''The Formation of Damnation'' is the ninth studio album by Testament, which was released on April 29, 2008. It is the first album Testament has released of new material since 1999's ''The Gathering'', although the band re-recorded some of their early material for 2001's ''First Strike Still Deadly''. It is also Testament's first release with original guitarist Alex Skolnick since 1992's ''The Ritual'' and bassist Greg Christian since 1994's ''Low''.
The follow-up to ''The Gathering'' was first mentioned in 2002 and was originally due for release in early 2004, but was not yet completed. Due to the band's touring schedule and many line-up changes, the album was set aside for a number of years before finally being completed in 2007/2008.
The album debuted at no. 59 on the Billboard 200 Chart, selling 11,900 copies in its first week.
It won the "Best Album" award at Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards ceremony on 16 June 2008, beating albums by Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, Children of Bodom and Down. They later named it the 4th best album of 2008 in their end-of year top 50 albums list. In addition, Metal-Rules.com voted it the best metal album of 2008. - Wikipedia
The Formation of Damnation is the 2008 release-- the first Testament studio album of all new material in nine years. This is the first Testament album to feature Alex Skolnick on guitar since 1992's The Ritual, also the first to feature bassist Greg Christian since 1994's Low. Testament are an US thrash metal band from California. Some of their records entered the charts in major markets such as the UK and Germany. Testament has two Top 40 albums and one Top 50 album to its credit in the UK. Their 1999 album The Gathering also entered the Top 50 in Germany. They had minor top 100 album success in the United States.