Interview with Chris Dovas Testament’s new drummer

Sofa King Cool Magazine caught up with Chris Dovas Testament‘s new drummer, and we discussed the his part in writing the new album, being 25 years old and getting mentored by Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, and Eric Peterson, Testament re-releasing albums that were made 10 years before he was born, playing in front of huge crowds, and leaving his other bands to focus on Testament







Iconic Bay Area thrash metal pioneers TESTAMENT are proud to announce an explosive celebration of the band’s enduring legacy and their influential presence in the thrash metal scene. On July 12th, TESTAMENT will release the remastered versions of their seminal albums The Legacy & The New Order both digitally and on vinyl via Nuclear Blast Records.

Chuck Billy states, “When The Legacy and The New Order were first recorded we were new and had limited resources to record the albums being a young band. Now, with the remastering, fans will hear the albums in their signature sonic onslaught they were intended to be heard.”

Today, the band offers fans previews of the remastered versions completed by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound via singles from each of the albums. ‘Over The Wall’ from The Legacy (Remastered 2024) and ‘Into The Pit’ from The New Order (Remastered 2024) are now available to be streamed on all platforms as well as a video visualizer.

Watch the video visualizer for ‘Over The Wall’ from The Legacy (Remastered 2024):

Stream the remastered version of the single ‘Over The Wall’ from The Legacy

(Remastered 2024) here:

Watch the video visualizer for ‘Into The Pit’ from The New Order (Remastered 2024):

Stream the remastered version of the single ‘Into The Pit’ from The New Order

(Remastered 2024) here:

The Legacy

01. Over The Wall (Remastered 2024)

02. The Haunting (Remastered 2024)

03. Burnt Offerings (Remastered 2024)

04. Raging Waters (Remastered 2024)

05. C.O.T.L.O.D. (Remastered 2024)

06. First Strike Is Deadly (Remastered 2024)

07. Do or Die (Remastered 2024)

08. Alone In The Dark (Remastered 2024)

09. Apocalyptic City (Remastered 2024)

The Legacy was remastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound. It will be available digitally and on 180G vinyl on red and white swirl with black splatter (limited to 1500 worldwide). The release includes alternate cover artwork and gatefold packaging with new liner notes as well it includes an oversized booklet with never-before-seen images.

Pre-order/pre-save The Legacy here:

The New Order

01. Eerie Inhabitants (Remastered 2024)

02. The New Order (Remastered 2024)

03. Trial By Fire (Remastered 2024)

04. Into The Pit (Remastered 2024)

05. Hypnosis (Remastered 2024)

06. Disciples Of The Watch (Remastered 2024)

07. The Preacher (Remastered 2024)

08. Nobody’s Fault (Remastered 2024)

09. A Day Of Reckoning (Remastered 2024)

10. Musical Death (A Dirge) (Remastered 2024)

The New Order was remastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound. It will be available digitally and on 180G vinyl on blue and purple swirl with black splatter (limited to 1500 worldwide). The release includes alternate cover artwork and gatefold packaging with new liner notes as well it includes an oversized booklet with never-before-seen images.

Pre-order/pre-save The New Order here:

This Fall, the ‘Klash of the Titans’ makes its triumphant return to North America! Fans will enjoy an epic night of metal with thrash royalty TESTAMENT and KREATOR co-headlining the run. The 33-date trek will kick off on September 12th in Reno making its way across the US and will include 7 Canadian dates before concluding in San Francisco on October 27th. Joining the night are special guests Bay Area death metal pioneers and labelmates POSSESSED.

Don’t miss your chance to witness this epic line-up!

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Confirmed dates for TESTAMENT and KREATOR’s co-headlining ‘Klash Of The Titans North American 2024’ tour with POSSESSED are:

09/12/2024 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort

09/13/2024 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

09/14/2024 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Centre

09/16/2024 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

09/17/2024 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre

09/18/2024 Vancouver, BC Canada – Vogue

09/20/2024 Calgary, AB Canada – MacEwan Hall

09/21/2024 Enoch, AB Canada – River Cree Casino

09/22/2024 Saskatoon, SK Canada – Coors Event Centre

09/24/2024 Winnipeg, MB Canada – Burton Cummings Theatre

09/26/2024 Maplewood, MN – Myth Live

09/28/2024 Huber Heights, Oh – Rose Music Center

09/29/2024 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre

10/01/2024 Cleveland, OH – The Agora

10/03/2024 Toronto, ON Canada – History

10/04/2024 Montreal, QC Canada – MTelus

10/05/2024 New Haven, CT – College Street

10/06/2024 Boston, MA – House of Blues

10/08/2024 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore

10/10/2024 Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theatre

10/11/2024 Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Casino

10/12/2024 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

10/13/2024 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

10/15/2024 Orlando, FL. – Hard Rock Live

10/16/2024 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live

10/18/2024 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

10/19/2024 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec

10/20/2024 Dallas, TX – The Factory

10/22/2024 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

10/23/2024 Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Convention Center

10/24/2024 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

10/26/2024 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium

10/27/2024 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

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TESTAMENT is an undisputed titan of thrash metal. One of the definitive acts of the historic and high-octane genre since they first emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983, the modern icons established themselves with a series of classic records (released each year from 1987 through 1990). They never wavered creatively, unleashing one acclaimed album after another across four decades.


The band’s nearly 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone is a clear demonstration of the enduring strength of the Testament legions. Testament’s biggest anthems run the gamut of their storied career, from early classics like “Over the Wall” and “Into the Pit,” late ‘90s bangers like “Down for Life,” through modern scorchers like “For the Glory of…” and “Brotherhood of the Snake.”


An internationally recognized heavy metal institution, Testament regularly appears as a headlining mainstage act at major festivals. Over the years, they’ve toured alongside Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Lamb Of God, among other contemporaries.


Charismatic frontman Chuck Billy’s distinctive voice infuses their signature sound with rich and diverse textures. Primary songwriter and cofounding guitarist Eric Peterson summons endlessly timeless riffs on command. Alex Skolnick, named one of the greatest of all time by Guitar World, was just 18 years old when Testament recorded their debut, The Legacy (1987). Longtime bassist Steve Di Giorgio (Sadus, Death, Obituary) brings rhythmic heft and fluid dexterity to the proceedings.


Drummer Chris Dovas, the band’s newest (and youngest) addition, adds his own passionate bombast while honoring the astounding legacy of former Testament drummers. (An alumnus including past and present members of Slayer, White Zombie, Dethklok, and Machine Head, among others.)


Both The Legacy (1987) and The New Order (1988) were inducted into Decibel Magazine’s prestigious Hall Of Fame, alongside albums from Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Motörhead. Revolver included The New Order on their list of 14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own. Guitar World recognized Practice What You Preach (1989) as one of the Top 10 Shred Albums of the Eighties. Souls of Black (1990) entered the Billboard 200 at No. 73; The Ritual (1992) debuted at No. 55. Guitar World called Low (1994) one of the Iconic Albums That Defined 1994. Demonic (1997) and The Gathering (1999) saw Testament mining new depths of extremity without sacrificing their bluesy swagger.


The Formation of Damnation (2008) won Best Album at Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods Awards, beating out records from Avenged Sevenfold, Children Of Bodom, Atreyu, and Down. Released nearly 30 years after the band’s formation, Dark Roots of Earth (2012) became their highest-charting album yet, moving more than 20,000 copies during its first week in the US and debuting at No. 12.


Brotherhood of the Snake (2016) enjoyed another Top 20 debut and hit No. 1 on the Independent chart. Titans of Creation (2020) joined year-end lists in Consequence, Loudwire, and Metal Hammer.


As the band gears up for a fall 2024 co-headlining tour with Kreator dubbed Klash Of The Titans, Testament continues work on their next studio album, which promises to become another modern classic. During the tour, the band will perform an “old-school set” celebrating the forthcoming remastered reissues of their landmark first two albums, The Legacy and The New Order.


The worldwide Testament Legions only continues to grow with renewed fervor and passion as one of the definitive acts of modern heavy metal marches forward, never wavering and always crushing.