Testament – The Formation of Damnation Reviews

The Formation of Damnation

The Formation of Damnation is the 2008 release– the first Testament studio album of all new material in nine years. This is the first Testament album to feature Alex Skolnick on guitar since 1992’s The Ritual, also the first to feature bassist Greg Christian since 1994’s Low. Testament are an US thrash metal band from California. Some of their records entered the charts in major markets such as the UK and Germany. Testament has two Top 40 albums and one Top 50 album to its credit (more…)

13 responses to “Testament – The Formation of Damnation Reviews”

  1. Cwen says:

    With the creation of Damnation, Testament provides the thrash album of the year, hands down. Eric Peterson and Chuck Billy is back from Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian and drummer Paul Bostaph, the metal around us. In addition to Slayer and Exodus, no other band has so consistently and for the fans just what they want. Eric and Chuck, the heart and soul of the band, and sadly underestimated, as they will appear here completely. Old school, new school, it does not matter. Coming soon with an album of this magnitude that some skills. And as Eric comes with some of his riffs (heavy and hooky) is just amazing. Chuck, taking into account the last two years were pretty rough, in an astonishing performance as well. It is also really good to have Alex and Greg back in the fold. Given that both seem to have a renewed spirit to this, taking into account Alex was not on an album of new material since the ritual since in'92 and Greg Low in'94. And finally, they could not have picked a better replacement than Paul Bostaph. By many as the only complete, it has the drums and the band fits like a glove. I lost my copy a day early, which is an added bonus to my already expected excitement. To summarize, I was curious about this version and lived up to ten times my expectations. Thrash metal fans, check it out, raise the horns and bang until your dead.

  2. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Skolnick’ s awesome comeback!!!
    This album is a metal masterpiece. Alex Skolnick’s guitar work is outstanding and the drums are driving and brutal.

  3. Nafuna says:

    For once, it is refreshing to see a band that promises to be an imminent release of actual needs, as they hype that it will sound like.
      Testament's 1st album of new material in 9 years was billed by the band, the songwriting style of the classic'80s with the material, and much more aggressive way of playing / 1999 production by The Gathering (still a very amazing album.) Well, this is what we do with the formation of Damnation.
      To be honest, it's not as big as an album by The Gathering, and this is from a long time fan who was to hear the band as the 1987th I still greatly appreciate their classic material, but I felt that with the band The Gathering really reached its zenith (depsite the fact that Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson were only 2 original members of the group by this point) . But the formation of Doom is still a very good version you long time fans (of Bay Area Thrash in particular), while not quite as earth shakes, because they needed to convert current audience in new fans.
      song as the album is not as thrashy or as brutally as the collection, perhaps with the exception of the crushing title track. Write as much that sounds like the new Rules and Practice What You Preach styles with a brutal guitar / drum attack. Chuck Billy still occasionally appears in his 90's Death Metal Growl at times, but he does it is not nearly as much as it is during this period. He sings a lot more in his old style, and while his is not what it once was he still in a tremendous performance. Already original lead guitarist Alex Skolnick is not his usual brilliant guitar and drummer Paul Bostaph (who plays on their return to Apocalyptic City EP) has always been its strength, fantastic drum work. Original bassist Greg Christian supplies, and I was a little disappointed, as root-oriented game was on this album, but it still does not fit, just do not expect some of his memorable bass lines from yesterday (with the exception of the last track Leave Me Forever, with a fantastic bass line and during co-author by Greg Christian ironically enough). Eric Peterson remains one of the most criminally underrated rhythm guitarist (who also performs very RIP) in the metal riff and his work here is great as always.
      Since this is essentially a new start for this band, it is interesting to see how they are able to this version but not as their best work is still much better than a much more likely people are expected.

  4. Yana says:

    This is Testament. Founded in 1983 with Steve Souza song originally known as The Legacy. Since the birth of the American thrash in the 80's Testament was cranking out metal that was fast, intense and difficult yet melodic. 25 years later we are blessed with this masterpiece of an album. From the get-go this album is in the mood to rock. With metal-crushing anthems like “More Than Meets The Eye” we see a completely new old band resurge crafted with awesome guitar riffs, which appeared to strike the ear drum, as if to say: “Do not call it a comeback “Alex Scholnick and Eric Petereson the chops can not be many. They shine on this album, as if they never missed beat. “The Evil Has Landed” shows a kind of practice what you Preach era. One of my favorite solos, this song. The title track is probably the most intense song I've heard since “the Dog Faced Gods” Off Low. Killer degradation and Double Bass by Bostaph (much better than drummer Tempesta). Do yourself a favor and drive you will not hear “do not forget the persecuted.” Your bound to want to speed up ticket and possibly a bad case of road rage. “FEAR is one of the old-school songs I've heard they are not in years. Sounds like maybe something from the New Order. Very 80's rock type with a fat chorus solo break and dueling leads. All in all, this band kiddies help influence and pave the way for bands like Shadows case, Avenged Sevenfold, absence, Trivium. So, this record and the school itself with some old school metal

  5. Walidah says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Testament is back!
    Testament has been through alot of line-up changes, but it does not stop them from thrashing. perhaps they are sending a message to Metallica (stop sucking and start thrashing)…

  6. Kevlyn says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    with this line up there was 2 choice crash and burn? or rise to glory!
    with alex back and paul bostoph behind the kit and gregs return to bass they had done it right and proved they still have the chemisty and abillity to thrash old school.

  7. Giovanna says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Beware: Recycled Hard-Rock Riffs and Cheesy Lyrics.
    Strains of Metallica’s brand of thrash metal brute can be heard throughout the album, particularly on tracks like “Henchman Ride and the anthemic “More Than Meets the Eye”, which…

  8. Idella says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    They’re back…..
    Finally, after waiting years since the Gathering, Testament returns. With Alex Skolnick and Greg Petersen back, the metal machine is ready to crush.

  9. Xandy says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Testament delivers the goods on this one BIG TIME. Talk about integrity. Talk about musicianship, heaviness, deep lyrics. This is the bomb.

  10. Edith says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Quality Comeback From Testament
    Many people seem to think this album is a Godly return from Testament, which I disagree with, however, that’s not to say this isn’t a good album.

  11. Huong says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dripping with anger.
    Maybe it’s the smooth-growl of the vocals. Perhaps it’s that the instrumentals, despite their technical clarity, contain equal doses of heaviness and thrash.

  12. Saar says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    another Testament great worth owning!!!
    This is another Testament great, lyrics,musicianship do not pass this album up you will enjoy it if you own and love any other Testament albums this will not disappoint!!!

  13. Myfanwy says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Anihilation of the Apocalyptic City
    Crafted by true masters of METAL. This album showcases the songwriting capabilites of Testaments classic lineup with a seasoned outlook of true thrash veterans.

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