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For the Disciples of the Watch

When I first heard that Testament were in the studio re-recording some of their classics my first thought was, like probably many fans out there, "Why?". I mean as artists they've already walked this ground many times before. As listeners, some of us have been listening to these songs for the better part of 20 years. But that is exactly the point. Taking some of these songs that are now metal classics and trying to breath new life into them. I think it's a total success. The Legacy is easily one of my favorite metal albums of all time, but the versions of First Strike, Burnt Offerings and Over the Wall sound crisper, faster and even more brutal thanks tomodern recording tech, the detuned guitars and the addition of higher caliber drumming (THANK YOU, PAUL BOSTAPH!). And I have a question for guitar and Skolnick fans out there: How often does an already famous guitarist decide he's not good enough and mid-career go back to school to improve his chops? Uh... NEVER!! This is the new, "jazzed up" Alex Skolnick. Some of his leads, like in Burnt Offerings are mostly the same, but others, like First Strike Is Deadly are completely reinvented. This idea is going to be hit or miss with most fans. Some metal fans are, unfortunately, too attatched to previously recorded versions of songs and want little to no deviation. I think that as a Testament fan this was a HUGE breath of fresh air and one that all Testament fans should try out.

Unnecessary? Sure, but it still rules...

Several bands within the genre will revisit the old days in some way shape or form, be it Megadeth remastering and rereleasing their classics, or Exodus rerecording Bonded By Blood track by track with their current equipment and sound. Testament still tops the heap as far as the latter category with the release of First Strike Still Deadly. It simultaneously serves as a nod to the old school with their new sound (circa The Gathering) as well as a "best of" album, so overall this is a great introduction to the group to new fans. But to satiate the old school fans, Testament's original vocalist (from when they were still known as Legacy) Steve "Zetro" Souza of Exodus joins them for Alone In The Dark and Reign Of Terror. As a huge fan of Zetro, I'm a sucker for these tracks, but this is still an awesome album from beginning to end. All of my personal favorites are here, including my #1 Testament song, Over The Wall. Highly recommended.


This is my favorite Testament album. It makes me feel a little cheap since it's a compilation, but these re-recordings are so good! the only other album I could compare this to would be Megadeth's Rust In Peace. That should say it all.


Formed: 1985 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Testament were the biggest thrash metal band never to reach the platinum plateau. In fact, the San Francisco quintet seemed on the verge of challenging Metallica (their most obvious influence) in the melodic thrash sweepstakes, but their run toward the top was eventually derailed by inconsistency, bad business decisions, and the genre's dwindling appeal. Unable to change with the times like Metallica,...
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