Signs of Chaos- The Best of Testament(1997). The First Compilation For Testament.
In the 80’s, Thrash bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayerand Anthrax(The Big 4) are generally what you think of, yet other bands, like Testament, Overkill, and Metal Church, were as good, if not better than those bands. Testament amazed many with their underground and critically acclaimed albums ‘The Legacy’, ‘The New Order’, and ‘Practice What You Preach’. Although they are best remembered for their 80’s material, Testament’s 90’s albums are excellent, and they are still making music today! Needless to say, any fan of Heavy Metal or Thrash should know of Testament, and, in my opinion, they are equal to Metallica. That’s actually quite surprising if you know me, since Metallica’s 80’s albums are some of my favorite albums. So, is Testament’s compilation a winner or a bomb? Read on to find out!
-CONTAINS SONGS FROM EVERY TESTAMENT ALBUM- Signs of Chaos contains songs from ‘The Legacy’, ‘The New Order’, ‘Practice What You Preach’, ‘Souls of Black’, ‘The Gathering’, ‘Low’, and ‘Demonic’.
-ALMOST 80 MINUTES LONG!- Many compilations fail to get anywhere near the 80 minute limit, but Testament’s ‘Signs of Chaos’ is remarkably close, getting more bank for your buck!
-CHEAP!- Although it costs $16 on Amazon, most stores have clearanced this album, so, instead of paying more money for imports, you can get ‘Signs of Chaos’ for a low price, and it’s very easy to find.
-TWO EXTRA TRACKS!- Signs of Chaos contains two extra tracks, “Sails of Charon” and the Aerosmith cover “Draw The Line”. These tracks are excellent, and fans of the band may want to pick this album up for them.
- GREAT LINER NOTES!- Signs Of Chaos gives an informative and interesting read on the development and history of Testament, and this is always a plus for me.
“DEMONIC REFUSAL”- For the albums ‘Low’ and ‘Demonic’, Testament experimented with Death Metal, and the two Death Metal tracks here are “Dog Faced Dogs” and “Demonic Refusal”. While the instruments are just too good on “Dog Faced Dogs” to not like the song, “Demonic Refusal” has nothing appealing, and the vocals make me sick. Definitely the album’s low point.
Overall, Signs of Chaos is a great introduction to Testament, and a great addition to fans who’ve only purchased their first three albums. Testament, while not being as popular as other Thrash bands, retains the same amount of talent and emotion, and anybody who picks up this album will immediately notice this. Really, there’s nothing wrong with this compilation, except for the mediocre song “Demonic Refusal”, and even then, you can always skip it. If you already have all of Testament’s albums, you may want to pick this up for the extra tracks, as they are very good.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO FANS OF HEAVY METAL, THRASH, TESTAMENT, AND ALICE IN CHAINS(THEY BEAR A RESEMBLANCE(ETC. “THE BALLAD”). IF YOU LIKE METALLICA AND MEGADETH, DEFINITELY MAKE A NOTE TO CHECK OUT TESTAMENT AND THIS GREAT COMPILATION!
Rust In Peace- Megadeth
The New Order- Testament
Master of Puppets- Metallica
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