This is a modern album from the Thrash Veterans Testament - it is their tenth album. The lineup for this album is:
Chuck Billy -- Vocals
Eric Peterson -- Rhythm/Lead Guitar
James Murphy -- Lead Guitar
Steve DiGiorgio -- Bass
Dave Lombardo -- Drums
This album is a lot heavier than previous noteable releases, and you can really hear a difference in the vocals and guitar especially.
The band sound like a heavier version of Slayer, mixed with some Death Metal, especially on this release.
My favourite, notable trccks.
Track 3 - Eyes Of Wrath
This is heavy as you could want a track to be, is well structured and is full of atmosphere. I noticed there was great drumming, but the vocals are shouted into as much distortion as the lyrics are almost unrecognizeable.-3/5
Track 9 - Allegiance
Probably the fastest track on the album, the drums leap out of the mix, and are a powerful feature of the song. As with lots of the songs on the album, the vocals fade blanky into the rhythm guitar's blare, which is disappointing due to the great lyrics.
Track 10 - Sewn Shut Eyes
Absolutely incredible. Possibly the only song on the album that doesn't sound similar to the next one. Everyone in the band plays this song to perfection, and the lyrics are well thought out and truly meaningful. Pinch harmonics and double-bass drumming are in abundance, and used well. Certainly my favourite Testament song, and possibly my favourite song of all time. The only bad point about the song is that no tablature exists for it. Excellent, slaying, ripping, heavy, thrash metal.
Track 11 - Fall Of Siepledome
Filled with great guitar hooks, and very, very fast. The vocals are truly horrid, though that can't distract this reviewer from the true power this song unleashes. If it the vocals were rerecorded, this would join Sewn Shut Eyes and Low among Testament's best songs.