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new orderOne of my all time favorite and most underrated thrash metal bands of all time is the mighty Testament. There a band that while they may have gone through their trials and tribulations are still standing tall to this very day and that is why I love them. I remember as a kid, my brothers always tried to engrave in my head that one of the best Testament records is the band’s sophomore release The New Order which was released on May 5, 1988. While I do agree with them on that statement, I realized the other day that I had not yet covered the album for the album of the week and it’s this week’s album. The band at the time of the release was made up of Chuck Billy (Vocals), Alex Skolnick (Lead Guitar), Eric Peterson (Rhythm Guitar), Greg Christian (Bass), and Louie Clemente (Drums). The album did pretty well for the band as it established them on the scene as it peaked at number 136 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts, but obviously the follow up is what broke them through on the Thrash scene. Alex Skolnick talked about the record to Metal Injection saying, “We barely got done with our first couple of tours on that first album cycle when we were informed we have to have another album, soon! […] We got spooked in a way, because we never had to come up with music on the fly. […] By the time we finally recorded the album, we neglected to look at our recording contract. We actually had it in our contract that there’s a minimum of 40 minutes of music, and we clocked in under that! […] Our album was promptly sent back…we added the Aerosmith tune, we added those little instrumentals, we extended a couple of sections…that was all done so we wouldn’t be in breach of contract.”

new order back1. Eerie Inhabitants– The track slowly fades in with some eerie wind and thunder sounds while Skolnick and Peterson lead us in with some amazing clean channel guitar work before the track launches forward. I feel like the track is talking about how there are those who toil with life while other suffer and to them life is a game. 4.5/5

2. The New Order– Skolnick opens up the track shredding away in this amazing track that tackles the idea of the New World Order. 5/5

3. Trial By Fire– One of the best tracks on the album that is supercharged and in your face as I believe Chuck Billy is singing about a man who is accused of a crime he has not committed. Some believe that just because of the band’s name that there is a religious connotation to it, but I am not buying that. 5/5

4. Into The Pit– a thrash classic that has that in your face mentality that we love from that era and it features an incredible solo work from Skolnick in a track that could be talking about hell or moshpits. 5/5

5. Hypnosis– the first of two instrumental tracks on the album and a very cool one. 4/5

6. Disciples of the Watch-a very cool thrash song that I believe is about the film Children Of The Corn, but I could be wrong. This is probably one of the best Testament songs in their catalog in my opinion along with Souls Of Black and Perilous Nation. 5/5

Testament-The_New_Order-CD7. The Preacher– Nostradamus is a very popular figure in metal and he first gets his due in this all out metal assault that could be about him or someone who possessed the visions like he did. Chuck Billy also has a unique pitch in this track when he screams out The Preacher that I had not heard before. 4/5

8. Nobody’s Fault– A last minute addition to the album as the band chose this Aerosmith song to cover and I actually dig it, but my only criticism of it is Billy trying to do rock vocals on the track.¬† 4.5/5

9. A Day of Reckoning– This is the last track on the album to feature vocals and they get a little political on this one as he sings about how the president literally controls our destiny and safety in the times of the cold war. Another track that features some solid guitar work from the duo and an amazing solo from Skolnick. 5/5

10. Musical Death (A Dirge)– The last track on the album and it’s an instrumental to finish things out. The track showcases what the band was capable of and why they belonged on the scene. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– In my opinion, this is one of the best albums the band ever recorded besides Practice What You Preach although I rank this one a little higher. My favorite tracks on the album are Disciples Of The Watch, Into The Fire, and Trial By Fire. My least favorite track on the album is The Preacher and Hypnosis, but I don’t hate the tracks. It’s just not my favorite of the bunch. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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drot2-flyer-smIf there was ever an argument as to who deserves to be up there with the original four members of The Big Four of Thrash Metal, there is a band from Berkeley, California called Testament that deserves to be in that conversation for sure. Testament has been cutting their teeth in the business since they first formed as Legion in 1983 and through the point when they became Testament. The band hasn’t stopped as they get ready to celebrate 30 years next year and that is where we are at the Fillmore Silver Springs in Silver Springs, MD where Testament played on their Dark Roots Of Thrash II tour with Exodus and Shattered Sun. The most amazing thing about this band is that they show no signs of slowing down and they are ready to deliver a history lesson to all on what real metal is all about through their deep catalog of amazing music. The show was also broadcasted on Yahoo Live which the band was sure to remind everyone and I have to tell you that this is a great privilege for all to see. How many times can you say that you watched a live show right from your couch on almost every night from all across the country. Chuck Billy along with band mates Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson, Gene Hoglan, and¬†Steve DiGiorgio were ready to blast the roof off the place as they opened up with the punishing Over The Wall.

1One of the amazing things about the show was that the crowd’s energy was instantly turned up past eleven just like the band as both fed off each others energy all night. One of other the amazing things about this tour that I didn’t realize is that the band played it’s whole entire first album Legacy live in it’s entirety mixing it in with the rest of their setlist. One of the worries the band addressed was the problem in Baltimore as the band expressed their concerns for the crowd and their safety, but they were keeping it old school for the crowd. Right before the performance of the track A Day Of Reckoning (which Billy admitted that it was the first time they were playing it live) he did one of the coolest acts I have ever seen any band do and he invited a fan who was in a wheelchair on stage to rock out with the band during the performance. That was a really cool gesture and it shows that Metal bands care about their fans immensely. The band also dipped heavily into their amazing The New Order record for material and they even played the title track Practice What You Preach before closing the show with Disciples Of The Watch. It was a night of hard charging, in your face, demolishing metal that never led up or quit all night long. Amazing energy from the band and the crowd tonight that you will only get at a metal show and you saw it on Yahooo Live. Now check out some pics from the show as well as the setlist.

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