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Testament was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980's. Undoubtedly, they are the inventors of the thrash-metal wheel. Testament’s powerful sound, influence, and longevity make them one of the Top 5 All-Time Legendary Thrash Metal Bands, putting them in the company of Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Megaforce Worldwide/ Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IKR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Shortly after Metallica became marketable, the heavy metal community began to focus on several other thrash bands from the San Francisco Bay area. Most came and went in the span of time it took to play side one of Master of Puppets, but Testament began a musical crusade that continues today. The band's debut album The Legacy (1987) still holds up as a fine example of hook-laden thrash music. Songs like "Over the Wall" and "The Haunting" balance barreling blast beats and caustic screams with tuneful guitar licks and semi-melodic vocals. Although he eventually quit the band because he didn't approve of its ultra-heavy direction, lead guitarist Alex Skolnick was a large part of Testament's early appeal. And on The Legacy, his euphoric leads and intricate bridge work makes the music enjoyable even when the rest of band sounds somewhat generic. --Jon Wiederhorn

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I recomend it to anyone that likes speed and thrash metal.
Quinton Figueroa
THE LEGACY, the debut of TESTAMENT is a complete THRASH masterpiece from the late 80's!!!!!
This is Testament's debut album and one of the best thrash albums EVER.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on February 17, 2004
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Most consider New Order to be the best of Testament's albums. While I agree that New Order is awesome, I'd have to say that The Legacy is the best they've done. They wouldn't be this fast or heavy again for quite awhile. Alot of people state that Testament where trying to mimmick Metallica with their debut. Whoever is saying this is should get a spoon and clean the funk out of their ears, coz if I had to compare it to anything at all, I'd compare it to Slayer. It is quite unfortunate that Testament never got the popularity and recognition of their peers. Sure, Testament weren't breaking any new ground with their debut, but it's solid and well done thrash. I don't know why, but I chuckle when Chuck yells, "the devil's triangle!" Click "yes" for Helpful if you think this is funny too. So, if you only buy one Testament album, I'd tell you to get The Legacy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pennington Loomis on May 8, 2006
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When people think of thrash metal from the 80s, the Big Four(Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax) tend to come to mind. But if it had been the Big Five, Testament definitely would have been that fifth band. But even though they may not be as well-known, it doesn't take away from their music at all. And what good music it is! This lacks the polish of albums like Practice What You Preach, but I think that helps the music in this case. It is definitely raw, which always helps a band's first album in my opinion.

Over the Wall blasts this killer album off with fast-paced and somewhat melodic riffing. When Chuck starts singing, you can tell this album will kick some ass because he sings with such power. You can't help but love it when he goes "Holding the quest for freedom THAT BECKONS ME!" Chuck gives some good shrieks on this song, and the guitar solo shows us the genius of Alex Skolnick (who was still a teenager at the time, I might add.) Very melodic and breathtaking solo, it's amazing how he could play so flawlessly at such a young age! The Haunting is a killer thrasher, with some very menacing riffs at the beginning. Chuck shows us just how fast he can sing on some parts of the song, and he also gives us some evil shrieks. My favorite one is when he goes "For the haunting now BEGINS!" Gives me goosebumps every time. Alex's solo is amazing, and pretty damn fast as well. Burnt Offerings has a very peaceful and soft intro, and Alex does some emotional guitar playing. But pretty soon the song picks up and turns into a killer metal tune. The singing and the riffs are both quite catchy and Louie's drumming is pretty good on here. Chuck's shrieks on this one are particularly sickening. Raging Waters is a mean metal song with ass-kicking riffs. Alex and Eric are both riff-masters by the way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mike rotch on May 21, 2003
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yes the title says it all. this is the very first album of one of the greatest and underated bands ever in the history of music. they were such great musicians that one cant help but wonder why they didnt get more recognition. with chuck's screams, alex's wild solos (hes only 18 on this album!), greg's booming bass, louie's madman drumming, and eric's heavy-... rhythm playing, what more would you need in a metal album? still doubtful? let me put an end to your worries.
1.Over the Wall-the first testament song i ever heard. i knew i would be a testament fan after hearing this one. it is about someone who is trying to get out of prison. i also knew that alex skolnick would be one of my faves after hearing his wild solo
2.The Haunting-man this sucker is FAST. im surprised chuck doesnt have to catch his breath.that riff will haunt you for days to come
3.Burnt Offerings-dont let the intro fool you this song is heavy. chuck sings the verses with a sort of catchy rhythm. i think greg's bass kind of stands out on this one.
4.Raging Waters-this one has some pretty evil lyrics. but chuck says them kind of fast so you cant really hear them. man just dig that chorus
5.C.O.T.L.O.D.-FAST AND HEAVY!!! its a two minute thrashfest with some insane drumming by louie and greg's bass is turned up for this one. try not to destroy your room to this one
6.First Strike Is Deadly-kind of a weird intro, but an awesome song. man these guys just let it rip on this one! chuck sings with some of his highest screaming ever. the lyrics kick a** too
7.Do or Die-the only one chuck helped write (their first singer was steve souza of exodus) but its a dang good one. my mind just goes out of control when i think how hard it was to play this speedy number
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "angelofmorbidity" on July 10, 2002
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Wow. That's the word that just about sums up this album. This CD is absolutely excellent, and is one of the finest CD's in the thrash genre. I also see this album as one of the best debut albums ever. Alex rips through ever song with incredible arpeggios and searing solos, while Eric keeps up the pace with his intellegent rhythms. Rhythm section leaders Greg and Louie tear it up as well (BTW, no offense to Lars or anything, but Louie blows him away). Not to mention the haunting vocals of mister Billy himself.
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Chuck, vocals- YES!!! One of thrashes finest vocalists does probably the best he's ever done on this album. Chuck was definately one of the reasons I was drawn to Testament. Check out his pipes on stuff like 'First Strike is Deadly' or 'Over The Wall.' And it's really cool to see that Chuck was usin' his deep voice even back then ('C.O.T.L.O.D.'), way before death metal even began!
Louie, drums- Probably was the best drummer in the thrash genre (That doesn't include Dave Lombardo, Igor Cavalera or Paul Bostaph, because I consider them to be death-thrash musicians). I mean, you can't deny his greatness on tracks such as 'C.O.T.L.O.D.', 'First..', or 'The Haunting.' This guy's style is a like something you've never with a mix of Ulrich and Lombardo. It's pretty sad that Clement never got back together with T after the 'The Ritual', and he will truly be missed.
Alex, lead & rhythm guitars- At first listen, I didn't really like Alex's style. The arpeggios he pulled every few seconds didn't impress me, and in some areas, began to annoy me. But, now I've become somewhat of a more intellegent guitar player, and now I see that Skolnick was in a world of his own. Man, no one has ever played like this guy has.
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