|Genres:||Heavy Metal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||heavy metal metal hard rock nwobhm classic rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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This US thrash act was one of the first to emerge from San Franciscos Bay Area in Metallicas wake in the 80s. Originally formed as Legacy in 1983, becoming Testament two years later, the line-up included vocalist Steve Souza alongside Alex Skolnick (29 September 1968, Berkeley, California, USA, replacing original guitarist Derrick Ramirez), Eric Peterson (b. 14 May 1964, USA; rhythm guitar), Greg Christian (bass), and Louie Clemente (b. 23 January 1965, USA, replacing original drummer Mike Ronchette). However, Souza soon departed for Exodus and was replaced by giant frontman Chuck Billy (b. 23 June 1962, USA). The Legacy (1987) was a ferocious introduction, quickly establishing Testament at the forefront of the burgeoning thrash scene (their label Megaforces distribution through Atlantic Records also helped).
Following a live EP recorded at Hollands Dynamo Open Air Festival, The New Order (1988) consolidated their...