Testament

Testament

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 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 »


Testament Parts Way With Bassist and Announce Replacement

Legendary Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have released the following statement: “It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve Di Giorgio will be returning to TESTAMENT. Steve previously was a member of TESTAMENT on The Gathering (1999) as well as First Strike Still Deadly (2001). He… Read more »


Testament Vocalist Chuck Billy Added to Metal Masters 5!

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has been added to the fifth installment of the successful “Metal Masters” clinic series, which has been growing since it started four years ago. Billy will perform three or four songs at the clinic when it returns later this month with what promises to be its most impressive concert to date. “Metal Masters 5” will… Read more »


Machine Head: “Robb Flynn & Friends” Benefit Concert Announced

Members of MACHINE HEAD, METALLICA, SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, SUICIDE SILENCE, DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN, SPIRALARMS and RUBBLE will perform classic songs by BLACK SABBATH as part of an all-star tribute band that will headline the “Robb Flynn & Friends” benefit concert on Friday, January 17 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California. FORBIDDEN and SPIRALARMS… Read more »


TESTAMENT Release 2nd Video Track from “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD

Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 18 (Europe), October 21 (UK) and October 29 (North America) via Nuclear Blast! In the meantime check out “Native Blood”, the 2nd song taken from… Read more »


TESTAMENT Video Track from “Dark Roots of Thrash” DVD Released

Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast! In the meantime, check out the song “Rise Up” taken from the upcoming DVD here… Read more »


TESTAMENT Release DVD/CD Details on “Dark Roots of Thrash”

Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, will be made available on October 11th (Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast! Dark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH… Read more »


Testament To Support Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage On North American Tour

It’s been a year since TESTAMENT’s Dark Roots Of Earth debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and marked the highest U.S. first week sales ever for a Nuclear Blast artist.  Since then, these Bay Area thrash metal legends have shown absolutely no signs of slowing down. This fall, TESTAMENT will be… Read more »


TESTAMENT’s Chuck Billy Honored by California State Assembly

Yesterday, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) honored Chuck Billy, an Antioch resident and the vocalist for Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, on the State Assembly floor for the positive influence he has made in the Native American community and on the general public. On January 14, 2013, Chuck Billy earned the distinction as the first… Read more »


TESTAMENT: “Record Store Day” Meet & Greet at Rasputin Records in Bay Area

To celebrate record store day and the release of the limited edition TESTAMENT 7″ picture disc  featuring a cover of the SCORPIONS’ “Animal Magnetism” and a cover of IRON MAIDEN‘s “Powerslave”, Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson and Greg Christian of TESTAMENT will be appearing at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, CA at 4pm on April 20th! Come… Read more »


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