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Release date: 7 July 1987
Style: Bay Area thrash metal


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01. Over The Wall
02. The Haunting
03. Burnt Offerings
04. Raging Waters
05. C.O.T.L.O.D.
06. First Strike Is Deadly
07. Do Or Die
08. Alone In The Dark
09. Apocalyptic City

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Top 200 albums of all time: 110

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Re-issued on Atlantic : 1995, February 17th

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For me Testament are one of those bands which peaked way too early. In my eyes they never ever topped their debut The Legacy and although they released many great subsequent releases, I do not think any of them match this.

Musically, Testament were never as direct and ferocious as on The Legacy, delivering harder, darker, and more energetic songs than on their subsequent albums and what the album lacks in variety it makes up for in intensity. Don't let that statement confuse you however: Testament still manage to pack in a surprisingly diverse collection of musically interesting songs on this album. What has been put together here is a collection of songs that rival the intensity of Slayer, the polish of Megadeth, and the sleaze drenched mayhem of Overkill. In each song there is an unmistakeable seal of virtuosity and intelligence, mixed with the permanent insanity and brutality in lyrics and music, which unfortunately never would be so intense in any later Testament releases.

published 21.06.2012 | Comments (9)

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Uirapuru - 28.05.2010 at 19:22  
  This album has one of the best collection of solos I've heard in long time. ''First Strike is Deadly'' one kicked my ass.
Viesturs - 03.02.2011 at 23:01  
  Rock On
John Shock - 24.03.2011 at 00:03  
  Men, lovin' this album! Testament rules!
ThisIsEndgame - 28.08.2011 at 02:32  
Rating: 10 A classic and must own for any thrash fan. Amazing solos and riffs that blow your mind
ZOMBIESiTellsYa - 19.04.2012 at 00:24  
Rating: 10 Didn't like it the first time I listened to it a few months ago. Listened to it today again and was oh so very pleasantly surprised. So much catchy riffage on one album.
ZOMBIESiTellsYa - 04.07.2012 at 00:31  
Rating: 10 I think I can rate this as a perfect thrash album.
megadeath13 - 02.12.2012 at 16:17  
  Timeless thrash metal classic!
Deadmeat - 18.01.2014 at 15:55  
Rating: 8 Thats the first album i listen from this band and although i tend to dislike bay thrash this album is from the good ones.. the solo in "over the wall" is truly awesome...! it's nice that their vocals are not so bay-ish...
pkillerjp - 11.03.2014 at 20:42  
Rating: 9 Really great thrash debut, this is the only Testament album that competes with the early Big 4 releases. Raw energy, amazing riffs, nice songwriting, cool vocals-- always loved this one!
Jagermeister - 19.06.2015 at 12:45  
Rating: 10 Perfection

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