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Testament - The Gathering



8.8 | 914 votes |
Release date: 28 June 1999
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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01. D.N.R.
02. Down For Life
03. Eyes Of Wrath
04. True Believer
05. Three Days In Darkness
06. Legions Of The Dead
07. Careful What You Wish For
08. Riding The Snake
09. Allegiance
10. Sewn Shut Eyes
11. Fall Of Sipledome
12. Hammer Of The Gods [bonus]

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Top 200 albums of all time: 161

Guest review by
amerislave
Rating:
9.8
In the late 90's a lot of thrash bands called it a day or tried to tailor there sound to accommodate the popular alternative rock craze (that hardly seems alternative does it?).

Testament was one of the glaring exceptions to that trend. Their albums got heavier as the decade progressed. "The Legacy", "The New Order" and "Practice What You Preach" are the early albums that you think the band could never top, but in 1999 Testament released their crowning achievement called "The Gathering".

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published 21.12.2008 | Comments (9)

Guest review by
Iron Nostarion
Rating:
8.6
When you come upon such an era that was in the midst of the fires of both revival attempts and modernization, it may occur to you as surprising that a band such as Testament - which was always the first to be affected by outer pressures - released what many fans consider as tying with their best works of all time.

Supporting Chuck and Eric on this album was perhaps an all-star lineup of '90s metal; you had the astounding James Murphy (Death, Obituary) on lead guitars, virtuoso Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Sadus) on bass and the wunderkind, well-known Dave Lombardo (Slayer) on drums. So, from an outer perspective, this looks like a ridiculously high-quality masterpiece, right? A bit wrong, I suppose, if you thought all the creativity of those three was mashed into one. With the support Chuck and Eric had, however, they just managed to fully plunge out the creative ideas they wanted to accomplish; which still resulted in a good output.

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published 16.05.2012 | Comments (4)

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11.06.2011 - 15:06
!J.O.O.E.!
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So if you give thrash metal a pair of balls this is what it sounds like eh?
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28.01.2012 - 17:15
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi
I remember enjoying this album somewhat a while back, yet I don't recall it being this good. An 8 is starting to feel like an understatement.
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21.03.2012 - 00:54
Rating: 9
raymond2349

Heaviest testament album, and a great one!
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27.06.2012 - 01:58
danmc

:banger::metal: Metal Pure!!!
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16.09.2012 - 13:53
Rating: 9
Wiillak

I've Listened it and didn't know Dave Played Drums on that.so I Listened so more Again..!!
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14.05.2013 - 15:35
Rating: 9
Dzidziafon

Kick ass! Model rhythm section.
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14.06.2013 - 01:16
LordHypnos
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Is the bonus track worth listening?
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07.11.2013 - 22:10
Rating: 10
Yuros

For me, this is one of the most heaviest albums of all time.
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02.03.2014 - 19:51
Rating: 9
Reaper_Redeemer

This album is a bomb !!!
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27.04.2014 - 14:11
Rating: 10
_deepblack

This Is Thrash ..... fucking great album great riffs drums and vocals
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10.08.2014 - 19:56
Rating: 7
MichaelAngeloT

Its quite good effort but its too noisy and without guitar melodies at all...
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02.09.2014 - 17:18
Rating: 8
Kuroboshi

Awesome thrash. Personally, can't stand the vocals though. Would be nice as an instrumental!
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24.03.2015 - 14:10
Rating: 8
AmbivalentBadger

I can't help but think that this album is a bit overrated. It's not bad by any means - quite the contrary - but like most of Testament's music, it just doesn't "reach" me. The sheer heaviness of the sound is certainly impressive, but the riffs tthemselves leave something to be desired, and I rarely find myself aghast with awesomeness. Another purely personal grievance is the lack of distinguishable basslines - as is too often the case, they are lost in the wall of sound - which is quite a waste of Steve Digiorgio's talent.

Highlights: "Riding the Snake", "Fall of Sipedome".
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26.07.2018 - 21:34
Rating: 6
metalriff

Written by MichaelAngeloT on 10.08.2014 at 19:56

Its quite good effort but its too noisy and without guitar melodies at all...

That's why I've always liked The New Order over The Gathering and The Legacy.
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30.07.2020 - 21:59
ickoriss

Their heaviest and best album. I love that this record hinges on death metal in several places.
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08.07.2021 - 23:13
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
This is my favourite Testament album! It's surely the heaviest Thrash Metal album I've ever listened to! It's actually bordering on Death Metal In parts!

The vocals are clean but much more aggressive than on earlier testament albums, the riffs are outstanding technically, and with plenty of melody, but much heavier and are speeded up even more, same with the excellent drumming, there is also some pretty good guitar solo's added in too.
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08.07.2021 - 23:31
Rating: 9
LordFezzington
Lost To Apathy
Written by AndyMetalFreak on 08.07.2021 at 23:13

This is my favourite Testament album!

Mine too. Remember hearing "Down For Life" and being instantly hooked. Absolutely love Chuck's vocals on this record and DiGiorgio and Lombardo are a rhythm section to die for - one of my favourite Lombardo performances. Eric Peterson really outdoes himself with the songwriting on this one. And legendary as Alex Skolnick might be, he isn't missed on this in the slightest.
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09.07.2021 - 01:56
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by LordFezzington on 08.07.2021 at 23:31


Mine too. Remember hearing "Down For Life" and being instantly hooked. Absolutely love Chuck's vocals on this record and DiGiorgio and Lombardoț one. And legendary as Alex Skolnick might be, he isn't missed on this in the slightest.

This album really had a dream Line up, DiGiorgio and Lombardo were great additions to this album, two absolute legends in thrash metal! They performed perfectly well, and in sync with each other, and I agree with Chuck's vocals, this was one of his finest displays.
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27.07.2021 - 18:57
Rating: 8
X-13

A nice piece of killer death/thrash for me , it deserves an 8 at least . Brutal atmosphere
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28.07.2021 - 16:37
Rating: 9
nonZero

Written by X-13 on 27.07.2021 at 18:57

A nice piece of killer death/thrash for me , it deserves an 8 at least . Brutal atmosphere

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15.08.2021 - 18:44
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Wow! What a line-up and what a performance by all players! This is so brutal and fast: a perfect mix of thrash and death metal!
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17.08.2021 - 13:12
gavdann

Although it has a great sound, great production and great performances, for me the songs just aren't as memorable as the ones from The Legacy so it'll never be as good.
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11.09.2021 - 18:16
Rating: 7
GrimReaper85

If Legacy is too quiet, this one is too god damn loud. And if on first song heavy sound is good, it quickly becomes too much.
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20.09.2021 - 07:28
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by gavdann on 17.08.2021 at 13:12

Although it has a great sound, great production and great performances, for me the songs just aren't as memorable as the ones from The Legacy so it'll never be as good.

I also find The Legacy is their best, but The Gathering is also great (although I don't like the cover art for The Gathering)
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20.09.2021 - 13:27
Rating: 7
GrimReaper85

I simply don't like it.
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20.09.2021 - 13:32
JoHn DoE

Written by GrimReaper85 on 20.09.2021 at 13:27

I simply don't like it.


then how do you give it a rating of 7 which here on MS means "good album".
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