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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.

After "The Ritual" in 1992, Skolnick, who was losing interest in pure metal, decided to pursue his interest in jazz and left the band. Clemente also departed. "Return To Apocalyptic City" in 1993 brought Glen Alvelais (guitar, ex- Forbidden) into the fold, and filling in temporarily for Clemente, Paul Bostaph (ex- Forbidden, Slayer). James Murphy (ex- Death, Obituary, Disincarnate, Cancer) soon stepped in for Alvelais on lead duties for "Low" in 1994, as John Tempesta (ex- Exodus) took over on the drums. Tempesta later left to join White Zombie, and was replaced by John Dette (ex- Evil Dead ). "Live At The Fillmore" was released in 1995, then Dette left in 1996 to join Slayer. "The Best Of Testament" was released in 1996.

"Demonic", which was recorded in Testament's Driftwood Studios, was released in 1997. James Murphy and Greg Christian having left the band were replaced by alumni Glen Alvelais and Derrick Ramirez (bass). Gene Hoglan (drums, ex- Death, Dark Angel) lent his percussion talents. "Signs Of Chaos", a 'best of' disc of the band, was released in 1997.

Dave Lombardo (ex- Slayer, Grip, Inc.) was officially introduced into the band. James Murphy was brought back once again, and on bass, the legendary Steve DiGiorgio (ex- Death, Control Denied, Sadus). "The Gathering" was born in 1999. James Murphy abruptly departed, which was determined later for reasons due to a serious illness. Steve Smyth (ex-Vicious Rumors) jumped aboard as 'touring guitarist', later to be invited to stay on as a permanent member. Lombardo soon also left, not being able to commit, having other projects on his plate. In 2000, Jon Allen (drums, ex- Sadus) joined the band.

After the successful "Riding The Snake" world tour to promote "The Gathering", vocalist Billy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called 'germ cell seminoma' in March 2001. Despite his illness and grueling cancer treatments, Billy offered his ground shaking vocals to the re-recording of Testament classics on "First Strike Still Deadly" with a reunion of sorts, bringing back Alex Skolnick and John Tempesta to record on the disc.

The Formation of Damnation is the confirmed title for Testament's ninth studio album, which will be released on April 29, 2008. It is going to be the first album that Testament has released since 1999's The Gathering, although the band re-recorded some of their early material for 2001's First Strike Still Deadly. This will also be Testament's first release with original guitarist Alex Skolnick since 1992's The Ritual and bassist Greg Christian since 1994's Low. Chuck Billy has since fully recovered. A busy touring schedule of the U.S. and Europe commenced in late 2002, through the summer of 2003. In 2004, guitarist Steve Smyth left the band to join Nevermore, and "Metal Mike" Chlasciak stepped in.

[Compiled by L. Sato with The Billys and Eric Peterson]

THE BAND (as of 2008):

Chuck Billy - Vocals Eric Peterson - Rhythm guitar Alex Skolnick - Lead guitar Greg Christian - Bass Paul Bostaph - Drums Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Traedgarn in Gothenburg, Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway Oslo, Norway
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Conventum Kongress in Orebro, Sweden Orebro, Sweden
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Circus in Helsinki, Finland Helsinki, Finland
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland Tampere, Finland
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ A2 in Saint Petersburg, Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ GlavClub in Moscow, Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel Tel Aviv, Israel
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Motion in Bristol, United Kingdom Bristol, United Kingdom
Friday, March 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Ritz in Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Institute in Birmingham, United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ VICAR STREET in Dublin, Ireland Dublin, Ireland
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ QMU in Glasgow, United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ The LCR in Norwich, United Kingdom Norwich, United Kingdom
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Koko in London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico, Mexico Mexico, Mexico
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA San Diego, CA
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA Irvine, CA
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada Vancouver, Canada
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, Canada Penticton, Canada
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Big Four in Calgary, Canada Calgary, Canada
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada Winnipeg, Canada
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Armory in Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, MN
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre At Freedom Hill in Detroit, MI Detroit, MI
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Canada Toronto, Canada
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Place Bell in Laval, Canada Laval, Canada
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT Uncasville, CT
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 5:00PM Testament @ PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ Holmdel, NJ
Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Santander Arena in Reading, PA Reading, PA
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ KeyBank Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA Bristow, VA
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ VUHL Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach, VA
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC Charlotte, NC
Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Orlando Amphitheater in Orlando, FL Orlando, FL
Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Smart Financial Centre in Houston, TX Houston, TX
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX Dallas, TX
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX Austin, TX
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Rock am Härtsfeldsee in Dischingen, Germany Dischingen, Germany
Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Rock The Castle in Verona, Italy Verona, Italy
Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Rock The Castle Fest in Verona, Italy Verona, Italy
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Brutal Assault in Jaromer, Czech Republic Jaromer, Czech Republic
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7:00PM Testament @ Leyendas Del Rock in Villena, Spain Villena, Spain

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