Testament - The New Order

8.7 | 808 votes |
Release date: 5 May 1988
Style: Bay Area thrash metal


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01. Eerie Inhabitants
02. The New Order
03. Trial By Fire
04. Into The Pit
05. Hypnosis
06. Disciples Of The Watch
07. The Preacher
08. Nobody's Fault [Aerosmith cover]
09. A Day Of Reckoning
10. Musical Death (A Dirge)

Top 20 albums of 1988: 13

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I have scrapped and then returned to this review so many times - the more and more I listen to this album, the more I hear Testament copying themselves and other bands, so this time I'll spare the details and save a few hundred words.

The bulk of what we have here is groove-based thrash; tracks 4 and 7 are the most straight-out speedsters but even then it's only for half the song. The beginnings of tracks 1 3 and 6 are passable Malmsteen-like sections that completely disrupt the thrashmosphere and don't even have much to do with the songs they introduce. On top of that, the band does something similar for the entirety of tracks 5 and 10. What in the name of Zoldon were they thinking? "Let's rip off Ride the Lightning again and end with an evil instrumental!" Nice try, but you FORGOT the EVIL! Bands, producers, and anyone else with influence needs to know that four minutes of depressed guitar noodling is not how you close a thrash album. Bad Testament, bad!

published 10.07.2007 | Comments (39)

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Iron Nostarion
Released by the end of the '80s in 1988, when other thrash metal bands' directions began to divert from basic Bay Area Thrashing to different, broader styles (Metallica's change to a more mainstream and arguably progressive style by ...And Justice for All and Slayer's South of Heaven which featured slower music), Testament come with their second studio album still formed of mostly pure thrash metal, with a few groovy tunes here and there. The album is, like any other thrash metal album, full of riffs, catchy songs, speed and interesting lyrical topics.

published 28.06.2011 | Comments (7)

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13.05.2011 - 03:26
Rating: 10
Fucking great album!!!
27.06.2011 - 01:09
Rating: 10
Iron Nostarion
Maiden Whore
One of my favorite albums of all time.
To their tombs the people are immured,
There is their gold, treasure and wealth,
The only condition is to ignore them,
Those who feed on corruption and weave death
13.10.2011 - 08:56
Rating: 8
This is a pretty good album on its own merits, but it suffers from being overshadowed by their epic debut album. With all the stuff coming out in this period it faded quickly for me - when I wanted to listen to Testament in later years I always grabbed The Legacy.
30.10.2011 - 02:26
Rating: 10
Great albulm! definatly one of my fav thrash albulm cheers!
17.11.2011 - 11:03
Rating: 6
I think this album fails in the same fashion Megadeth's Youthanasia "failed" - lots of the songs sound pretty much the same, and as a whole this album can sometimes be plainly boring. However, if you listen to just one individual track at a time, you can't really find too much bad things to rant about.
05.01.2012 - 18:30
I probably prefer their debut album to this, but 'the new order' still beats every other thrash metal album released i the late 80's in my opinion.
14.02.2012 - 04:41
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Meh, didn't have the same impact on me as The Legacy did.
01.06.2012 - 02:22
Rating: 10
A classic !
18.06.2012 - 23:59
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Easily the very best album Testament have ever done!! That is all!
19.06.2012 - 00:22
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 18.06.2012 at 23:59

Easily the very best album Testament have ever done!! That is all!

Nope, that is The Legacy
Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

31.05.2013 - 23:01
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Not quite the quality of The Legacy, although the solos are better than on the debut.
06.02.2014 - 06:30
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The Aerosmith cover is awful, and this album is way overrated, especially compared to the impeccable debut.
06.02.2014 - 17:20
Rating: 8
Au Pays Natal
Ahhh, the good ole days...
03.12.2015 - 13:47
Rating: 8
Testament at its best.
30.07.2019 - 18:37
Rating: 7
Seba Raven Rock
My fav album of testament
06.07.2020 - 15:47
Rating: 9
01. Eerie Inhabitants - 9.5/10
02. The New Order - 10/10
03. Trial By Fire - 9.5/10
04. Into The Pit - 10/10
05. Hypnosis - 8.5/10
06. Disciples Of The Watch - 9.5/10
07. The Preacher - 9.5/10
08. Nobody's Fault [Aerosmith cover] - 5/10
09. A Day Of Reckoning - 9.5/10
10. Musical Death (A Dirge) - 8.5/10

Overall: 9.0/10

This would have been a 9.4/10 without the pointless Aerosmith cover (and I like Aerosmith).

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