Testament are one of few Metal bands who started in the 80's to still be here, and although they don't enjoy the status that Metallica or Slayer do, they can still produce outstanding works like there latest offering, "The Gathering". Suitably titled it sees the return of drummer Dave Lombardo after his brief stint with Slayer, who produces inhumanly powerful and accurate beats to back up what is already an amazing onslaught of aggressive guitar and bass works. Chuck Billy's vocals are still incredible, and unlike many artists today are so powerful but at the same time, comprehensible. The opening track "D.N.R", instantly kicks in with immense ferocity, and the stomping "Down for Life" and "3 Days in Darkness" hold a truth that we could all do with listenening to. Testament have not dissapointed anyone with this release. Old and new fans alike should be grateful that Testament are still here doing what they do best; keeping metal music alive.