One of the most overlooked and influential recordings during the acceleration of thrash from the underground to the commercial mainstream. Testament never quite made it to the heights of, say, Slayer or Anthrax. Maybe it is because soon after this recording, thrash got serious. The songs got longer and slower, bands tried to... sing. Metallica could pull it off, but Testament just sounded arsey. That fact does not detract from the greatness of this slice of untainted, undiluted, golden-nugget of thrash metal.
I used to lose days listening to this album. Remarkably, having not listened to it for at least ten years, seeing the track listing again brings a nostalgic grin to my face and a brutally catchy riff to my ear. Considering the amount of thrash I used to digest, this must be a sign a permanent class.
Three albums; Reign In Blood by Slayer, Among the Living by Anthrax, The New Order by Testament. Three slices of definitive thrash in a league of their own. You probably own two of them. Now complete the set.