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Testament - The Gathering

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D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
Down For Life
Eyes Of Wrath
True Believer
3 Days In Darkness
Legions Of The Dead
Careful What You Wish For
Riding The Snake
Sewn Shut Eyes
Fall Of Sipledome

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 1999
Label: Spitfire Records
Categories: Classic, Thrash

MetalBite Review by Luka on 6/11/2001
As soon as this CD started bellowing out in itís mighty thrash metal glory I was already floating in heaven. Testament owed us big time and they were back, as their previous albums "Low" and "Demonic" were just about their weakest records ever. Well they must have started doing something right this time, Ďcuz I havenít heard them this good since "Souls of Black"!

But thatís not the whole story, however, as the first 20 minutes of this CD kicked my ass and blew me away to that realm of metal perfection few others can create, I soon felt the ground beneath me drop. The first 5 songs deliver simply amazing riffs, dynamics and speed. A clear definition of fast, ass-kicking, low-tuned thrash metal. Avoiding the pretentiousness of "Low" and the monotony of "Demonic", this time the boys put away the Coors and get down to do some serious, hard work. The song structures are innovative and refreshing, the riffs technical, fast and brutal. The drumming skillful and intricate. The intro to "3 Days in Darkness" is just killer, the prime example of heavy and complicated riffing, "Down For Life" has the catchiest verse Iíve heard in a long time and the heavy and progressive "True Believer" reaches a climax of utter metal perfection.

And now for the rest of the album. I donít know what the hell happened to the guys but after the 5th song Testament just dropped the idea of making the perfect thrash metal album and puked out the other 6 tracks. It surprises me that they didnít even bother to mix up the great tracks with that bad ones. The first five were on a roll, and after that, gutter-ball. The whole album just drops and youíre thinking "what the hell? Who put this shit in the player when I was listening to an awesome album?". Unimaginative, stale and repetitive, I canít help but just press stop after the 5th song. What a shame, Iíd give it 10 if theyíd made the effort and determination to produce what would undoubtedly be a mind-blowing thrash metal album.

Bottom Line: The first 5 songs get 10/10, the rest get 3. If you think five truly kick ass songs are worth the money, go for it!

Rating: 7 out of 10