Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2000 / 2004 / 2008 / 2013 / 2016 / 2019


Thrash Metal


United States


With ‘The Legacy’ (1987), Bay Area thrashers Testament released one of the greatest metal debuts ever. Following a quick rise to fame with the first four CDs, their popularity peaked with 1992’s ‘The Ritual’. The next decade was marked by numerous personnel changes and a double cancer scare for then lead guitarist James Murphy and singer Chuck Billy. Both recovered and 2008’s ‘The Formation of Damnation’ marked a fine return to form, due in large part to the stability provided by the Billy/Peterson/Skolnick backbone. ‘Dark Roots of Earth’ (2012) resuscitated the vibe of their late 80s/early 90s successes and as a result, expectations were high for the next one. ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’ (2016) captures Testament firing on all cylinders. Testament are sticking with what works and ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’ is pleasantly reminiscent of an age when thrash metal was just as comfortable telling stories about wizards and prophecies as with raising relevant social issues. Check out Testament’s live recording ‘Dark Roots of Thrash’ (2013) for a taste of what they’re about! (#GMM19)