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* FilkSong: A rare ''instrumental'' example. The bass-driven instrumental "Urotsukidoji" (off of ''Low'') is inspired by an erotic Japanese anime series, even using samples from the series in places.


* ReligionRantSong: They have a number of Type 3's. "Dangers Of The Faithless" and "So Many Lies", for example.

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* ReligionRantSong: They have a number They're very fond of the Type 3's.3 variant. "Dangers Of The Faithless" and "So Many Lies", for example.


* ReligionRantSong: "Dangers Of The Faithless" is a Type 3.

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* ReligionRantSong: They have a number of Type 3's. "Dangers Of The Faithless" is a Type 3.and "So Many Lies", for example.


* ControlFreak: Chuck and Eric were this according to Greg Christian, which led to him often feeling like a fifth wheel within the band. To this day, he regrets working with them, feeling this talents as a bassist were seriously underappreciated (both personally and financially).



* JerkAss: According to Greg Christian, Eric and Chuck financially screwed him in a pretty awful way during their 2014 tour. Hence his departure from the band.


* 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."

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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 or 5 with some of their ballads like "Return to Serenity.Serenity" and "Trail Of Tears."


* JerkAss: If Greg Christian's account of the circumstances leading to his departure is to be believed, Eric and Chuck screwed him over pretty badly.

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* JerkAss: If According to Greg Christian's account of the circumstances leading to his departure is to be believed, Christian, Eric and Chuck financially screwed him over in a pretty badly.awful way during their 2014 tour. Hence his departure from the band.


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

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* ReligionRantSong: "Dangers Of The Faithless" is a Type 3.


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* TheStoner: Chuck is an open marijuana user.


* HesBack: ''The Formation of Damnation'' served as this for Chuck and Alex - Chuck had recovered from cancer, and Alex had rejoined the band. True to this trope, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome the album kicks ass.]]

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* HesBack: ''The Formation of Damnation'' served as this for Chuck and Alex - Chuck had recovered from cancer, and Alex had rejoined the band. True to this trope, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the album kicks ass.]]


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)


* 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.

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* ProtestSong: "Stronghold", among a few other examples.


* 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.

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