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29th May '16 2:42:44 AM Torturephile
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\n* ''The Brotherhood of the Snake'' (2016)




* AntiLoveSong: Taken UpTo11 with "Leave Me Forever".



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



** Some songs on ''The New Order'' has soft instrumental 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'' has 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.



* PowerBallad: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Ballad"]], "The Legacy", "The Ritual", "Return to Serenity", "Trail of Tears", and "Cold Embrace". "Leave Me Forever", to a lesser degree.



* WordSaladLyrics: Most of ''The Gathering'' seems to consist of this. While there are a few songs with obvious themes ("Three Days Of Darkness" is, for example, about The Rapture), most of the lyrics are utterly ridiculous.

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* WordSaladLyrics: Most of ''The Gathering'' seems to consist of this. While there are a few songs with obvious themes ("Three ("3 Days Of of Darkness" is, for example, about The Rapture), most of the lyrics are utterly ridiculous.
29th May '16 2:28:18 AM Torturephile
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* LighterAndSofter: ''The Ritual'' is the most accessible album the band released, though the few albums before had a more polished and melodic sound than the first ones.

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* LighterAndSofter: ''The Ritual'' is the most accessible album the band released, though the few albums before had a more polished and melodic sound than the first ones. ''The Formation of Damnation'', while definitely a heavy album, is this to ''The Gathering''.



** Some songs on ''The New Order'' feature soft instrumental intros unlike in ''The Legacy'', also it features the first instrumental tracks in the band's discography.
** ''Practice What You Preach'' is noticeably more melodic than its predecessors.
** ''Souls of Black'' seems to have the tempo dialed down and features a more traditional heavy metal sound that would be further explored in ''The Ritual''.

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** Some songs on ''The New Order'' feature has soft instrumental intros unlike in ''The Legacy'', on certain tracks, also it features the first instrumental tracks in the band's discography.
discography. Its production is also gritty, giving it a slightly rawer sound.
** ''Practice What You Preach'' is noticeably more melodic than its predecessors.
and has a cleaner production.
** ''Souls of Black'' seems to have the tempo dialed down and features shows a more traditional heavy metal sound that would be further explored in ''The Ritual''.



** ''Low'' marks a 180 degree turn as it's much heavier due to its Music/GrooveMetal influence, has tuned-down guitars, and Chuck Billy uses a lower grunt on some tracks.

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** ''Low'' marks a 180 degree turn as it's much heavier due to its Music/GrooveMetal influence, has tuned-down guitars, and Chuck Billy uses using a lower grunt on some tracks. "Dog Faced Gods" of this album is the band's first flirtation with Music/DeathMetal.
** ''Demonic'' further evolves the band into a heavier direction, with a much more prominent death metal tone heard throughout, while retaining the groove metal sound of ''Low''.
** ''The Gathering'' marks a return of the thrash sound the band previously had while mixing it with their heavier sound of the '90s.
** ''The Formation of Damnation'' abandons the death metal sound of previous albums for the most part.
** ''Dark Roots of Earth'' introduces blast beats and is generally faster. It also features the first ballad since "Trail of Tears" from ''Low''.
29th May '16 2:11:41 AM Torturephile
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* LighterAndSofter: ''The Ritual'' is the most accessible album the band released, though the few albums before had a more polished and melodic sound than the first ones.



* NewSoundAlbum: Most of their albums starting with ''The Ritual'' have toyed with their sound somewhat. More info on the main page.
* TheRemake: ''First Strike Still Deadly'' is a rerecording of some of their most well liked tracks from their first two albums. YMMV on whether the originals or the new versions are better.

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* NewSoundAlbum: Most of their albums starting with NewSoundAlbum:
** Some songs on
''The Ritual'' New Order'' feature soft instrumental intros unlike in ''The Legacy'', also it features the first instrumental tracks in the band's discography.
** ''Practice What You Preach'' is noticeably more melodic than its predecessors.
** ''Souls of Black'' seems to
have toyed with their the tempo dialed down and features a more traditional heavy metal sound somewhat. More info on that would be further explored in ''The Ritual''.
** ''The Ritual'', being "[[Music/{{Metallica}} The Black Album]]" of
the main page.
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, has tuned-down guitars, and Chuck Billy uses a lower grunt on some tracks.
* TheRemake: ''First Strike Still Deadly'' is a rerecording of some of their most well liked well-liked tracks from their first two albums. YMMV on whether the originals or the new versions are better.albums.
29th May '16 1:54:48 AM Torturephile
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* ApocalypseWow: "Three Days In Darkness".

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* ApocalypseWow: "Three "3 Days In in Darkness".



* BigFun / FatBastard: Chuck, especially in his latter years.

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* BigFun / FatBastard: Chuck, especially in his latter years. Some say he is a thicker version of Music/{{Slayer}}'s Tom Araya.



* CoverVersion: Music/{{Aerosmith}}s "Nobody's Fault" on ''The New Order''.
** Also Music/{{Queen}}'s "Dragon Attack," Music/{{Scorpions}}'s "Animal Magnetism," and Music/{{Iron Maiden}}'s "Powerslave" on "Dark Roots of Earth"
* DarkerAndEdgier: During TheNineties, they got much heavier and Chuck started experimenting with harsher vocal techniques.

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* CoverVersion: CoverVersion:
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Music/{{Aerosmith}}s "Nobody's Fault" on ''The New Order''.
** Also Music/{{Queen}}'s "Dragon Attack," Music/{{Scorpions}}'s "Animal Magnetism," and Music/{{Iron Maiden}}'s "Powerslave" on "Dark ''Dark Roots of Earth"
Earth''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: During TheNineties, After ''The Ritual'', they got much heavier and Chuck started experimenting with harsher vocal techniques.



* EpicRocking: Not always, but ''The Ritual'' and ''Dark Roots of Earth'' sometimes delve into this.

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* EpicRocking: Not always, but EpicRocking:
** The title track of
''The Ritual'' and is 7:34.
** From
''Dark Roots of Earth'' sometimes delve into this.Earth'', we get "Cold Embrace" (7:45), "Throne of Thorns" (7:04, 7:41 for the extended edit), and "Powerslave" (6:51).



** TheLeader: Eric
** TheLancer: Steve
** TheSmartGuy: Alex
** TheBigGuy: Gene
** TheHeart: Chuck

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** TheLeader: Eric
Eric Peterson
** TheLancer: Steve
Steve [=DiGiorgio=]
** TheSmartGuy: Alex
Alex Skolnick
** TheBigGuy: Gene
Gene Hoglan
** TheHeart: ChuckChuck Billy



* JerkAss: If Greg Christian's account of the circumstances leading to his departure is to be believed, Eric and Chuck are pretty shitty people.

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* JerkAss: If Greg Christian's account of the circumstances leading to his departure is to be believed, Eric and Chuck are pretty shitty terrible people.



* MetalBandMascot: The nameless demon...thing with an OverlyLongTongue often seen in an inverted pentagram, found on ''The Legacy'', the corner of ''Low'' and ''First Strike Still Deadly'', among other places, probably counts.

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* MetalBandMascot: The nameless demon... thing with an OverlyLongTongue often seen in an inverted pentagram, pentagram found on ''The Legacy'', the corner of ''Low'' and ''First Strike Still Deadly'', among other places, probably counts.



* 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)," "The Formation Of Damnation," "True American Hate," etc.) that go into 9. "Legions Of The of the Dead" borders on a soft 10, while the band drops to a 4 with "Return To to Serenity."
25th Feb '16 9:14:28 PM Jaredwarrensince1991
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[[caption-width-right:350:Practicing what they've preached since 1983]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Practicing what they've preached since 1983]]
1983.]]
25th Feb '16 9:14:02 PM Jaredwarrensince1991
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/testament_logo.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Practicing what they've preached since 1983]]
11th Nov '15 8:46:20 PM DarkSider13
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** Chuck Billy (Vocals; 1986-present)
** Alex Skolnick (Guitar; 1983-1993, 2001, 2005-present)
** Eric Peterson (Guitar; 1983-present)
** Steve [=DiGiorgio=] (Bass; 1998-2004, 2014-present)
** Gene Hoglan (Drums; 1997, 2011-present

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



* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Eric
** TheLancer: Steve
** TheSmartGuy: Alex
** TheBigGuy: Gene
** TheHeart: Chuck



* GutturalGrowler: Chuck Billy, although not to the usual extent. While he's more than capable of the traditional death metal growl, he usually uses a very distinctive roar.
* HeavyMeta: Averted by "Into the Pit". It's hard to say what it ''is'' about, but the lyrics certainly have nothing to do with moshing.
** Subverted during the band's live performances, as it's usually dedicated to the people participating in the mosh pit.

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* GutturalGrowler: Chuck Billy, although not to the usual extent. While he's he is more than capable of the traditional death metal growl, he usually uses a very distinctive roar.
* HeavyMeta: Averted by "Into the Pit". It's It is hard to say what it ''is'' about, but the lyrics certainly have nothing to do with moshing.
** Subverted during the band's live performances, as it's it is usually dedicated to the people participating in the mosh pit.



* JerkAss: If Greg Christian's account of the circumstances leading to his departure is to be believed, Billy and Peterson are pretty shitty people.
* LeadDrummer: Dave Lombardo arguably (not only due to his reputation with Music/{{Slayer}}, but his performance on ''The Gathering'' being incredibly highly lauded), and more definitely Gene Hoglan seeing the massive number of bands he's been in.

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* JerkAss: If Greg Christian's account of the circumstances leading to his departure is to be believed, Billy Eric and Peterson Chuck are pretty shitty people.
* LeadDrummer: Dave Lombardo arguably (not only due to his reputation with Music/{{Slayer}}, but his performance on ''The Gathering'' being incredibly highly lauded), and more definitely Gene Hoglan seeing the massive number of bands he's he has been in.



* 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", Gods," most of the songs on ''Demonic'', "D.N.R (Do Not Resuscitate)", Resuscitate)," "The Formation Of Damnation", Damnation," "True American Hate", 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".Serenity."
8th Aug '15 4:29:16 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* BadassNative: "Native Blood".

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* BadassNative: "Native Blood". Chuck Billy himself is one of the most prominent Native American figures in music.
3rd Aug '15 4:36:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Eric
** TheLancer: Alex
** TheBigGuy: Chuck
** TheHeart: Gene
** TheSixthRanger: Steve
3rd Aug '15 4:36:07 AM Morgenthaler
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** Also Music/{{Queen}}'s "Dragon Attack," {{Scorpions}}'s "Animal Magnetism," and Music/{{Iron Maiden}}'s "Powerslave" on "Dark Roots of Earth"

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** Also Music/{{Queen}}'s "Dragon Attack," {{Scorpions}}'s Music/{{Scorpions}}'s "Animal Magnetism," and Music/{{Iron Maiden}}'s "Powerslave" on "Dark Roots of Earth"
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