Testament was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980’s. 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. 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…
Although everybody seems to have a different account of who came first in the world of New York/New Jersey area thrash metal, it seems certain that New Jersey’s Overkill have stayed around the longest, and have never let their fans down by remaining musically consistent and true to their roots for over 20. With a career that launched in 1984 that produced 15 studio albums, Overkill celebrates its 25th anniversary with the release of Ironbound, a new album, on E1 Music and a North American tour with support from Vader, God Dethroned, Wabringer, Evile and Woe of Tyrants. Ironbound is a thrash metal masterpiece that features Overkill’s…
Flotsam and Jetsam initially showed a lot of promise within thrash metal circles and, though they’ve continued to record over the past 15 years, their talent and professionalism never quite translated into significant sales or mainstream recognition. Formed in Arizona by vocalist Eric A. K., guitarists Michael Gilbert and Edward Carlson, bassist Jason Newsted, and drummer Kelly David-Smith, Flotsam and Jetsam were part of the second wave of thrash bands. After signing with Metal Blade Records, they recorded their rough, but ambitious 1986 debut, Doomsday for the Deceiver, which betrayed a huge Metallica influence. Ironically, the…
4ARM are pure, straight-up Thrash Metal band who since 2004 have been
musically distinctive, aggressive and explosive. 2005 saw the band
release their debut full length album entitled ‘13 Scars’, which led to a
nomination in the top 5 Metal Bands at the 2006 Music Oz Awards. Danny
Tomb and Andy Hinterreiter signed national endorsement deals with
Randall Amplifiers, Mesa Engineering, ESP Guitars and
Dean Markley strings. With regular airplay on various radio stations
and metal clubs, as well as consistent live performances, 4ARM enabled
themselves to stay at the top of their game for the years to come.