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Whenever music fans discuss thrash metal bands, beyond the style’s long established “Big Four” of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth, the first name that almost inevitably comes up is that of Testament. More so than any other group except (even influential Bay Area colleagues, Exodus), Testament was thrash’s most successful commercial proposition during the genre’s original, 1980s heyday — stalling just shy of the platinum sales benchmark on numerous occasions. Originally formed in 1983, as Legacy, the future Testament honed their talents for several years in the same, bustling, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area music scene as Metallica, Exodus, and other second wave bands like Death Angel, Forbidden, and Vio-lence, to name but a few. By 1987, Testament members Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar), Alex Skonick (lead guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums) had replaced original vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza (off to join Exodus) with Chuck Billy, signed to Johnny Zazula’s Megaforce Records, and finished recording their acclaimed debut, The Legacy (named in homage to their old moniker). The album’s reliably aggressive, yet still melodic template, instantly singled out Testament as Metallica’s potential heirs apparent, and provided the blueprint for subsequent albums, The New Order (1988) and Practice What You Preach(1989). But Testament’s inexorable career growth sputtered on 1990’s rush-recorded Souls of Black, and by the release of 1992’s The Ritual and ’94’s Low, the original lineup had begun splintering, with Skolnick first to exit, followed by Clemente and then Christian. 1997’s Demonic and ’99’s The Gathering, though generally well received by critics and loyal fans, found Peterson and Billy fighting to negotiate ever-changing lineups and the period’s very metal-unfriendly, alternative rock-dominated musical environment. But, the duo’s persistence was eventually rewarded in the new millennium, after Chuck’s sobering brush with cancer ironically helped reunite the original Testament lineup (minus Clemente, replaced, first by Paul Bostaph and then Gene Hoglan) for an eventual pair of enthusiastically received new albums: 2008’s The Formation of Damnation and 2012’s Dark Roots of Earth. Both LPs were supported by extensive touring until the 2014 departure of bassist Christian, but there’s every indication that Testament will still be thrashing, in one shape or form, for years to come.

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Larry Busacca / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Kanye West Spotted Wearing Testament Shirt, Alex Skolnick Offers Greatest Response Ever

Kanye West was recently spotted on the town wearing a Testament tee and this resulted in Alex Skolnick offering one of the most hysterical responses ever.

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Charles Epting, Loudwire / Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Mark Davis, Getty Images

Testament, Sabaton, Sepultura + More Announced for 2017 New England Metal and Hardcore Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Fest has announced the first wave of bands for 2017, which includes Testament, Sabaton, Sepultura and many more.

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Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images

Phil Campbell Talks Bastard Sons EP, Lemmy Kilmister + Epic Testament Prank

Speaking with Full Metal Jackie, Motorhead's Phill Campbell discussed the debut Phil Campbell & the Bastard Sons EP and an epic prank played on Testament.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Nuclear Blast / SPV

Testament Announce 2017 North American Tour With Sepultura + Prong

Testament will hit the road with Sepultura and Prong in the spring of 2017 for a North American tour. See the full list of stops inside.

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YouTube: Nuclear Blast Records

Testament Release Music Video for Mid-Tempo Bruiser ‘The Pale King’

Testament have released a music video for their punchy mid-tempo cut 'The Pale King,' depicting lore about aliens, secret societies and more.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Testament’s Chuck Billy Details Sepultura Audition

Testament frontman Chuck Billy reflected on his audition for Brazil's Sepultura after Max Cavalera left the group.

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Nuclear Blast

Testament, ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’ – Album Review

Read our review of Testament's new album, 'Brotherhood of the Snake.'

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Loudwire

Alex Skolnick Talks New Testament Album, Diversifying Style With Gene Hoglan + More

Alex Skolnick speaks with Loudwire about the new Testament album, 'Brotherhood of the Snake,' diversifying the band's style with Gene Hoglan on drums + more.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com

Testament Release Ripping New Song ‘Stronghold’ With 360 Degree Visualizer

Testament have released another new song off 'Brotherhood of the Snake,' this time serving up four minutes of pummeling thrash with 'Stronghold.'

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Loudwire

Testament’s Alex Skolnick Talks Different Schools of Guitar, Metal + Jazz Communities

In this exclusive interview, world-renowned guitarist Alex Skolnick discusses playing jazz and metal guitar as well as each genre's community.

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