Testament
The New Order


5.0
classic

Review

by Venpts16 USER (27 Reviews)
April 29th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forget everything you know about Thrash Metal.

By 1988, Thrash Metal was flourishing across the globe. Metallica released their final album of their golden age, featuring their most progressive song-writing, while Slayer released their best album by balancing their carnage with melody with a very balanced release. Though some releases around this time did not quite match up to the other band’s releases, as So Far So Good…So What is merely a worm in the presence of the monumental Peace Sells, Thrash Metal as a whole was at its strongest point among the underground scene.

Testament, arguably the most remarkable Thrash Metal band not included in the Big Four, released their sophomore attempt. “Attempt” may be the wrong word for this, as it blows all of those previously mentioned albums out of the radar with a more diverse, focused, and all-around metal LP. At no point throughout the album’s ten songs does it dip in quality, as all of these songs are essential thrashers; containing blistering brutality and Chuck Billy’s distinct deep voice.

The titular song is one such definitive song; containing thrash mayhem across all the board by opening with a fantastic solo, only becoming more adrenaline pumping as it goes on. “Trial By Fire,” “A Day of Reckoning,” and “Into the Pit” are all further examples of this sound with high velocity instrumentals and incredible performances all around; combining these with bloodthirsty songwriting which is filled with adrenaline and excitement like none of their releases. In fact, those three songs can be considered highlights of Testament’s entire career; as they capitalize on what made Testament the formidable force of Thrash Metal in the 80s.

The band also decides to branch out a bit; as opener “Eerie Inhabitants” and “Trial By Fire” experiment with atmospheric and melodic introductions until sporadically crushing the beauty with a crash into thrash. The style shift may be a bit jarring, and maybe even slightly agitating to some, but these introductions take up almost no time compared to the duration of each song; and only enhance the metal the band refines. The band also decides to take a classic from the past for a unique spin: Aerosmith’s “Nobody’s Fault.” Though this song was unnaturally heavy back in 1976, Testament takes it to a whole new level with the crushing atmospheres, heavy drumming, frustrated singing and the dark guitar tone; crafting a graceful successor to the Aerosmith classic of yesteryear.

The most surprising change of the album includes the two instrumentals “Hypnosis” and “Musical Death.” Both of these songs are very melodic and atmospheric by the band’s standards; working as breather sections from the metallic onslaught from the other eight ferocious songs. “Musical Death,” though some may consider it a bit of a breather song or even filler, just might be the best thing Testament has ever composed. The melodies throughout the short four minutes almost tell a story of life; from the slow calm beginnings until the sudden, horrifying moment that takes it all away. The final section of the song, a repeating set of calming riffs, shows it all repeating again; creating an idea of the mortality and sorrows of life. Though this song may be very different by the band’s usual standards, the song ironically works as a perfect representation of their musical talents by defying genre limits. Though the typical metal ballad may have been previously made, (Such as “Fade to Black” or “Children of the Damned”) this is the definition of how creative a Thrash Metal band can be; creating so much emotion with just a four minute run-time and the sound of two guitars, a bass guitar, and a drum set.

When the dirge of “Musical Death” weeps its last tears, it is apparent that Testament has written a new creed on how to make Thrash Metal. With a legacy now intact, this band will certainly strain the competition with a release of this magnitude, influence, and creativity. Now with an idea of what to practice, the band’s preaching will make sure that any competition will never come close to these souls of black.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Venpts16
April 28th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I would definitely say so; it is about as awesome as Rust in Peace!

Lought
April 28th 2012


87 Comments


fujck man gfood albm u dig here me sidk

Lought
April 28th 2012


87 Comments


feaeture list

Venpts16
April 28th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks!

Lought
April 28th 2012


87 Comments


ur welcome dude great band ablum too

EverythingEvil2113
April 28th 2012


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

Venpts16
April 28th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definitely. I love this album, and it is easily Testament's best.

SpiritCrusher2
April 29th 2012


3052 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes it is

Dimor
April 29th 2012


1758 Comments


Great thrash. Definitely my favorite Testament

STOP SHOUTING!
April 29th 2012


631 Comments


this is probably my all time favourite group, but strangely haven't heard this album testament. will get on it.

edit: woah, this doesn't sound like any of their other stuff at all.

Dimor
April 29th 2012


1758 Comments


Dude Riff you know Grind not Thrash go listen to Starless bro yeah

thumbcrusher
April 29th 2012


3592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

excellent album, my 2nd favourite of theirs after the gathering

TheNotrap
April 29th 2012


8073 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Their best effort and one of the best metal albums ever released.
Rules damn hard.

Have a pos.

Digging: Lago - Tyranny

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
April 29th 2012


1790 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, pos.
Must admit I prefer The Legacy, but yeah this is cool too

Digging: Noah Gundersen - Ledges

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
April 29th 2012


1790 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh and just a heads up, you wrote ' “Trail By Fire” ' in your fourth paragraph, might want to change that

Venpts16
April 29th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you for pointing that out, and I will edit the review whenever I can; it doesn't let me edit my reviews right now.

ZedO
April 30th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review for awesome thrash stuff, pos'd

Venpts16
April 30th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks! More people need to know about how awesome this album is.

facupm
June 11th 2012


7721 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is pretty solid, title track rules

forkliftjones
June 30th 2014


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the cycles of the wash! m/



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