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Biography

Chuck Billy | vocals
Eric Peterson | guitar
Alex Skolnick | guitars
Steve DiGiorgio | bass
Chris Dovas | 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.

2023
Introducing… Drummer Chris Dovas:

 
“I’m very honored and excited to be a part of the Testament journey! I will give it my all, and play every show as if it were my last.”
 
Side solo Project: DOVAS
Previous full time bands: Seven Spires, Unflesh

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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TESTAMENT 🔥 THE LEGACY Nuclear Blast Records Remaster 🔥

Available NOW - limited to 1,500 copies

*Remastered audio from the original tapes at Sterling Sound

*Alternative cover art

*180G vinyl in gatefold packaging

*Never before seen photos and documents from the time period contained within a coffee table booklet (24pgs)

*New liner notes from Maria Ferrero, Eddie Trunk , Alex Perialas and Rikki Zazula

DON'T MISS OUT! nblast.de/TestamentShopInt
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TESTAMENT 🔥 THE LEGACY Nuclear Blast Records Remaster 🔥

Available NOW - limited to 1,500 copies 

*Remastered audio from the original tapes at Sterling Sound 

*Alternative cover art

*180G vinyl in gatefold packaging

*Never before seen photos and documents from the time period contained within a coffee table booklet (24pgs)

*New liner notes from Maria Ferrero, Eddie Trunk , Alex Perialas and Rikki Zazula 

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Wow, €48...🙈 I'll play my old "the legacy" vinyl

Would like a cd remaster

I’d love a remastered Souls of Black.

I think they are expensive. It’s a vinyl not made of gold.

The absolute best metal debut of all time. Every track crushes. Remember getting the cassette at Sam Goody back in ‘90. Bro and I got hooked on Souls of Black but this didn’t disappoint. Been in regular rotation over the last 34 years.

Ordered mine

Yeah, sure, let's release a limited edition Vinyl of an almost 40 year old recording so we can charge at least 2 times what we should for it. Our fans will love it, not. I’m sure they will all get sold, but I won’t buy one.

I would order but I went to order the 2 longbox editions cds but it was like £11.99 for shipping so I didn't bother

I will buy it when the release a remix of both. Need to get rid of the mud.

I am only here to complain about how brick walled the remasters are and to cry about the 49 dollars they want to charge for the remastered versions of 2 of the most classic thrash albums from one of the most legendary thrash bands from the Bay🤘that's why I pre-ordered 2😜

Unlike anything anybody could comprehend these days

Vinyl only???? 😪

One of my favorite bands

Still remember first time hearing it waaaaaay back in high school

🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽

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We need CD!!! CD PLEASE

Hell yeah🤘

Nice !!!

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💥CD⁉️

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both ordered. keep em coming!

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2 days ago
Testament

O Father, O Satan, O Summer... It's happening...

Our July 16th date with BEHEMOTH! in Uppsala, SWE has officially SOLD OUT 🎟

Other dates are not going to be far behind, so head to www.testamentlegions.com and grab tickets for one of the dates this summer before it's too late! 🔥
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O Father, O Satan, O Summer... Its happening... 

Our July 16th date with BEHEMOTH! in Uppsala, SWE has officially SOLD OUT 🎟

Other dates are not going to be far behind, so head to www.testamentlegions.com and grab tickets for one of the dates this summer before its too late! 🔥

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ridiculous that testament opens for behemoth. other way around would sound way more reasonable.

Man, that would be a fantastic show!!!

Behemoth and testament, what a combo!

Looking forward to seeing you in Uppsala!

Great package!

upssala......the city of part of my ancients 🙂

Damn, it would be interesting the other way around. Fuck event organizers 😡😡😡

I’m selling 2 tickets if anyone needs tickets

🤘🔥🤘

See you in Uppsala 🤘🤘 It will be amazing!

Anyone still looking to get tickets? I have extra tickets for sale if anyone is interested

Any chance anyone is still looking out for tickets? I have three

I’ve got extra tickets if anyone looking for tickets

Italy

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3 days ago
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On this day in 1997 we unleashed our 7th studio album; DEMONIC 🤘

Original Album artwork: Dave McKean
Re-issue Album artwork (shown here): Marcello Vasco
Produced by: Douglas Hall, Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson
Mastered by: George Marino

This album is known for being in more of the "death metal" vein than the rest of the TESTAMENT catalog. What are your thoughts? Favorite tracks?

Listen here: testament.bfan.link/demonic 🎶
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On this day in 1997 we unleashed our 7th studio album; DEMONIC 🤘

Original Album artwork: Dave McKean
Re-issue Album artwork (shown here): Marcello Vasco
Produced by: Douglas Hall, Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson 
Mastered by: George Marino

This album is known for being in more of the death metal vein than the rest of the TESTAMENT catalog. What are your thoughts? Favorite tracks? 

Listen here: https://testament.bfan.link/demonic 🎶

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My favorite Testament album.

Excellent album!😎🤘

The most non Testament sounding Testament ever got. Which honestly this still sounds like Testament. This album still has a charm for me. It was the one after however, The Gathering where it really came together for that thicker sound the band was trying for with Low and Demonic. The Gathering is a perfect record.

Great record. Wish you would play some of it live.

Love this album!! .. The opening track Demonic Refusal is such a brutal headbanger!! 🤘 … when I first heard this album I remember thinking that this is a side of Testament I never knew I wanted!! .. please play more of these songs live!!! 🤘😈

I love Demonic… The gathering will always be my no. 1 pick, but this is a killer album! The vocals probably caught a lot of people off guard; but it’s KILLER in my book 🤘🏻

When Testament went nearly full death metal for an album, fantastic recording. Sounds great on vinyl for that real deep tone. 👍

Re record this album with regular melodic vocals please

Took a bit for me to get used to, but “Burning Times” and “John Doe” are great songs. I also prefer the original artwork.

I prefer the original cover. My favourite track is Hatred Rise

this album, Low and The Gathering are the best three Testament albums in my opinion. I know it may sound like blasphemy for some but I've been always leaning towards the heavier stuff. I dig all the songs so can't really pick a favorite. As someone already mentioned, how about a reprint of the merch with original cover art? Been looking for that for ages now.

Fantastic, underrated album. Not actually death metal, though. Chuck uses his "death" voice for most of the album but the music is closer to modern metal, mixed with a bit of thrash. So many great songs. "Together As One" is probably my favourite. I saw them on the Demonic tour in Montreal and it was a great show.

I remember being really surprised by this one. I didn’t love it immediately, but it grew on me. “The Burning Times” is 🔥

I loved that album. John Doa is a killer tune.

Great album, I was super pumped for the death metal sound! Still have The New Order and Legacy as my #1 and #2 favorites, but this one is up there at the 3 spot for me! Jun-Jun is my favorite track, followed by Demonic Refusal!

This is top 3 testament album for me. Intentionally went and got the reissue on vinyl when they released it a couple years back. Jun-Jun and John Doe back to back is so great.

Growing up the older kids always said this was the worst testament album and I made the mistake of believing them...... But finally got around to checking it out and I really dig this album. Gene hoglans first appearance with the band I believe.... There some bangers on this record no doubt about it 💪🔥

It is different, and took me a while to get into but it's awesome. Murky Waters is my favourite track (one of my all-time favorite Testament tracks, too). Hatreds Rise and New Eyes of Old are bangers as well!

Great record at a time when there really wasn't that much going on in metal.

This album was awesome. I like seeing bands depart from their usual style, and this was a fine example of a band trying new things while retaining what made them good in the first place.

It was a proper angry, dark and hard hitting album! It was a great follow up for those that thought the band was getting soft! Also with Demonic Refusal that was the first you heard with the launch countdown that hit six,six,six and later adopted by Slipknot:)

One of their best albums.

Love this album. John Doe is a great tune! 🤘🏻😊

Nice i love that album, much better than Practice What you Preach, Souls of Black and The Ritual...

Very good offering to me. My favorites "demonic refusal", "murky waters", John doe", and "nostrovia".

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Stand in my way // And I'll run you straight through
There's no one to stop me now // For I'm on the loose
And I'm ready to start // Torture and hell an this town
OVER THE WALL! 🔥

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Starting this summer we're playing live for virtually the rest of the year.

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Merchandise

Chuck Billy's World
European Store
Testament Legacy Merch by King's Road

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
J.B 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