Testament - The Gathering

8.8 | 856 votes |
Release date: 28 June 1999
Style: Bay Area thrash metal


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02. Down For Life
03. Eyes Of Wrath
04. True Believer
05. Three Days In Darkness
06. Legions Of The Dead
07. Careful What You Wish For
08. Riding The Snake
09. Allegiance
10. Sewn Shut Eyes
11. Fall Of Sipledome
12. Hammer Of The Gods [bonus]

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Guest review by
In the late 90's a lot of thrash bands called it a day or tried to tailor there sound to accommodate the popular alternative rock craze (that hardly seems alternative does it?).

Testament was one of the glaring exceptions to that trend. Their albums got heavier as the decade progressed. "The Legacy", "The New Order" and "Practice What You Preach" are the early albums that you think the band could never top, but in 1999 Testament released their crowning achievement called "The Gathering".

published 21.12.2008 | Comments (9)

Guest review by
Iron Nostarion
When you come upon such an era that was in the midst of the fires of both revival attempts and modernization, it may occur to you as surprising that a band such as Testament - which was always the first to be affected by outer pressures - released what many fans consider as tying with their best works of all time.

Supporting Chuck and Eric on this album was perhaps an all-star lineup of '90s metal; you had the astounding James Murphy (Death, Obituary) on lead guitars, virtuoso Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Sadus) on bass and the wunderkind, well-known Dave Lombardo (Slayer) on drums. So, from an outer perspective, this looks like a ridiculously high-quality masterpiece, right? A bit wrong, I suppose, if you thought all the creativity of those three was mashed into one. With the support Chuck and Eric had, however, they just managed to fully plunge out the creative ideas they wanted to accomplish; which still resulted in a good output.

published 16.05.2012 | Comments (4)

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11.06.2011 - 15:06
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So if you give thrash metal a pair of balls this is what it sounds like eh?
28.01.2012 - 17:15
Rating: 8
I remember enjoying this album somewhat a while back, yet I don't recall it being this good. An 8 is starting to feel like an understatement.
21.03.2012 - 00:54
Rating: 9
Heaviest testament album, and a great one!
27.06.2012 - 01:58
:banger::metal: Metal Pure!!!
16.09.2012 - 13:53
Rating: 9
I've Listened it and didn't know Dave Played Drums on that.so I Listened so more Again..!!
14.05.2013 - 15:35
Rating: 9
Kick ass! Model rhythm section.
14.06.2013 - 01:16
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Is the bonus track worth listening?
07.11.2013 - 22:10
Rating: 10
For me, this is one of the most heaviest albums of all time.
02.03.2014 - 19:51
Rating: 9
This album is a bomb !!!
27.04.2014 - 14:11
Rating: 10
This Is Thrash ..... fucking great album great riffs drums and vocals
10.08.2014 - 19:56
Rating: 7
Its quite good effort but its too noisy and without guitar melodies at all...
02.09.2014 - 17:18
Rating: 8
Awesome thrash. Personally, can't stand the vocals though. Would be nice as an instrumental!
24.03.2015 - 14:10
Rating: 8
I can't help but think that this album is a bit overrated. It's not bad by any means - quite the contrary - but like most of Testament's music, it just doesn't "reach" me. The sheer heaviness of the sound is certainly impressive, but the riffs tthemselves leave something to be desired, and I rarely find myself aghast with awesomeness. Another purely personal grievance is the lack of distinguishable basslines - as is too often the case, they are lost in the wall of sound - which is quite a waste of Steve Digiorgio's talent.

Highlights: "Riding the Snake", "Fall of Sipedome".
26.07.2018 - 21:34
Rating: 6
Written by MichaelAngeloT on 10.08.2014 at 19:56

Its quite good effort but its too noisy and without guitar melodies at all...

That's why I've always liked The New Order over The Gathering and The Legacy.
06.07.2020 - 15:22
Rating: 9
01. D.N.R. - 9.5/10
02. Down For Life - 9.5/10
03. Eyes Of Wrath - 10/10
04. True Believer - 9.5/10
05. Three Days In Darkness - 9.5/10
06. Legions Of The Dead - 9/10
07. Careful What You Wish For - 8.5/10
08. Riding The Snake - 9.5/10
09. Allegiance - 9/10
10. Sewn Shut Eyes - 9/10
11. Fall Of Sipledome - 8.5/10

Overall: 9.2/10

The first half of this album is stronger than the second, but an outstanding release overall.
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