Testament (thrash metal band)

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The band were formed in 1983 under the name Legacy. After frontman Chuck Billy joined, they changed their name to Testament in 1986.

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Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio. Since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, leaving Peterson as the only constant member. Billy replaced original singer Steve "Zetro" Souza (who left the band to join Exodus as the replacement of Paul Baloff) in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. Peterson and Billy are the only members to appear on all of Testament's studio albums.

Testament is often credited as one of the most popular and influential bands of the thrash metal scene, as well as one of the leaders of the second wave of the genre in the late 1980s. The band has sold over 1.4 million albums in the United States since the beginning of the SoundScan era and over 14 million copies worldwide. To date, Testament has released eleven studio albums, four live albums, six compilation albums, twelve singles and three DVDs. After signing to Atlantic Records, and changing their name from Legacy to Testament in 1986, they released their debut album The Legacy in 1987, and broke into the U.S. mainstream with its follow-up album The New Order (1988). Their next four studio albums—Practice What You Preach (1989), Souls of Black (1990), The Ritual (1992) and Low (1994)—were also successful, with the former of the three entering the Top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart. Over the course of its career, Testament has experienced several resurgences of popularity (with their 2012 album Dark Roots of Earth and 2016 follow-up Brotherhood of the Snake entering the Top 20 on the Billboard 200) and has toured consistently. The band is currently working on their twelfth studio album, which is tentatively due for release in 2019.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1987 The Legacy 4 9
1988 The New Order 5 7
1989 Practice What You Preach 4.5 5
1990 Souls of Black 4 4
1992 The Ritual 3.5 8
1994 Low 4 3
1997 Demonic 4 8
1999 The Gathering 8
2001 First Strike Still Deadly 6
2008 The Formation of Damnation 4 6
2012 Dark Roots of Earth 7
2016 Brotherhood of the Snake 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 The Best of Testament 2
1997 Signs of Chaos: The Best of Testament 1
2001 The Very Best of Testament 1
2004 Days of Darkness 1
2007 The Spitfire Collection 1
2013 Original Album Series 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Live at The Fillmore 4 4
2005 Live in London 2
2009 Live at Eindhoven ’87 3
2013 Dark Roots of Thrash 5


Year Title RatingReleases
2012 True American Hate 1
2012 Native Blood 2
2013 Animal Magnetism 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1988 Trial By Fire 1
1993 Return to the Apocalyptic City 4 5


Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Live at Eindhoven 2

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