Testament
The New Order


5.0
classic

Review

by Joel B. USER (3 Reviews)
August 12th, 2010 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A classic thrash record that too often gets swept under the rug and forgotten.

The New Order is, has, and always will be one of my favorite thrash albums of all time. It was recorded during the late eighties when thrash was on a steady decline. It was their 2nd major release since their lackluster debut “the Legacy”. On The New Order, Testament finally got the formula right, and managed to fine tune their sound and lose the poor vocals that plagued Chuck Billy on the Legacy. Instead they experiment with a broader sound and even add melody to a few of their songs. The tone of the record has a much more mature feel than their debut and established Testament as a significant force in the thrash metal movement.

This album contains some of the finest thrash songs even to this day. Songs like “The Preacher”, “Into the Pit”, “Disciples of the Watch”, and “Trial By Fire” have stood the test of time and remain some of the most excellent tracks to have emerged from this period in time. The title track delivers intense guitar work from Alex Skolnick, who obviously honed his prowess from album one. Even the filler instrumentals “Hypnosis”, and “Musical Death” flow well and provide great transitions and atmosphere for the record. Their cover of Aerosmith’s “Nobody’s Fault” is surprisingly quite good and outshines many of the covers done by other thrash bands such as Megadeth, and Metallica. The drums from Louie on the album are quite standard as far as percussion goes. However that’s not to say that this is a bad thing. He drums pretty much exactly the same as his thrash peers and delivers solid if predictable drum licks.

The New Order will always be an underrated gem that never got the praise that it truly deserved. Metallica may be the voice of it’s generation, Megadeth may be more technical, and Slayer may exhibit the most brutality and aggression, but The New Order is certainly among the most fun and rewarding listens to emerge from the eighties scene.


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vanderb0b
August 12th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album. Into the Pit sounds incredible live.

Bow2LeperMessiah
August 12th 2010


224 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can only imagine my friend...

Phrike
August 12th 2010


1691 Comments


great album

KILL
August 12th 2010


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the best testament album oh my god this rules

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Dryden
August 12th 2010


12960 Comments


u feel good

KILL
August 12th 2010


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how can you not after listening to this

Helvete
August 12th 2010


1354 Comments


the legacy is still my fav this is second

Phrike
August 12th 2010


1691 Comments


for me

Gathering > Legacy > this

Helvete
August 12th 2010


1354 Comments


good one mang

TRIAL BY FIREAAAAAAAAH

Smalley
August 12th 2010


108 Comments


Review has potential, but needs more detail. As for the album itself, I was never able to get into it; weak rhythm guitar sound and bland, vanilla-thrash songwriting (for the most part). "Into The Pit" is great though; if only the rest of The New Order was like it.

Bow2LeperMessiah
August 12th 2010


224 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're right i'm not quite satisfied with the length. I think I may add some more information. Thanks.

Smalley
August 12th 2010


108 Comments


Always a pleasure.

Terrifyer
August 12th 2010


3403 Comments


PWYP is like commercial bullshit u r a poser

Terrifyer
August 12th 2010


3403 Comments


the title track and Perilous Nation and Sins Of Omission are awesome but the rest is pretty boring imo

KILL
August 12th 2010


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

come on fade practice what you preach is awesome still i prefer this though

Terrifyer
August 12th 2010


3403 Comments


ok I will listen to it again for you guys

The Legacy will always be best though OVER THA WALLLLLLLLLLLLL

KILL
August 12th 2010


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

am i the only one who likes souls of the black

KILL
August 12th 2010


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

get it man some great watered down thrash!

KILL
August 12th 2010


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea man its pretty awesome i was slightly disappointed as i was expecting something as awesome as fabulous disaster but still it thrashes pretty fucking hard

KILL
August 12th 2010


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn dude should have got it just for the cover alone, but yea get it man also get tempo of the damned if you havent its almost as good as fabulous!



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