Testament
Practice What You Preach


3.0
good

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
May 31st, 2012 | 23 replies | 1,486 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Testament's third album is a good enough for fans of the band, but shows the beginning of the band's decline musically.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Testament has always been highly regarded by the metal community for consistent and quality releases. Their material may not always adhere to certain genre standards, but the band's integrity can not be questioned. The band first two albums was some of their best work to date and unlike many other bands, Testament kept releasing quality music well into the 90's. "The New Order" is a very hard act to follow, that album was damn near perfect, but the band did it's best to satisfy eager fans with this release. Sadly this release would mark the high-point of the band's career. The album saw the band finding a small amount of mainstream success, and increased the band's fan-base due to some MTV exposure.

One noticeable change found on this album is the shift in lyrical content. On previous albums Chuck Billy would sing of dark themes such as the occult and witchcraft, but this time around lyrical content deals almost entirely with politics and society. Despite this change, the music still remains strong and occasionally melodic enough for most metal-heads, and the overall feel of the album is still gloomy and aggressive. While the material is still heavy enough, the production is a step down from "The New Order". The drums seem to have this clicking sound that I honestly can't stand, and the guitars seem to be turned down a notch. Many of the gongs are also bit slower on this album which takes away from the overall heavy feel exerted on other albums. This album does have some of the band's best material though. Some of my favorite Testament songs like the heavy and catchy title track, and the slow but beautiful "The ballad" make this album noteworthy. However, many of the songs failed to grab my attention, and aren't very memorable or compelling. Despite all of this, the band is still musically sound as each member shows their skills and abilities. The bass seems to play a larger role here than in previous works from the band, with the bass actually being audible enough and leading into a couple of the songs. The guitar work is also very impressive due to some melodic guitar solos and heavy riffs. This talent makes up for some of the negative aspects of this album, because if it weren't for the skillfully executed guitar solos and riffs, and audible grooving bass, i wouldn't really care for this album to much.

This album marks the downhill struggle the band would have to endure throughout the 90's. I really wanted this album to stand tall with "The New Order" but sadly it doesn't. This album and the follow-up "Souls Of Black" are decent albums for long time fans, and while they are still heavy, they do not hold up to the band's earlier material. Nevertheless, the band did create a good album deserving of a listen from most metal fans. If you like politically charged and heavy thrash, this album may be for you.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- Practice What You Preach
- Perilous Nation
- The Ballad
- Confusion Fusion (Instrumental)


Chuck Billy - vocals
Alex Skolnick - lead guitar
Erik Peterson - Rhythm guitar
Greg Christian - bass
Louie Clemente - drums

Produced and engineered by Alex Perialas

Recorded: 1989
Released: August 8, 1989
Atlantic/Megaforce Records



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AlexLifeson
May 31st 2012



213 Comments


nice review and agreed

thumbcrusher
May 31st 2012



3546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sins of omssion is sooo good

ThrashTillDeath94
May 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

While i'm aware that some of may disagree with my opinions, i'm eager to here what you think of this
album. And as usual i did find a couple typos after posting this review, but i'm unable to edit them.

Digging: Opeth - Still Life

AlexLifeson
May 31st 2012



213 Comments


people who think this is their best album are faux thrashers

ThrashTillDeath94
May 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is OK, but pales in comparison to most of the bands other works.

thumbcrusher
May 31st 2012



3546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not quite as good as the first two, better than the next four, not as good as their last two.

Willie
Moderator
May 31st 2012



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album and have no problem with not enjoying the grittier side of thrash ;) This is easily my favorite Testament release. 'Time is Coming' is my favorite song on the album.

I also think The Ritual got a bad (and undeserved) rap.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

ThrashTillDeath94
May 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I also think The Ritual got a bad (and undeserved) rap."

Agreed. Change in a bands sound isn't always a bad thing.

TheNotrap
May 31st 2012



7817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

In my humble opinion this album deserves a higher rating.
Practice What You Preach, Envy Life, Time Is Coming or Sins Of Omission (top level riff) are absolute bay area classics.

"I also think The Ritual got a bad (and undeserved) rap."
Indeed Willie, one of my favourite Testament releases.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I started this review off with a 3.5, but as i typed it up i found a few more negative aspects to this
album when i really thought about. I'm not saying that this album isn't good, it is. I just have to
give my honest opinion whenever i write a review. There are indeed some classics on this album. And it
can be quite enjoyable at times. Just not my preferred Testament album and in my opinion one of their
weakest.

TheNotrap
May 31st 2012



7817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"I just have to give my honest opinion whenever i write a review".
Sure man, to each his own.

AlexLifeson
May 31st 2012



213 Comments


theyre no death vomit agreed

ThrashTillDeath94
May 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This band is pretty cool, so is the review. Pos'd"

Yes they are, and thanks dude i appreciate it

ThrashTillDeath94
May 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Sure man, to each his own."

By the way i always appreciate your feedback, thanks for reading.

ViperAces
May 31st 2012



12357 Comments


I cant understand people who like "The Gathering" and "The Formation Of Damnation" better than everything until "Demonic". His voice sounded really good and now its just meh..

ZedO
May 31st 2012



1096 Comments


ur username rules, bring us more thrash man...

ZedO
May 31st 2012



1096 Comments


and pos!

rockandmetaljunkie
May 31st 2012



3302 Comments


Thrash on man.
Great review, enjoyed reading it. Short and to the point.

"His voice sounded really good and now its just meh.."
Agreed.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys i enjoy all your feedback and i look forward to reviewing more albums soon.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 31st 2012



564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn the only thing i have on tape is an old Metallica single... whiplash



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