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Originally released in 1999, Testament's THE GATHERING is now re-released in remastered form. THE GATHERING features Dave Lombardo (Slayer), James Murphy (Death), and Steve DiGirgio (Death). THE GATHERING also includes Chuck Billy's most vicious vocal performance and a return to thrashy riffs and solos from Eric Peterson and James Murphy.

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Bursting out of the Bay Area as Legacy in 1983 and later molding into the classic line-up that would be remembered for years, Testament was birthed in 1986 at a time when thrash metal was just beginning to change the American Musical landscape. With a handful of timeless classics released through the 80s and 90s, Testament was one of the few bands that seemed to get angier, thrashier and more intense with each release. Case in point: the scathing guitar work, frantic rhythm section and ever-increasingly intense vocal deliveries of main-man Chuck Billy on two of Testaments's most brutal albums, 1997's Demonic and 1999's The Gathering.
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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Prosthetic Records
  • ASIN: B000Z1LOBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
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In my opinion, Testament have always been a step ahead of their thrash metal peers (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura, Anthrax, etc.) but for some reason, they never got the recognition they deserved. Maybe because Testament's debut "The Legacy" arrived a little late in the thrash movement (1987). Maybe it was because critics hailed Chuck Billy as a B-rate James Hetfield knockoff. Or maybe it was a lack of consistency. Now before you die hards rip me a new one--let me elaborate.

While Testaments first 2 albums: 87's The Legacy and 88's The New Order were milestones in the thrash metal genre (with the latter being the best thrash album of all time in my opinion) the band started to slip on 89's Practice what you Preach. With the exeption of the title track, Envy Life, Sins of Omission, and Greenhouse Effect, the album was sub-par and Testament started to lose their edge. Next came 90's Souls of Black, an even weaker effort which had a "thrown together" kind of feel to it. Face in the Sky and The Legacy were the only 2 traacks in my opinion that saved that album. Then came The Ritual, the low point in their career. Mainstream influences crept in and suffocated the album (even though Return to Serenity was a very good track and a favorite of mine) This was kinda like Testament's Load/ReLoad album...if it were released by someone other than Testament, it would be much more enjoyable.

Now, exit drummer Louie Clemente and lead guitarist Alex Skolnick...enter John Tempesta and James Murphy. Low was a call to arms for the up'd the ante in sheer heaviness and brute force.
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It may be because I've owned it longer than any other Testament album, but "The Gathering" is my personal favorite C.D. by this band. Every band member is at the top of his game, here. Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo does an excellent job filling in for Louie, Chuck's vocals are snarlier and stronger than usual (sounding a little bit like Machine Head with a hint of black metal), and the guitarists are the key to the attack; James Murphy and Eric Peterson play booming riff after blowtorch riff. The final sound sort of reminds me of old school Sepultura meets Metallica.

Plus, "The Gathering" might be the best produced Testament record. The production is crystal clear and very apparent, but it's not a case of the "everything but the kitchen sink production;" this album isn't overproduced to hide a lack of musical talent.

It's also different from most other Testament releases because "The Gathering" is quite a bit heavier (it's probably their heaviest album.) It's still plenty fast, but some death metal influence is also incorporated into their patented thrash.

Album opener, "D.N.R." begins with a few acoustic strums, but they are quickly eliminated when the pounding electric guitars storm onto the scene. Next, "Down For Life" has fast and heavy churning riffs. Track five, "3 Days in Darkness," has fiery chug and churn riffs and great, machine gun drumming. Elsewhere, "Legions of the Dead" has more blistering, almost careening guitar work, and "Riding the Snake" has explosive guitar riffs, propulsive drumming, and great bass lines by Steve. But this album doesn't get by on just volume, because most of the songs--especially "Eyes of Wrath" and "Careful What You Wish For"--are very catchy. And some songs (i.e.
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I have followed Testament since the beginning, and I like alot of their material. But this was the first CD(LOW was close...)that just blew me away. While I wished Skolnick was still in the band and on this CD, James Murphy does an excellent job as usual(I just prefer Skolnick's lead style, esp. Practice What You Preach era.....). With the addition of Slayer's Ex drummer Dave Lombardo, & the great, powerful vocals by Chuck Billy(he has never sounded better.....), this awesomely produced collection of 'just-the-right length' metal songs is sure to be something all Testament fans will enjoy. This album starts out with a bang and never lets up.
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I always listened to Testament over the years but was slowly losing interest (especially with Demonic). This album put me to shame. It is wicked. It is very heavy but never solely just for the sake of being heavy.
Chuck Billy has toned down the death in his singing but at the same time he hasn't lost any of his ferocity or growling ability. It's the new and improved Testament. While a lot of people might not even consider his singing to be death metal, I consider his performance on this album to be as close to perfection as any death metal (or related genre) could hope to be. The same band you love but twice the melody.
Dave Lombardo really helped with the drumming on this album (although Gene Hoglan could've stayed on and handled his duties equally well. SYL is probably better for him anyway). Lombardo adds a touch of added respect to a band that deserves it, but up until recently has not received it.
Now that I have mentioned the incredible drumming found on this cd, I must mention the work of one of the most underated guitarists in metal. Eric Peterson complements Dave Lombardo perfectly and vice versa. The guitar work is worth the price of the cd alone. I am a big fan of good guitar work but so are (I assume) most metal fans. Eric continues to pound out thrash that remains new and fresh yet original, heavy, and absolutely addictive.
The long and short of it is that this CD is amazing. Whether you are driving, walking, running, talking, yelling, drinking, eating...this is the cd that suits all accasions. In other words, the perfect thrash cd.
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Hmmm, no one's replied. This album and Demonic have apparently been out of print for a while (strange considering I bought The Gathering over a year ago at FYE), but Prosthetic Records has picked up on these two albums and will reissue them on January 8. Hopefully you'll read this sometime, or... Read More
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