single) Ministry Of Power MOP12.1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Victory album art Test Dept. Victory (Single) Ministry Of Power UK 1987 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Natura Victus album art Test Dept. Natura Victus Sub Rosa Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
CMC 4, C.M.C. 4 Test Dept. - Gododdin album art Test Dept., Brith Gof Test Dept., Brith Gof - Gododdin(12", Ltd) Media City Records, Media City Records CMC 4, C.M.C. 4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Pax Americana album art Test Dept. Pax Americana (Single) Ministry Of Power, Jungle Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - New World Order album art Test Dept* New World Order Ministry Of Power, Jungle Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Test Dept. - Bang On It! album art Test Dept. Bang On It! (Single) Ministry Of Power, Jungle Records UK 1993 Sell This Version

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IndustrialSoundtrack

IndustrialSoundtrack

November 22, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Test Dept are featured in the music documentary Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay.
DVD & Bluray release features +30 minutes of unseen interviews.
Now available from: www.industrialsoundtrack.com/shop
stymulant

stymulant

November 17, 2010
Surprisingly they were one of the very first bands behind the Iron Curtain. Surprisingly for the Polish custom services their only instruments were metal cans. And they played with fire leaving the unforgettable memoirs told by the watchers, and cult status.

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