Testament
Titans Of Creation


3.9
excellent

Review

by Trey STAFF
April 2nd, 2020 | 197 replies


Release Date: 04/03/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Testament have released another excellent thrasher that proves they’re still the most reliable band of the original thrash era.

Testament have never been the best thrash band to come out of the eighties, but they’ve been the most consistent. While other bands of the era have followed trends, broke up, and/or lost their fire, Testament have always been there representing metal to the best of their ability. Even when they started hemorrhaging musicians in the early nineties, they still managed to release top-tier metal (except for Demonic, but that wasn’t supposed to be a Testament album). To me, though, Testament didn’t really recover from their classic line-up splitting until the return of Alex Skolnick and Greg Christian for The Formation of Damnation. It was The Formation of Damnation that found the band touring and releasing albums with predictable regularity again. It was also the album that restored the best of their classic sound while still retaining the more extreme and modern influences of their mid-era releases.

The problem, if you want to call it one, was that each of their subsequent releases rehashed the same style. In a vacuum, this didn’t really affect their quality, but taken back-to-back each album felt a little more uninspired than the last – modern Testament by the numbers. While Titans of Creation doesn’t really deviate from their modern formula, it does feel more inspired, and maybe a little more diverse, than either of their last two releases. The ‘inspired’ part simply comes from the stronger songwriting found throughout the album. The songs on Titans of Creation feature a wider array of galloping riffs, as well as stronger guitar and vocal melodies, more dynamics, and better choruses. By extension, the stronger melodies and choruses lead to a slightly more diverse album overall.

So, while “Dream Deceiver” may initially sound like just another modern Testament thrasher, the galloping riffs and catchy chorus feel like they could have come from Practice What You Preach. Later, “City of Angels” surprises with a sound that delves into the mid-paced mainstream era of The Ritual, but with the aggressive edge of their modern material. My personal favorite, though, is “Curse of Osiris”. "Curse of Osiris" hits with the high-tempo modern death-tinged thrash Testament excel at, but they manage to surrpise with an excellent black metal section that comes from nowhere, as well as a slower groove section. It should go without saying that a majority of Titans of Creation is full of the modern sound that has dominated the last three Testament albums, but it's also as solid, yet predictable, as you might expect.

When Testament’s classic line-up (mostly) reformed for The Formation of Damnation, they settled on a formula that blended their classic sound with their more extreme modern metal influences. Since then, they’ve released two variations of that same formula… and now they’ve released a third. If there is one thing that can be said about Titans of Creation, though, it's that it feels less like Testament by the numbers than the previous two releases. This is due in large part to stronger songwriting and better guitar melodies, as well as a slightly more diverse sound that pulls more from their classics. Whether that’s enough to make Titans of Creation sound like anything other than more of the same (and whether that will even matter) will be up to the individual listener. One thing is for sure, with Titans of Creation Testament have released another excellent thrasher that proves they’re still the most reliable band of the original thrash era.



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Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2020


18737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

My top Testment albums (for context): The Ritual, Practice What You Preach, The Formation of Damnation, The Gathering, and then this one.

parksungjoon
April 2nd 2020


19867 Comments


yea legacy and new order are the best

that said review gives me hope this could be better than the previous two

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Itwasthatwas
April 2nd 2020


2880 Comments


Legacy has the best solos but terrible vocals and production

parksungjoon
April 2nd 2020


19867 Comments


lol imagine thinking legacy has terrible production but liking burzum

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2020


13993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm really glad you reviewed this. I have high hopes, and after reading this, it looks like it will live up to my expectations.

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Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2020


18737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

I think the main thing that might hold people back is the similarity to the previous two albums, but this is a better version of them...

ResidentNihilist
April 2nd 2020


1478 Comments


new order is bestament

ResidentNihilist
April 2nd 2020


1478 Comments


c what i did there

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2020


19767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The singles were pretty solid. I have hopes for this.

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Pikazilla
April 2nd 2020


11132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brotherhood of the Snake is hands down my favourite post Gathering Testament. This holds up quite well imo.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2020


31795 Comments


hell yes

ChaoticVortex
April 2nd 2020


995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yes. They've been nothing but pure consistency and quality since The Gathering. Can't wait to jam to this.

Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2020


18737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

I think they've always been pretty consistent. Souls of Black and Demonic are slightly mediocre, but Testament have always been a fairly reliable band compared to all their counterparts. Of all the 'sell out' thrash albums, The Ritual is definitely the best of the bunch.

ChaoticVortex
April 2nd 2020


995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Ritual is one of their best imo. A more commercialized sound with fantastic execution. Every song on that record is catchy as hell.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2020


8759 Comments


Need to listen to this asap, great review as usual.

That said, the main riff in "Children of the Next Level" is identical to that in "More Than Meets the Eye" from The Formation of Damnation.

Noticed the similarity only because I'm now jamming the latter album while waiting for the new one.

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el_newg
April 2nd 2020


665 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

been thrashing to lots of Testament since they announced this, seriously love this band

can't wait to hear the album!

Thalassic
April 2nd 2020


4879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's Testament so will rule

Thibs
April 2nd 2020


2704 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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YuriZakhaev
April 2nd 2020


639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those riffs and guitar tone give me str8 chimp energy tbh

Ebola
April 2nd 2020


3824 Comments


stoked to hear this. singles are awesome



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