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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 days ago

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We're excited to announce we'll be taking part in AREA 53 FEST next July, 2022 in Leoben Austria! Tickets are already on sale so grab yours now, and we'll see you there! www.bandmeetsband.at/ticket-shop ... See MoreSee Less

Were excited to announce well be taking part in AREA 53 FEST next July, 2022 in Leoben Austria! Tickets are already on sale so grab yours now, and well see you there! https://www.bandmeetsband.at/ticket-shop

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Great new Festival! Been there two weeks ago!!! See you there next year!

How about refunding our tickets for the cancelled Detroit date with BDM? I’d be excited about that.

Que buen cartel Irene Conde

Paolo Vezzaro ? Giretto in Austria?! 😉

🇮🇱🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🇮🇱

Luuk Oudshoorn leuk feestje!

Stockholm

Willian Amorim

We need this line up here in the Estates… Chicago 🤘🏼

Really hope to see you guys live one day!!

Bay Thrashers 💪🖤

Looks like Europe will be seeing Exodus and Testament together again next year? ❤❤❤

Ont y va Christophe Rio??? 😁😁

See you there!

Death Angel, Exodus and Testament? Yes please! Again \m/

Killer💯🔥🤘🏻

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3 weeks ago

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Our own Alex Skolnick will be joining our friends in Metal Allegiance for a return to the stage this September 25th in Long Island, NY for THRASHIN' LONG ISLAND!

Get general admission tickets: tinyurl.com/3un2zh34

Limited, VIP experience tickets: metalallegiance.bigcartel.com/product/vip-meet-greet-sept-25-2021-stereo-garden

Check out the METAL ALLEGIANCE FB or IG page for all the details!
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Our own Alex Skolnick will be joining our friends in Metal Allegiance for a return to the stage this September 25th in Long Island, NY for THRASHIN LONG ISLAND!

Get general admission tickets: https://tinyurl.com/3un2zh34

Limited, VIP experience tickets: https://metalallegiance.bigcartel.com/product/vip-meet-greet-sept-25-2021-stereo-garden 

Check out the METAL ALLEGIANCE FB or IG page for all the details!

Comment on Facebook Our own Alex ...

🔥🔥🔥

Intrigued, though I’m worried about the Covid chances. I’m just a little worried about y’all. Still kinda considering it though. I like that there’s a streaming option.

Just got my ticket. Now to book flight from Colorado.

Better Days - Single by Kill Dead Crow music.apple.com/us/album/better-days-single/1571586453

Now that's an interesting lineup.

I thought Bobby Blitz was on vocals

Hey bush is still alive?!??!

Where IS Dave ellefson ?

oof, be safe, alex 🙏🏻😘 (osegueda!!)

Alex Skolnick can make mistakes and still sound good. When he touches a guitar, gold comes out.

Oooft. Look at that line up Sean Pottinger

Are those band names? Did I pronounce them right? Idk how I feel about band with members in the 20s

What happen to Ellefson???

Bring it to Ohio...

That lineup....AMAZING!!

🔥⬇️🤘

🔥🔥🔥

Jeremy Zi

Wait.... John Bush singing in Allegiance??? Fuck yeah. To bad i dont live in New York.

Alex Skolnick and John Bush together on the same stage? Those two are big reasons why I got into metal in the early 90s! Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to make it

So Ellefson is not involved?

Alex Skolnick. The best metal guitarst imo. I'm so glad he rejoined Testament. The best thrash metal band on the planet hands down!

No plans coming to stockholm Sweden

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3 weeks ago

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TESTAMENT will be appearing at Rockharz Open Air July, 2022!
Tickets will be on sale on Monday, July 12th at: www.rockharz-festival.com
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TESTAMENT will be appearing at Rockharz Open Air July, 2022!
Tickets will be on sale on Monday, July 12th at: https://www.rockharz-festival.com

Comment on Facebook TESTAMENT will be ...

Come on guys Spokane Washington!!!!!!

October 6th can’t get here fast enough 🔥🔥🔥🤘🏽😎🤘🏽

Hey Testament maybe you should refund our tickets for the cancelled Detroit date!

Claudia, 😜🤘 freu dich drauf, richtig geil

I will goooo yeah...

10/11 😎

Such a good band..

The first time I saw these guy was..I think..in 89 the opened for slayer..

Will be canceled again, because of fake pandemic 😔😭

See ya in October. First time.

Juli😂😂

Hi Chuck!🥰

..I am there..🤘👍😁

City of angel

O.o testisman i love you <3

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VIP Upgrades are now available for our upcoming tour dates! Head over to http://www.national-acts.com/testament for dates and details.

We're excited to announce we'll be taking part in AREA 53 FEST next July, 2022 in Leoben Austria! Tickets are already on sale so grab yours now, and we'll see you there! https://www.bandmeetsband.at/ticket-shop

They’re baaacck… first gig in nearly two years on their home turf of Long Island. 9/25/21 at @StereoGardenLI GA Tix: https://tinyurl.com/3un2zh34 VIP M&G Packages: http://metalallegiance.bigcartel.com/product/vip-meet-greet-sept-25-2021-stereo-garden

TESTAMENT will be appearing at Rockharz Open Air July, 2022!
Tickets will be on sale on Monday, July 12th at: https://www.rockharz-festival.com

We're thrilled to announce TESTAMENT will be playing at Leyendas del Rock, next August 2022, in Villena, Spain! Tickets are on sale now, get yours here: https://www.leyendasdelrockfestival.com/tickets/

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Tour dates

The Bay Strikes Back Tour

THE BAY STRIKES BACK TOUR 2021

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

Legal:

Elliot Cahn / Phillips, Erlewine, Given & Carlin LLP

 

Promotion & Press inquires 

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

Web

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Other inquires

webmaster@testamentlegions.com