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Release date: 4 August 1989
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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8.3 | 440 votes

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01. Practice What You Preach
02. Perilous Nation
03. Envy Life
04. Time Is Coming
05. Blessed In Contempt
06. Greenhouse Effect
07. Sins Of Omission
08. The Ballad
09. Nightmare (Coming Back To You)
10. Confusion Fusion

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Iron Nostarion

Rating:
8.5
As the last installment of Testament's "big three" albums, a series of well-done thrash metal classics, Practice What You Preach comes in the last years of thrash's Golden Age. With great production, clever riffs and astounding solos, as well as decent vocal work, this album is probably one of the best metal albums of 1989 and a certain classic of the band. It also has a distinctive place at the frayed ends of Testament's prowess; before they turned into a less interesting and less creative style followed from Souls of Black through Demonic.

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published 24.09.2011 | Comments (11)

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elekctric - 10.02.2010 at 20:28  
Rating: 10 Damn memories of 89 ... never left the player either
Demonmayonnaise - 11.02.2010 at 17:00  
Rating: 9 This was my first Testament album, and I love it. It's not as strong as New Order or The Legacy but its still pretty damn good.
13Footlevel - 28.02.2010 at 01:19  
Rating: 10 Alex Skolnick Owned 1989. We all wanted to play like him. I spent a lot of that year & 1990 learning that Album on guitar. I was in a band named Nihilist in the early 90's & have a VHS of us covering "The Ballad" Bad Quality & we were a little out of tune, But I'm glad I still have it!! Cheers Metal Heads!!
Human Waste - 28.08.2011 at 01:55  
Rating: 9 Hmm... Its Just Great
Metalex - 30.10.2011 at 02:23  
  Great albulm from a great band !
musicalkaratekid - 23.01.2012 at 19:59  
Rating: 9 Probably their most underrated album of the 90's. Full of great rumbling bass and some really cracking riffs, and i believe chuck billy uses some of his deeper growls here as well, making the whole thing less straightforward thrash than it already was.
JohnDoe - 24.01.2012 at 03:28  
 
Written by musicalkaratekid on 23.01.2012 at 19:59

Probably their most underrated album of the 90's. Full of great rumbling bass and some really cracking riffs, and i believe chuck billy uses some of his deeper growls here as well, making the whole thing less straightforward thrash than it already was.


the album was released in 1989
musicalkaratekid - 28.01.2012 at 02:43  
Rating: 9
Written by JohnDoe on 24.01.2012 at 03:28

Written by musicalkaratekid on 23.01.2012 at 19:59

Probably their most underrated album of the 90's. Full of great rumbling bass and some really cracking riffs, and i believe chuck billy uses some of his deeper growls here as well, making the whole thing less straightforward thrash than it already was.


the album was released in 1989


Dammit:/ Ah well, i guess my overflowing enthusiasm for this album forced me to write the album off in the wrong decade. LOL indeed.
Timelord - 26.07.2014 at 05:24  
Rating: 9 Been A fan since the beginning when I saw Testament open for Anthrax on their "Among the Living" tour. Caught them again on PWYP tour with Wrathchild America opening. I think this album is great but I knew what was ahead. The next two albums sound forced in an attempt to gain more commercial success. Souls of Black was undeniably rushed and The Ritual saw Testament abandon what got them as far as they were. Listen to anything after The Ritual and you will not hear that commercial slop anymore.
Lord_Regnier - 26.07.2014 at 22:49  
 
Written by Timelord on 26.07.2014 at 05:24

Been A fan since the beginning when I saw Testament open for Anthrax on their "Among the Living" tour. Caught them again on PWYP tour with Wrathchild America opening. I think this album is great but I knew what was ahead. The next two albums sound forced in an attempt to gain more commercial success. Souls of Black was undeniably rushed and The Ritual saw Testament abandon what got them as far as they were. Listen to anything after The Ritual and you will not hear that commercial slop anymore.


Lots of Thrash bands released more commercial stuff when the 90's came.
Imo, it is a reason (there are others) why Thrash took such a nose dive in the 90's. The 90's have not been kind to older bands and some genres. For example, traditional Heavy Metal suffered a lot too but this decade has been especially bad for Thrash.
I think lots of people consider that the rise of more extreme genres, like Death and Black Metal, explains the decline Thrash experienced in the 90's. Personnally, I think it played a part but the main reason why Thrash suffered such a downfall is more related to the quality of the material offered. Thrash simply sucked for the most part in the 90's. In general, bands changed way too much, and not for the best.
Timelord - 27.07.2014 at 01:35  
Rating: 9
Written by Lord_Regnier on 26.07.2014 at 22:49

Written by Timelord on 26.07.2014 at 05:24

Been A fan since the beginning when I saw Testament open for Anthrax on their "Among the Living" tour. Caught them again on PWYP tour with Wrathchild America opening. I think this album is great but I knew what was ahead. The next two albums sound forced in an attempt to gain more commercial success. Souls of Black was undeniably rushed and The Ritual saw Testament abandon what got them as far as they were. Listen to anything after The Ritual and you will not hear that commercial slop anymore.


Lots of Thrash bands released more commercial stuff when the 90's came.
Imo, it is a reason (there are others) why Thrash took such a nose dive in the 90's. The 90's have not been kind to older bands and some genres. For example, traditional Heavy Metal suffered a lot too but this decade has been especially bad for Thrash.
I think lots of people consider that the rise of more extreme genres, like Death and Black Metal, explains the decline Thrash experienced in the 90's. Personnally, I think it played a part but the main reason why Thrash suffered such a downfall is more related to the quality of the material offered. Thrash simply sucked for the most part in the 90's. In general, bands changed way too much, and not for the best.


Most genres of music have a short life span as listeners no longer in their teens now have more responsibilities to worry about and a new batch of teens who don't want to seem like copycats embrace something different. When you have been a part of a genre from the beginning you consider it yours. A perfect example is Vio-lence live at Slim's when Sean Killian mentions all the young faces and need to be shown what the fuck real metal is.

Unlike other genres though metal never went away and never will. Different styles take center stage for a bit but it is still metal.
deadone - 28.07.2014 at 09:09  
Rating: 7
Written by Lord_Regnier on 26.07.2014 at 22:49

Lots of Thrash bands released more commercial stuff when the 90's came.
Imo, it is a reason (there are others) why Thrash took such a nose dive in the 90's. The 90's have not been kind to older bands and some genres. For example, traditional Heavy Metal suffered a lot too but this decade has been especially bad for Thrash.
I think lots of people consider that the rise of more extreme genres, like Death and Black Metal, explains the decline Thrash experienced in the 90's. Personnally, I think it played a part but the main reason why Thrash suffered such a downfall is more related to the quality of the material offered. Thrash simply sucked for the most part in the 90's. In general, bands changed way too much, and not for the best.



Thrash was artistically out of ideas by 1990 and developed into groove/funk/death metal. Also you forget about grunge and the alternative scenes which were huge. Thrash couldn't compete with these and the Thrash bands modified their sound to stay more relevant.

Even if the Thrash bands stayed true to Thrash, they were stuffed. They were out of ideas and no longer fresh.



As for this album, it's a good one. Probably my number 4 Testament album after The Legacy, The Ritual and Dark Roots of Earth.

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