Testament was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s. Originally formed as `Legacy` in 1983 by founding members Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar), Derrick Ramirez (guitar) and Louie Clemente (drums), the line-up included vocalist Steve Souza and Greg Christian (bass). Ramirez was later replaced by wunderkind Alex Skolnick (lead guitar). Souza soon departed to join Exodus and suggested that the towering Chuck Billy take over as frontman(and was later run over by a bus).

Vintage Magazines with Testament

Screamer Magazine December 1989

Screamer Magazine December 1989
Issue: December 1989. Featuring: Whitesnake. Also Included Bad English, Britny Fox, Dirty Looks, Mr. Big, Princess Pang, Raging Slab, Scorpions, Shark Island, Stage Dolls, Voivod, Wolfsbane and Much More.

Screamer Magazine November 1989

Screamer Magazine November 1989
Issue: November 1989. Featuring: Aerosmith. Also Included Annihilator, Child's Play, Dogs D' Amour, Forbidden, Icon, King Diamond, Kreator, Mike Monroe, MX Machine, Pretty Boy Floyd, Shotgun Messiah, Steve Jones, Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys, Testament, Wolfsbane and Much More.

Screamer Magazine October 1989

Screamer Magazine October 1989
Issue: October 1989. Featuring: LA Guns. Also Included Winger, Mr. Big, Tora Tora, Dangerous Toys, Vain, MSG, Sea Hags, Loudness, Dirty Looks, Killer Dwarfs, Cats in Boots, Kings X, D.A.D.S, Nuclear Assault, Annihilator, Queir Boys, Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys and Much More

Screamer Magazine September 1989

Screamer Magazine September 1989
Issue: September 1989. Featuring: White Lion. Also Included Badlands, Testament, Jason Bonham, Stage Dolls, Bang Tango, Death Angel, Silent Rage, Guardian, Babylon and Much More

Screamer Magazine December 1988

Screamer Magazine December 1988
Issue: December 1988. Featuring: Quiet Riot. Also Included Pretty Boy Floyd, Animal, The Word, Precious Metal, Nuclear Assault and Much More.

Articles with Testament

TESTAMENT – Thrashes Cincinnati with SEPULTURA, PRONG…

The Brotherhood of the Snake came to Bogarts in Cincinnati, OH Saturday, April 29 as Testament brought a show full of new material, classics, favorites and some rare oddities.  Prong and Sepultura helped turn the venue into a hot, sweaty mess with Germany’s Dying Gorgeous Lies’ second night of the U.S. tour. In the vein… Read more »

Testament – Bay Area Brotherhood

Their legacy began in the early ‘80’s, stomping Bay Area stages and speakers with aggressive riffs and the imposing earth shaking roar of vocalist Chuck Billy, laying the groundwork with fellow forefathers Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Death Angel and other hallowed company that would become thrash metal.  When MTV was in the cradle and social media… Read more »

TESTAMENT Releases Music Video for “The Pale King”

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT released their 11th album, Brotherhood Of The Snake, this past Friday via Nuclear Blast. Today, they have released a music video for the brand new song “The Pale King”, below. The hi-tech clip was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (SLAYER, DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM) for Videohammer Studios. “Secret societies, unknown other… Read more »

TESTAMENT Launch Cover Artwork Countdown

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT, has launched the countdown for the unveiling of the cover art for their upcoming 12th album, The Brotherhood Of The Snake, which will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. See the first part of the art pictured here. To see more of the record’s cover, make sure to check the… Read more »

TESTAMENT Announce Title And Release Date For Upcoming Album

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT have announce the title and release date of the band’s upcoming 12th album. The Brotherhood Of The Snake will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The record was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and is currently being mixed and mastered by well-known… Read more »

KING PARROT announce European tour with SOULFLY and reveal tour poster

Australian thrash metal/punk rock mob, KING PARROT, have announced that they will be returning to Europe this winter, for what will be their biggest tour of the continent yet. After a triumphant run of the North American and Australian circuit, KING PARROT will be touring Europe as direct support to legendary metallers SOULFLY in January,… Read more »

SLAYER – 2016 Winter N.A. Tour Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA – Thursday, December 3, 2015 – In support of Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album and its career-highest chart debut, Slayer will launch 2016 by pillaging and marauding its way across North America, headlining some two-dozen dates over a five-week period.  With Special Guests Testament and Carcass on all dates, the tour starts on February… Read more »


With Genexus, Fear Factory forges a new hyper-alloy of sound, extreme and idea. “We wanted to create a new hybrid,” states guitarist and founding songwriter, Dino Cazares. “Something that summed up every aspect of who we are. Musically. Lyrically. You can hear the organic, the technological; the past and the future.  It’s the next evolution… Read more »


San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans DEATH ANGEL, have released the first of two video trailers teasing their upcoming DVD + live album release, a thrashumentary. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGPso3bNiok The a thrashumentary DVD release was directed, shot and edited by Tommy Jones (KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK, LAMB OF GOD, CARCASS, TESTAMENT) of Videohammer Studios will… Read more »

Testament Announces Headlining Tour With Exodus

If you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to thrash metal tour packages, think again. Digging deep into the early discography that launched a worldwide career spanning two-and-a-half decades, battle-scarred ambassadors of Bay Area thrash TESTAMENT will be performing an exclusive headlining set comprised of select tracks from their first three albums: 1987’s… Read more »

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