Transcending Reality United States Of AmericaCountry Of Origin: United States Of America
Testimony - Transcending Reality

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MB Rating: 8.3
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User Rating: 6.9
[17 Vote(s)]
Release From Life Sound
State Of Delusion
Test Of Sanity
Society's End
Transcending Reality

Release Date: 2012
Label: Self Released
Categories: Thrash
6.9 out of 10 / 17 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by JD on 2/1/2012
Unsigned bands are the backbone of the metal movement, as they have been throughout its history. All of these bands who rock out in anonymity for their art are at their cores risk takers, pushing the boundaries of metal more and more - keeping the whole metal movement alive, feeling new, fresh and hungry to kill false music everywhere. In a world of corporate music cut and paste artist, metal is still a style that is unabashed and holds the middle finger high for the men in suits to see.

Chicagoís Testimony is perhaps one of the most impressive and least known unsigned act out there today. Sounding like a balls to the wall Thrash band like Overkill with the accenting blasting wall of Death Metal like Death to add in... this band proves that they can play, an play damned hard. Even though the recording of this EP has way too much on the treble end of things and that is the cause of losing the power of the bottom end in the process, it never masks any of the talent and power this act has. Combining both Death and Thrash into one is simply sheer brilliance.

Each of the six tracks are extraordinary in the way it powers through the speakers, even through the tinniness of the recording and a few gaffs that pop up now and then. It does not take having an advanced PhD in music to hear how great of musicians they are. 'Release From Lif'e is the track that is the standout for me because it is seven minutes and some seconds of just amazing metal played at the highest of levels.

If they can acquire a good recording deal, and the right producer to bring it all together, Testimony could be in command of a huge fan base in a very short amount of time. I hope that the powers that be throughout the metal label world will take the time and seriously consider this band, and then put their money on the line to get this band out to a drooling global metal audience within six months.

This is a band that screams out to be heard and promoted the hell out of. I am hinting to you in the recording field, donít be stupid, sign these guys.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9.5
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 6
Overall: 8.5

Rating: 8.3 out of 10