Thursday 4 July 2019
Aggressive, riff-heavy, in-your-face thrash metal

Just like fine wine, Testament just get better with age. They proudly remain brutal thrash behemoths in the year of 2018.

Testament were the perhaps biggest thrash metal band not to reach the platinum plateau like the Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth) did. But in the beginning, coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area thrash scene in the 80s, they were sharp challengers to Metallica in the melodic thrash department.

Their debut album, The Legacy (1987), was (and still is) rightfully hailed as an instant classic in metal circles. Right from the get-go, Testament’s coupling of furious riffs and harmonic sensibility showed controlled power, technical delivery and sheer self-confidence.

With a career spanning over three decades, credits as leaders of the second wave of thrash metal and the continuous ability to play sold-out shows, there is still lots of buzz surrounding this beast. This fearsome ensemble tears up concert halls worldwide, consistently putting the "mosh" back in the "pit”.

When playing live, Testament always hits the ground running. With gargantuan blasts from the drums and thick and juicy bass notes you get a solid backbone, leaving space for a double attack of guitars. Inside this sonic storm we are served the trademark vocals from front man Chuck Billy, fluctuating from angry to angrier to downright snarling.

Testament are currently working on their 12th album, the follow-up to 2012’s Brotherhood of the Snake, so expect some new bone-crushing tunes when these titans play Roskilde Festival 2019.

Testament will have you quivering at your knees, throwing the horns up and headbanging in no time. They prove that thrash is alive and well!