Eric Peterson (musician)

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Eric Peterson
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Background information
Birth nameEric Peterson
Born (1964-05-14) May 14, 1964 (age 54)
Origin Berkeley, California
Genres Thrash metal, heavy metal, death metal, black metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1982–present
Labels Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Testament, Dragonlord, LEAH
Website deanguitars.com/eric_peterson.php

Eric Peterson (born May 14, 1964) is an American guitarist, best known as a member of the American thrash metal band Testament and is the only remaining original member left in the band, which first started in 1982 under the name Legacy. He and vocalist Chuck Billy are the only members to appear on all of the band's studio albums.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Testament (band) American metal band

Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1982 under the name Legacy, the band's current lineup comprises guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, lead vocalist Chuck Billy, drummer Gene Hoglan, and bassist Steve Di Giorgio. Since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, leaving Peterson as the only constant member. Billy replaced original singer Steve "Zetro" Souza in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. Peterson and Billy are the only members to appear on all of Testament's studio albums.

Chuck Billy (vocalist) American vocalist

Charles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.

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Peterson also has a side project black metal band called Dragonlord, in which he plays guitar and also sings. In Testament, Peterson was originally a rhythm guitarist while Alex Skolnick handled all lead work. More recently though, Peterson plays leads along with Skolnick.

Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, a shrieking vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw (lo-fi) recording, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on atmosphere. Artists often appear in corpse paint and adopt pseudonyms.

Dragonlord is an American symphonic black metal band that was formed in 2001 as a side project by Eric Peterson & Steve Di Giorgio of Testament, and Steve Smyth of Nevermore. The band is a result of Eric Peterson's interest in darker music, and not being able to do that with Testament he formed Dragonlord. The band combines elements of black metal with some thrash guitar influences. Lyrical themes vary, either about the rage of a dragon, death, war, lost love, Satanic or otherwise anti-religious themes, or combinations.

Alex Skolnick American musician

Alexander Nathan Skolnick is an American musician who is best known as the lead guitarist in the thrash metal band Testament from 1983 to 1993, and again from 2005. He has also performed with the Alex Skolnick Trio, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage and Metal Allegiance.

Personal life

His father was of Swedish descent and his mother was of Mexican descent.

Peterson was married to Kirk Hammett's ex-wife Rebecca, with whom he has one child. They are now divorced. [1]

Kirk Hammett American musician

Kirk Lee Hammett is an American musician who has been lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 15 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.

Equipment

Peterson's main guitars have been Gibson models for most of his career in Testament, primarily a black Explorer model and a Les Paul. Recently, however, he is endorsing Dean Guitars and has been using his own signature Dean V guitar.

Dean Guitars American manufacturer of stringed instruments and musical products

Dean Guitars, commonly referred to simply as Dean, is an American manufacturer of stringed instruments and musical products. It is known for its solid-body electric guitars, bass guitars, and acoustic guitars such as the Dean ML, the Dean V, the Dean Z, but more recently the Dean Razorback, Dean Stealth, Dean Icon, Dean VMNT, Dean Zero, and Dean Mako Acoustic Guitar. Its headquarters are in Tampa, Florida. The company also makes and/or distributes a full range of products to include resonator guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, amplifiers, guitar cases, accessories and custom guitar pickups.

Discography

With Legacy

With Testament

<i>The Legacy</i> (album) 1987 studio album by Testament

The Legacy is the 1987 debut studio album by American thrash metal band Testament. It was released on April 21, 1987.

<i>The New Order</i> (album) 1988 studio album by Testament

The New Order is the second studio album by American thrash metal band Testament, released on May 5, 1988.

<i>Practice What You Preach</i> 1989 studio album by Testament

Practice What You Preach is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Testament. It was released in August 1989 on Atlantic/Megaforce.

With Dragonlord

<i>Rapture</i> (Dragonlord album) first album by the Black metal band Dragonlord

Rapture is the first album by the Black metal band Dragonlord.

<i>Black Wings of Destiny</i> album by Dragonlord

Black Wings of Destiny is the second album by the Black metal band Dragonlord.

With Leah McHenry

As guest

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