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Chuck Billy | vocals
Eric Peterson | guitar
Alex Skolnick | guitars
Steve DiGiorgio | bass
Gene Hoglan | drums

The time has arrived for TESTAMENT to unleash new thunder to the masses and reveal their thirteenth studio album: Titans OF Creation. Just as the elements of this planet thrive within all living creatures, each musician in TESTAMENT represents a necessary component of this latest musical endeavor. Still filled with a massive and unstoppable energy since their last release, TESTAMENT has taken their style to the next level and present an album that is loyal to the roots of traditional thrash metal while still bringing alluring, brilliant, and progressive ingredients to the table. Bass is showcased, new vocals are introduced, and as expected, the guitarwork of Peterson and Skolnick is greatly complex and mesmerizing.   

Eliran Kantor stepped up once again to create a new piece of artwork for the cover of this release. His classic, almost Renaissance style of painting melds beautifully with the ancient, psychological, and enlightened subject matter of the songs. Three monstrous titans stand in the place where the planets are formed. One pours molding liquid which the others hammer into human DNA, twisting and turning into the ring of a newborn planet. Each titan has the flame of a dying star burning in their chest; the origin of the atoms making up the bodies that are bubbling and boiling on the curves of the spiraling helix.  

Titans OF Creation has many moods and material contained within; all of which somehow tie into a common philosophy of creation and its necessary counterpart: destruction. “Children Of The Next Level” smashes through the gates as the opening track with a flood of sound that prepares the listener for an abundance of violent thrash. Meanwhile, the lyrics rage about the outrageous philosophies of the Heaven’s Gate cult (founded in 1974).  

Songs like “Dream Deceiver” carry more old school sound that will tickle the senses of any common TESTAMENT fan. The lyrics describe being trapped in a dream by an otherworldly female force who is slowly working to degrade the mind. Dreams are part of existence, but when we are asleep we are entirely vulnerable; one of the many mysteries of being human. “Someone’s haunting you and won’t leave you alone; the only time they pick at you is at night when they can control the way you sleep,” describes vocalist Chuck Billy. 

Night of the Witch” features frightening and captivating vocals from Eric Peterson. Carrying a vibe far more akin to Black Metal, Peterson swoops in with a power that melds perfectly with Billy’s ground shaking, guttural growls. Taking some influence from Robert Egger’s 2015 horror masterpiece “The VVitch: A New England Folktale,” the song carries with it a magical quality that directly reflects the mood of the film. At the very end of the track, a theremin howls through the air much like witches rising towards the moon; setting the final tone. “The album has a lot about it that’s fresh to the ear,” explains Peterson.

Written by guitarist Alex Skolnick, “Symptoms” is filled with detailed with intricate guitar work that well represents the complicated and spellbinding journey that comes along with handling depression, mood swings, and a countless list of mental health frustrations. The lyrics in this song discuss a sad truth: that mental illness is more common than we all think, and than many of us are willing to acknowledge. On a lighter note, a vibrant track entitled “The Healers” swings back and forth between waves of death and thrash, heavy and melodic, light and dark. The words are spiritual, and extremely personal. They describe Billy’s own experience dealing with all natural medicine men; the elders of the earth, and how they managed to help him pinpoint and heal his past illness. “City Of Angels” comes bearing an entirely new sound for TESTAMENT. The creeping sludgieness and slow, stalking tempo, walk hand in hand with the almost unbelievably gruesome tale of the Nightstalker Richard Ramierz, all combining to form another stand-out track on the record. 

In 2020 the days of writing an album all together in one room are far gone, but to be able to take advantage of technology allows for TESTAMENT to go about a very similar writing process to what they always have. Basic songs are molded, structures are added by everyone in the group, instrumentals are highlighted, and finally the lyrics and vocals are created to finalize the sonic story. Facetime and human on human contact still remain crucial elements to TESTAMENT’s song writing process and at some point throughout, every member physically interacts and writes with one another. In between writing this album, the band toured relentlessly which allowed for less stress, more time in between, and greater inspiration for this album cycle. There was also plenty of anxiety-free and level-headed time for pre-production and the initial recording process with Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios. Andy Sneap was then able to tweak, mix, and master this album to his usual perfection. 

TESTAMENT’s process of creation has evolved and progressed yet they’ve remained steadfast over the course of literal decades. While always managing to present the genuine aspects of thrash metal that solidify their existence, they spread into unique horizons through developing crisp and fascinating sounds.

Discography

Titans of Creation (2020)
Titans of Creation (2020)
Brotherhood of the Snake (2016)
Brotherhood of the Snake (2016)
Dark Roots of Earth  (2012)
Dark Roots of Earth (2012)
Live At Eindhoven 2009 (Re-release 2017)
Live At Eindhoven 2009 (Re-release 2017)
The Formation of Damnation (2008)
The Formation of Damnation (2008)
First Strike Still Deadly (2001)
First Strike Still Deadly (2001)
The Gathering (1999)
The Gathering (1999)
Demonic (1997)
Demonic (1997)
Low (1994)
Low (1994)
The Ritual (1992)
The Ritual (1992)
Souls of Black (1990)
Souls of Black (1990)
Practice What You Preach (1989)
Practice What You Preach (1989)
The New Order (1988)
The New Order (1988)
The Legacy (1987)
The Legacy (1987)

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2 days ago

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Alex Skolnick will be taking part in the World Metal Congress roundtable discussion titled 'Music, Activism & Metal For Nepal' taking place Tuesday October 20th @ 11AM PT / 2PM ET / 7PM BST / 8PM CET Watch here: bit.ly/WorldMetalCongress ... See MoreSee Less

Alex Skolnick will be taking part in the World Metal Congress roundtable discussion titled Music, Activism & Metal For Nepal taking place Tuesday October 20th @ 11AM PT / 2PM ET / 7PM BST / 8PM CET Watch here: http://bit.ly/WorldMetalCongress

Comment on Facebook Alex Skolnick will ...

Underside are a great band.

All you guys trying your damnedest to fight or at least not get along with each other in here. You know how proud this makes your propagandist controllers? You guys should look in to Edward Bernays. Read a book about him or look him up on utoob. Left/Right, Black/White it goes on and on. It's all BS man. You guys better start loving each other like the brothers you are cause all this shits coming to a head. Ain't too many of us gona know what to do when the food supply chain is sabotaged

Esta mesa tendra un dialogo de aprendizaje con estos musicos de metal.👍

Alex, is a great guy. I have met him several times. I don’t let his views persuade me one one or another. I agree with a lot of his views. Ppl don’t listen.

What about Nepal??

Prefiero escuchar a la banda y sus excelentes rolas, La politica no me interesa,

Trump????????

Dennis

Although I don’t agree with most people’s political views! Alex has always been a staple in musical tool box for both inspiration and just great overall guitar player’ I choose metal over all because at the end of the day Testament just gets me going!! 🤘🤘🤘🤘

So, we see some of the Testament "fans" are really just background music fans. Taking politics over a great Metal band! If you would rather have Trump than Testament go get a check up! Testament over any politics and politician!

ITS ABOUT NEPAL!!!!! LEAVE YOUR YANKEE POLITICS IN THE SPECIAL CLASS.

🤘🏾🤘🏾🤘🏾

I respect everyone's right to support the candidate they feel passionately about. It's what makes our country the greatest on the planet And on that note.... #TRUMP2020 in a fucking LANDSLIDE 🤘🇺🇲🤘

Love a political message in a song but don’t start giving your opinion. Fuck Liberal Lunatics. TRUMP 2020. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Nepal is a democratic republic that we barely hear a peep about. Which means they're doing relatively well for themselves and lefties can't wait to fuck up yet another country. Go to China. They're the ones meddling in Nepalese affairs.

Alex gonna cry and whine like a baby and do his pathetic rap song

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China Camps - go make a song about that, oh wait you can't.

Will he be talking about his great rap songs he's been writing lately?? HAHAHAH #TRUMP2020

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All i can say is WHAT VIRUS EPIDEMIC..TESTAMENT is my fave band at moment along with MEGADETH your treading on thin ice guys..

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3 weeks ago

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Please help me wish our amazing Alex Skolnick a very Happy Birthday 🎂 !!! Have a great one! ... See MoreSee Less

Please help me wish our amazing Alex Skolnick a very Happy Birthday 🎂 !!!  Have a great one!

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Happy Birthday Alex, one of the greatest guitarist of all time Never forget Practice What You Preach

Best of the best are September born! Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the Master Jedi axe ripping Alex Skolnick. Best thrash guitarist on the planet.

Happy birthday to one of my most inspirational guitar players!

Happy Birthday, mr Skolnick! You're the most inspiring guitarist for me!

Happy Birthday Alex! Had the pleasure of seeing you 4 times with Testament! I have a guitar pick you gave me! You are the best!

Happy Birthday Alex!!! Wishing you many more rocking guitar shredding years. Be well be safe YOU TOO CHUCK and the gang

Happy Birthday to the best guitarist of all times you Rock..and thanks for for all the great music 🎶 you've given us through the years..

Happy birthday Alex! Thank you for your many years of contribution to meatl!

Happy Birthday Alex, thanks for helping to create some of the most amazing thrash metal the world has ever heard!

Happy birthday Alex! Stay safe and awesome out there Bro! The new album is F.Awesome!

Happy birthday from Belgium!!!🎸🍻🤘

Happy Birthday Alex you have been one of my idols since I picked up a guitar I hope you have a amazing day and best wishes.

Happy birthday Alex! Thanks for the setlist on Woodstock festival in Poland 😉

Happy birthday Mr. Alex Skolnick you are a great guitar player, I sow you the first time at L.A. SPORTS Arena in 1991 with Testament in your Souls of Black tour

Happy birthday bro and thanks to testament one of the best thrash bands can’t wait to see you guys again 🤟🤟

Happy Birthday Alex, I'll have a cigar for you, next time you are in Boise!

Happy birthday Alex. Was so glad to see you play in Utrecht February 18th. The last show before corona shut it all down, but what a show it was. 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! Still trying to hear what you were playing during Em part of Trail of Tears however the solo in that song is ferocious. 😉

Best damn thrash guitar player in the whole history, love your late work in metal allegiance, alex rlz

HAPPY Birthday, Alex!!🎸🎼🎵💕🎸thanx for YOUR touch in our worlds music scene!!I enjoy your riffs and melodies, and learned much from your written columns in Guitar mags! Thank you!

In my top 5 fav live guitarists! Happy Birthday Alex, I was so gutted Testament cancelled club show in Brisbane March 2020. I hope thrash metal makes a big comeback after Covid! 🤘

Happy Birthday Alex...can't wait to see you again Shredding this New Album because It Rocks...I Love this Album...Since 2005s "Live in London" and The 2008 Follow Up "The Formation of Damnation" Testament has Been "On Fire" and I'm One of your Biggest Fans...Been Too Long Man 🙄😢

Happy Birthday. Unreal guitarist sir... thank you for so many years of music.

Happy Birthday Alex! Also, how long is the whammy bar on that guitar ?!?

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4 weeks ago

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Eww, sports wear?

Good, some Golden Knights colors this time. Much better than that horrible teal.

Excelente TESTAMENT, Salurocks 🤘

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Alex Skolnick will be taking part in the @metalcongress roundtable discussion titled 'Music, Activism & Metal For Nepal' taking place Tuesday October 20th @ 11AM PT / 2PM ET / 7PM BST / 8PM CET Watch here: http://bit.ly/WorldMetalCongress

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FLASHBACK to filming promo for BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE; our 11th ALBLUM! 😂 We could all use a laugh right now, enjoy!

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Contact Information

Bookings:

Dominik Meyer / Cobra Agency GmbH (Europe)
Scott Sokol / Pinnacle Entertainment (USA)

Business Management:

Zeisler, Zeisler, Rawson & Johnson LLP

Legal:

Elliot Cahn / Phillips, Erlewine, Given & Carlin LLP

 

Promotion & Press inquires 

Yasemin Kaymaz yasemin@headofpr.com for Europe
Kristin Torres at Nuclear Blast USA Kristin@nuclearblastusa.com

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Other inquires

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