Louie Clemente

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Louie Clemente
Born (1965-01-23) January 23, 1965 (age 55)
United States
GenresThrash metal
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1983–1992, 2005
Associated actsLegacy, Testament

Louie Clemente (born January 23, 1965) is a former drummer for the Bay Area thrash metal band Testament. He is known for being a part of Testament's original line-up.[1]


Clemente joined Testament in 1983 when they were called Legacy, and appeared on their first five studio albums, The Legacy (1987), The New Order (1988), Practice What You Preach (1989), Souls of Black (1990) and The Ritual (1992), as well as the live EP Live at Eindhoven (1987). In 1992 he left the band at the same time as guitarist Alex Skolnick. Clemente moved to a more stable career outside music, but agreed to share drum duties in 2005 during the classic reunion line-up in London. Unable to perform touring duties, after not having played a full set for 13 years, Clemente never officially rejoined Testament, but has called the London show one of the top points of his life. He has not played with Testament since. As of 2017, Clemente was Testament's longest-serving drummer, having been a member of the band for nine years, and the only drummer to record at least five albums with them. During his tenure in Testament, Clemente played Tama drums and Paiste cymbals.

Personal life[edit]

Clemente has a daughter named Angelina (born January 28, 1985) and a grandson named Felix.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Testament". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 May 2010.