The Ritual (Testament album)

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The Ritual
Studio album by Testament
Released May 15, 1992[1]
Recorded 1991-92 at One On One Recording, Los Angeles, California
Genre Thrash metal, heavy metal
Length 54:24
Label Atlantic, Megaforce
Producer Tony Platt
Testament chronology
Souls of Black
The Ritual
Return to the Apocalyptic City
Singles from The Ritual
  1. "Electric Crown"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Return to Serenity"
    Released: 1992
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The Ritual is the fifth album by the American heavy metal band Testament. It was released in 1992 on Atlantic/Megaforce Records.


The Ritual was the last studio album to include drummer Louie Clemente, and also guitarist Alex Skolnick's last album until he rejoined the band in 2005. On the record, Testament began exploring slower, heavier territory for their music while still maintaining their thrash metal roots.


The album was semi-successful, making it to #55 on the Billboard 200. This would be Testament's highest position in their career, until 2012's Dark Roots of Earth, which reached number twelve on the same chart. The record also spawned the band's only charting single "Return to Serenity", which reached number 22 on Mainstream Rock Tracks. As of June 2007, The Ritual had sold 485,000 copies in the U.S, 15,000 short of Gold Certification.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Signs of Chaos"   Alex Skolnick 0:30
2. "Electric Crown"   Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Skolnick 5:31
3. "So Many Lies"   Billy, Del James, Peterson, Skolnick 6:04
4. "Let Go of My World"   Billy, James, Peterson 3:45
5. "The Ritual"   Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick 7:34
6. "Deadline"   Billy, Skolnick 4:47
7. "As the Seasons Grey"   Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick 6:16
8. "Agony"   Billy, James, Peterson 4:07
9. "The Sermon"   Billy, James, Peterson 4:48
10. "Return to Serenity"   Billy, James, Peterson 6:25
11. "Troubled Dreams"   Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick 5:14


The song, "Electric Crown" was featured as Rock Band downloadable content on July 29, 2008.



  • Shawn Crosby - additional vocals (as stated in the album's liner notes)
  • William Benson - Album cover artwork


Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 55
Chart (1992) Peak
Oricon Albums Chart 58[3]

Singles - Billboard

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Return to Serenity" Album Rock Tracks 22


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