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The New Order

TestamentAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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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: B000002IMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top five best metal albums of the 80s March 10, 2003
By Worgelm
Format:Audio CD
A survey of some of the greatest 80's metal albums would be worthless without this 1988 wonder. In close quarters with _Peace Sells_ and perhaps only reigned over by the ubiquitous _Master of Puppets_, _The New Order_ smokes them all by a nautical mile on chops and taste. Guitarist Alex Skolnick was so far advanced over any of his peers, technically and melodically, that he ended up floating over to fusion (someone asked what he was doing after Testament - check out Savatage _Handful of Rain_ and his fusion band Attention Deficit, also the jazz-oriented Alex Skolnick Trio). The album teems with incredible playing, at times eerie and atmospheric as it is technical and erudite. The gorgeous "Hypnosis", "Musical Death: A Dirge" and especially his playing on "Trial By Fire" - which alone could fill an entire volume on proper foundation for metal guitar theory - is simply unmistakable and beautiful. At the time, other than maybe Jason Becker and one or two other boys hiding in the Shrapnel metal stable, there was simply no one that was even CLOSE to being his peer, technically or artistically (well - maybe Hammett, but Skolnick still owns me to this day). Of course, this album wouldn't be important as it is if there wasnt an incredible band behind Skolnick, one of the best to ever lay claim to the mantle of thrash. Chuck Billy remains one of metal's best-kept secrets, posessing at once both terrifying range and demonic growls. Eric Petersen ably supports Skolnick's nimble arpeggios with excellent songwriting, compositional and sympathetic rhythm work, and bassist Greg Christian and rock-solid, never flashy Louie Clemente complete the lineup of the best metal band to never quite make it big. Read more ›
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Heavy, Brutal, Great backing vocals, great main vocals...IT'S ALL SO GOOD! Where does one start with such a masterpiece?

I believe this is Testament's best album. Regardless of the merits of my position I do believe this is a major step up from thier debut the previous year. The album starts off with Skolnick's "Bach-rock" errie guitar playing intro only to then descend into a heavy mid-tempo Thrash song.

The Vocals are great. Chuck Billy's talents are showcased here: There are high points where he screams and there are low points where his growl makes you quiver. Very Talented.

The guitar work is one of a kind. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson make a great duo. The work is overall very heavy (for the time) and insanely complex (listen to some of the solos and intros.)

The bassist does a good job of making himself known unlike in their '87 release. Other than the bass-only parts, he blends in pretty well with the rest of the crew.

The drumming is generic but better than in their debut. Mostly just normal rock beats. There is a little bit more double-bass than in their debut -not much however if you are the usual '80s Thrash fan. The overall speed is mid-tempo, not slow but certainly not fast (exception: "The Preacher").

I would say that this is their finest effort. If you have even a passing interest in 80s Thrash Metal you need this album NOW. It is more intricate than some of the 80s counterparts but is just as intense.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's a sophomore slump? May 5, 2006
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When Testament released "The New Order" in 1988, they laid to rest the rumors that they might go through a sophomore slump. This album showed that Testament definitely didn't follow in the footsteps of some bands and use up all of their good material on their first album, thus leaving them strapped for ideas when the time comes to write/record their sophomore release. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think Testament held anything back for their debut; "The Legacy" was a great album. But Chuck, Greg, Louie, Eric, and Alex obviously didn't run out of ideas, because "The New Order" is another prime example of thrash excellence.

Chuck sometimes hits high notes (as in "The Preacher"), but he sounds best when he uses a low, gruff voice (which is most of the time). Louie's drumming is typically fast and talented, Eric anchors the songs with his rhythm guitar, and Greg's bass notes are occasionally audible, but (as is the case with "The Legacy," and most early Testament discs) lead axeman Alex Skolnick runs the show. I shouldn't even have to tell you (it should just be a given) that Skolnick is in fine form, here. After all, he didn't earn the title of being a "classic" for nothing. On almost every song here, Alex pulls out more than a fair share of hefty riffs and amp-shredding solos.

"Into The Pit" is one of my personal favorite Testament tunes, and it remains a concert favorite to this day (probably because Chuck has admitted the band wrote this song just to get the crowd moving). With a highly energetic beat, pounding, rapid drums, fast tempo changes, and a catchy shout-along chorus, "Into The Pit" is a timeless, top-shelf thrash song, and it's one of heavy metal's first ever mosh pit anthems..

The other nine songs are almost as great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In My Opinion, One Of The 5 Best Metal CD's Ever November 1, 2000
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Testament, with Alex Skolnick in the lineup, was the greatest metal band ever, IMHO. The New Order and Practice What You Preach are the metal equivalent of the Mona Lisa, great works that others have tried, but failed, to equal. If someone can come up with better chord progressions than Skolnick and Eric Peterson come up with in Trial By Fire and Disciples Of The Watch, I would like to know about it. Not that those are the only two great songs on the CD. I kid you not, there is not ONE bad song on this album. The thing that makes these to CD's so great is Testament's ability to play very fast but still keep a definate melodic flow to thier music, unlike a couple post-Skolnick efforts, Low and Demonic, that have little or no melodic flow to them. I am happy to report that thier latest effort, The Gathering, is a vast improvement on those previous two efforts. Though not up to Order or Preach quality, it is infinately more listenable than Low or Demonic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Billy Rules
With "The New Order", Testament launches a thrash attack that leaves you feeling more instantly pumped than consuming a Lindors Chocolate chased by a Mexican Coca Cola. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John D Peale
5.0 out of 5 stars Testament at their best
I wanted this CD because the copy I have I had since it was first released, This copy sounds great and plays a lot clearer on my I Pod, This Product got 5 stars because of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by greg
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Order's Here!
Released almost a year to the day after their initial 1987 thrash-terpiece The Legacy, Testament's The New Order picks up right where the debut record left off. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Classic Testament that I always go back to
I am a new Testament convert, as I think that Formation of Damnation and Dark Roots of Earth are their best, especially the mix. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven N. Gosney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Vinyl has a cool frosted/clear look to it, and sounds great. Came packaged flawlessly as per usual. I would recommend to any Testament/vinyl fan!!
Published 7 months ago by Mycatdied
1.0 out of 5 stars What how can they flub up oh yeah its the second album
This is one of the most overrated Thrash Metal Albums I have ever listened to I don't understand how people can say this is a classic album I mean this is bye far one of the worst... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Thrash
Testament is a great band. I strongly enjoyed this album and I would like to recommend this album to everybody.
Published 8 months ago by dennis sohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Testament's Crowning Achievement
"The New Order" is one of my favorite, and one of the all-time great, thrash metal albums from any era. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Order- Testament
If you are a fan of 80s thrash metal then this is an easy choice for you.. The New Order is a masterpiece..This is their best album.. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jason M
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTAL THRASH CLASSIC!!!!!
THE NEW ORDER is one of the best albums from the great THRASH band TESTAMENT!!!!! it's way way better produced than their raw debut THE LEGACY.... Read more
Published 18 months ago by FLUMINENSE
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