Testament
The New Order


4.5
superb

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (69 Reviews)
May 27th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Testament expands on the sound of their debut with stunning results.

1988 was a big year for thrash, with the big four of thrash all releasing material and many new bands finding moderate success. On of those bands were Testament. No holds barred thrash is what Testament has always specialized in, and this album was no exception. Recorded during the bands creative peak, "The New Order" shows the band expanding on the sound of their debut, with tight songwriting and clear focus. Testament is considered part of the second wave of thrash, and is one of the most popular bands to come up from that time period.

Perhaps one of the best aspects of this album is the crystal clear production. The album sounds extremely good thanks to producer Alex Perialas. The production allows each instrument to be heard clearly and does a good job of making the music very heavy and fun to listen to. The music found here still deals with the occult and global destruction, with many songs sounding gloomy and aggressive. Testament comes off as a force to reckoned with, playing loud and fast thrash with a take no prisoners attitude. The majority of songs are heavy and follow the basic thrash formula such as "Into The Pit" and "Disciples Of The Watch", but a couple of the songs such as "Hypnosis" and "Musical Death (A Dirge)" are incredibly melodic and aren't out of place, but instead make the music varied and unique from other thrash.

The band retained its previous lineup and therefore, the skill of each member is unchallenged. The Vocalist Chuck Billy still sounds as menacing as ever, but this time around he contributes his own idea to the songwriting process, making for a more band oriented experience. The Guitars are also heavy and in your face, with many amazing solos and countless riffs. The album really showcases guitarist Alex Skolnick's incredibly melodic abilities. And of course the rhythm section sounds great thanks in part to the production, with audible bass and nice sounding drums courtesy of a solid mixing process.

"The New Order" shows Testament finding mainstream success, and it also exhibits some of the band's most memorable material too. A fan favorite and a classic in it's own right, "The New Order" is the ideal starting point for anyone looking to give this band a listen.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- Trial By Fire
- Into The Pit
- Disciples Of The Watch
- Musical Death (A Dirge)


Chuck Billy - vocals
Alex Skolnick - lead guitar
Erik Peterson - rhythm guitar, cover art concept
Greg Christian - bass guitar
Louie Clemente - drums

Produced engineered and mixed by Alex Perialas

Recorded: 1987-88
Released: May 10, 1988
Atlantic/Megaforce Records



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThrashTillDeath94
May 27th 2012


609 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is their best, but I prefer their debut. Purely for sentimental reasons.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 27th 2012


609 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, and Disciples is awesome

Venpts16
May 27th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This entire album is legendary; I love everything about it. Easily one of my favorite Thrash albums of all time, and I'm glad this album is getting a bit more love. Also awesome review, and pos!

ThrashTillDeath94
May 27th 2012


609 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome! glad you liked it bro

johnnydeking29
May 27th 2012


9459 Comments


Is Alex Skolnick worthy of the hype he gets?

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TheNotrap
May 27th 2012


8127 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

An absolute classic, have a pos.


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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2012


21453 Comments


Great review. Album rules hard.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 27th 2012


609 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha i love how just a handful of people are always commenting and digging this shit. You guys are awesome...

HitlerIsGod
May 27th 2012


746 Comments


keep the reviews coming, youre doing satans work, son.

The7thVermicide
May 27th 2012


925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Into The Pit , really is necessary to say something more about this holy grial,this rules and the people that deny that are cunts.

LepreCon
May 27th 2012


4152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah saw these guys play this and The Legacy fully live bout two years ago m/

ItsOnlyWords
May 27th 2012


369 Comments


Hell yeah pos. albums tits

SpiritCrusher2
May 27th 2012


3250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

their best album for sure m/

bloc
May 27th 2012


35010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just listened to this yesterday and it was really good. I'd still take the first album over this, but in time it might be a tie.

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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
May 27th 2012


1924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos from me, keep up the good reviews man

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ViperAces
May 27th 2012


12485 Comments


Second sentence, I think you meant 'one'?

ViperAces
May 27th 2012


12485 Comments


Great review btw, are you going to review their all discography?


ThrashTillDeath94
May 27th 2012


609 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah more than likely. Practice and Souls will be next. Then i have to get the rest and give them a listen.

BigPleb
May 27th 2012


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THRASH UP YO ASS m/

thumbcrusher
May 27th 2012


3607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is awesome but it's second to the gathering for me.

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