TESTAMENT (1985–PRESENT). Chuck Billy (vocals), Alex Skolnick (guitars, replaced by Glenn Avaelais, James Murphy, now Skolnick), Erik Peterson (guitar), Greg Christian (bass, replaced by Derek Ramirez, then Steve Giorgio), Louie Christian (drums, replaced by Paul Bostaph then John Tempesta, then John Dette, then Gene Hoglan, then Dave Lombardo).
Testament are a technically adept thrash heavy metal band from the Bay Area who were notable for many years for the presence of virtuoso guitarist Alex Skolnick, who later left them to play in Savatage and later to start a rewarding fulltime career as a respected jazz musician. Testament also went through a bewildering collection of drummers, with seemingly every great metal drummer at one time or another, including Gene Hoglan from Death and Dave Lombardo from Slayer sitting in. The classic lineup with Skolnick reunited in 2006 and in 2008 released a new album.
Discography: The Legacy (Atlantic, 1987); The New Order (Megaforce, 1988); Practice What You Preach (Megaforce, 1989); Live at Eindhoven (Megaforce, 1990); Souls of Black (Megaforce, 1990); The Ritual (Atlantic, 1992); Returning to the Apocalyptic City (Atlantic, 1993); Low (Atlantic, 1994); Live at the Filmore (Burnt Offering, 1995); Demonic (Fierce, 1997); The Gathering (Spitfire, 1999); First Strike Still Deadly (Spitfire, 2001); Days of Darkness (Snapper, 2004); Live in London (Spitfire, 2005); The Formation of Damnation (Nuclear, 2008).