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Testament

a.k.a.ex-Legacy
CountryUnited States
Formed1986, Oakland, California
GenresThrash Metal
LabelsNuclear Blast

Line-up (members)

  • Chuck Billy : Vocals (1986-)
  • Eric Peterson : Guitar (1986-)
  • Alex Skolnick : Guitar (1986-1993, 2001, 2005-)
  • Gene Hoglan : Drums (1996-1997, 2011, 2012-)
  • Steve DiGiorgio : Bass (1998-2004, 2014-)

Former members

  • Louie Clemente : Drums (1986-1993, 2005)
  • Paul Bostaph : Drums (1993, 2004-2005, 2006, 2007-2011)
  • John Tempesta : Drums (1993-1994, 2005)
  • James Murphy : Guitars (1993-1996, 1998-2000)
  • Glen Alvelais : Guitars (1993, 1997-1998)
  • Jon Dette : Drums (1994-1995, 1997, 2000)
  • Chris Kontos : Drums (1995)
  • Derrick Ramirez : Bass (1997-1998)
  • Dave Lombardo : Drums (1998-1999)
  • Jon Allen : Drums (1999-2004)
  • Steve Smyth : Guitars (2000-2004)
  • Steve "Zetro" Souza : Vocals (2001)
  • Metal Mike Chlasciak : Guitars (2002)
  • Greg Christian : Bass (1986-1996, 2004-2014)
  • Paul Bostaph : Drums (1993, 2004-2005, 2006, 2007-2011)
Releases : 29     Total votes : 5     Reviews : 2
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Testament Discography

Album title Type Released Rating Votes Reviews
(1985) Demo - 0 0
Testament - The Legacy (1987) collection wish list Studio 90 3 1
(1987) collection wish list EP - 0 0
Testament - The New Order (1988) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1989) Single - 0 0
Testament - Practice What You Preach (1989) collection wish list Studio 85 2 1
Testament - Souls of Black (1990) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1992) Single - 0 0
Testament - The Ritual (1992) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1993) collection wish list EP - 0 0
(1994) Single - 0 0
Testament - Low (1994) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1995) collection wish list Live - 0 0
(1996) collection wish list Compilation - 0 0
Testament - Demonic (1997) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(1997) collection wish list Compilation - 0 0
(1998) collection wish list EP - 0 0
Testament - The Gathering (1999) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(2000) collection wish list Compilation - 0 0
Testament - First Strike Still Deadly (2001) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(2004) collection wish list Video - 0 0
(2005) collection wish list Video - 0 0
(2005) collection wish list Live - 0 0
(2007) collection wish list Compilation - 0 0
Testament - The Formation of Damnation (2008) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(2009) collection wish list Live - 0 0
(2012) collection wish list EP - 0 0
Testament - Dark Roots of Earth (2012) collection wish list Studio - 0 0
(2013) collection wish list Live - 0 0

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Testament Top Songs

Track title Album title Rating Votes
1 Over the Wall The Legacy (1987) 95 1
2 Alone in the Dark The Legacy (1987) 95 1
3 Practice What You Preach Practice What You Preach (1989) 95 1
4 Burnt Offerings The Legacy (1987) 90 1
5 First Strike Is Deadly The Legacy (1987) 90 1
6 Greenhouse Effect Practice What You Preach (1989) 90 1
7 Sins of Omission Practice What You Preach (1989) 90 1
8 The Ballad Practice What You Preach (1989) 90 1
9 The Haunting The Legacy (1987) 85 1
10 Perilous Nation Practice What You Preach (1989) 85 1
11 Envy Life Practice What You Preach (1989) 85 1
12 Raging Waters The Legacy (1987) 80 1
13 Do or Die The Legacy (1987) 80 1
14 Apocalyptic City The Legacy (1987) 80 1
15 Time Is Coming Practice What You Preach (1989) 80 1
16 Blessed in Contempt Practice What You Preach (1989) 80 1
17 Nightmare (Coming Back to You) Practice What You Preach (1989) 80 1
18 Confusion Fusion Practice What You Preach (1989) 80 1
19 C.O.T.L.O.D. (Curse of the Legions of Death) The Legacy (1987) 75 1
Additional notes
The band was known as Legacy from 1983-1986.

Steve "Zetro" Souza from Exodus was the lead singer from 1985-1986, and he has done vocals for Testament at some points. There was precisely one show played as Legacy with Chuck Billy on vocals, in July 1986.

Although still named Legacy at the time of recording, they couldn't relase the album under that name, as there was a jazz band who had registered it. Billy Milano suggested they name themselves Testament, and they liked it. They used their old name as the album title.

Testament was one of the early thrash metal bands to sign to a major label, having signed to Atlantic in 1986.

Greg Christian had reportedly auditioned for bass or was asked to join Metallica following Cliff Burton's death. He was among the few who were considered for the role.

In 2001, Chuck Billy was diagnosed with germ cell seminoma; a rare kind of cancer in Chuck's case because this is usually in the testicular region of a man's body, but Chuck had in his chest region near his heart. He had been undergoing numerous treatments and survived the cancer. Festivals and concerts had been held in helping raise money for Chuck's sickness. He has since been fully recovered.
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