The Ritual (Testament album)

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The Ritual
Testament - The Ritual.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 15, 1992[1]
StudioOne On One Recording, Los Angeles, California
GenreHeavy metal, thrash metal
LabelAtlantic, Megaforce
ProducerTony 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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link

The Ritual is the fifth album by the American thrash metal band Testament. It was released in 1992 on Atlantic/Megaforce Records. On September 29, 2017, Metal Blade Records released the album on vinyl for the first time in the US along with its follow-up album Low, limited to 1500 copies.[2]


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 a slower and more melodic approach while still maintaining their thrash roots.


The album was a minor success, 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. By June 2007, The Ritual had sold 485,000 copies in the U.S.,[3] although the album has never been certified at least gold by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

1."Signs of Chaos"Alex Skolnick0:30
2."Electric Crown"Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Skolnick5:31
3."So Many Lies"Billy, Del James, Peterson, Skolnick6:04
4."Let Go of My World"Billy, James, Peterson3:45
5."The Ritual"Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick7:34
6."Deadline"Billy, Skolnick4:47
7."As the Seasons Grey"Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick6:16
8."Agony"Billy, James, Peterson4:07
9."The Sermon"Billy, James, Peterson4:48
10."Return to Serenity"Billy, James, Peterson6:25
11."Troubled Dreams"Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick5:14



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


  • Arranged by Testament
  • Produced and recorded by Tony Platt
  • Recorded at One on One Studios; assisted by Ulrich Wild
  • Mixed by Nigel Green at Battery Studios
  • Assistant Mix Engineer: Sarah Bedingham
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
  • "Signs of Chaos", "Electric Crown" and "Deadline" published by COTLOD Music/Zomba Enterprises, Inc. All other songs published by COTLOD Music/Zomba Enterprises, Inc./Mamatoneck Music/Virgin Songs, Inc.



Chart (1992) Peak
The Billboard 200 55[4]
Oricon Albums Chart 58[5]
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 48


Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Return to Serenity" Mainstream Rock Songs 22[7]


  1. ^ "Testament - The Ritual - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2017-01-23.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "TESTAMENT's 'Low' And 'The Ritual' To Be Released On Vinyl In U.S. For First Time". Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  3. ^ June 27, 2007 (2007-06-27). "Testament Frontman: 'The Timing Is Right For This Band Again'". Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  4. ^ "Testament / Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  5. ^ テスタメントてすためんと. "儀式 | テスタメント | ORICON NEWS". Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  6. ^ "Testament | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Testament / Chart Positions / Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-19.