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old-school bay-area thrash band going through the motions...
on September 18, 2008
well, I am probably going to catch hell for saying this, but I was somewhat underwhelmed by this release. but I have to call it as I see it- I am not one of those fans who will automatically give 5 stars "just because." while the band is in top form, and the production is good, in my opinion, there aren't any memorable songs here. it's full-on heavy, but that's it. there's no "feel" to it. it's just heavy for the sake of being heavy. there's a lot of heavy stuff that has "feel" to it (go back and listen to older testament and you will understand what I mean), but in this case, i'm just not getting the vibe. with skolnick and petersen reuniting, I was hoping for the great riffs you'd expect whenever those two team up. but the riffs that just stick in your head (think "into the pit" or "burnt offerings") weren't there. ditto the leads. skolnick shreds, but again, there is just nothing memorable. there is some great, albeit generic, drumming from bostaph, as you'd expect (louie who?). just your standard rapid-fire thrash drumming. I do believe their best stuff is definitely behind them. it's great that testament is back and maintaining a presence on the scene, but their older stuff is definitely what carries them. if you are a hardcore fan, you will buy this regardless, but if you are new to testament, I would recommend their earlier stuff. this is one of those discs that you listen to and when it's over, you say to yourself, "so this is it?" not horrible, but not great by any stretch of the imagination. this is an old-school bay-area thrash band just going through the motions.