Formed in 1983 around the Bay area of Northern California, Testament rose to prominence alongside thrash luminaries like Metallica, Exodus and others. Since then the band has released eleven full length records, the last being Brotherhood of the Snake on Nuclear Blast in 2016. Testament is one of the true originators and innovators of American heavy metal and 30 plus years in they still deliver on stage and on record.
Originally released in 2001, the compilation album First Strike Still Deadly found Testament rerecording tracks that were live favorites as well as a track called "Reign of Terror" from their first demo. It's been out of print on vinyl for several years until now. The new vinyl reissue will feature stunning new artwork by Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Kreator, Hatebreed).
Testament guitarist Eric Peterson: "I'm super stoked that Nuclear Blast, 'the best metal label on earth,' is re-releasing the rebirth of Testament era featuring 'Demonic' and 'The Gathering'. These two albums brought us back to life with ultra-heavy and unrelenting fury and melody. Also '87's live classic in full, 'Live In Eindhoven', and re-recordings of our classics, 'First Strike Still Deadly'. These classic records feature revamped art to boot that are unapologetic to their themes as they were."