Testament
The Legacy


5.0
classic

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (74 Reviews)
May 26th, 2012 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Testament's debut, the embodiment of thrash metal.

Recorded at a time when thrash was having its mainstream peak, Testament were rather late to the party. The band is one of the most well known acts from the Bay-Area thrash scene, and are one of the most stable acts of the genre, having been active for nearly thirty years. During its near thirty year existence, the band has experienced many changes in sound and line-up, but one thing has always stood out from them, and that's the band's first 3 albums.

For its debut, the band would be playing a fast but primal form of thrash, with subtle melodic elements courtesy of guitarist Alex Skolnick. The albums subject matter ranges from the occult and witchcraft, to nuclear warfare and global destruction. The band manages to incorporate these things into their sound, and this makes for a truly haunting album at times. The mood is very energetic, yet aggressive and menacing, with each track having its own unique feel and sound. The tracks also transition into each other nicely, and each song shows a lot of focus and integrity, making for a very cohesive effort. For a debut album, Testament comes off as seasoned veterans of the genre.

The band is very musically sound, with each member playing their instruments with skill. The guitar stands out the most, with some really shredding guitar solos that sound like they come straight from the depths of hell. The Vocals from Chuck Billy also stand out, due to his menacing and evil sounding approach. Because of some excellent producing from Alex Perialas, each instrument can be heard and the recordings manage to capture the bands raw and energetic approach to playing. Perhaps the one downside to this album is repetitive riffs in a couple of songs, but this is balanced by some really melodic and skillful guitar solos found in almost each song.

Testament had always been a band I wanted to check out. People were comparing them to Metallica and other well known thrash acts wherever I looked, and so I finally took a chance and bought this album. This album changed the way I seen thrash metal. After listening to this album I determined that Testament embodies everything that thrash metal stands for; attitude, integrity, and above all else, the ability to shred. This album truly stands the test of time, and is one for the ages.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
- Burnt Offerings
- First Strike Is Deadly
- Alone In The Dark
- Apocalyptic City


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

Produced by Alex Perialas

Recorded: 1986
Released: April 21, 1987
Atlantic/Megaforce Records



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
May 25th 2012


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

alone in the dark is the best song ever

Venpts16
May 25th 2012


283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

alone in the dark is the best song ever [2]



bloc
May 25th 2012


53396 Comments


I should really listen to this and the band in general more

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ThrashTillDeath94
May 25th 2012


782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album needs more attention...

KILL
May 25th 2012


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude this album gets plenty of attention its albums like victims of deception that deserve more love

ThrashTillDeath94
May 25th 2012


782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess your right. A lot of these thrash bands are often overlooked and never given enough credit.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 25th 2012


782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I will be reviewing that record within the next month.

KILL
May 25th 2012


81231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet expect 2 comments

ThrashTillDeath94
May 25th 2012


782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha... regardless i will still review it, and enjoy reviewing it.

IMZA1793
May 25th 2012


843 Comments


Apocalyptic city is amazing. Need to listen to old school thrash again.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 26th 2012


782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, New Order is also a quality release from these guys.

TheNotrap
May 26th 2012


9418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album rules hard.



Over the Wall still remains one of the best thrash tracks ever released.



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NWOAHM666
May 26th 2012


849 Comments


Honestly I think that this is their weakest effort (apart from The Ritual and obviously Demonic).
Nothing really bad about it, it's easily a 3.5-4, simply it's obviously their first album, the one in which they're still beginning.
Also, "The Legacy"? I know that that's their previous name, but that's the most downright illuding title for a debut album.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
May 26th 2012


2399 Comments


The Haunting and Alone in the Dark are my favourites on this one

rockandmetaljunkie
May 26th 2012


7594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review man pos'd.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
May 26th 2012


2399 Comments


Oh yeah pos from me too

ThrashTillDeath94
May 26th 2012


782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks everyone, i'm glad you liked it.

ZedO
May 26th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this stuff

ViperAces
May 26th 2012


12588 Comments


Just started hearing them too, nice review.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 26th 2012


782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I heave heard the bands first 4 albums, this till souls of black. Is the rest of their stuff any good?



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