Testament
Practice What You Preach


3.5
great

Review

by Edmund Blackadder USER (32 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2009 | 34 replies | 4,239 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An accessible thrash record that helped Testament become the metal giants they are today.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Testament
Practice What You Preach
Atlantic Records, 1989



The 80s, as you most likely know, was the pinnacle of thrash metal. Bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth dominated the metal scene and created their own brand of fast, heavy music. Albums such as the formidable Master Of Puppets and the furious Reign In Blood took metal to new levels and showed the world how fast and aggressive music could be. Alongside the 'big four' of thrash stood Testament , a band known for their occult themes and speedy riffs. Following the minor success of the band's sophomore album The New Order , Testament decided to abandon their fantasy lyrics, replacing them with much more political and social themes that were very prevalent in the rapidly changing world.

Album opener Practice What You Preach could be considered to be one of the bands defining songs. Starting with interesting guitar-bass interplay, the intro escalates into a powerful, driving riff. When the vocals enter with Chuck Billy's recognizable snarl, the listener is immediately introduced to the new, more political lyrics of Testament. The song is capped off with a very long, technical solo, which displays the talent of lead guitarist Alex Skolnik very well. Overall, Practice What You Preach is easily the album's defining moment.

Despite peaking with it's opener, the overall quality of the album never really wavers. Almost every song delivers with catchy riffs and vocals, as well as some blistering solos. Although the repetitive formula eventually begins to drag the album down, the overall talent of the band members helps keep the album above water. Unfortunately, by the time the listener reaches the rather repetitive Greenhouse Effect the initial impression set by the opener has begun to wear off, which somewhat detracts from the rather weak Sins Of Omission . Luckily the thrash assault is broken up by the appropriately titled The Ballad . Featuring a complicated acoustic intro similar to Battery or Cemetary Gates the song eventually builds up into a powerful, thrashing anthem. While the album should have ended on this powerful note, the band decided to add in two songs, the short, punky Nightmare , and the instrumental Confusion Fusion . While they may come across as great pieces of metal, they pale in comparison after following The Ballad .

Overall, Practice What You Preach is an excellent thrash album, although nowhere near a classic. A casual listener will find that many of the songs here stand better alone than together, as the overall repetitiveness may detract from the listening experience. Nonetheless, this solid album is a catchy and accessible piece of thrash, and is highly recommended for anyone trying to 'get into' the genre.

Recommended Tracks

Practice What You Preach
Perilous Nation
The Ballad



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Comments:Add a Comment 
shindip
December 23rd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And so ends my reviewing hiatus!!

EVedder27
December 23rd 2009



6088 Comments


good to see you back reviewing. Nice review too.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2009



30295 Comments


I think your rating should be higher, but that's just because I love this band. It's a great review though, well deserving of a pos.

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shindip
December 23rd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still have to hear Formation Of Damnation is it any good??

Eclectic
December 23rd 2009



3302 Comments


Good review, FOD is an awesome album btw

Eclectic
December 23rd 2009



3302 Comments


[i] The Ballad [/b]

May want to clean that up

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2009



30295 Comments


Shindip: It's amazing. Just about equals Endgane in terms of seminal thrash bands making a return to glory.

shindip
December 23rd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Endgame is sooooo awesome. o yeah, i fixed the thingy eclectic

Jesuslaves
December 23rd 2009



4572 Comments


This album is pretty average, as are all early Testament albums that don't have the word 'Order' in the title. Chuck's vocals are a little ridiculous too.

Formation is the shit.

Eclectic
December 23rd 2009



3302 Comments


Iza pos'd

I really have to give Endgame a proper listen, I have it downloaded and everything I just haven't actually listened to it.

shindip
December 23rd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The other two reviews for this are very incorrect IMO, so I just had to write this up.

Mordecai.
December 23rd 2009



8255 Comments


[q]Endgame is sooooo awesome[/q]

ewww

shindip
December 23rd 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it is though

Mordecai.
December 23rd 2009



8255 Comments


i can't stand Mustaine, and i am quite bias against American thrash,, so not for me

TheSpirit
December 23rd 2009



16661 Comments


Good Review/Album. Did you like their newest ?

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Zipzop5565
December 23rd 2009



402 Comments


I could never get into Testament. I don't know why.

gutturalmaster
December 24th 2009



170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rating 3.5

I agree with this rating; it is a great album, not excellent. It's classic Testament from the Thrash era. Their new album is better.

jk2two
December 24th 2009



105 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The first two Testament albums own - Though I may be the only one to say this: The New Order probably deserves to be in the same discussion as Reign in Blood and Master of Puppets. The Legacy totally shredded as well. Once they got to PWYP, they tried to clean up and follow the way most thrash was going. You mention going from occult to political in your review. Good point - Look at all the thrash metal bands from 86 to 88 and you'll freak yourself out... watch

Master of Puppets - And Justice for All
Among the Living - State of Euphoria
Reign in Blood - South of Heaven

the move from horror/occult to politics is universal in the genre at that time. This was also the time when the labels began to realize expanding thrash's fan base was a very real possibility... coincidence?



Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2009



30295 Comments


Shoulda been the "Big 5"

shindip
December 24th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah, shoulda not included Anthrax



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