Buy this immediately! Trashiest thing Testament ever did and probably the Holy Grail of 90′ies trash metal…Dave Lombardo’s work is simply mind-blowing in this one. Highly recommended.
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Features Dave Lombardo (Slayer), James Murphy (Death, Obituary), and Steve DiGiorgio (Death). Chuck Billy’s most vicious vocal performance, a return to thrashy riffs and solo from Eric Peterson and James Murphy.
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Testament has been a band I only discovered recently the past few years and have been a great addition to my metal regiment (Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, Megadeth, Sepultura, etc..) The Gathering is another amazing addition to the already fantastic discography that Testament has accumalated over the past years. With the Gathering, Testament displays their raw metal force seen in Demonic with a return to a more progressively thrashy sound. D.N.R rips this album open in a fury of fast metal riffs that set the stage for what the Gathering is going to be, with intense drumming thanks to former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, beautiful crafted metal riffs by veteran Eric Peterson, great guitar work by James Murphy, and the usual power-wrenching vocals of Chuck Billy. Billy has returned to his older style of singing, with less of the death metal style seen in Demonic. The whole album screams “no-holds-barred-metal-in-your-face” with tracks like Eyes of Wrath, Legions of the Dead, and Riding the Snake, which are committed to showing the world that no one rocks harder than Testament.
If you enjoyed Low and Demonic, than this a welcome addition to the Testament sound with an album that is every bit an evolution of the powerful thrash metal. And if you are like me and enjoyed the Skolnick-era of Testament (i.e. The Legacy, The New Order, Practice What You Preach, Souls of Black, and The Ritual), you will be pleased to see that, even though the leads are not as commanding as the earlier years, Testament is still one of the greatest bands of metal, crafting an aggressive and powerful metal sound like no other.
I can’t think of a group that has been as consistently good as Testament, its like this group gets better with age. On Testament’s eighth album The Gathering it seems like they were on top form, this album also has the best lineup I’ve seen so far. Joining the ranks of lead singer Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson is guitarist James Murphy, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and Dave Lambardo from Slayer making this an awesome lineup. This album definitely has a more tighter sound than the previous album with much better songs and theres less growling from Chuck and not to mention the riffs being faster and heavier with some extraordinary drumming (would you expect anything less from Lombardo?). The best songs are Eyes of wrath with its amazing solo at the end and True believer which was quite catchy if I don’t say so myself. D.N.R. was also a great opening track and Legions of the dead was another highlight and also the heaviest track on the album and Careful what you wish for has some great lyrics showcasing the great song writing abilities of Chuck. Sewn shut eyes and Fall of sipledome are the more thrashier songs and has Chuck growling alot which reminds you of the album Demonic which wasn’t really a favorite of mine, I think that the Gathering was an improvement. Overall I would say that The Gathering was a great album thats worth checking out especially if your a Testament fan or like heavy thrash music, this remastered edition also includes a bonus track called Hammer of the gods which is an instrumental track.
Odd thing about this release was I had bought it over a year ago. Sure enough, you can look it up online and see that it’s out of print. For how long, I’m not sure. Such a good album though, makes it a rare gem to find. Well, apparently that gem has resurfaced along with the band’s other release Demonic. What’s new about it besides the fact that a different label (Prosthetic Records) decided to pick it up? Not much. You get new liner notes, plus the previously Japanese only bonus track Hammer Of The Gods. Also, this album never needed any remastering as far as I was concerned, but it’s been done anyway. If you missed out on this great cd, here’s your second chance. Owners of the previous release, do take notice.
I have followed Testament since the beginning, and I like alot of their material. But this was the first CD(LOW was close…)that just blew me away. While I wished Skolnick was still in the band and on this CD, James Murphy does an excellent job as usual(I just prefer Skolnick’s lead style, esp. Practice What You Preach era…..). With the addition of Slayer’s Ex drummer Dave Lombardo, & the great, powerful vocals by Chuck Billy(he has never sounded better…..), this awesomely produced collection of ‘just-the-right length’ metal songs is sure to be something all Testament fans will enjoy. This album starts out with a bang and never lets up.