Testament
The Ritual


3.5
great

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 7th, 2006 | 67 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


HISTORY
They come from the Bay-Area along with other successful bands like Exodus, Heathen and Vio-lence, but it was Testament who became one of the founding fathers of the Bay-Area thrash-movement during the 80's. They are known for their great muciscal abilities and powerful vocals from Chuck Bill, the band is also known as Legacy when Steve Souza was the singer. The band became very famous in the 80's but during the 90's the band was starting to fade away but was still very popular in the metal underground. The band had the former Exodus singer Steve Souza as frontman at the very first start but he joined Exodus pretty quick, it was though a bit lucky for Testament because the more powerful and melodic vocals from Chuck Billy would suit their music way more better than Souza's vocals did.

ALBUM INFORMATION
[b[Testament[/b] had the same platform sound in all of their albums but some of them were more melodic or thrashier than others, the album ''The Legacy'' showed more classic thrash-metal which was heavy, fast and quite technical. ''New World Order'' displayed even heavier material which was more occult and spooky but it was yet very heavy and catchy. And then they have ''Practice What You Preach'', an album that showed some of their best music skills, the album material was very melodic, quite heavy and everything just sounded so catchy. But we are about to focus on this album called ''The Ritual'', this album has some of the classic elements from Testament, the riffage and shredding has a great variety, the sound is quite heavy, the guitar solos are excellent and the vocals sounds very good. This album may not be a heavy hitter or a groundbreaking album but fans to this band will find this quite enjoying.

THE BAND MEMBERS
The band members who made this fine album were Chuck Billy as the vocalist, Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick as the two guitarists, Greg Christian as the bassist and Louie Clemente as the drummer. The vocals in this album is very good, it might not seem as powerful and strong as in their previous work or their latest but this is good. The vocals does not feel overdone or to weak, a decent performance from Chuck I must say. The guitars are great in this album, the rhythm sections are steady, they might not seem so heavy or brutal but the guitars are well balanced. The riffing has a good variety, the riffs are quite catchy time to time, they are a bit melodic between the songs and the shredding is equally as good. The guitar solos from Alex are excellent here, the solos are melodic, fast, some times a bit chaotic but they are quite catchy. The bass in this band has been pretty audible every time and the bass is quite good in this album. The bass doesn't make any standout performances, it follows the rhythm guitars by Eric to make a good rhythm section. The drumming felt a bit mellow though, most of their albums has a fast pace in the drum patterns but this album the patterns were a bit slower. The patterns had though a good variety in them and they were quite catchy and heavy in most of the songs but they felt a bit slow.

MY POSITIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS ALBUM
I am a fan of Testament's work so this had a few goodies that hooked my pretty good. One thing was that the band still had the more ''neutral'' vocal style from Chuck, in their latest work Chuck uses growling stuff and I thought it didn't fit too good with their music. Chuck uses his ''normal'' vocal style here but he also delivers a few deep growlings here and there and that made the songs more interesting. The riffing and shredding was also a thing I liked, there were no signs of fatigue or softness in the guitar work. THe songs were catchy from time to time a none of the songs were dead-on boring if I say so. The band did also have a good variety in their material, there was both fast and heavy songs like Agony and there was slow and very melodic songs like the ballad Return To Serenity. The material wasen't the ''same deal'' in every song, every song had their own sound and structure.

MY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS ALBUM
I didn't had so many complains about this album to be honest, the only major thing I felt was bad was the energy in the songs. There was no real fire in the material, the material felt a bit lazy. If the band would've added some more speed and engery in the songs it would've been much better, the album would've been more enjoyable in my opinion. I can though admit that there was a little lazy-warning in the vocals too, the real Testament fire did not emerge as much as in their previous albums.

MY CONCLUSION
And now we are done, I thought that this was a pretty good album, not one of my favorites but it hooked me quite good. There album felt like good old Testament, there was no signs of mainstream influences or something like that. The overall sound was quite heavy, the musicianship was great and the vocals worked out just fine, but there was the true spirit of Testament which was missing here. I would recommend this to Testament fans and thrash-metal fans as well, but if you want more speed and fire in the songs you might cheack out the bands earliest material instead of this. Now I'm done for this time so I hope this has been a good review and I thank you for taking time to read it.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Agony
-- Electric Crown
-- Return To Serenity

I thought that this album was pretty good but it was not excellent and the overall album rating will be: 3.5/5



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spoon_of_grimbo
August 7th 2006


2241 Comments


great review as usual DT, you've made me want to pick this up if i can find it. ive got a couple of testament compilations and electric crown stands out as a great song, so if the others are anything like this, it should be a winner!

Dethtrasher
August 7th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah, I don't see this album as a winner but thats my opinion, I prefer Pratice What You Preach and New World Order instead of this.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 7th 2006


3708 Comments


Damn, you've got alot of reviews. Excellent work.

I've heard a few songs from Practice What You Preach, and I really enjoyed them. Which would be a better first album, PWYP or NWO?

Dethtrasher
August 7th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

PWYP would be faster, more melodic and more technical than NWO. But NWO is heavier, a bit slower and ''darker''.

I enjoy NWO a bit more than PWYP.

francesfarmer
August 7th 2006


1477 Comments


I like these guys, good review.

Thrasher86
May 30th 2009


181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its not New World Order, its "The New Order"

Smalley
June 28th 2010


108 Comments


Review has potential, but you hurt the flow of it too much by dicing it up into sections like that.

jordo246
July 13th 2011


69 Comments


'new world order' ? Thats a megadeth song not a testament album

KILL
July 13th 2011


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he musta been high

BigHans
July 13th 2011


28438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Return to Serenity tender m/

TheNotrap
July 23rd 2011


8580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Somehow underrated this is probably their last classic record (also with the original line-up).

The Ritual has really good moments like Electric Crown, As the Seasons Grey, Agony and Return to Serenity.

ViperAces
June 27th 2012


12570 Comments


This album rocks hard

ViperAces
December 26th 2012


12570 Comments


return to serenity takes me back......

satrianoid
February 22nd 2013


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Deep and rhythmic guitar. Took to this straight away back in day. Still like it now.

satrianoid
February 22nd 2013


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Deep and rhythmic guitar. Took to this straight away back in day. Still like it now.

Titan
February 25th 2013


17884 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Perfect 'heavy metal' record

DirtBagDan
February 25th 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I honestly don't find this as appealing as a lot of people.

Titan
February 25th 2013


17884 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a lot dont Dan.......not thrashy like what solidified them

CrimsonFireCF
May 2nd 2013


96 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was freakin obsessed with this album when I was 15, I should re-listen to this see if it still holds up!

Willie
Moderator
May 2nd 2013


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

It does.

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