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Chuck Billy of Testament on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, Reign in Blood and Gene Hoglan

Testament (sharing a bill tomorrow night at Summit Music Hall with Anthrax and Death Angel) is one of the bands that make a strong case for expanding the Big 4 to the Big 5 (or Big 6, if the often-overlooked Exodus were included). The Bay Area act was part of the original thrash movement, which fused the precision and savagery of speed metal with the intensity of hardcore punk, and like its brethren in the Big 4, Testament often treated its fans like comrades in a subculture shunned by mainstream society.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.