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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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4 weeks ago

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Join our own Eric Peterson as he walks through one of his favorite holiday dishes step-by-step; the rich and decadent Brussels Sprouts Gratin! Follow along with the video or simply check out the recipe card and try it at home for yourself! Click here and watch the full, step-by-step video over on the NUCLEAR BLAST YOUTUBE Channel youtu.be/BliJpxAybgU
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I swear, every musician I know (myself included) can throw down in the kitchen. Lol like we're not good at shit else but music, and somehow cooking as well 🤦‍♂️🤣

Eric should do a cooking show where while things are simmering, baking etc, ie. Cooking downtime, he tells stories from the road or shows us how to play Testament riffs.

Cooking with the Metal Gremlin 🤘

Great Eric! Do you like that Pinot? I work in the group. If you need wine, I’ll send it to you 😊.

Franchement, tu manges ça et tu es sûr qu'après une nuit de sommeil tu peux ouvrir le testament de toute la famille...attention au gaz toxique ! 😂

Why aren’t there more Thrash metal cooking videos? I would totally subscribe to “Dark Cooks of the Earth” 🤘🏼👨🏼‍🍳🤘🏼

Make sure you text me a plate when you’re done!! Lol 😂

🎶Over the Hob! 🎵

Tastetament 🥸

SEASONSGREETINS!

Rare stuff! 😉

Che schifo! E' meglio la nostra cucina italiana. Poi non capisco come un milionario come Eric Peterson si cucina da solo, anziché farsi servire da un cameriere, o forse a lui piace cucinare. Io invece non so fare quasi un cazzo, solo le cose essenziali, molto spesso cucina mia madre o prendo tutto pronto da un negozio che cucina per le persone tutto pronto, c'è l'imbarazzo della scelta, da Pronto forno. Se Eric non fosse stato chitarrista forse sarebbe stato un buon cuoco, ma non penso di fama internazionale. Continua tu a fare miscugli, Erik, a me quello che tu cucino non mi piace proprio. Alex cosa dice? Fagli assaggiare qualcosa, ma forse è meglio a quel panciuto del cantante, però non lo fare ingrassare, che deve fare la dieta, per cantare e stare bene..... 😭😭😭😭

Looks Healthy

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Little Deadgirl

Way to fo Eric!!!

Scott Andrew Mendham

Gruyère cheese ... what else ? (-;

Tastyment.

Chris Stahl

Rocky E Fratantonio Jr

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4 weeks ago

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Congrats brilliant 🤘

Congratulations

Congratulations !!!🎈🍾🎊

Well done mi duck from England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Perfectamente!

Ha that was the first time she’s ever heard of you guys

Congratulations!!

Congratulation

Congratulations!!!!!!!!

Chick never heard of TESTAMENT.....EDUCATE!!!!!

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1 month ago

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Happy Holidays! Testament - Titan of Creation album made the Best Albums of 2020 list. A truly amazing album. seance.blogg.se/index.html

Merry Christmas guys. Take this opportunity to enjoy your families & pray for an upcoming year of concerts & metal!

Have a safe and happy Christmas Chuck and the gang. Hope to see you in Australia next year 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🎅🏽🇦🇺

Merry Christmas to you all!!! ...here's to seeing you guys back on tour very soon!!!🍻

Merry Christmas and thank you for the finest thrash album of the year. Best Wishes from the UK.

Merry Christmas Guys! Hope to see you in 2021 when it's safe.

Merry Christmas Chuck! And all the rest of your boys!

Merry Christmas guys from Belgium. Hope 2021 will be better and full of concerts and metal.

Merry Christmas to them and all of you! Looking forward to a better 2021 for sure

My favorite anishinabe...merry xmas Chuck

Happy holidays from austria, Testament

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope to see you in 2021!

Merry Christmas Chuck and Tiffany and the whole Testament crew!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you guys as well! 🎄🎅🏼🎁

Thanks a lot and Merry Christmas to you guys, hoping to see you on tour soon! 🤘

Merry Christmas guys, thanks for helping me get through 2020 🤘 Hopefully see you again soon

Happy Christmas Chuck and Testament from Ireland.🤘🇮🇪

Merry x-mass Chuck & testament! Great to see you in action in Brussels in March.. although you were not feeling well.. nobody could tell 👍 greetings from Belgium!.. 🤟🤟

Merry Christmas! Can’t wait to see you guys whenever the tour starts back up!

Merry Christmas and Cheers to a New Year. Take care, be safe and keep it BRUTAL!🤘🏼🖤

Happy Holidays to you and the boys as well Brotha!

Happy holidays! Testament! Thrash on forever👊🏼😎

Chuck hope you and your family plus the band have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas to you guys. Look forward to see you guys in concert hopefully next year!!!

Be safe guys Merry Christmas and Happy New 🤘😝🤘

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Eric Peterson walks through one of his fave holiday dishes; Brussels Sprouts Gratin! Follow along w the video/simply check out the recipe card (on FB) & try it at home for yourself! Watch the full step-by-step video on the @nuclearblast @youtube Channel https://youtu.be/BliJpxAybgU

Thank you @TIDAL for placing TESTAMENT on the BEST OF METAL 2020 Playlist with CHILDREN OF THE NEXT LEVEL from our new album TITANS OF CREATION! Listen in at: http://nblast.de/TIDAL-BestofMetal-2020

We've landed at #15 on @MetalHammer UK's Best Albums of 2020 with TITANS OF CREATION! Grab the issue: https://tinyurl.com/MetalHammer342

TITANS OF CREATION: #2 on The Metal Contraband Top 50 Year End Radio Chart! Thank you to editors Munsey Ricci & Chelsea Nelson Fernandez! Order/Download/Listen to TITANS OF CREATION at http://nuclearblast.com/testament-toc

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Dominik Meyer / Cobra Agency GmbH (Europe)
Scott Sokol / Pinnacle Entertainment (USA)

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Zeisler, Zeisler, Rawson & Johnson LLP

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