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  • Heavy, Brutal, Great backing vocals, great main vocals…IT’S ALL SO GOOD! Where does one start with such a masterpiece?

    I believe this is Testament’s best album. Regardless of the merits of my position I do believe this is a major step up from thier debut the previous year. The album starts off with Skolnick’s “Bach-rock” errie guitar playing intro only to then descend into a heavy mid-tempo Thrash song.

    The Vocals are great. Chuck Billy’s talents are showcased here: There are high points where he screams and there are low points where his growl makes you quiver. Very Talented.

    The guitar work is one of a kind. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson make a great duo. The work is overall very heavy (for the time) and insanely complex (listen to some of the solos and intros.)

    The bassist does a good job of making himself known unlike in their ‘87 release. Other than the bass-only parts, he blends in pretty well with the rest of the crew.

    The drumming is generic but better than in their debut. Mostly just normal rock beats. There is a little bit more double-bass than in their debut -not much however if you are the usual ’80s Thrash fan. The overall speed is mid-tempo, not slow but certainly not fast (exception: “The Preacher”).

    I would say that this is their finest effort. If you have even a passing interest in 80s Thrash Metal you need this album NOW. It is more intricate than some of the 80s counterparts but is just as intense.

    Posted on November 16, 2009