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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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2 days ago
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Our own Alex Skolnick with legendary drummer and motivational speaker Kenny Aronoff a couple months back at the Joe Satriani show at The Beacon 🤘 ... See MoreSee Less

Our own Alex Skolnick with legendary drummer and motivational speaker Kenny Aronoff a couple months back at the Joe Satriani show at The Beacon 🤘

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Kenny RULES! His autobiography is a great read. 🙂

I saw both you guys play in Detroit with testament and joe in Ohio! Both awesome shows!!

You guys are both amazing musicians,Kenny Fuggin rocks!!! Been a fan since Jack&Diane,sorry bro!Hired Gun was off the hook,you've inspired my own drumming 42yrs!still going,thanx!🤘😜🤘

Cool. Seen him with Joe in Kalamazoo mich. Epic

2 master musicians

I was mind blown when this picture popped up. One of greatest metal guitarist ever with one of the best drummers ever. The man who came up with the “Jack and Diane” drum solo 🤘🏻🤘🏻

Why don't you lend him some of your hair?

He's a madman on them drums

Kenny has really lost a lot of hair

MUCHAAAAACHOOOS AHORA NOS VOLVIMO A ILUSIONAAAR.....

🤘🤘🎸

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Thank you for sharing this Alex Skolnick Alex Appreciate it. 😎😎😎😎😎😎

Isn't Kenny Aronoff playing drums for Joe Satriani?

Awesome!!

Thank you for the badge🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

Nice!!

I'm glad Alex stopped rapping

Love it too Kool Alex!! 👍

ლეგენდარული ხალხი 🎸

Good to see that Joe is taking lessons from Alex ..oh is that the guy from John melencamp ??

What a fantastic photo!!👊🎼

He’d make a great vulture in a Spider-Man movie!

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4 days ago
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Listen to the TESTAMENT Complete Discography Playlist on Spotify this weekend: nblast.de/TestamentDiscogSpotify ... See MoreSee Less

Listen to the TESTAMENT Complete Discography Playlist on Spotify this weekend: https://nblast.de/TestamentDiscogSpotify

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I listen cd's 🤘😎

I prefer my vinyls and cds, so I pass..Spotify is a big NO.

I have my vinyls and cd's , I own the entire Testament discography . Spotify not needed

I don't do Spotify. I would really like to see vinyl reissues of Practice What You Preach and The Ritual to complete my vinyl collection.

I love listening on spotify so I will definitely check this out...

Have their complete discography on CD, no Spotify necessary.

Hope wee have a New album by the end of 2023 titans was awesome.

Can we get a live album with Lombardo please ?

I prefer listening to their cd's , hope we see a new album in 2023 .... 👍

Blueridge rock festival..come on announce it already

I've already decided this will be my week to really dig into Dragonlord. Sorry 🙂

Now make it one hell of a vinyl box set!!!

I prefer vinyl 😊

today The legacy 🤘🤘🤘....very super first strike!!!

A dream came true line up

I love it I have Spotify

This Band save my life.

More than MEETS the EYE

Fade to black...best album!!! Michael...

I listen on Apple Music!

I might already own it! \../

Hopefully sounds better the the last two alums I got from them sound was crap

Ouço sempre. Testament Legions Brasil é uma das melhores bandas 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🖤🖤

How come people never say "I prefer Old Testament to New Testament" like they do Metallica?

<3

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5 days ago
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#FlashbackFriday 🤘
1989 "Practice What You Preach" era TESTAMENT
📸 curated by Eric Peterson
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#FlashbackFriday 🤘
1989 Practice What You Preach era TESTAMENT 
📸 curated by Eric Peterson 
https://nblast.de/TestamentDiscogSpotify

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The album that introduced me to Testament . Awesome !

Man, I’ve got get me some white high tops

88 toronto apcolipic club great packed show

I wish i was there and listen "The Ballad"

Saw this tour, Cleveland Agora with Nuclear Assault and Savatage. Great show

Man those were the best of times for our music. Amazing shows amazing memories of 💀

With Louie on the drums 🤘🤘🤘

What do you mean "flashback" its on my playlist Now!

That was one of my favorite testament songs

Saw them on this tour and Souls of black tour.

My first show was in May 1990 @ the Warfield, hell, I think we even went back to your practice place in Oakland after the show to party. I've seen you guys a total of 6x so far. The latest was the Battle of the Bay @ Ace of Spades in Sacto. That was a badass show!

Man that album hit home with me. Chuck will always be prototype metal vocals to me. Textbook exactly what you need to mtfo. Old school still murdering

Loved this era tour. Think I saw 3 times in this stretch. Testament with Slayer. Testament and Megadeth. And one other time if I recall correct with all 3

🤘Great tune 🤘

Legends , Practice Masterpiece!!!!!

One of the best metal bands ever. The gathering is heavy as it gets.

I saw that tour in York PA

Practice what you preach Favourite guitar solo ever especially with Greg/Louis/Eric behind it. Love it

See you in Berlin!

Am loving the Miami Vice styling!

This was my first Testament album! I jammed the shit out this and still do today!🤘🤘

Album has special memories ❤️

Nice boots Greg 😂

My intro to Testament!

Seen the tour in Edmonton, Alberta, with Judas Preist on their Painkiller tour, and Megadeth. Epic show!!!!

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Our own @AlexSkolnick with legendary drummer and motivational speaker @AronoffOFFICIAL a couple months back at the Joe Satriani @chickenfootjoe show at The Beacon 🤘

Listen to the TESTAMENT Complete Discography Playlist on @Spotify this weekend: https://nblast.de/TestamentDiscogSpotify

#FlashbackFriday 🤘
1989 "Practice What You Preach" era TESTAMENT
📸 curated by @_ericpeterson_
https://nblast.de/TestamentDiscogSpotify

We're stoked to hit the road! Where will we be seeing you, this summer? Tickets for our upcoming European run are ON SALE NOW! 🤘 🎟 https://bnds.us/lf689w

📸: @stephaniecabral

Tickets are officially on sale WORLDWIDE for the TITANS OF CREATION European Summer Festival Tour 2023 with @ExodusAttack & @voivoddotnet! We've also had a venue change in Stuttgart DE (June 3rd), please plan accordingly! 🤘 🎟 https://bnds.us/lf689w

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Tour dates

The Bay Strikes Back Tour 2nd Leg

THE BAY STRIKES BACK TOUR 2ND LEG

TESTAMENT // EXODUS // DEATH ANGEL

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