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Testament 2022

Chuck Billy | vocals
Eric Peterson | guitar
Alex Skolnick | guitars
Steve DiGiorgio | bass
Dave Lombardo | 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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14 hours ago
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A little BTS peek at somethin' we've got comin' at ya soon... 🤘 ... See MoreSee Less

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Chuck Billy badass native American

You guys have enhanced my life for over thirty years. I have no way to pay back other than to let you know that I am so very appreciative. You are legends for all time. Not just this time.

Will you guys please record the 2nd leg of North American tour and release it on Blu-ray!

U need to do a heavy asf album like "low" and "demonic" and let Eric sing a bunch on it too...his metal scream highs on "night of the witch" is amazing...didn't kno it was him till I seen u live....he needs to get on more songs..and chuck needs to bring back tht low guttural voice

See yous sept 29th in Albuquerque 🙂

Chuck Billy We indigenous people Rock

Sweden

Summers are short on the Canadian plains, but looking forward to October in Winnipeg 🤘💀🤘

Whats BTS? 🙂

Chief, I can't wait. All Hail Testament! Sept 21! I will see you there, Brother! Health!

Love the DiGiorgio bass shots 🤘💀🤘

That's the the BTS I was hoping for

Chuck is a God! Plain and simple!

🤘🏻

Yeah, but you should really pay your touring band more. I mean, really, you ain't taking it with you when you die homie. And for you, that's like next year, lol.

New album?

Can't wait to see you all in Asheville in Sept. This will be my 3rd Testament show.

Awesome

🤘🤘

Bring that shit back to Canada. We are overwhelmed with SHITTY music and AWFUL entertainment.

Butt tasting sex?

Badass!! \m/

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2 days ago
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Repost from our own Alex Skolnick:

Guess who has a “pull quote” in the new Guitar World?
For “The 80s Issue”, a whole bunch of us - from multiple generations and genres - named our picks for the 80s’ most definitive music, movies and more.
I can still hear my high school buddy screaming/laughing so hard he almost got us kicked out of the movie theater when we learned this character’s name 🤷🤦🏻‍♂️
Without peaking, who knows what definitive film featured “Skolnick”?
New #guitarworld On stands now!"
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Repost from our own Alex Skolnick:

Guess who has a “pull quote” in the new Guitar World?    
For “The 80s Issue”, a whole bunch of us - from multiple generations and genres - named our picks for the 80s’ most definitive music, movies and more. 
I can still hear my high school buddy screaming/laughing so hard he almost got us kicked out of the movie theater when we learned this character’s name 🤷🤦🏻‍♂️ 
Without peaking, who knows what definitive film featured “Skolnick”? 
New #guitarworld On stands now!Image attachment

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I had already known Testament before seeing the movie by around 1990. I heard the name of the main character and was like YES!! 🤘🏻🤓🤘🏻

Revenge of the nerds

Alex I still have my Walkman!

🤘🤓🤘

🤘

Awesome! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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3 days ago
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A huge thanks to our friend Ward Quayle for having these flags flown at the US Capitol on the 11th of June 2022 in honor of Chuck Billy’s surprise birthday party, and at the US Pentagon on the 23rd of June in honor of Chucks 60th birthday! ... See MoreSee Less

A huge thanks to our friend Ward Quayle for having these flags flown at the US Capitol on the 11th of June 2022 in honor of Chuck Billy’s surprise birthday party, and at the US Pentagon on the 23rd of June in honor of Chucks 60th birthday!Image attachment

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After all Chuck is a National treasure. I’m disappointed I couldn’t take his birthday off from work! Maybe next year.

Chuck billy is an amazing vocalist. For him to be honored at our nations capitol speaks volumes! Congrats!

Really...?!?😳 If ANYBODY deserves an honor like that, then it's Chuck 'The Chief' Billy.... Congratulations man!!!😎🤘🏼👊🏼

Congratulations we love you 🤘🍻

Congrats to the best front man!!! Chuck Billy 🤘😎🤘

i guess thats something only for americans....i just dont get it 😂 but happy beladet bday chuck! 🍻

Well deserved Chuck

Congratulations Master!!!

Congratulations

Awesome, priceless

Awesome!

So patriotic..... Didnt expect that

Thats fucking cool

What's the big deal with these flags?

Happy 60th Chuck!! 40 more!!

Be well Chuck 🍀✌

It’s late but happy birthday chuck! Haha

🤘 🇺🇸 🤘

🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽

Hell yeah

Nice!! ;)~

Killer.

BADASSNESS

Amazing!!!! ❤

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“Pull quote” in the new @GuitarWorld - For “The 80s Issue”, a whole bunch of us - from multiple generations and genres - named our picks for the the Eighties’ most definitive music, movies and more. Who’s knows right away what film I’m referring to here? 🤓

A huge thanks to our friend Ward Quayle for having these flags flown at the US Capitol on the 11th of June 2022 in honor of Chuck Billy’s surprise birthday party, and at the US Pentagon on the 23rd of June in honor of Chucks 60th birthday!

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Tour dates

Testament Summer Fest Tour 2022

SUMMER FESTIVAL TOUR 2022

TESTAMENT // EXODUS // HEATHEN

The Bay Strikes Back Tour 2022

THE BAY STRIKES BACK TOUR 2022

TESTAMENT // EXODUS // DEATH ANGEL

Please Note: Tickets for the rescheduled TESTAMENT shows will be honored. 

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

Band Management:

FM Music Management
Frank Mastalerz frank@fmchicago.com
Jeff Buttermark jeff@fmmusicmanagement.com
 

Promotion & Press inquires:

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

Social Media:

Jackie Dusza duszajackie@gmail.com

Web:

 info@darkgrove.net (only website related matters)

Other inquires:

Ms. A webmaster@testamentlegions.com