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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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Please help me wish our Eric Peterson a very Happy Birthday (May 14th)!!! Happy Birthday, Eric!A lovely day in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside with thrash metal riffmaster, Eric Peterson. (1) ... See MoreSee Less

Please help me wish our Eric Peterson a very Happy Birthday (May 14th)!!!  Happy Birthday, Eric!

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Happy happy Birthday Riff Master and the leader of Dragonlord Eric Peterson here is a small tribute from us to you Master 🤘 - Jerome Abalos with SOLABROS youtu.be/a_7jbS73PYc

Happy birthday Eric. You are the most underrated guitarist in metal

Happy birthday Eric! cheers and stay awesome Shred Master !

Riff Creator Extraordinaire. Expert level. Happy Birthday Eric!

Happy birthday for yesterday Eric- that picture was taken near my home, Come back to Derbyshire when you can!

From one Eric Peterson to another, Happy Birthday! 🤘🎸🎂

Happiest of birthdays to you. For all the great music you've been a part of I give you my heartfelt thanks !!!

Happy birthday Eric Peterson King of the riff.

Happy birthday Eric! Have to say, the Testament show I caught in Cincinnati a few years ago was one of the most fun showed I've ever been to. Hope it was a great birthday, love your music, and looking forward to what comes next. 🤘

Happy Birthday Brother, cheers from Rouen, Normandy !!!

Happy birthday dude! Keep cranking out killer Testament albums!! You guys are on a tear!!

Have a fantastic birthday, and thank you for all the great music!!

Happy Birthday Eric Peterson! Thanks for a lifetime of great music. Keep thrashing!

Eric! Happy Birthday and THANK YOU for letting me interview for Antihero Magazine. We talked abour new music, your endorsements and Kansas City Bar B Que. Cheers!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU ARE AN AMAZING GUITARIST BROTHER TESTAMENT &METAL FOREVERMORE 🤘🤘🤘🤘💯

Happy Birthday Eric!! Your legacy is legend!!

Happy birthday brotha my daughter's birthday is today also awesome

Happy birthday 🎉. My 50th birthday is tomorrow...the 15th.

What "it was never a phase mom" really looks like. Happy birthday!

Happy Birthday! One of my influences!

Happy Birthday Eric Thank you for everything you have done over the years for us bay area musicians

Happy Birthday Eric! You are a phenomenal guitarist and a favorite of mine for a long time! Hail Testament!!

Happy Birthday Eric!Thank you & the rest of Testament for giving us the best of metal music for all these years.I've been a fan since day one.

Happy Birthday Eric keep the shredding up in Testament. Remembered 2017 when you at Bloodstocks Derbyshire countryside

I mean he wrote the lyrics and makes up all the riffs. He has a riff Library!!! Happy Birthday Eric!! You are Testament!

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3 days ago

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Join Alex Skolnick next Thursday, May 20th for a virtual Meet N' Greet Party on FanRoom Live! For tickets head on over to www.fanroomlive.com ... See MoreSee Less

Join Alex Skolnick next Thursday, May 20th for a virtual Meet N Greet Party on FanRoom Live! For tickets head on over to www.fanroomlive.com

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My favourite trashmetal guitar player ever..Awesome sound!¡!¡!

Looks like such a humble down to earth guy. I'd like to meet him... just in person.

To be honest I have no wish. The person who publicly expresses his political views (which is 100% OK) but tells others who put a comment other than "you're 100% right" or "I'm with you on that" to leave his Twitter page, does not deserve my attention anymore. He's a great guitarist, no doubt, but his attitude ruined the whole enjoyment for me.

The New Order was the very first album I ever bought...

Skolnick rocks but I'll not do a virtual anything.

Such a fan of his music and photography

Maybe he'll entertain everyone with his garbage rap songs

As a teenager I grew up listening to Testament and still do.

FC. Alex Skolnick from Thailand. Lol~555~\(^+^)/

Thats sick! Such a cool guitarist

Is he still whining about Trump?

Anyone but him. 🙄

I hope Skolnick doesn't talk about politics, just about music

No thanks, he'll probably run his mouth about his political beliefs.

Eric Peterson busy?

Maybe she'll douche her vag for us 🤔

RIP Steve Bair 😢

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ROFL $5 to $50 for virtual meet and greets?! Who would ever pay that much??

go to hell...

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1 week ago

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Join our own Chuck Billy, Friday May 21st at 8 pm EST/ 5 pm PST for a virtual meet 'n greet hosted by Sherry Nelson and SoHo Johnny!
Visit sohojohnny.com/chuckbilly for all the details! We hope to see you there.
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Join our own Chuck Billy, Friday May 21st at 8 pm EST/ 5 pm PST for a virtual meet n greet hosted by Sherry Nelson and SoHo Johnny! 
Visit sohojohnny.com/chuckbilly for all the details! We hope to see you there.

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My favourite band growing up still is!!!!!!! Cheers🍺🍺🔥🔥💀

Vorrei che tu facessi con i TESTAMENT un altro bel pezzo ballad con arpeggi di chitarra con suono pulito non distorto, con sopra assoli di chitarra acustica, ed elettrica in sile PINK FLOYD e poi assoli distorti su accordi puliti di chitarra e poi chitarra distorta con accordi metal potenti ma lenti e sopra assoli veloci distorti. Poi daccapo si passa al suono pulito. Il tutto con testi poetici e parti strumentali senza testo.

Chuck Billy is a badass! Seen this band so many times i lost count,especially back in the bay area in the 90's 😉

HELLO CHUCK! 👍😁🤣

🙏🏻Attention please...🙏🏻 🇨🇴 WHAT IS HAPPENING IN COLOMBIA? 🇨🇴 The Colombian government decided to present a Tax Reform in the middle of a pandemic, this implies raising taxes affecting thousands of Colombians (especially middle and lower class) as the costs of their basic needs would be very high. Thousands of Colombians went out to demonstrate against this and they are being KILLED for exercising their constitutional rights. They are not allowed to march or protest, they are repressed and they cannot refute the corruption of the government. They are practically in a civil battle 🚨🚨🚨 The ESMAD has the order to attack the protesting citizens with everything. There are multiple cases of abuse of authority against human rights defenders, elderly, children, ALL. There are not enough shelters, doctors or defense teams for citizens. #comisioninteramericanadederechoshumanos #EuropeanCourtofHumanRights #amnistiainternacional #civilrightsdefenders #HumanRightsDefenders #humanrightswhithoutfrontiers #physiciansforhumanrights #globalrights #humanrights #SOS #Colombia #soscolombia #ColombiaAlertaRoja #ParoNacional #UribeDioLaOrden #duqueparelamasacre #DuqueRenuncie #NosEstánMatando

stupid band dirty

Aguante TESTAMENT 🎵🤘💪🎵

When is the rescheduled dates

I hope that I still get my tickets. If not then ticketmaster can make sure I never miss a show again. Whether or not they are selling the tickets they will still buy it.

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Join @AlexSkolnick next Thursday, May 20th for a virtual Meet N' Greet Party on FanRoom Live! @fanroomlive For tickets head on over to http://www.fanroomlive.com

Join our own Chuck Billy, Friday May 21st at 8 pm EST/ 5 pm PST for a virtual meet 'n greet hosted by Sherry Nelson and SoHo Johnny!
Visit http://sohojohnny.com/chuckbilly for all the details! We hope to see you there.

Our very own coffee loving Alex Skolnick is here to tell you a bit about our new DARK ROAST OF EARTH, a collaboration with our friends at @RockDCoffee1 Check it out, and grab yourself a bag today: https://rockdbeverage.com/shop

The world is slowly opening back up...! TESTAMENT is proud to announce that we'll be performing at the Masters of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic! Get your tickets at: http://www.mastersofrock.cz/cs/koncerty/2022-MASTERS-OF-ROCK

Have you had a chance to try THE DARK ROAST OF EARTH?
Our collaboration with @RockDCoffee1 is here and it’s delicious!
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Tour dates

Merchandise

Chuck Billy's World
European Store

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

Web

 info@darkgrove.net (only website related matters)

Other inquires

webmaster@testamentlegions.com