TESTAMENT Band ( thrash metal, USA ) 12" Vinyl LP Album Covers

Testament is an American Heavy & Thrash metal band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1983. They are often credited as one of the most popular bands of the 1980s thrash metal scene. In the 28 years since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, and guitarist Eric Peterson has been the only constant member, although the band currently also features two of its original members, Alex Skolnick (guitarist) and Greg Christian (bass). Chuck Billy replaced former singer Steve Souza in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since.

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TESTAMENT Band Description:

Testament is an American thrash metal band that has been active since the 1980s. The band is known for their aggressive, fast-paced music and politically charged lyrics. Testament has released a number of critically acclaimed albums over the years, cementing their place as one of the most influential and respected bands in the metal scene.

Formed in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Testament was originally known as Legacy. The band underwent several lineup changes in their early years before settling on their current lineup, which consists of Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick on guitars, Steve Di Giorgio on bass, and Gene Hoglan on drums.

Testament's music is heavily influenced by thrash metal pioneers like Metallica, Slayer, and Exodus, but the band has also incorporated elements of death metal and other subgenres over the years. Testament's early albums, such as "The Legacy" and "The New Order," are considered classics of the thrash metal genre, featuring blistering guitar riffs, complex drumming, and politically charged lyrics that dealt with issues like war, government corruption, and environmentalism.

Throughout the 1990s, Testament continued to release high-quality albums, including "Practice What You Preach" and "The Ritual." However, the band faced some challenges during this time period, including lineup changes and the rise of alternative and grunge music, which threatened to make thrash metal irrelevant. Despite these challenges, Testament remained dedicated to their craft and continued to release critically acclaimed albums.

In the 2000s, Testament experienced a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to the growing interest in classic thrash metal among younger generations of metal fans. The band released a number of well-received albums during this time period, including "The Formation of Damnation" and "Dark Roots of Earth." Testament's music continued to evolve during this time, incorporating more melodic elements and progressive influences.

In addition to their studio albums, Testament is also known for their live performances, which are legendary in the metal scene. The band has toured extensively over the years, sharing the stage with other metal heavyweights like Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Testament's live shows are known for their high-energy performances, with the band members playing at breakneck speeds while still maintaining tight musicianship and stage presence.

Throughout their career, Testament has remained true to their roots, producing high-quality thrash metal that is both musically complex and socially conscious. The band's lyrics deal with important issues like war, government corruption, and environmentalism, making them a refreshing alternative to the mindless aggression that can sometimes characterize the metal genre.  

Testament: Four Decades of Politically Charged Thrash Metal.

TESTAMENT - The Legacy (Canadian and German Releases) 12" Vinyl LP
TESTAMENT - The Legacy  album front cover vinyl record

In 1987, a storm erupted from the San Francisco Bay Area, changing the landscape of metal forever. Testament, a young and hungry thrash band, unleashed their debut album "The Legacy" upon the world, and it quickly became a revered classic

- The Legacy (1987, Canada) - The Legacy (1987, Germany)
TESTAMENT - Live at Eindhoven 12" Vinyl EP
TESTAMENT - Live at Eindhoven album front cover vinyl record

"Live at Eindhoven" serves as a potent snapshot of Testament during their formative years. The band had just released their debut album, the critically acclaimed 'The Legacy', and were rapidly solidifying their status

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TESTAMENT - The New Order 12" Vinyl LP
TESTAMENT - The New Order album front cover vinyl record

The second album by American heavy metal band Testament, titled "The New Order", holds a significant place in the band's discography. Released on 10 May 1988, this album propelled Testament into the thrash metal mainstream

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TESTAMENT - Souls of Black 12" Vinyl LP
TESTAMENT - Souls of Black album front cover vinyl record

The album opens with the pummeling "Beginning of the End," setting the tone for a whirlwind ride of thrashing riffs, double-kick drumming, and scorching guitar solos. Tracks like "Face in the Sky" and "Falling Fast"

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