"Souls of Black" is the fourth album by American Thrash metal band Testament, released in 1990. It preceded several changes in style to rather diverse styles of metal.


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Album Description & Collectors information:


This album "TESTAMENT - Souls of Black" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

"Souls of Black" is the fourth album by American Thrash metal band Testament, released in 1990. It preceded several changes in style to rather diverse styles of metal.


Music Genre:

American Thrash Metal 

Album Production Information:


The album: "TESTAMENT - Souls of Black" was produced by: Michael Rosen and Testament

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Michael Rosen, Vincent "Bro" Wojno

This album was recorded at: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley California

Tom Coyne (1954-2017) - Mastering Engineer

  Tom Coyne is a mastering engineer from New Jersey who has mastered dozens of Heavy Metal albums during the 1980s.

Bob Defrin - Art Direction

  Bob Defrin - As director, graphic designer and head of art for Atlantic records, Bob Defrin has been responsible for the album covers of many Heavy Metal bands during the 1980s.

  The list of Hard Rock or Heavy Metal albums he produced between 1980-1990 is here

Album cover design: William Benson, Eric Peterson

Album cover photography: Hiro Iro

Record Label Information:

Megaforce 7567-82143

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year and Country:

1990 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: TESTAMENT - Souls of Black
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Chuck Billy - Vocals
  • Alex Skolnick - Guitars
  • Eric Peterson - Guitars (Eric Peterson (Guitars) together with his cousin "Derrick Ramirez " founder of the American Thrash Metal band: "Legacy", which will be later renamed into "Testament".)
  • Greg Christian - Bass
  • Louie Clemente - Drums (Louis Clemente is founder of the Testament band.)
Complete Track-listing of the album "TESTAMENT - Souls of Black"

The detailed tracklist of this record "TESTAMENT - Souls of Black" is:

  1. "Beginning of the End" (Eric Peterson) - 0:35
  2. "Face in the Sky" (Chuck Billy, Peterson, Alex Skolnick) - 3:53
  3. "Falling Fast" (Billy, Skolnick, Louie Clemente) - 4:05
  4. "Souls of Black" (Billy, Clemente, Peterson, Skolnick) - 3:22
  5. "Absence of Light" (Billy, Peterson, Skolnick) - 3:54
  6. "Love to Hate" (Billy, Clemente, Peterson, Skolnick) - 3:40
  7. "Malpractice" (Billy, Peterson, Skolnick) - 4:43
  8. "One Man's Fate" (Billy, Clemente, Peterson) - 4:49
  9. "The Legacy" (Billy, Clemente, Peterson, Skolnick) - 5:30
  10. "Seven Days in May" (Billy, Peterson, Skolnick) - 4:40
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Inner Sleeve   of "TESTAMENT - Souls of Black" Album
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Testament: Four Decades of Politically Charged Thrash Metal.

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.