Demonic (album)

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Demonic
Studio album by Testament
Released June 9, 1997[1]
Recorded Driftwood Studios, Oakland, CA
Genre Thrash metal, death metal
Length 40:47
Label Burnt Offerings
Producer Eric Peterson, Chuck Billy, Douglas Hall
Testament chronology
The Best of Testament
(1996)
Demonic
(1997)
Signs of Chaos
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars Allmusic review

Demonic is the seventh studio album by American thrash metal band Testament. Released in 1997 with original members Chuck Billy (Vocals) and Eric Peterson (Guitar), the record also features artists Derrick Ramirez (Bass), Gene Hoglan (Drums) and Glen Alvelais (Guitar). Ramirez was previously the band's first lead singer (although here he is performing on bass guitar), and Alvelais had previously performed with Testament on the 1993 live album, Return to the Apocalyptic City.

Cover art[edit]

Album cover artwork for "Demonic" was done by Dave McKean who also did the cover art for the prior Testament studio album, Low and would go on to do their next, The Gathering. In a 1999 interview while supporting the release of The Gathering, Peterson described how the image depicts a type of African exorcism where a wooden mask is made to represent the possessed victim. Nails are then driven into it cleansing the afflicted person of the evil spirit.[2]

McKean gets double duty from the cover's pentagram graphic using the style depiction from the "Legacy" (band) logo, the band name Testament released a 1985 demo under, as both a nod to long time fans and as the spirit being driven forth. The center skull art without the pentagram enclosure can be seen on the album cover of Testament's first studio album, The Legacy.

Release[edit]

Demonic features eleven tracks, marking a deviation from previous albums to a much darker death metal sound mirroring the album's exorcism theme.[2] Songs like "John Doe" and "Hatreds Rise" stand out in reviews as examples noting the overall heavier change.[3]

The album was remixed and reissued on January 8, 2008 under license from Burnt Offerings via label Prosthetic, featuring new cover artwork.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Demonic Refusal"   Billy Peterson, Ramirez 5:21
2. "The Burning Times"   Billy Peterson, Ramirez 5:15
3. "Together as One"   Billy Peterson 4:17
4. "Jun-Jun"   Billy Peterson, Ramirez 3:43
5. "John Doe"   Billy Peterson 3:11
6. "Murky Waters"   Billy Peterson 3:00
7. "Hatreds Rise"   Billy Peterson 3:15
8. "Distorted Lives"   Billy Peterson 3:36
9. "New Eyes of Old"   Billy, Peterson Peterson, Alvelais 3:00
10. "Ten Thousand Thrones"   Billy Peterson 4:37
11. "Nostrovia"   Billy Peterson, Ramirez 1:32
Total length:
40:47

Credits[edit]

Testament
Production
  • Chuck Billy: Co-Producer
  • Eric Peterson: Co-Producer
  • Douglas Hall: Co-producer, Engineer
  • Michael Wagener: Mixing (2008)
  • Mauricio Acevedo: Engineer (Assistant)
  • George Marino: Mastered by
More credits
  • ©, ℗ 1997 Burnt Offerings, Inc. USA
  • Dave McKean: Album cover artwork
  • Walter Morgan: Photography (Band Photo)

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Testament - Demonic - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b G., Evil (1999). "Interview with Eric Peterson". Metal Rules. 
  3. ^ "Demonic". All Music (Reviews). 2012. 
  4. ^ "Testament(2) - Demonic". Discogs (Credits). 2012. 
  5. ^ Henderson, Alex (2012). "Demonic". Credits (All Music). 
  6. ^ "Testament(2) Demonic". Credits (Discogs). 2012.