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Testament - The Legacy

8.8 | 982 votes |
Release date: 7 July 1987
Style: Bay Area thrash metal


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01. Over The Wall
02. The Haunting
03. Burnt Offerings
04. Raging Waters
05. C.O.T.L.O.D.
06. First Strike Is Deadly
07. Do Or Die
08. Alone In The Dark
09. Apocalyptic City

Top 20 albums of 1987: 5
Top 200 albums of all time: 136

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Re-issued on Atlantic : 1995, February 17th

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For me Testament are one of those bands which peaked way too early. In my eyes they never ever topped their debut The Legacy and although they released many great subsequent releases, I do not think any of them match this.

Musically, Testament were never as direct and ferocious as on The Legacy, delivering harder, darker, and more energetic songs than on their subsequent albums and what the album lacks in variety it makes up for in intensity. Don't let that statement confuse you however: Testament still manage to pack in a surprisingly diverse collection of musically interesting songs on this album. What has been put together here is a collection of songs that rival the intensity of Slayer, the polish of Megadeth, and the sleaze drenched mayhem of Overkill. In each song there is an unmistakeable seal of virtuosity and intelligence, mixed with the permanent insanity and brutality in lyrics and music, which unfortunately never would be so intense in any later Testament releases.

published 21.06.2012 | Comments (11)

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Maasai Mara
The first time I listened to this, I thought this was Metallica and James Hetfield had finally improved his vocals (although they worked pretty well on Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning). To this day, while listening to this I still cannot shake off the idea that this is Metallica or some kind of Metallica tribute band. The vocals sound Metallica-ish, the riffing and guitar solos sound like something Kirk Hammett wrote, and the fact that Testament are from the Bay Area does not help their case. They even copied the laugh at the end of "Master Of Puppets" in "C.O.T.L.O.D.", which, in true Testament fashion, still sounds weaker than that in "Master Of Puppets". Metallica is the hunter and Testament the prey, as they loudly proclaim on "Do Or Die."

published 16.03.2019 | Comments (11)

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24.09.2021 - 11:18
Rating: 9

Written by F3ynman2000 on 24.09.2021 at 00:37

Written by nonZero on 06.07.2020 at 16:37

08. Alone In The Dark - 8/10
09. Apocalyptic City - 8/10

In my opinion, the last two songs deserve a 9 or 10 rating! Those melodic solos, man!

On relistening, maybe 8/10 was a bit harsh. Upped rating to the album as a whole to 9/10
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24.09.2021 - 11:55
Rating: 9
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Written by nonZero on 24.09.2021 at 11:18

On relistening, maybe 8/10 was a bit harsh. Upped rating to the album as a whole to 9/10


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