Testament
Practice What You Preach


2.0
poor

Review

by CaptTyrant USER (3 Reviews)
June 13th, 2008 | 19 replies | 9,081 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Remember, never put 90% of your good riffs into the first two tracks.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Line up:

Chuck Billy - Vocals
Alex Skolnick - Lead Guitar
Eric Peterson - Rhythm Guitar
Greg Christiansen - Bass
Louie Clementie - Drums

Testament was a fairly well-known band in the thrash metal scene by 1989, with two solid thrash albums under their belt. In an attempt to gain a wider audience via MTV, the band's third album, Practice What You Preach, was written, with simpler songs designed to be catchy and lyrics that concentrated more on politics and various real-world problems than the more gothic, occult-driven themes of the first two albums The problem is that, for the most part, the songs aren't really catchy. Actually, they're rather boringly constructed, and the band only rarely shows a willingness to move beyond a mid-paced tempo.

I've got to admit that half of the album just bores me. Sure, it doesn't have the annoyingly intrusive attempts at atmosphere that plagued The New Order, but instead we get dull riffs that simply lack the energy and agression that made the mid-paced numbers off of The Legacy and The New Order work. The riffs just try too hard to be catchy, but they have no hooks, and instead feel bland and derivative. A special mention must be made for the production, which manages the oh so awesome feat of pretty much elimanating any character the guitars had, while simutaniously turning up the bass. Yeah, real great idea there.

Alex Skolnick, who usually delivers fantastic solo work, has what just might be the weakest performance of all the albums he did with Testament. None of his solos, baring the title track and "Perious Nation", are really memorable. Given just how well done his soloing was with... well, pretty much any other record he did with Testament, it's a pretty bad sign when even he can't carry the songs.

That's not to say this plauges the entire album, per se. The title track and "Perious Nation" are easily the best tracks on this album, with actually memorable riffs, good solo work for Skolnick, and Chuck Billy's good vocal delivery. Of course, it's also a lesson to not put 90% of your good riffs into the first two tracks. The only other two tracks that i'd say are decent is "Blessed in Contempt", and "Greenhouse Effect", which scrape by because of Skolnick's guitar work, and the fact that the latter song's lyrics are at least fairly interesting.


To sum it all up, the title track and 'Perilous Nation' are pretty much the only songs on here that are actually good. 'Blessed in Contempt' and 'Greenhouse Effect' are above average, but really, this album has such a poor hit-to-miss ratio that it's almost not worth hunting and pecking through it to get the good tracks. At the end of the day, when it is all said and done, this is just a piss-poor LP, and it looks even worse when one compares it to any other record Testament has released. Two out of Five overall, and unless you must listen to the title track and 'Perious Nation', avoid this album.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
ASberg
June 13th 2008



2161 Comments


What,what, whaaat?

BallsToTheWall
June 13th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I completely disagree if my rating doesn't already say that. ^^^South Park much.

Willie
Moderator
June 13th 2008



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The review seemed pretty aimless, and even the things you did mention were barely backed up (if at all). Based on all the grammar mistakes and disjointed sentences, I think it's a safe bet that you didn't really put much effort into this.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

SHOOTME
June 13th 2008



2393 Comments


Willie nailed this on the head.

CaptTyrant
June 13th 2008



9 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The review seemed pretty aimless, and even the things you did mention were barely backed up (if at all). Based on all the grammar mistakes and disjointed sentences, I think it's a safe bet that you didn't really put much effort into this.


I suppose you have a point. To be perfectly honest, proofreading isn't my strong suit, so any advice there would be appreciated.



Wizard
June 13th 2008



19206 Comments


You don't really like thrash, do you? haha

Not a bad review. One bit of proofreading I would do is go back and get rid of half the comma's in here. They are just used haphazardly all over the place.

I just can't agree that this album is boring. If this is boring to you, I would hate to see what your favourite thrash metal album is.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Apocalyptic Raids
June 14th 2008



810 Comments


I just can't agree that this album is boring. If this is boring to you, I would hate to see what your favourite thrash metal album is.

a good one, probably.

Dethtrasher
June 14th 2008



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The solo in the title track belongs in my top 5 guitar solos.

SHOOTME
June 14th 2008



2393 Comments


if the user named STanger likes this... This must be wonderful.

Wizard
June 15th 2008



19206 Comments


a good one, probably.


Judging from your tastes in music, I'm sure you really know what your talking about.

Apocalyptic Raids
June 19th 2008



810 Comments


i used to listen to this stuff fyiThis Message Edited On 06.19.08

CaptTyrant
June 19th 2008



9 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You don't really like thrash, do you? haha


Actually, thrash is probably my favourite subgenre of metal. Hell, I like pretty much every other Testament album other than this one.

Thanks for the tip with the commas.

I just can't agree that this album is boring. If this is boring to you, I would hate to see what your favourite thrash metal album is.


Not really in this order, but these are generally my favourite thrash LPs:

Dark Angel: Darkness Descends
Slayer: South of Heaven, Hell Awaits, Seasons in the Abyss, Reign in Blood
Megadeth: Peace Sells, Rust in Peace
Metallica: Ride the Lighting, Master of Puppets
Exodus: Bonded by Blood
Anthrax: Among the Living, Persistence of Time.
Testament: The Legacy, The Ritual, Low, The Gathering
Sepultura: Scizophenia, Beneath the Remains, Arise. (admittedly, the Sepultura LPs I listed are really death/thrash)

So yeah, those are my favourites there.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I forgot Sodom's Agent Orange and Kreator's Pleasure to Kill. D'oh!This Message Edited On 06.19.08

Willie
Moderator
June 19th 2008



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That seems like a typical list of thrash albums when I think of the genre. Have you ever heard Anacrusis? You'd probably like them. Check out their last album "Screams and Whispers", all their albums are free (check the news article on the main page).

CaptTyrant
June 19th 2008



9 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Interesting. Thanks for the recommendation, i'll go check it out.


Wizard
June 19th 2008



19206 Comments


Very nice list. I take back my comment.

i used to listen to this stuff fyi

My bad, I forgot that the pie charts do not represent peoples tastes in music accurately.


Thrasher86
June 26th 2008



181 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album tottaly disagree with what you say. Also to add i think The Legacy is more boring then this album, not to say its a bad album.

KILL3
June 22nd 2009



601 Comments


i think the legacy is def better then this but this rules so bad

Willie
Moderator
June 22nd 2009



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Legacy is heavier but it lacks in every other area that this album shines.

dannyboy89
February 28th 2013



11894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The Legacy is heavier but it lacks in every other area that this album shines.


I rather agree with this. It's a good album, but I like Souls of Black and The New
Order
more.



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