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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). 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.

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Eric Peterson
since 1983 Guitar
Chuck Billy
since 1986 Lead vocal
Greg Christian
since 1983 till 1996 Bass
since 2004 till 2014 Bass
Alex Skolnick
since 1983 till 1993 Guitar
since 2005 Guitar
Steve DiGiorgio
since 1998 till 2004 Bass
since 2014 Bass
Gene Hoglan
since 1996 till 1997 Unknown
since 2012 Drum set
Louie Clemente
since 1983 till 1985 Drum set
since 1986 till 1993 Drum set
James Murphy
since 1993 till 1996 Guitar
since 1998 till 2000 Guitar
Steve Souza
since 1983 till 1986 Lead vocal
Jon Allen
since 1999 till 2004 Drum set
Steve Smyth
since 2000 till 2004 Unknown
Dave Lombardo
since 1998 till 1999 Drum set
Paul Bostaph
since 1992 till 1993 Drum set
John Tempesta
since 1993 till 1994 Drum set
Derrick Ramirez
since 1983 till 1983 Guitar
since 1997 till 1998 Bass
Jon Dette
since 1994 till 1995 Drum set
Mike Ronchette
since 1985 till 1986 Drum set

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