1990's Souls Of Black is a truly enjoyable album from the bay area thrash band Testament. The album features fan favourite semi-ballad 'The Legacy,' and the famous title track 'Souls Of Black,' so right from the get-go you know that this album is worth your time.
Sometimes this album is overshadowed by the reputation of the band's previous three albums The Legacy, The New Order and Practice What You Preach, all of which are undeniable classic albums of the highest order, but if you enjoyed those records then you will surly enjoy Souls Of Black as well, continuing the melodic yet heavy thrash style from the Practice What You Preach album.
Opening, as all the best thrash albums do, with a short acoustic guitar intro into an out and out thrash number the album gets going to a strong start, with the very catchy 'Face In The Sky.'
From that point on the album never dips in quality, with songs like 'Love To Hate,' and 'One Man's Fate,' being as good as anything you'd expect from Testament.
Each area of the album is of the highest quality; the music is strong, the lyrics are strong and the production is strong.
In summary, don't miss out on Testament's incredible fourth studio album, critical claims that it sounds rushed just don't hold up against a fair and educated listen. If you like thrash, especially bay area thrash and especially by Testament, then Souls Of Black is an album you want to be listening to.