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”Live In London” is the documentation of a dream that long-time die-hard Testament fans have been waiting for: the reuniting of the band’s ”classic” lineup. Featuring vocalist Chuck Billy, guitar virtuosos Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian, and original drummer Louie Clemente (along with Testament & White Zombie alumnus John Tempesta as a second drummer), the band rips through classic Testament fan favorites in this show, shot in London earlier in 2005. Among the leaders of heavy metal over the past twenty years, Testament have always provided the rock solid proof that great song writing, regardless of genre, will always transcend time. Their crucial contributions to the early thrash metal surge of the mid to late 1980s helped to develop a sound that forever changed the face of heavy music and resonates just as loudly today. With all of their Bay Area peers either calling it a day or drastically altering their sound, Testament has remained a worldwide metal ambassador throughout the 1990’s and into the new century. Tracklisting: 1. The Preacher 2. The New Order 3. The Haunting 4. Electric Crown 5. Sins Of Omission 6. Souls Of Black 7. Into The Pit 8. Trial By Fire 9. Practice What You Preach 10. Let Go Of My World 11. The Legacy 12. Over The Wall 13. Raging Waters 14. Disciples Of The Watch
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DRI’s best with catchy riffs, stop and go speed, and thoughtful lyrics. “Thrashard” is one killer tune, “Beneath the Wheel” is probably their most well-known song, and “Give a Hoot” changes speeds gracefully.
some slamming vintage 80’s speed hardcore here. it’s like D.R.I. never disappoints. ‘beneath the wheel’ and ‘enemy within’are my top two favorites.
Other than the original Dirty Rotten EP (22 songs) and _Dealing With It_, this is the best D.R.I a man can get. Even with very dry, clean-sounding thrash metal production, you still get perhaps their best complete set of nasty moshers. The bravest tracks are the more ambitious and complex thrash/hardcore crossovers. “Beneath The Wheel” has a pretty outstanding mix of styles, starting out Doomy and breaking into some fast thrash before dropping a great mid-tempo mosh beat into the middle. “Strategy” and “Kill The Words” (with the goofy intro) also have great, driving riffage and lots of changes. There are also some more trad-hardcore shorter tracks mixed in. “Worker Bee”, “Standing in Line” and especially “Enemy Within” will all keep the pit flowing. This blend really didn’t seem to gel on _Crossover_, but the band here plows through these tracks like radioactive demons running on diesel fuel. Kurt Brecht goes down wailing typically pointed lyrics about timeless punk concerns, like pollution, hardships on the road, dealing with aggression and advocacy of non-violence (except inside their mosh pits). Even so, its stood the test of time on its own terms pretty well, and in terms of late 80s metal even better than many of their thrash peers.
I was glad when D.R.I. came out with an album entitled “Thrash Zone” because face it, they were a Thrash band. I went to see these guys in August ‘04 and some little punk rock kid saw I had my Nuclear Assault “Survive” tour tee on and said ever so sarcastically, “Metal, YEAHHH!” All I said was, “Hey moron, what kind of band do you think you’re seeing? That’s right a metal band. Go wack it to your DK records.” (The kid was probably thirteen.) Sure they got the punk rock inspired lyrics and the Hardcore hollering and occasional riffs, but they were definitely in the Thrash genre if you had to pidgeon hole them.
Thrash Zone is interesting for a number of reasons, the lighting fast speed element is almost completely gone except on few numbers like “Worker Bee”, the slow parts are really slow, almost like Obituary during their dirge moments on “Slowly We Rot”. The production is the best of any D.R.I. album, famed Metal Blade producer Bill Metoyer uses a little to much compression but this ends up giving Spike Cassidy a boost in his awesome riffs. Some of the best guitar riffs of any D.R.I. album here. I was a little bit disappointed in Felix Griffin’s drumming because he is an awesome drummer and one of the best in the genre. His drumming here is just too simple, there aren’t any of those awesome breaks or tom fills that were on Crossover or Four of a Kind. Still some cool triplets though. Kurt’s atonal voice is a little more in the background but still keeps everything together.
This album would then go on to close the most successful period for D.R.I. The later two albums would lack focus and be cast on the dust bin of history. They would also go on to loose a huge driving force in 1990, their drummer Felix Griffin. Their bassist would also get stabbed on tour in Mexico after this album, a further setback for the band. Worth having along with everything that came before. If you like D.R.I. then you should also check out the first two Hirax albums and Nuclear Assault pre-1991. For more underrated Thrash check out Forced Entry, Anacrusis, Coroner, ans N.J.’s Whiplash. They don’t sound like D.R.I. but they are all awesome bands.