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  • When I find myself seething and in the need for something that manifesting these feelings externally, I sometimes find myself tuning into Testament’s Low. Why? Because it has the right combinations of metal to make something digestible for the anger-ridden stomach, plus it provides commentary on every portion of society that is, in some right, sacred and therefore questionable. From the manifestations of the family and the building blocks of internal scarification that it sometimes is to the ritualism we deem social responsibility, it all finds itself looked upon and, in some way, frowned at. Personally, this is what I expect from Testament, the driven sounds and the aggressive vocals that sometimes bleed and sometimes growl anger into existence, and is a step back in the right direct that The Ritual – a good listen but not a Testament album – didn’t provide. Of the songs on the album, I find myself fond of “Of Dog Faced Gods” the most, with its growling stylization of vocals meshing well with messages about the Egypt of yore and the thunderous pulse within its temponic heartbeat. It, by far, is the most driven piece on the album and shows a band that has, in some rights, matured over time and learned their craft while not sacrificing the heaviness that sometimes goes with age. I’m also taken by the track, “P.C.,” which angrily questions the role of our leaders in a dysfunctional society and encourages the people under those thumbs not to be complacent, and “Legions (In Hiding), which throws lights onto the shadowy role of family and the manifestation of horrors that children oftentimes find themselves barraged by. There is also one slower track with a message that I found sorrowfully enjoyable, with its notations of suffering in “Trail of Tears” and the release that will finally lead to the end of the pain that was suffered by a nation of people. There are other notables on the album as well, lending themselves to a return to form that I found myself sorely missing. Fans of the older Testament will find pieces here that sing songs of the beast of “once before,” and people that enjoyed the growth that the band has shown over the years will find this something worth picking up. Recommended to fans of the heavy genres dancing in the sardonic veins of the sound spectrum.

    Posted on November 19, 2009