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Album Review

Comparable to Slayer, Megadeth, and Metallica, Testament is one of thrash metal's more accessible and best-known bands. Testament quickly earned respect in thrash circles with its debut album, The Legacy, a relentlessly heavy and promising effort focusing on such subjects as the occult, witchcraft, nuclear war, and global destruction. Though one can hear the influence of Judas Priest and Metallica on bonecrushing numbers like "Burnt Offerings," "Apocalyptic City," and "First Strike Is Deadly," there's no question that Testament had a collective personality and vision of its own. Alex Perialas' production is superb — well respected in metal circles, he obviously encouraged Testament to play hard and let it rip.

Customer Reviews


Prior to last night, I had never heard this album. I saw Exodus, Testament and Megadeth in Washington DC though, and Testament performed this entire album start to finish. I loved every song, and I recommend catching these guys live if you can!

By far Testament's best!

If you like Testament but aren't sure which album to start with, this is the one. You will not be disappointed. This is my favorite.

testaments most harsh album

this album from start to finish is straight up hardcore old school thrash which is amazing, though it is not as polished as the new order it doesnt take anything away from the bands debut reminds me very much of kill em all- ride the lightining era metallica


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, Testament quickly faded from sight in the early '90s, but have remained active and very popular...
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The Legacy, Testament
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Apr 21, 1987

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