Review by Jeff Maki
After The Gathering was released in 1999, Testament went on an extended hiatus, not returning until 2008 with The Formation of Damnation. That album and its successor, Dark Roots of Earth (2012), weren’t just comeback albums, they also saw Testament honing its strengths: Chuck Billy’s powerful, melodic vocals, Alex Skolnick’s guitar playing, songs with catchy hooks, and lyrics that were intelligent and aware. It’s Testament’s classic thrash metal style, only modernized. After years of chasing after other leading metal bands, whether it was Metallica in the late ’80s and early ’90s, or Fear Factory and Machine Head in the late ’90s, Testament finally came to the conclusion that it is a legendary band in its own right. So does Brotherhood of the Snake stand up to Testament’s recent output? (more…)
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Review by Jeff Maki
Tags: 80s metal, 90s metal, Brotherhood of the Snake, Chuck Billy, Dark Roots of the Earth, Demonic, Interviews, nuclear blast, Practice What You Preach, Testament, The Formation of Damnation, The Gathering, The New Order, Thrash, thrash metal
Instead of a long history of Testament, I’ll give you my version. Thanks to Headbangers Ball, Testament was part of my “Big Four” back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Along with Metallica, Megadeth and Sepultura, Testament’s Practice What You Preach became one of my go-to cassette tapes, with tracks like “Greenhouse Effect” and “The Ballad,” both of which had music videos that were featured prominently on the cult MTV show airing at midnight every Saturday night. I went back and discovered the thrash metal masterpiece The New Order, then came Souls of Black and Low. I had a Testament concert poster proudly hanging above my bed. In summer, I wore a black tank top displaying the band’s iconic logo. Years after their release, I was still listening to those albumsreligiously. Then in the late ’90s, like many metal bands, Testament kind of lost its way, and I kind of went down a different path musically.
Now, Testament—after disbanding and reuniting in early 2005—is about to unleash its third album of the 2000s, The Brotherhood of the Snake. And if it’s anything like its previous two, The Formation of Damnation and Dark Roots of the Earth, then fans, new and old, are in for a treat. The Testament I grew up with has been back for a few years now, and there’s no end in sight.
Vocalist Chuck Billy took a few minutes of his time to give us some dirt on the new album, The Brotherhood of the Snake. (more…)
Tags: 80s metal, 90s metal, Alex Skolnick, Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Practice What You Preach, Souls of Black, Testament, The Formation of Damnation, The New Order, Thrash, thrash metal
Growing up, I was a huge fan of Testament. Right alongside Megadeth, Metallica and, later, Sepultura and Pantera, they were a musical passion of mine and largely responsible for getting me into metal. The band has been in existence for 25 years and its career has culminated with The Formation of Damnation. This album sounds exactly as you’d expect Testament to sound in 2008. It’s like a modernized take on their albums The New Order, Practice What You Preach and Souls of Black. Is it as good as those albums? Probably not, but the band has taken the heavy, brutal sound of today’s best metal bands (more…)