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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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Can't do coffee never acquired the taste always made me sick. But Testament on the box a big fat joint lit up is all the the wake up I'd need In the morning. Love to get one of those hoodies

How about some Testament Rollin papers make em king size tho. Can't smoke blunts but my favorite zig zags are the king size

The hoodie is pretty sick 🤘🏻

Esta muy pobre la tienda. Entre buscando algo de Souls of Black, The Ritual y nada 😖😢

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Eduardo Correa

It would be dope if that hoodie was a windbreaker 🙂

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"The time is coming, life, it spins just like a wheel!" #Throwback
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This album desperately needs a re-recording with today's lineup!

Love that original line-up

Man, y’all looked soooo angry back then?!?! I’m in an 80’s thrash band, so in every pic I take, I MUST look like you just slapped my mama, and I’m about to whoop your ass for doing so!! 😡 🤣🤘

Time is coming, Blessed In Contempt and Sins Of Omission should be always in their setlists.

SO cute!! Love these old pics!!!

I think Low was the Album makes me listen Testament every day.

My signed cd! Such a classic lineup.

Found this beauty at a local metal market today

I wish they play more songs off of this album.

Presently wearing my hoodie I got at the BSB show I just saw back in Sept & April

...I don't know That's the way that It makes me feel

This was a good era, but honestly you guys have done nothing but get better and better over the years, which is so rare for band to do! Kudos!!!!

Soooo young! Which means I must be sooooo old! 😝

Back in the eighties testament was a rock band and not a thrash metal band

It feels like a billion years ago eh...I know...crazy...glad you're all ok.

its too bad about Christian, seams like he got fkd over

Seems like yesterday.

What a friendly faces 😂

Banger of a tune, one of my favorites solos in the discography too 😭

Jóvenes por siempre 🤘🏻😎🤘🏻

The album that got me into them. They're still kicking the same amount of ass.

The only picture known to man where Eric isn't throwing up the horns.....

No thrash metal band's comment section is complete without mentioning The Big 4, who is in it, who isn't, who shouldn't t be, and who should take their place. It's really stupid because we all know that the real Big 4... Bon Jovi Incubus Grateful Dead 4 Non Blondes

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Big 4 should have gone. Testament. Megadeth Metallica SLAYER!!

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"Stand in my way // And I'll run you straight through!"
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🤘TESTAMENT TRAIN🤘

🤘❤️🤘

🤘🍺

🤘🤘

Over the wall!!!

🤘😆🤘

You'll take my life, but I'll take yours too You'll fire your musket, but I'll run you through So when you're waiting for the next attack You'd better stand, there's no turning back

That’s right!

There's no one to stop me now!!!!

Testament Exodus anthrax Lamb of God should be the top four

Curse of the Legions of Death!!

OVER THE WALL!!!!

🤘. Native blood.

Hello from France, Chuck Legend 🤘 Lolo from NFL

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LEGIONS! From now through November 28th, select Testament releases are ON SALE at the @NuclearBlast U.S. store.

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TESTAMENT will be playing @MysticFestival on June 8th 2023 in Gdansk, Poland! Tickets are on sale now: https://www.mysticfestival.pl/en/landing/

TESTAMENT will be playing @GraspopMetal on June 17th 2023! Tickets on sale November 26th at 10 am local time: https://www.graspop.be/nl/

TESTAMENT will play Rockfest Finland this summer on June 9th, 2023 in Hyvinkään, Finland! Grab your tickets and we'll see you there! http://www.lippu.fi/rockfest

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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