Testament (2)

Also known as Testament
Members of Testament (2): Alex Skolnick, Chuck Billy, Dave Lombardo, Derrick Ramirez, Eric Peterson, Gene Hoglan, Glen Alvelais, Greg Christian, James Murphy (2), John Tempesta, Jon Allen, Jon Dette, Louie Clemente, Nicholas Barker, Paul Bostaph, Steve DiGiorgio, Steve Smyth
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.testamentlegions.com/, http://www.myspace.com/testamentlegions, http://www.facebook.com/#!/testamentlegions

Discography of Testament (2):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Legacy 9 Audio 1987
2 The Legacy 9 Audio 1987 Atlantic
3 The New Order 9 Audio 1988
4 Practice What You Preach 10 Audio 1989-08-04
5 Live At The Fillmore 17 Audio 1995 Music For Nations
6 Live At Eindhoven 5 Audio 1987 Megaforce Records
7 The Ritual 11 Audio 1992 Atlantic
8 Kerrang! Plastic Explosive 2 Audio 1989 Kerrang! Magazine
9 Souls Of Black 10 Audio 1990
10 The Ritual 11 Audio 1992-05-15 Atlantic
11 The Legacy 9 Audio
12 Low 12 Audio 1994-09-30 Atlantic
13 Return To The Apocalyptic City 6 Audio 1993 Atlantic
14 Souls Of Black 10 Audio 1990 Atlantic
15 The Ritual 11 Audio 1992 MG Records (2)
16 The Gathering 11 Audio 1999-06-08 Spitfire Records
17 The Very Best Of Testament 15 Audio 2001
18 The Ritual 11 Audio 1992-03-15 Atlantic
19 Live In London 14 Audio 2005-11-01 Spitfire Records
20 Practice What You Preach 10 Audio MG Records (2)
21 Dog Faced Gods 3 Audio 1994 Atlantic
22 The New Order 10 Audio 1988
23 Practice What You Preach 10 Audio 1989 Atlantic
24 The New Order 10 Audio 1988 Atlantic
25 Souls Of Black 4 Audio 1990 Atlantic
26 The Gathering 12 Audio 2008-01-08 Prosthetic Records
27 Return To The Apocalyptic City 6 Audio 1993 Atlantic
28 Demonic 11 Audio 1997
29 The Formation Of Damnation 11 Audio 2008-04-29
30 The New Order 10 Audio 1988-05-05
31 Practice What You Preach 10 Audio 1989
32 Demonic 11 Audio 1997
33 The Gathering 11 Audio 1999-06-08
34 First Strike Still Deadly 11 Audio 2008-03-18 Prosthetic Records
35 The Formation Of Damnation 11 Audio 2008-04-29
36 Souls Of Black 10 Audio 1990-10-01 Atlantic
37 The Legacy 9 Audio 1987
38 Trial By Fire 3 Audio 1988
39 The New Order 10 Audio 1988
40 Souls Of Black 10 Audio 1992 MG Records (2)
41 The Formation Of Damnation 11 Audio 2008-09-02 Nuclear Blast
42 The Formation Of Damnation 11 Audio 2008 Nuclear Blast
43 Demonic 11 Audio 2008-01-08 Prosthetic Records
44 The Gathering 12 Audio 2009 Prosthetic Records
45 Demonic 11 Audio 1997
46 The New Order 10 Audio 1988 Megaforce Worldwide
47 The Legacy 9 Audio 1987
48 Trial By Fire 3 Audio 1988
49 Demonic 11 Audio 2009 Prosthetic Records
50 Low 12 Audio 1994 Atlantic


Testament is one of the most successful American thrash metal bands. The band was originally formed in San Francisco, USA, under the name Legacy 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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