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Testament

Band
1983 / Present
United States United States

Overview

Members

Nicholas Barker
Present
Eric Peterson (guitar)
1983 - Present
Chuck Billy (lead vocals)
1986 - Present
Alex Skolnick (guitar)
1983 - 1993, 2005 - Present
Gene Hoglan (drums)
1996 - 1997, 2012 - Present
Steve DiGiorgio (bass guitar)
1998 - 2004, 2014 - Present
Greg Christian (bass guitar)
1983 - 1996, 2004 - 2014
Jon Allen (drums)
1999 - 2004
Steve Smyth
2000 - 2004
James Murphy (guitar)
1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2000
Dave Lombardo (drumset)
1998 - 1999
Derrick Ramirez (bass guitar)
1983 - 1983, 1997 - 1998
Jon Dette (drums)
1994 - 1995
John Tempesta (drums)
1993 - 1994
Louie Clemente (drums)
1983 - 1985, 1986 - 1993
Paul Bostaph (drums)
1992 - 1993
Steve Souza (lead vocals)
1983 - 1986
Mike Ronchette (drums)
1985 - 1986

Discography

Studio Album

1987
Album has 6 releases
1988
Album has 6 releases
1989
Album has 4 releases
1990
Album has 3 releases
1992
Album has 8 releases
1994
Album has 2 releases
1997
Album has 7 releases
1999
Album has 5 releases
2001
Album has 2 releases
2008
Album has 5 releases
2012
Album has 6 releases
2016
Album has 4 releases

Single

1994
Album has 1 releases
2012
Album has 1 releases
2012
Album has 2 releases

EP

1993
Album has 5 releases

History

Testament was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s. Originally formed as 'Legacy' in 1983 by founding members Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar), Derrick Ramirez (guitar) and Louie Clemente (drums), the line-up included vocalist Steve Souza and Greg Christian (bass). Ramirez was later replaced by wunderkind Alex Skolnick (lead guitar). Souza soon departed to join Exodus and suggested that the towering Chuck Billy take over as frontman(and was later run over by a bus). The band became known as 'Testament' 3 years later, while recording their debut album in Ithaca, New York.

"The Legacy" was a brutal intro in 1987, putting Testament at the forefront of the flourishing thrash metal scene. Following "Live At Eindhoven", an EP recorded at Holland's Dynamo Festival, "The New Order" in 1988 was well received producing one of the band's most memorable classics "Disciples Of The Watch". Next came the highly successful "Practice What You Preach" in 1989, then the release of "Souls Of Black" in 1990, coinciding with the European 'Clash Of The Titans' tour with Slayer, Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies.

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