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Good workaday thrash
on 17 December 2012
I've been into metal since the late 80s but somehow Testament have passed me by. I bought this on a recommendation from a long-time fan (and a reliable source of musical tips) and as an introduction to the band it's pretty solid. There are some great riffs throughout and punchy production, but on occasion it descends into classic lumpen bay area thrash, which jars a bit with the more technical parts of the album. From time to time there's a strong, pleasing whiff of early Metallica in terms of riffs and vocal style (which makes you realise just how rubbish Metallica have become. But I digress).
Overall, this isn't going to make my thrash classics list, but it's a decent effort.