Testament
Low


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 11th, 2006 | 65 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


HISTORY
They came from the Bay-Area, they had great music abilities and a singer with better vocals than any other Bay-Area thrash-metal bands. This band is known as Testament, one of the greatest veteran thrash giants of all time alongside with Exodus. They started with the former Exodus singer Steve Souza himself, but Steve left the band and joined Exodus instead, this proved to be an actual success for Testament (or Legacy as they were called back then), because Chuck Billy proved to be a much better vocalist for the band. Thanks to Chuck's long ranged vocals Testament was on the road, they delivered heavy and fast thrash-metal of the finest quality. But Chuck became a victim for the cancer for a while but he stuggled on and the band is still active to this day. Testament did have alot of skilled and talented musicians in their career, like Paul Bostaph, Gene Hoglan, James Murphy, Steve DiGiorgio and many other members, all of them were and still are active in many successful bands. Members of Slayer, Exodus, Death, Dragonlord and many other bands has been helping this band to reach top status.

ALBUM INFORMATION
Well what do we have here, many of you might have heard songs from some of their finest albums like ''New World Order'' or ''The Legacy'' and thought that those albums were heavy. Just wait when you hear this, this album is called ''Low'', an album that would sound more like a death-metal album (almost). The band has made a great mix of past versus future, they have taken their ''original'' sound and mixed it with more heavier and rawer material and the result became more heavier than their older music recipe. This album is very heavy in its sound, dark vocal work and deep growling is included alongside heavier and somewhat slower song patterns.

BAND MEMBERS
After their successful thrash launch during the 80's the classic line-up started to fall apart, but there has been at least two original members in the band all the time. The first member is of course the might Chuck Billy and his vocals, he does a great work on this album. He uses both his normal and powerful vocals and his new vocal style which is deeper and more evil, Chuck delivers now dense and deep growls here. Take songs like Dog Faced Dogs and Legions (In Hiding), here you can find some great vocal work were the vocals are deep and powerful. Eric Peterson is the second member who has been alongside Chuck since the beginning, Eric does the rhythm sections in this album. The guitar work is heavy, thick and still skillfully performed, there are both solid shredding in many of the songs. Though the guitar might seem a little bit less complicated if you compare them to their earlier albums but this is great stuff. James Murphy is the new lead guitarist in this album, not as skilled as Alex Skolnick but he delivers some newer sounds and guitar work and it sounds good. The solos are not as advanced and melodic as Skolnick's but they sound good though, nothing lame or too complicated stuff. John Tempesta is also a new member here, a very good drummer who knows how to handle the drumsticks. Tempesta's drumming has a very good variety, from slow and light ballad-drumming to furies thrash drumming. The drum patterns are very catchy and heavy at the same time, very good drummer here I must say.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS ALBUM
This was definitely a good piece of entertainment, one thing I really liked was the vocal performance in this material. Chuck has a very good singing voice. He sings very calm and gently in songs like Trail Of Tears, his more neutral or normal vocals appear in songs like Hail Mary and Shades of War, and his growling appears in songs like Dog Faced Dogs. The band has done a great job when it came to the variety in the material, there are these fast and shredding songs, slow and very heavy pounding songs and at last the calm and melodic ballad. There was also an instrumental songs here that focused more on the bass, that song is called Urotsukidoji, a quite ok song but you can hear that the bass has similarities with Cliff Burton's or Jason Newsted's type of solo style. Some things I didn't like was the last song called Last Call, also an instrumental song but this one was just repeating itslef. The structre was all the same until it ended, boring ''outro'' song. There was not so many things that I disliked about this album, the only thing I missed was the technical and melodic riffage and soloing, if there was a little bit more fire and energy in this album it would've beena nearly perfect album in my opinion.

MY CONCLUSION
This was a nearly great album to me, it had almost all perks that I like from Testament, the only things I missed in this album was the real energy and fire that the band had in their earlier albums. The vocals were great, the overall sound was heavier than the previous albums and I enjoyed more than half of the songs. If you are a Testament fan you should check this one out, this album might not be a good start for those who are interested to get into this band. Most because of the heavy and aggressive sound and because of the death-metal vocals, but you are welcome to check it out anyway though. So now we are done for this time, I hope that you had a good time reading and you are most welcome to send me your comments.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Shades Of War
-- Hail Mary
-- Ride
-- Low

Because of the excellent mix between old and new, this album will be given a 4/5



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Dethtrasher
August 12th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hehe, this didn't got much attention I see now.

Anyway, my reviewing rampage starts to slow down now. I'm running dry on music.

VacantRegime
August 12th 2006


9 Comments


Can somebody explain to me why endless screaming and minor-keyed big noise chords are so great? And where is the culture behind metal, what is the point?

ChrisAdlerisGod
August 13th 2006


474 Comments


If you dont appeciate metal than dont EVER post in the forums ever, at all.........EVER! What a stupid question.

Shadows
Moderator
August 13th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good timing. I've been on a total thrash binge lately and this album is next on my list after all the Slayer, Kreator, Destruction, and Dark Angel I already have.

Monaro73
August 31st 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a pretty decent album, and Chuck really show's what his voice is capable of. I havent heard this in a long time but I think the song is called 'Dog faced Gods' oh and vacantregime, your post doesnt even warrant a responce, "what is the point of metal" HELLO.. Mcfly!!

MeowMeow
May 26th 2007


662 Comments


Trail of Tears is freakin' beautiful.

met65
June 6th 2007


105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

btw, it's the new order, not new world order. good review though.

ASberg
September 7th 2007


2161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hail mary, Low and Legions are superb. The rest are good to but i think they could have been more original.

moltenlava
June 30th 2008


312 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll have to give this another spin after seeing these high ratings, but I just got done with another run-through and I was left mucho disappointo. I hate when bands cling to passing musical trends, and this one, to me, sounds like Testament in the Grunge-era. That by itself don't mean nuthin, good nor bad. But, trying your hand at something you certainly are 'not' is usually a recipe for mediocrity. This is primarily why I think Metal is in such a good place at present. There really aren't any fads that are effecting the REAL Metal bands.



There's still trends effecting several of the queerish Pop-Metal acts. A few years back there was that disruptive influence of Nu-Metal. Also, these so-called Melodic Death Metal groups are pure cornball Pop garbage for Middle School kids. And I guess, still, at present, there's that cheezy Pop/Emo influence on crap bands like Dragonforce. But, unlike any other five-year period prior, this one that we're in at present is free from the influence of Pop trends. That fact, coupled with the non-existence of Music Television, and a new-found 'hands-off' approach by the record companies has enabled bands to produce whatever kind of music they see fit.....What do ya'll think about that assessment?





MassMetal
December 7th 2008


83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

james murphy is amazing and totally slays here and on "live at the filmore"

Willie
Moderator
December 7th 2008


17312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

I'd agree with that, he just had big shoes to fill.

illiniheel67
December 4th 2009


1 Comments


Although the poor grammar in the review hurt my head, this album shreds! I've listened to Testament for many years and this raw and aggressive sound fits Chuck Billy's voice even better than some of the melodic Skolnik-era tunes. "Low", "Hail Mary", "Trail of Tears", and "Chasing Fear" are some of their best works ever.

Madbutcher3
February 5th 2011


1980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why do people hate on this album so much? It's pretty good.

KILL
February 5th 2011


80922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its ok but not brutal enough compared to demonic

Digging: Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained

Madbutcher3
February 8th 2011


1980 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

But it is less repetitive, and slightly more consistent in song quality.

jayt851
December 13th 2012


319 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is badass!! people need to stop smoking dirt weed

Digging: Neil Young - The Visitor

Titan
February 23rd 2013


18045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I DONT LIKE YOU FOR YOUR WARPED DEMENTED WAYS

I HOPE THEY LOCK YOU DOWN SO YOU NEVER GET AWAY

ResidentNihilist
October 2nd 2013


1292 Comments


Good album. Chuck Billy sounds like a monster and Murphy kicks so much ass.

PiedradeLuna
June 20th 2014


233 Comments


Agreed, compared to the Testament cannon this album doesn't get the support it deserves. I think it was instrumental in the transition Testament underwent from a thrash, NWOBHM influcend style towards thier more melodic thrash/death metal style they play now.

Good album with some great songs and solos

ResidentNihilist
June 20th 2014


1292 Comments


yeah i kind of wish they'd stuck on this path a little longer after the gathering, it gave their sound a level of darkness that it so desperately needed.



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