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Testament is an American trash metal band founded in 1983 under the name of Legacy, by Eric Peterson and Derrick Ramirez. It has its influences in Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Venom. Testament had some top 50 albums in the UK, and with their most recent album, The Formation of Damnation they entered the top 20 in Germany. They were often compared with fellow American thrash pioneers Metallica.

Current Members

  • Chuck Billy (vocals)
  • Eric Peterson (guitar)
  • Alex Skolnick (guitar)
  • Paul Bostaph (drums)
  • Greg Christian (bass)


Studio Albums
1987 The Legacy
1988 The New Order
1989 Practice What You Preach
1990 Souls of Black
1992 The Ritual
1994 Low
1997 Demonic
1999 The Gathering
2008 The Formation of Damnation

Related GMC Lessons

Testament Style Lesson