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Testament - First Strike Still Deadly (9/10) - USA - 2001

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Spitfire
Playing time: 48:49
Band homepage: Testament

Tracklist:

  1. First Strike Is Deadly
  2. Into The Pit >mp3
  3. Trial By Fire
  4. Disciples Of The Watch
  5. The Preacher
  6. Burnt Offerings
  7. Over The Wall
  8. The New Order
  9. The Haunting
  10. Alone In The Dark
  11. Reign Of Terror
Testament - First Strike Still Deadly
Hello, here is the furious Thrash-freak from Germany. And today I have something really fine for you: The new TESTAMENT! Bleh, not true. That is, almost! Because this record is brandnew, but doesn't have one single new song!

It is old street-sweepers thrashed in anew. And this with some foundation-members like Alex Skolnick, Steve Souza or Joey Tempesta. I guess that the guys have had a lot of fun in the studio, because the stuff sounds really snotty and energetic. And the production is god!

Mainly songs of the first era off the albums of "The Legacy" and "The New Order" have been taken on and are shine with a new (especially soundly) brightness. They did not lose a tad of the original atmosphere. The brightest stars are the two demo-songs "Alone In The Dark" and the merciless "Reign Of Terror" with Steve Souza on the mic. A real pity that he doesn't do anything anymore. How about an EXODUS-reunion? OK, I know that Paul Baloff just passed away (Rest in peace, brother!), but I am sure it would be in his sense!

Back to TESTAMENT: You surely can argue about the track-list, but songs like "Over The Wall", "Burnt Offerings" or "Trial By Fire" etc. are just milestones of Thrash Metal, which everybody should know. If he likes the genre, that is, right, Mr Melzer?

TESTAMENT impressively prove that they are not old men yet and have a lot of fire left. Hopefully also on their next studio-effort!

Ralf Henn



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