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18th Aug '17 10:01:23 PM Edgecrusher666
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Testament is a ThrashMetal band from San Francisco. Formed under the name Legacy in 1983, they took on their current name in 1986. They are generally held as one of the leading bands of the thrash scene, although they've never achieved the same mainstream recognition as [[Music/{{Metallica}} the]] [[Music/{{Slayer}} famous]] [[Music/{{Anthrax}} Big]] [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Four]].

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Testament is a ThrashMetal band from San Francisco.Berkeley, California. Formed under the name Legacy in 1983, they took on their current name in 1986. They are generally held as one of the leading bands of the thrash scene, although they've never achieved the same mainstream recognition as [[Music/{{Metallica}} the]] [[Music/{{Slayer}} famous]] [[Music/{{Anthrax}} Big]] [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Four]].



* Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar; 1983-present)
* Alex Skolnick (lead guitar; 1983-1993, 2001, 2005-present)
* Chuck Billy (vocals; 1986-present)
* Gene Hoglan (drums; 1997, 2011-present
* Steve [=DiGiorgio=] (bass; 1998-2004, 2014-present)

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* Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar; 1983-present)
- guitars, backing vocals (1983-present)
* Chuck Billy - lead vocals (1986-present)
* Alex Skolnick (lead guitar; 1983-1993, - guitars, backing vocals (1983-1993, 2001, 2005-present)
* Chuck Billy (vocals; 1986-present)
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Gene Hoglan (drums; 1997, 2011-present
- drums (1997, 2011-present)
* Steve [=DiGiorgio=] (bass; 1998-2004, - bass, backing vocals (1998-2004, 2014-present)



* Derrick Ramirez (Vocals and Guitar; 1983)(Bass; 1997)
* [[Music/ExodusBand Steve Souza]] (Vocals; 1983-1986)[[note]]Also sang on the last two tracks of ''First Strike Still Deadly'', and has co-written songs on ''The Formation of Damnation'' and ''Dark Roots of Earth''.[[/note]]
* Louie Clemente (Drums; 1983-1993, 2005)
* Greg Christian (Bass; 1983-1996; 2004-2014)
* Glen Alvelais (Guitar; 1993, 1997-1998)
* [[Music/{{Slayer}} Paul Bostaph]] (Drums; 1993, 2007-2011)
* [[Music/{{Death}} James]] [[Music/{{Obituary}} Murphy]] (Guitar; 1994-1996, 1998-2000)
* [[Music/{{Slayer}} Dave Lombardo]] (Drums; 1998-1999)

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* Derrick Ramirez (Vocals and Guitar; 1983)(Bass; 1997)
- lead vocals, guitars (1983), bass (1997)
* [[Music/ExodusBand Steve Souza]] (Vocals; 1983-1986)[[note]]Also - lead vocals (1983-1986)[[note]]Also sang on the last two tracks of ''First Strike Still Deadly'', and has co-written songs on ''The Formation of Damnation'' and ''Dark Roots of Earth''.[[/note]]
* Louie Clemente (Drums; 1983-1993, - drums (1983-1993, 2005)
* Greg Christian (Bass; 1983-1996; - bass (1983-1996; 2004-2014)
* Glen Alvelais (Guitar; 1993, - guitars (1993, 1997-1998)
* [[Music/{{Slayer}} Paul Bostaph]] (Drums; 1993, - drums (1993, 2007-2011)
* [[Music/{{Death}} James]] [[Music/{{Obituary}} Murphy]] (Guitar; 1994-1996, - guitars (1994-1996, 1998-2000)
* [[Music/{{Slayer}} Dave Lombardo]] (Drums; 1998-1999)
- drums (1998-1999)
4th May '17 10:50:54 AM Magmortar75
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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most of their stuff (practically all of their ''The Legacy'' to ''Souls of Black'' material namely) is about 8. ''The Ritual'' varies from about 6-8, while starting from ''Low'' they have recorded several songs ("Dog Faced Gods," most of the songs on ''Demonic'', "D.N.R (Do Not Resuscitate)," "Fall of Sipledome," "The Formation of Damnation," "True American Hate," etc.) that go into 9. "Legions of the Dead" borders on a soft 10, while the band drops to a 4 with "Return to Serenity."

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most of their stuff (practically all of their ''The Legacy'' to ''Souls of Black'' material namely) is about 8. ''The Ritual'' varies from about 6-8, while starting from ''Low'' they have recorded several songs ("Dog Faced Gods," most of the songs on ''Demonic'', "D.N.R (Do Not Resuscitate)," "Fall of Sipledome," "The Formation of Damnation," "True American Hate," "Centuries of Suffering," etc.) that go into 9. "Legions of the Dead" borders on a soft 10, while the band drops to a 4 with "Return to Serenity."



** ''Low'' marks a 180 degree turn as it's much heavier due to its Music/GrooveMetal influence, tuned-down guitars, and Chuck Billy using a lower register/roaring on some tracks. "Dog Faced Gods" of this album is the band's first flirtation with Music/DeathMetal.

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** ''Low'' marks a 180 degree turn as it's much heavier due to its Music/GrooveMetal GrooveMetal influence, tuned-down guitars, and Chuck Billy using a lower register/roaring on some tracks. "Dog Faced Gods" of this album is the band's first flirtation with Music/DeathMetal.DeathMetal.



** ''The Formation of Damnation'' abandons the death metal aspects of previous albums for the most part.

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** ''The Formation of Damnation'' abandons the death metal aspects of previous albums for the most part.part, with the title track being an exception in that regard.



** ''Brotherhood of the Snake'' is their fastest modern album yet, with even the band members making noted comparisons to ''The Gathering''.



** Eric is the only consistent member, and him and Chuck are the only ones who have been present on all their albums. From ''The Ritual'' onwards (the last album with their "classic" Peterson/Skolnick/Billy/Christian/Clemente lineup), every subsequent album has been recorded with a different lineup as the previous album.

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** Eric is the only consistent member, and him and Chuck are the only ones who have been present on all their albums. From After ''The Ritual'' onwards (the last album with their "classic" Peterson/Skolnick/Billy/Christian/Clemente lineup), every subsequent album has been recorded they have yet to record consecutive albums with a different lineup as the previous album.same lineup.
3rd Apr '17 5:48:26 PM HSpiritOfVengeance
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* ProtestSong: "Stronghold", among a few other examples.
26th Mar '17 9:23:52 AM AreYouTyler
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* RevolvingDoorBand: Eric is the only consistent member, and him and Chuck are the only ones who have been present on all their albums. From ''The Ritual'' onwards (the last album with their "classic" Peterson/Skolnick/Billy/Christian/Clemente lineup), every subsequent album has been recorded with a different lineup as the previous album.

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* RevolvingDoorBand: They've already gone through nine drummers!
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Eric is the only consistent member, and him and Chuck are the only ones who have been present on all their albums. From ''The Ritual'' onwards (the last album with their "classic" Peterson/Skolnick/Billy/Christian/Clemente lineup), every subsequent album has been recorded with a different lineup as the previous album.
26th Nov '16 3:06:09 AM UltraWanker
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'''Discography:'''

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'''Discography:'''!'''Discography:'''



* ''The Brotherhood of the Snake'' (2016)


'''Members:'''
* Current:
** Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar; 1983-present)
** Alex Skolnick (lead guitar; 1983-1993, 2001, 2005-present)
** Chuck Billy (vocals; 1986-present)
** Gene Hoglan (drums; 1997, 2011-present
** Steve [=DiGiorgio=] (bass; 1998-2004, 2014-present)

* Former:[[note]]Only ex members who have recorded at least one album while in the band, or had songwriting credits, are listed here.[[/note]]
** Derrick Ramirez (Vocals and Guitar; 1983)(Bass; 1997)
** [[Music/ExodusBand Steve Souza]] (Vocals; 1983-1986)[[note]]Also sang on the last two tracks of ''First Strike Still Deadly'', and has co-written songs on ''The Formation of Damnation'' and ''Dark Roots of Earth''.[[/note]]
** Louie Clemente (Drums; 1983-1993, 2005)
** Greg Christian (Bass; 1983-1996; 2004-2014)
** Glen Alvelais (Guitar; 1993, 1997-1998)
** [[Music/{{Slayer}} Paul Bostaph]] (Drums; 1993, 2007-2011)
** [[Music/{{Death}} James]] [[Music/{{Obituary}} Murphy]] (Guitar; 1994-1996, 1998-2000)
** [[Music/{{Slayer}} Dave Lombardo]] (Drums; 1998-1999)

!!!! This band provides examples of:

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* ''The Brotherhood ''Brotherhood of the Snake'' (2016)


'''Members:'''
!!'''Members:'''
!!!Current:
* Current:
**
Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar; 1983-present)
** * Alex Skolnick (lead guitar; 1983-1993, 2001, 2005-present)
** * Chuck Billy (vocals; 1986-present)
** * Gene Hoglan (drums; 1997, 2011-present
** * Steve [=DiGiorgio=] (bass; 1998-2004, 2014-present)

* Former:[[note]]Only !!!Former:[[note]]Only ex members who have recorded at least one album while in the band, or had songwriting credits, are listed here.[[/note]]
** * Derrick Ramirez (Vocals and Guitar; 1983)(Bass; 1997)
** * [[Music/ExodusBand Steve Souza]] (Vocals; 1983-1986)[[note]]Also sang on the last two tracks of ''First Strike Still Deadly'', and has co-written songs on ''The Formation of Damnation'' and ''Dark Roots of Earth''.[[/note]]
** * Louie Clemente (Drums; 1983-1993, 2005)
** * Greg Christian (Bass; 1983-1996; 2004-2014)
** * Glen Alvelais (Guitar; 1993, 1997-1998)
** * [[Music/{{Slayer}} Paul Bostaph]] (Drums; 1993, 2007-2011)
** * [[Music/{{Death}} James]] [[Music/{{Obituary}} Murphy]] (Guitar; 1994-1996, 1998-2000)
** * [[Music/{{Slayer}} Dave Lombardo]] (Drums; 1998-1999)

!!!! This !!This band provides examples of:
1st Oct '16 2:10:00 PM JayMaier81
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* ''The Gathering'' (1998)

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* ''The Gathering'' (1998)(1999)
14th Jun '16 11:58:13 PM Edgecrusher666
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* AntiLoveSong: Taken UpTo11 with "Leave Me Forever".
* ApocalypseWow: "3 Days in Darkness".
* BadassNative: "Native Blood". Chuck Billy himself is one of the most prominent Native American figures in music.

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* AntiLoveSong: Taken UpTo11 with "Leave Me Forever".
Forever."
* ApocalypseWow: "3 Days in Darkness".
Darkness."
* BadassNative: "Native Blood". Blood," Chuck Billy himself is one of the most prominent Native American figures in music.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "The Ballad". Guess the style of the song.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "The Ballad". Ballad." Guess the style of the song.



** TheLeader: Eric Peterson
** TheLancer: Chuck Billy
** TheSmartGuy: Alex Skolnick
** TheBigGuy: Gene Hoglan
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Steve [=DiGiorgio=]

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** TheLeader: Eric Peterson
Eric
** TheLancer: Chuck Billy
Chuck
** TheSmartGuy: Alex Skolnick
Alex
** TheBigGuy: Gene Hoglan
Gene
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Steve [=DiGiorgio=]Steve



* HeavyMeta: Averted by "Into the Pit". It is hard to say what it ''is'' about, but the lyrics certainly have nothing to do with moshing.

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* HeavyMeta: Averted by "Into the Pit". Pit." It is hard to say what it ''is'' about, but the lyrics certainly have nothing to do with moshing.



* MetalScream: One of Chuck's trademarks, especially on their earliest albums on songs like "Burnt Offerings" and "The Preacher".

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* MetalScream: One of Chuck's trademarks, especially on their earliest albums on songs like "Burnt Offerings" and "The Preacher".Preacher."



* PowerBallad: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Ballad"]], "The Legacy", "The Ritual", "Return to Serenity", "Trail of Tears", and "Cold Embrace". "Leave Me Forever", to a lesser degree.
* TheRemake: ''First Strike Still Deadly'' is a rerecording of some of their most well-liked tracks from their first two albums.
* RenaissanceMan: Alex Skolnick has also found the time to play with Music/TransSiberianOrchestra and create his own jazz fusion group.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Eric Peterson is the only consistent member, and him and Chuck Billy are the only ones who have been present on all their albums. From ''The Ritual'' onwards (the last album with their "classic" Billy/Peterson/Skolnick/Christian/Clemente lineup), every subsequent album has been recorded with a different lineup as the previous album.

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* PowerBallad: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Ballad"]], "The Legacy", Legacy," "The Ritual", Ritual," "Return to Serenity", Serenity," "Trail of Tears", Tears," and "Cold Embrace". Embrace." "Leave Me Forever", Forever," to a lesser degree.
* TheRemake: ''First Strike Still Deadly'' is a rerecording re-recording of some of their most well-liked tracks from their first two albums.
* RenaissanceMan: Alex Skolnick has also found the time to play with Music/TransSiberianOrchestra and create his own jazz fusion group.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Eric Peterson is the only consistent member, and him and Chuck Billy are the only ones who have been present on all their albums. From ''The Ritual'' onwards (the last album with their "classic" Billy/Peterson/Skolnick/Christian/Clemente Peterson/Skolnick/Billy/Christian/Clemente lineup), every subsequent album has been recorded with a different lineup as the previous album.



* [[IAmTheBand We Are The Band]]: Billy and Peterson are the only constant members, and even then Peterson is the only founding member who never left.

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* [[IAmTheBand We Are The Band]]: Billy Eric and Peterson Chuck are the only constant members, members and even then Peterson then, Eric is the only founding member who never left.
14th Jun '16 11:53:30 PM Edgecrusher666
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** TheLancer: Steve [=DiGiorgio=]

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** TheLancer: Steve [=DiGiorgio=]Chuck Billy



** TheHeart: Chuck Billy

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** TheHeart: Chuck Billy[[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Steve [=DiGiorgio=]
31st May '16 10:43:14 PM Torturephile
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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most of their stuff (practically all of their ''The Legacy'' to ''Souls of Black'' material namely) is about 8. ''The Ritual'' varies from about 6-8, while starting from ''Low'' they have recorded several songs ("Dog Faced Gods," most of the songs on ''Demonic'', "D.N.R (Do Not Resuscitate)," "The Formation Of Damnation," "True American Hate," etc.) that go into 9. "Legions of the Dead" borders on a soft 10, while the band drops to a 4 with "Return to Serenity."

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most of their stuff (practically all of their ''The Legacy'' to ''Souls of Black'' material namely) is about 8. ''The Ritual'' varies from about 6-8, while starting from ''Low'' they have recorded several songs ("Dog Faced Gods," most of the songs on ''Demonic'', "D.N.R (Do Not Resuscitate)," "Fall of Sipledome," "The Formation Of of Damnation," "True American Hate," etc.) that go into 9. "Legions of the Dead" borders on a soft 10, while the band drops to a 4 with "Return to Serenity."



** Some songs on ''The New Order'' have soft atmospheric intros on certain tracks, also it features the first instrumental tracks in the band's discography. Its production is also gritty and fuzzy, giving it a slightly rawer sound.

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** Some songs on ''The New Order'' have soft atmospheric intros on certain tracks, also it features the first instrumental tracks in the band's discography. Its production is also gritty gritty, muffled, and fuzzy, giving it a slightly rawer sound.
31st May '16 10:39:22 PM Torturephile
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** Some songs on ''The New Order'' have soft instrumental atmospheric intros on certain tracks, also it features the first instrumental tracks in the band's discography. Its production is also gritty, giving it a slightly rawer sound.

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** Some songs on ''The New Order'' have soft instrumental atmospheric intros on certain tracks, also it features the first instrumental tracks in the band's discography. Its production is also gritty, gritty and fuzzy, giving it a slightly rawer sound.



** ''The Ritual'', being "[[Music/{{Metallica}} The Black Album]]" of the band, deviated from the band's earlier thrash metal sound in favor of a more traditional heavy metal/hard rockish sound.
** ''Low'' marks a 180 degree turn as it's much heavier due to its Music/GrooveMetal influence, tuned-down guitars, and Chuck Billy using a lower grunt on some tracks. "Dog Faced Gods" of this album is the band's first flirtation with Music/DeathMetal.

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** ''The Ritual'', being "[[Music/{{Metallica}} The Black Album]]" of the band, deviated from the band's earlier thrash metal sound in favor of a more traditional heavy metal/hard rockish sound.
metal sound with hints of hard rock, and it has much better production than its predecessors.
** ''Low'' marks a 180 degree turn as it's much heavier due to its Music/GrooveMetal influence, tuned-down guitars, and Chuck Billy using a lower grunt register/roaring on some tracks. "Dog Faced Gods" of this album is the band's first flirtation with Music/DeathMetal.



** ''The Formation of Damnation'' abandons the death metal sound of previous albums for the most part.

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** ''The Formation of Damnation'' abandons the death metal sound aspects of previous albums for the most part.
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