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Formation of Damnation

TestamentAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B0012E6R3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 in the UK. Their 1999 album The Gathering also entered the Top 50 in Germany. They had minor top 100 album success in the United States.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric/Chuck, the Page/Plant of Thrash April 30, 2008
By say 10
Format:Audio CD
With The Formation of Damnation, Testament delivers the thrash album of the year, hands down. Eric Peterson and Chuck Billy are rejoined by Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian and drummer Paul Bostaph to bring us the metal. Along side Slayer and Exodus, no other band has been as consistent and downright dedicated to give the fans what they want. Eric and Chuck, the heart and soul of this band, and as sadly underrated as they are portrayed, completely shine here. Old school, new school, it doesn't matter. Coming up with an album of this magnitude, takes some skill. And how Eric comes up with some of his riffs(heavy and hooky) is just amazing. Chuck, considering the past couple of years have been pretty rough, turns in an amazing performance as well. Its also really good to have Alex and Greg back in the fold. Having said that, both seem to have a renewed spirit on this one, considering Alex has not been on an album of new material since The Ritual in '92 and Greg since Low in'94. And finally, they could not have picked a better replacement than Paul Bostaph. Considered by many as just a fill in, he owns the drums here, and fits the band like a glove. I received my copy a day early, which was an additional bonus to my already anticipated excitement. In conclusion, I was eagerly awaiting this release and it lived up to my expectations ten fold. Thrash metal fans, check it out, raise the horns, and bang til your dead.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid release that will please long time fans. April 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
For once it's refreshing to see a band's promise about a forthcoming release actually live up to how they hype that it will sound like.

Testament's 1st album of all new material in 9 years was billed by the band of having the songwriting style of their classic 80's material while featuring the much more aggressive playing style/production of 1999's The Gathering (which is still a most amazing album.) Well, that's what we got with The Formation of Damnation.

To be honest, this isn't as great of an album as The Gathering was, and this is coming from a long time fan who has been listening to the band since 1987. I still greatly appreciate their classic material but I felt that with The Gathering the band really reached their apex (depsite the fact that Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson were the only 2 original members left in the group by that point). But The Formation of Damnation is still a very good release that will please long time fans (of Bay Area thrash in particular) while not being quite as earth shattering as it needed to be to convert current audiences into new fans.

Song wise the album isn't as thrashy or as brutal as the Gathering with maybe the exception of the crushing title track. Writing wise a lot of this sounds like The New Order and Practice What you Preach styles with a more brutal guitar/drum attack. Chuck Billy still occasionally dips into his 90's death metal growl at times, but he doesn't do it nearly as much as he did during that period. He sings here much more in his older style and while his range isn't what it used to be he still turns in a tremendous performance. Returning original lead guitarist Alex Skolnick does his usual brilliant guitar work and drummer Paul Bostaph (who played on their Return to Apocalyptic City E.P.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the album, not for the tour edition March 6, 2010
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
When The Formation Of Damnation first came out in '08, I was very excited. It showed the Testament that fans of The Legacy, The New Order, and Practice What You Preach really wanted to hear. Not saying that fans didn't want to hear another Gathering sounding album or that it was a bad album. I loved The Gathering. But Alex Skolnick was back in the band, and his presence was heard on Formation. It was like old and new. Now we have the tour edition, and I must say....don't waste your time if you already own the album. They basically took the standard cd (original artwork and all), put a cardboard sleeve over it, and put a bonus cd inside the sleeve. Now, I'll admit that Metal Blade did the exact same thing with Unearth's The March, and I bought into that. But at least it had a bonus dvd with a lot more cool stuff than what you'd get here. What you get with this edition of Formation is a bonus cd with three live tracks, and as a cd enhancement (for those that don't know, there's a logo that says enhanced cd on some cd's you buy. That means you put the cd in your computer for additional content like video content and such.), the music video for "More Than Meets The Eye," and the video footage of the same three songs you hear on the same disc. I was at least expecting a bonus dvd of some sort, like the one that came with the import version of the album that has the making of it. That would have been better, or if it was a full live concert dvd or cd, that would have been great too. Anyway, I'm a big fan of the album, not this edition though. If you don't already have the cd, go ahead and get it. If you do, don't bother upgrading to this version.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To those of you too young to know May 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is Testament. Formed in 1983 with Steve Souza singing originally known as The Legacy. Since the birth of American thrash back in the 80's Testament has been cranking out metal that was fast, intense and heavy yet melodic. 25 years later We are blessed with this masterpiece of an album. From the very get-go this album gets in the mood to rock. With crushing metal anthems like "More Than Meets the Eye" we see a brand new old band resurge with awesome crafted guitar riffs that seem to punch the ear drums as if to say, "Don't call it a comeback!" Alex Scholnick and Eric Petereson's chops cannot be matched by many. They shine on this album as if they never missed a beat. "The Evil Has Landed' displays a sort of Practice What you Preach era. One of my favorite solos is on this song. The title track is probably the most intense song I've heard since "Of Dog Faced Gods" off Low. Killer breakdown and double-bass by Bostaph(a far better drummer than Tempesta). Do yourself a favor and don't drive listening to "The Persecuted Won't Forget". Your bound to want to get a speeding ticket and possibly a bad case of road rage. "F.E.A.R. is one the most old-school songs I've heard them do in years. Sounds like maybe something off of The New Order. Very 80's type rock chorus with a fat solo break and dueling leads. All in all kiddies this band help influence and pave the way for bands like Shadows Fall, Avenged Sevenfold, The Absence,Trivium. So put this record and school yourself with some old-school metal
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all hail the great band of testament. thanks for the music
Published 15 days ago by christoph l. johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Testament will always be awesome.
Published 29 days ago by Lucius T. Fontaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album
Published 3 months ago by James Forero
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great lyrical content, great guitars, great album! I'm a old school thrasher and this could quite possibly be my favorite testament release! Read more
Published 3 months ago by music forever
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Testament album!
If you like Testament, this one is one of their best. These guys (regardless of bandmembers coming and going) have delivered the most consistently rocking albums over the last 25... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jimmy L. Wilbanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Formation of damnation
Testament still packs a punch! Damnation exceeded my expectations from Test. This is the best compact disc I've heard in over 10 years! They nailed it.!!
Published 16 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I have several albums from these guys dating back to the 80s. This may be my favorite. I love the tone of the recordings. The guitar work is mind blowing. Read more
Published 17 months ago by VoyageAmazon
5.0 out of 5 stars A hugely successful comeback album
Anybody that knows heavy metal music already knows the story behind Testament's "The Formation Of Damnation. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ONE FROM TESTAMENT!!!!!
FORMATION OF DAMNATION is another great HEAVY THRASH album from the great TESTAMENT!!!!! All the songs are good, some are among TESTAMENT's best like THE HENCHMAN RIDE, AFTERLIFE,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Fluminense
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bonus dvd edition?
Likely not. Nuclear Blast isn't known for reissuing albums with any digipack packaging or bonus dvd's. Usually if they didn't do it the first time, it won't happen later.
Apr 30, 2008 by Michael |  See all 4 posts
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Go here (to listen to the entire album):

By the way, it rules!
Apr 25, 2008 by Tor Anvil |  See all 4 posts
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It is incredible. Every single song on it is brutal. Up there with Practice What You Preach, Low, and First Strike Still Deadly.
Apr 6, 2008 by Jeremiah Tilley |  See all 2 posts
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