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Testament

Testament were the biggest thrash metal band never to reach the platinum plateau. In fact, the San Francisco quintet seemed on the verge of challenging Metallica (their most obvious influence) in the melodic thrash sweepstakes, but their run toward the top was eventually derailed by inconsistency, bad business decisions, and the genre's dwindling appeal. Unable to change with the times like Metallica, Testament quickly faded from sight in the early '90s, but have remained active and very popular within the metal underground.

Influenced by the then-emerging Bay Area thrash metal scene, vocalist Steve Souza, guitarists Eric Peterson and Derrick Ramirez, bassist Greg Christian, and drummer Louie Clemente came together as Legacy in late 1983. But it wasn't until the arrival of lead guitarist Alex Skolnick and a name change to Testament two years later that the band's Metallica-inspired thrash metal began distinguishing it from less-refined peers such as Forbidden and Vio-Lence. By 1986, the group was attracting record company attention, but was handed a severe blow when Souza abruptly quit to join original Bay Area scene legends Exodus. Ironically, however, his departure would prove a godsend, as the band soon drafted a significantly more versatile (and downright intimidating) replacement in Chuck Billy. His greater melodic talents and inimitable, bowl-shaking growl would better complement the band's increasing diversity and mastery of melodic crunch.

Signed by thrash metal mecca Megaforce Records, the group lent its original name to the following year's remarkable debut, The Legacy. Hailed as an instant classic within thrash metal circles, the album's coupling of furious riffs and harmonic sensibility stood second only to Metallica in controlled power, technical delivery, and sheer confidence. It also benefited from Megaforce's recently obtained distribution deal with Atlantic Records, and Testament lived up to their promise while touring America and Europe in support of Anthrax -- then experiencing their peak with the Among the Living album. Recorded on that tour, the Live at Eindhoven EP cemented Testament's standing as champions of thrash's second wave, and despite lacking the consistency of their debut, 1988's sophomore The New Order maintained their forward momentum and led to yet another lengthy world tour that took the band as far as South America.

More focused and driven than ever, Testament took painstaking care in constructing their follow-up, 1989's Practice What You Preach -- a massive achievement that saw them expanding their melodic reach while losing none of their power and aggression. A yearlong tour, including a long stint headlining over Savatage and Wrathchild America across the U.S.A., ensued, and even MTV gave their videos a respectable amount of exposure. Testament truly seemed to be poised on the verge of greatness when everything started to unravel. Offered the chance to support Judas Priest on their career-revitalizing Painkiller tour (also featuring Megadeth), Testament rushed straight from the back of their tour bus and into the studio to record 1990's Souls of Black. A hodgepodge collection of rehashed demos and unfinished ideas, the album stalled on record store shelves and the seeds of frustration and discontent were sown. Not even a coveted slot on the European leg of the Clash of the Titans tour, alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Suicidal Tendencies, could stall the inevitable, and the band started tearing apart at the seams.

By the time they regrouped with 1992's somewhat improved The Ritual, grunge had arrived, musical tastes had changed drastically, and Testament were only one of countless casualties whose once highly anticipated albums fell on deaf ears. Ace guitarist Skolnick, who had long complained of the creative limitations imposed by the band's style, was the first casualty, leaving to join Savatage. He was replaced by Glen Alvelais (ex-Forbidden) for the subsequent tour, which also saw the firing of drummer Clemente midway through, replaced by another Forbidden alum, Paul Bostaph. Following the rather pointless Return to the Apocalyptic City EP, 1994's brutally negative Low -- featuring journeyman James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Cancer, etc.) on guitar and Exodus' John Tempesta on drums -- would be their last with Atlantic. Tempesta was soon off to join White Zombie and new drummer Jon Dette (ex-Evil Dead) only lasted long enough to perform on their next tour before also leaving to join Slayer.

Amazingly, Testament persisted, launching their own Burnt Offerings label to release 1995's Live at the Fillmore and another studio effort, 1997's Demonic. The latter renewed their violent commitment to going back to basics, and featured legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (ex-Dark Angel, Death) and returning founding member Derrick Ramirez, now replacing departed bassist Christian. While their former home Atlantic was busy releasing the Signs of Chaos greatest-hits collection, Testament were moving forward with yet another independent release, 1999's The Gathering, which saw usual suspects Billy and Peterson supported by bassist Steve DiGiorgio, returning guitarist James Murphy, and the awesome talents of original Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.

A major snag was right around the corner, however, when popular frontman Chuck Billy was diagnosed with cancer, prompting a slew of benefit concerts throughout the Bay Area to raise funds for his treatment. Thankfully, he recovered in due time, and Testament chose to celebrate by welcoming back former members Steve Souza and Alex Skolnick (now involved with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but predominantly acting as a jazz player fronting his own New York-based trio) to participate in a personally sanctioned collection of their best-loved songs, released in 2001 as First Strike Still Deadly. Eric Peterson was also active with a black metal side project named Dragonlord around this time, and little was heard of Testament in the next few years.

Another retrospective collection (Days of Darkness, featuring one disc of highlights from the group's late-'90s releases and a second simply recycling First Strike Still Deadly) was released in 2004, and in 2005 Testament's classic lineup of Billy, Skolnick, Peterson, Christian, and Clemente reunited for a tour including several major European festival engagements, bringing along occasional drummer John Tempesta to spell their long inactive original drummer on some of their more challenging material. In 2008, Testament released their first studio album in nine years, The Formation of Damnation, followed by a steady stream of live performances, including a stint as the supporting act for Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Heaven & Hell on the Metal Masters tour. The band's tenth studio album, Dark Roots of Earth, arrived in 2012 on Nuclear Blast, followed in 2013 by the live double album/DVD Dark Roots of Thrash. The bandmembers promised to start releasing music more frequently, and made good on their word with another new studio album in 2016, Brotherhood of the Snake. Named for an ancient secret society, it saw them return to their thrash roots with some of their fastest material in ages, and featured the return to the fold of bassist Steve DiGiorgio for the first time in 15 years. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Spitfire Collection

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Track List: First Strike Still Deadly

1. First Strike Is Deadly

2. Into The Pit

3. Trial By Fire

4. Disciples Of The Watch

5. The Preacher

6. Burnt Offerings

7. Over The Wall

8. The New Order

9. The Haunting

10. Alone In The Dark

11. Reign Of Terror

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Track List: The Gathering

1. DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)

2. Down For Life

3. Eyes Of Wrath

4. True Believer

5. 3 Days In Darkness

6. Legions Of The Dead

7. Careful What You Wish For

8. Riding The Snake

9. Allegiance

10. Sewn Shut Eyes

11. Fall Of Sipledome

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Track List: Signs Of Chaos: The Best Of Testament

1. Signs Of Chaos

2. Electric Crown

3. The New Order

4. Alone In The Dark

5. Dog Faced Gods

6. Demonic Refusal

7. The Ballad

8. Souls Of Black

9. Trial By Fire

10. Low

11. Practice What You Preach

12. Over The Wall

13. The Legacy

14. Return To Serenity

15. Perilous Nation

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Track List: Low

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. Urotsukidoji

10. Chasing Fear

11. Ride

12. Last Call

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Track List: The Ritual

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. Troubeld Dreams

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Track List: Souls Of Black

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

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Track List: Practice What You Preach

1. Practice What You Preach

2. Perilous Nation

3. Envy Life

4. Time Is Coming

5. Blessed In Contempt

6. Greenhouse Effect

7. Sins Of Omission

8. The Ballad

9. Nightmare (Coming Back To You)

10. Confusion Fusion (Instrumental)

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Track List: The New Order

1. Eerie Inhabitants

2. The New Order

3. Trial By Fire

4. Into The Pit

5. Hypnosis

6. Disciples Of The Watch

7. The Preacher

8. Nobody's Fault

9. A Day Of Reckoning

10. Musical Death (A Dirge)

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Track List: The Legacy

1. Over The Wall

2. The Haunting

3. Burnt Offerings

4. Raging Waters

5. C.O.T.L.O.D.

6. First Strike Is Deadly

7. Do Or Die

8. Alone In The Dark

9. Apocalyptic City

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Track List: Brotherhood Of The Snake

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

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Track List: Dark Roots of Earth

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)

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Track List: Native Blood

1. Native Blood

2. Sangre Nativa

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Track List: The Formation Of Damnation

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

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Just tried to see testament. Got kicked out in the middle of Exodus's set. I got a little out of hand. Well worth it though. I go way to hard at these shows. catch em next time. Love trail of tears!
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dale.bazaar
The new CD, Brotherhood Of The Snake, is soooooooo good.
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I have seen them live before. They put on a good show. I would definitely go see them another time.
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spinachcat
Testament is amazing in concert. I've seen them several times over the decades and they have only gotten better and stronger. Go see them when they show up in your town.
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sexyladies19 6 9 6 9
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Come back to Denver!
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Never sold out to the fans ...like that other band......M. . . . . . . a
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Testament were the biggest thrash metal band never to reach the platinum plateau - What a stupid f**kin way to open a description for a band that has elements that the big 4 could only hope to posess. \m/
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The should out the brotherhood of the snake single on here. Really liking their new material so far
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Testament 1000xs Better than Sellouttelli c a I quit listening to Sellouttelli c a when they came out with the black album yuk
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michaeldoyle 4 9 0
Who the f**k writes this s**t for Pandora, Testament blows Metallica away any f**king day of the week this band has not faded away into the underground they have been and will continue to be on the frontlines of METAL
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Some days I like Testament and Anthrax better than Megadeth and Metallica.
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Testament are the gods of Bay area thrash scene
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why can't I comment on a Testament song. Listening to Killing Season. F u c k I n g lame. Might be newer but I still wanna comment on track like \m/ (-_-) \m/
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Right on brother!!! One of the best metal albums of all time,for sure!!!!
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Souls of Black was and is still kick a**.Im pissing damn razors...lol
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They do deserve much more recognition. What an awesome band that helped get everything started.!!
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deanjuba
Th' s**t...
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These guys deserve so much more recognition
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A boy named Sue is listening to Sails

of Charon by testament
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Wow - this rox
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Year after year Testament keeps kickin' my ace.
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Pleased be to match album to song and album art
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Totally f****** rocks henchman ride. By Testament, these guys rock a**! Awesome Jam! Rock on!
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I think Alex skolnick is my favorite guitar player right now. He's very technical and precise.
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Alex skolnick is an awesome musician!!!
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This review is as ignorant as your name Edwardo
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Rip nick menza. He was an awesome drummer and musician!!
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U look a lot more cuter windy!
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You're a bunch of weirdos!!!!
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Eduardo Rivadavia, Metallica's personal PR agent on Pandora, strikes again. Can this guy review any other thrash or classic metal band without suckling on Metallica's tits for an hour straight?
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Can't beat some old school metal!!! F**K Yeah!
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Lol!!
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This sounds like exodus.
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Testament fukin rocks!!!!
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alabastervil l i s 0
nice long bio for testament, too bad its mostly falsehood and personal opinion. Pandora should have a fan of the group write a new bio. If you dont like testament or thrash metal itself then maybe you should just shut up and let someone else who has talent do a better job.
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Freaking amazing.
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The Legacy was their best album.
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Yeah man!!
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Great album bro!!
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Testament is and was better than metallica. Metallica is just promoted more. Metallica sux now while Testament still holds the throne of thorns.
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I love the cover of the souls of black album.
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