Origin: Oakland, CA, USA
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Testament  


Originally known as Legacy (at that time featuring future Exodus vocalist Steve Souza), Testament is one of the founding fathers of the so-called Bay Area thrash movement of the mid-eighties (see also Heathen, Vio-lence, Forbidden, Death Angel, and others), and unlike most of their former contemporaries who have fallen by the wayside, they have continued to release solid thrash albums and maintain a sizeable and loyal fan base, as evidenced by their Top Ten poll showings below. Also impressive is the list of bands featuring former and current members, also as seen below. The original lineup came back together in early 2005 and have played several live shows, as well as releasing a live album entitled Live In London.

Current Members

Chuck Billy

vocals (Dublin Death Patrol)

Eric Peterson

guitars (Dragonlord)

Alex Skolnick

guitars (Attention Deficit, Savatage)

Steve DiGiorgio

bass (Artension, Autopsy, Control Denied, Charred Walls Of The Damned, Death, Dragonlord, Ephel Duath, Futures End, Iced Earth, Painmuseum, Quo Vadis, Sadus, Scariot, Vintersorg)

Former Members/Guests

Glen Alvelais

guitars (Forbidden, Tenet)

James Murphy

guitars (Cancer, Death, Disincarnate, Konkhra, Obituary)

Steve Smyth (guest)

guitars (Dragonlord, Forbidden, Nevermore, Vicious Rumors)

Greg Christian

bass (HavocHate)

Derek Ramirez

bass (Dragonlord)

Louie Clemente

drums

Paul Bostaph

drums (Exodus, Forbidden, Slayer, Systematic)

John Tempesta

drums (Black Label Society, Exodus, White Zombie, Rob Zombie)

John Dette

drums (HavocHate)

Gene Hoglan

drums (Dark Angel, Daemon, Death, Dethklok, Fear Factory, Mechanism, Old Man's Child, Phantasm, Strapping Young Lad, Tenet, Devin Townsend, Zimmers Hole)

Dave Lombardo

drums (Fantômas, Grip Inc., Slayer, Voodoocult)

Nick Barker

drums (Brujeria, Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Lock Up, Old Man's Child)


Discography



The Legacy 
1987 Megaforce
  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
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Louie Clemente
1987 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



(EP) Live At Eindhoven 
1987 Megaforce
  1. Over The Wall
  2. Burnt Offerings
  3. Do Or Die
  4. Apocalyptic City
  5. Reign Of Terror
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Louie Clemente




The New Order 
1988 Atlantic
  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)
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Louie Clemente
1988 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Practice What You Preach 
1989 Atlantic
  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
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Louie Clemente
1989 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Souls Of Black 
1990 Atlantic
  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
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Louie Clemente
1990 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



The Ritual 
1992 Atlantic
  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. Troubled Dreams
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Louie Clemente
1992 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



(EP) Return To The Apocalyptic City 
1993 Atlantic
  1. Over the Wall ?
  2. So Many Lies ?
  3. Haunting ?
  4. Disciples of the Watch ?
  5. Reign of Terror
  6. Return to Serenity
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Glen Alvelais
  • Greg Christian
  • Paul Bostaph




Low 
1994 Atlantic
  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
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • James Murphy
  • Greg Christian
  • John Tempesta
1994 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Live At The Fillmore  LIVE
1995 B. Offerings
  1. The Preacher
  2. Alone in the Dark
  3. Burnt Offerings
  4. A Dirge
  5. Eerie Inhabitants
  6. The New Order
  7. Low
  8. Urotsukedoji
  9. Into the Pit
  10. Souls of Black
  11. Practice What You Preach
  12. Apocalyptic City
  13. Hail Mary
  14. Dog Faced Gods
  15. Return to Serenity
  16. The Legacy
  17. Trail of Tears
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • James Murphy
  • Greg Christian
  • John Dette




The Best Of Testament  COMPILATION
1996 Atlantic
  1. Over the Wall
  2. The New Order
  3. Sins of Omission
  4. Electric Crown
  5. The Legacy
  6. Burnt Offerings
  7. Practice What You Preach
  8. Hail Mary
  9. Trial by Fire
  10. Alone in the Dark
  11. Disciples of the Watch
  12. Greenhouse Effect
  13. Low
  14. Souls of Black
  15. Return to Serenity




Demonic 
1997 Burnt Offering
  1. Demonic Refusal
  2. The Burning Times
  3. Together as One
  4. Jun-Jun
  5. John Doe
  6. Murky Waters
  7. Hatreds Rise
  8. Distorted Lives
  9. New Eyes of Old
  10. Ten Thousand Thrones
  11. Nostrovia
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Glen Alvelais
  • Derek Ramirez
  • Gene Hoglan

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Signs Of Chaos  COMPILATION
1997 Mayhem
  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
  16. Sails of Charon
  17. Draw the Line




The Gathering 
1999 Spitfire
  1. D.N.R. [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
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • James Murphy
  • Steve DiGiorgio
  • Dave Lombardo
1999 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



The Very Best Of Testament  COMPILATION
2000 Rhino
  1. The Haunting
  2. Burnt Offerings
  3. First Strike Is Deadly
  4. The New Order
  5. Into the Pit
  6. Disciples of the Watch
  7. Practice What You Preach
  8. Greenhouse Effect
  9. Signs of Chaos
  10. Electric Crown
  11. So Many Lies
  12. The Ritual
  13. Return to Serenity
  14. Over the Wall (live)
  15. Dog Faced Gods




First Strike Still Deadly 
2001 Spitfire
  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
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Steve DiGiorgio
  • John Tempesta

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Days Of Darkness  COMPILATION
2004 Spitfire
  1. Hatred's Rise
  2. John Doe
  3. Riding the Snake
  4. Down for Life
  5. Demonic Refusal
  6. The Burning Times
  7. Ten Thousand Thrones
  8. D.N.R.
  9. 3 Days in Darkness
  10. Together as One
  11. Legions of the Dead
  12. Fall of Sipledome
  13. First Strike Is Deadly
  14. Into the Pit
  15. Trial by Fire
  16. Desciples of the Watch
  17. The Preacher
  18. Burnt Offerings
  19. Over the Wall
  20. The New Order
  21. The Haunting
  22. Alone in the Dark
  23. Reign of Terror




Live In London 
2005 Spitfire
  1. The Preacher
  2. The New Order
  3. The Haunting
  4. Electric Crown
  5. Sins of Omission
  6. Souls of Black
  7. Into the Pit
  8. Trial by Fire
  9. Practice What You Preach
  10. Let Go of My World
  11. The Legacy
  12. Over the Wall
  13. Raging Waters
  14. Disciples of the Watch
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • John Tempesta

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility 



Live In London 
2005 Spitfire




The Spitfire Collection  COMPILATION
2007 Spitfire
  1. The New Order
  2. Souls of Black
  3. Practice What You Preach
  4. Hatred's Rise
  5. The Burning Times
  6. John Doe
  7. Careful What You Wish For
  8. Down for Life
  9. Riding the Snake
  10. Over the Wall
  11. The Preacher
  12. Into the Pit
  13. Trial by Fire
  14. Disciples of the Watch




The Formation Of Damnation 
2008 Nuclear Blast
  1. For The Glory Of
  2. More Than Meets The Eye
  3. The Evil Has Landed
  4. Formation Of Damnation
  5. Dangers of The Faithless
  6. The Persecuted Won't Forget
  7. Henchman
  8. Killing Season
  9. Afterlife
  10. F.E.A.R.
  11. Leave Me Forever
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Paul Bostaph
2008 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 



Live At Eindhoven '87  LIVE
2009 Prosthetic
  1. Disciples of the Watch
  2. The Haunting
  3. Apocalyptic City
  4. First Strike Is Deadly
  5. Burnt Offerings
  6. Alex Skolnick Guitar Solo
  7. Over The Wall
  8. Do Or Die
  9. Curse of the Legion of Death (C.O.T.L.O.D.)
  10. Reign of Terror
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Louie Clemente

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Dark Roots Of Earth 
2012 Nuclear Blast
  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
  • Chuck Billy
  • Eric Peterson
  • Alex Skolnick
  • Greg Christian
  • Gene Hoglan
2012 Internet Top Ten album




Dark Roots Of Thrash  LIVE
2013 Nuclear Blast


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