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TESTAMENT LYRICS



The Legacy


Album: ''The Legacy'' (1987)
1. Over the Wall
2. The Haunting
3. Burnt Offerings
4. Raging Waters
5. C.O.T.L.O.D. (Curse of the Legions of Death)
6. First Strike Is Deadly
7. Do or Die
8. Alone in the Dark
9. Apocalyptic City




Live At Eindhoven


Album: ''Live At Eindhoven'' (1987 EP)
1. Over the Wall
2. Burnt Offerings
3. Do or Die
4. Apocalyptic City
5. Reign of Terror




The New Order


Album: ''The New Order'' (1988)
1. Eerie Inhabitants
2. The New Order
3. Trial by Fire
4. Into the Pit
5. Hypnosis (instrumental)
6. Disciples of the Watch
7. The Preacher
8. Nobody's Fault (Aerosmith cover)
9. A Day of Reckoning
10. Musical Death (A Dirge) (instrumental)




Trial by Fire


Album: ''Trial by Fire'' (1988 EP)
1. Trial by Fire
2. Nobody's Fault (Aerosmith cover)
3. Reign of Terror




Practice What You Preach


Album: ''Practice What You Preach'' (1989)
1. Practice What You Preach
2. Perilous Nation
3. Envy Life
4. Time Is Coming
5. Blessed in Contempt
6. Greenhouse Effect
7. Sins of Omission
8. The Ballad
9. Nightmare (Coming Back to You)
10. Confusion Fusion




Souls of Black


Album: ''Souls of Black'' (1990)
1. Beginning of the End (Intro)
2. Face in the Sky
3. Falling Fast
4. Souls of Black
5. Absence of Light
6. Love to Hate
7. Malpractice
8. One Man's Fate
9. The Legacy
10. Seven Days of May




Kerrang! Plastic Explosive


Album: ''Kerrang! Plastic Explosive'' (1990 Split)
1. Greenhouse Effect
2. Blind Aggression




Seen Between The Lines


Album: ''Seen Between The Lines'' (1991 Video/VHS)
1. Nobody's Fault (video)
2. Practice What You Preach (video)
3. Souls of Black (video)
4. The Legacy (video)




The Ritual


Album: ''The Ritual'' (1992)
1. Signs of Chaos (Intro)
2. Electric Crown
3. So Many Lies
4. Let Go of My World
5. The Ritual
6. Deadline
7. As the Seasons Grey
8. Agony
9. The Sermon
10. Return to Serenity
11. Troubled Dreams




Electric Crown


Album: ''Electric Crown'' (1992 Single)
1. Electric Crown (edit)
2. Signs of Chaos
3. Electric Crown (LP version)




Return to the Apocalyptic City


Album: ''Return to the Apocalyptic City'' (1993 EP)
1. Over the Wall (live)
2. So Many Lies (live)
3. The Haunting (live)
4. Disciples of the Watch (live)
5. Reign of Terror
6. Return to Serenity (radio edit)




Low


Album: ''Low'' (1994)
1. Low
2. Legions (In Hiding)
3. Hail Mary
4. Trail of Tears
5. Shades of War
6. P.C.
7. Dog Faced Gods
8. All I Could Bleed
9. Urotsukidoji
10. Chasing Fear
11. Ride
12. Last Call (instrumental quotro)




Dog Faced Gods


Album: ''Dog Faced Gods'' (1994 Single)
1. Dog Faced Gods
2. Sails of Charon (Scorpions cover)
3. Draw the Line (Aerosmith cover)




Live at the Fillmore


Album: ''Live at the Fillmore'' (1995 Live album)
1. The Preacher
2. Alone in the Dark
3. Burnt Offerings
4. A Dirge
5. Eerie Inhabitants
6. The New Order
7. Low
8. Urotsukidoji
9. Into the Pit
10. Souls of Black
11. Practice What You Preach
12. Apocalyptic City
13. Hail Mary
14. Dog Faced Gods
15. Return to Serenity (acoustic)
16. The Legacy (acoustic)
17. Trail of Tears (acoustic)




The Best of Testament


Album: ''The Best of Testament'' (1996 Best of/Compilation)
1. Over the Wall
2. The New Order
3. Sins of Omission
4. Electric Crown
5. The Legacy
6. Burnt Offerings
7. Practice What You Preach
8. Hail Mary
9. Trial by Fire
10. Alone in the Dark
11. Disciples of the Watch
12. Greenhouse Effect
13. Low
14. Souls of Black
15. Return to Serenity




Demonic


Album: ''Demonic'' (1997)
1. Demonic Refusal
2. The Burning Times
3. Together as One
4. Jun-Jun
5. John Doe
6. Murky Waters
7. Hatreds Rise
8. Distorted Lives
9. New Eyes of Old
10. Ten Thousand Thrones
11. Nostrovia




Signs of Chaos: The Best of Testament


Album: ''Signs of Chaos: The Best of Testament'' (1997 Best of/Compilation)
1. Signs of Chaos
2. Electric Crown
3. The New Order
4. Alone in the Dark
5. Dog Faced Gods
6. Demonic Refusal
7. The Ballad
8. Souls of Black
9. Trial by Fire
10. Low
11. Practice What You Preach
12. Over the Wall
13. The Legacy
14. Return to Serenity
15. Perilous Nation
16. Sails of Charon (Scorpions cover)
17. Draw the Line (Aerosmith cover)




The Gathering


Album: ''The Gathering'' (1999)
1. D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
2. Down for Life
3. Eyes of Wrath
4. True Believer
5. 3 Days in Darkness
6. Legions of the Dead
7. Careful What You Wish For
8. Riding the Snake
9. Allegiance
10. Sewn Shut Eyes
11. Fall of Sipledome




The Very Best of Testament


Album: ''The Very Best of Testament'' (2000 Best of/Compilation)
1. The Haunting
2. Burnt Offerings
3. First Strike Is Deadly
4. The New Order
5. Into the Pit
6. Disciples of the Watch
7. Practice What You Preach
8. Greenhouse Effect
9. Signs of Chaos
10. Electric Crown
11. So Many Lies
12. The Ritual
13. Return to Serenity
14. Over the Wall (live)
15. Dog Faced Gods




First Strike Still Deadly


Album: ''First Strike Still Deadly'' (2001 Best of/Compilation)
1. First Strike Is Deadly
2. Into the Pit
3. Trial by Fire
4. Disciples of the Watch
5. The Preacher
6. Burnt Offerings
7. Over the Wall
8. The New Order
9. The Haunting
10. Alone in the Dark
11. Reign of Terror




Days of Darkness


Album: ''Days of Darkness'' (2004 Best of/Compilation)
1. Hatred's Rise
2. John Doe
3. Riding the Snake
4. Down for Life
5. Demonic Refusal
6. The Burning Times
7. Ten Thousand Thrones
8. D.N.R.
9. 3 Days in Darkness
10. Together as One
11. Legions of the Dead
12. Fall of Sipledome




Live At The Omni 1988


Album: ''Live At The Omni 1988'' (2004 DVD)
1. Into the Pit
2. The Preacher
3. Alone in the Dark
4. The New Order
5. First Strike Is Deadly
6. Disciples of the Watch
7. C.O.T.L.O.D. (Curse of the Legions of Death)
8. Burnt Offerings
9. Do or Die
10. Day of Reckoning
11. Eerie Inhabitants
12. Trial by Fire




Live in Osaka Japan 1999


Album: ''Live in Osaka Japan 1999'' (2004 DVD)
1. D.N.R.
2. Down for Life
3. Low
4. Burnt Offerings
5. Into the Pit
6. [bass solo]
7. Souls of Black
8. Three Days in Darkness
9. Eyes of Wrath
10. True Believer
11. The Legacy
12. Riding the Snake
13. Legions of the Dead
14. Practice What You Preach
15. Over the Wall
16. Dog Faced Gods
17. The New Order
18. Disciples of the Watch
19. [backstage footage before show]




Live in Tilburg, The Netherlands


Album: ''Live in Tilburg, The Netherlands'' (2004 DVD)
1. D.N.R.
2. Down for life
3. Low
4. Burnt Offerings
5. Into the Pit
6. Trial of Fire
7. True Beleiver
8. Eyes of Wrath
9. Over the Wall
10. Props to New and Old Friends
11. Dog Faced Gods
12. Disciples of the Watch




Santa Monica Civic 1989


Album: ''Santa Monica Civic 1989'' (2004 DVD)
1. Practice What You Preach
2. Sins of Omission
3. The Haunting
4. The New Order
5. Envy Life
6. Greenhouse Effect
7. [Alex guitar solo]
8. Perilous Nations
9. Into the Pit
10. The Ballad
11. Trial by Fire
12. Blessed in Contempt
13. Burnt Offerings
14. [Louie drum solo]
15. Disciples of the Watch




Live in London


Album: ''Live in London'' (2005 DVD)
1. The Preacher
2. The New Order
3. The Haunting
4. Electric Crown
5. Sins of Omission
6. Souls of Black
7. Into the Pit
8. Trial by Fire
9. Practice What You Preach
10. Let Go of My World
11. The Legacy
12. Over the Wall
13. Raging Waters
14. Disciples of the Watch




Live in Tokyo Japan 1999


Album: ''Live in Tokyo Japan 1999'' (2006 DVD)
1. D.N.R.
2. Down for Life
3. Demonic Refusal
4. Low
5. Burnt Offerings
6. Into the Pit
7. [bass solo]
8. Souls of Black
9. 3 Days in Darkness
10. Eyes of Wrath
11. True Believer
12. The Legacy
13. Riding the Snake
14. Legions of the Dead
15. Practice What You Preach
16. Over the Wall
17. Dog Faced Gods
18. The New Order
19. Disciples of the Watch




The Spitfire Collection


Album: ''The Spitfire Collection'' (2007 Best of/Compilation)
1. The New Order
2. Souls of Black
3. Practice What You Preach
4. Hatred's Rise
5. The Burning Times
6. John Doe
7. Careful What You Wish For
8. Down for Life
9. Riding the Snake
10. Over the Wall
11. The Preacher
12. Into the Pit
13. Trial by Fire
14. Disciples of the Watch




Live at the Independent


Album: ''Live at the Independent'' (2007 DVD)
1. The Preacher
2. The New Order
3. The Haunting
4. Electric Crown
5. Trial by Fire
6. D.N.R.
7. Three Days in Darkness
8. True Believer
9. Practice What You Preach
10. The Legacy
11. Into the Pit
12. Over the Wall



testament

TESTAMENT BIOGRAPHY

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. The band became known as 'Testament' 3 years later, while recording their debut album in Ithaca, New York.

"The Legacy" was a brutal intro in 1987, putting Testament at the forefront of the flourishing thrash metal scene. Following "Live At Eindhoven", an EP recorded at Holland's Dynamo Festival, "The New Order" in 1988 was well received producing one of the band's most memorable classics "Disciples Of The Watch". Next came the highly successful "Practice What You Preach" in 1989, then the release of "Souls Of Black" in 1990, coinciding with the European 'Clash Of The Titans' tour with Slayer, Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies.

After "The Ritual" in 1992, Skolnick, who was losing interest in pure metal, decided to pursue his interest in jazz and left the band. Clemente also departed. "Return To Apocalyptic City" in 1993 brought Glen Alvelais (guitar, ex- Forbidden) into the fold, and filling in temporarily for Clemente, Paul Bostaph (ex- Forbidden, Slayer). James Murphy (ex- Death, Obituary, Disincarnate, Cancer) soon stepped in for Alvelais on lead duties for "Low" in 1994, as John Tempesta (ex- Exodus) took over on the drums. Tempesta later left to join White Zombie, and was replaced by John Dette (ex- Evil Dead ). "Live At The Fillmore" was released in 1995, then Dette left in 1996 to join Slayer. "The Best Of Testament" was released in 1996.

"Demonic", which was recorded in Testament's Driftwood Studios, was released in 1997. James Murphy and Greg Christian having left the band were replaced by alumni Glen Alvelais and Derrick Ramirez (bass). Gene Hoglan (drums, ex- Death, Dark Angel) lent his percussion talents. "Signs Of Chaos", a 'best of' disc of the band, was released in 1997.

Dave Lombardo (ex- Slayer, Grip, Inc.) was officially introduced into the band. James Murphy was brought back once again, and on bass, the legendary Steve DiGiorgio (ex- Death, Control Denied, Sadus). "The Gathering" was born in 1999. James Murphy abruptly departed, which was determined later for reasons due to a serious illness. Steve Smyth (ex-Vicious Rumors) jumped aboard as 'touring guitarist', later to be invited to stay on as a permanent member. Lombardo soon also left, not being able to commit, having other projects on his plate. In 2000, Jon Allen (drums, ex- Sadus) joined the band.

After the successful "Riding The Snake" world tour to promote "The Gathering", vocalist Billy was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called 'germ cell seminoma' in March 2001. Despite his illness and grueling cancer treatments, Billy offered his ground shaking vocals to the re-recording of Testament classics on "First Strike Still Deadly" with a reunion of sorts, bringing back Alex Skolnick and John Tempesta to record on the disc.

Billy has since fully recovered. A busy touring schedule of the U.S. and Europe commenced in late 2002, through the summer of 2003. In 2004, guitarist Steve Smyth left the band to join Nevermore, and "Metal Mike" Chlasciak stepped in.

[Compiled by L. Sato with The Billys and Eric Peterson]

NOTE: 2/17/05 - TESTAMENT REUNION ANNOUNCED! Original members to play shows in Europe, the United States and Asia.

THE BAND (as of 2007):

Chuck Billy - Vocals
Eric Peterson - Rhythm guitar
Alex Skolnick - Lead guitar
Greg Christian - Bass
Nick Barker - Drums

TESTAMENT GENRES
Thrash Metal

TESTAMENT LYRICAL THEMES
Religion, society, suffering

TESTAMENT ORIGIN
United States of America (Oakland, California), formed in 1986

TESTAMENT CURRENT RECORD LABEL
Nuclear Blast

TESTAMENT STATUS
Active

TESTAMENT CURRENT LINE-UP
Chuck Billy - Vocals (Legacy, guest for James Murphy, Dublin Death Patrol)
Eric Peterson - Guitars (Legacy, Dragonlord)
Alex Skolnick - Guitars (Legacy, Savatage, The Skolnick Trio, Trans-Siberian Orchestra as tour member)
Greg Christian - Bass (Legacy, HavocHate)
Paul Bostaph - Drums (Slayer (US), Systematic, Forbidden (US), Exodus)

TESTAMENT PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Vocals:
Steve "Zetro" Souza (Legacy, Dublin Death Patrol, Exodus)

Guitars:
Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Bludgeon, Painmuseum, Michael Aaron, Ian Parry, John West, Cans, MVP, Sebastian Bach & Friends)
Glen Alvelais (Tenet, Forbidden (US), Bizarro)
James Murphy (Disincarnate, Death, Obituary, Cancer, Agent Steel, Konkhra, Explorers Club, guest for Crotchduster)
Steve Smyth (ex-Nevermore, Vicious Rumors, Dragonlord)

Bass:
Derrick Ramirez (Legacy, Dragonlord)
Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Sebastian Bach & Friends, Artension, Suicide Shift, Vintersorg, Death, Sadus, Iced Earth, Control Denied, Quo Vadis (Can), Dark Hall, Dragonlord, James Murphy)

Drums:
Louie Clemente (Legacy, Gallery of Suicide)
Dave Lombardo (Slayer (US), Grip Inc., Fantômas, Apocalyptica, Voodoocult)
Chris Kontos (Machine Head (US), Konkhra, Attitude Adjustment, Verbal Abuse, James Murphy, Exodus)
Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Dark Angel (US), Strapping Young Lad, Tenet, The Almighty Punchdrunk, Death, Devin Townsend, Old Man's Child, Phantasm, Wargod, Daemon (Dnk), Just Cause, Naphobia, Meldrum, Unearth)
John Dette (Evildead, HavocHate, Slayer (US))
John Tempesta (1993-1994) (Helmet, Exodus, White Zombie, Prong, Black Label Society, The Cult)
Jon Allen (Sadus, Dragonlord)
Steve "Horse" Jacobs
Nicholas Howard Barker (Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Old Man's Child, Lock Up, Catalepsy (UK), Brujeria, Monolith (UK), Benediction, session for Winterís Thrall)

 


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