PapaJosh said:That's it, someone start a TESTAMENT thread.. please. This band should be discussed in a true roundtable all its own.
TESTAMENT RULES. I mean, look at what happened to their peers, such as Metallica... and then how very fresh Testament still feel. In 2003, Testament are more heavy, brutal, fast and plain great than ever, (although maybe they didn't really top the first three albums with "The Gathering", you'd be insane to deny its greatness) wearing Marduk and Mayhem shirts, starting BM side projects and very much following and appreciating the current metal scene while still not disappointing their old-school fans. It's remarkable, really.
TESTAMENT RULES. I cannot wait until the Wacken concert... Basically, that's my main reason bandwise for going to Wacken... The lineup is otherwise not as good as last year.
TESTAMENT RULES because they care about their fans and stuff. I mean... You could see "First Strike Still Deadly" as an attempt to cash in on old songs because a new album's not coming out in a while, but when you consider that basically it was the fans that wanted the songs recorded with better production in the way the songs are now played live, and even let the fans decide in online polls what songs would be on the disc, to me it really seems like a labour of love for the fans.
And of all TESTAMENT albums that RULE, "The New Order" rules the most IMO. I haven't heard "Souls Of Black", "Demonic" or "The Ritual" though, but I am told those are not really the most essential Testament albums anyway. Because of my limited knowledge of quite a few of their albums, I'm not going to attempt ranking 'em. "The New Order" is my favourite though. "Eerie Inhabitants" could very well be the greatest thrash metal song ever. One of 'em, at least.