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It's Testament, so right off the bat, who fucking cares?! It's fucking Testament, they've never really done anything worth a damn, and so caring is sternly advised against.
That said, it's not that bad. They've done worse, but they've also done better. But mostly worse. Still, this is surprisingly stale and boring. If I didn't know this was new and I heard it, I would assume I missed an album somewhere, or possibly Chuck had a side project or something.
Did I just hear "September eleventh"? Man, Testament so rarely seem to cut back on the nonsense like that.
This is very melodic and very generic. Stupid Testament.
And that's how it proceeds until Dangers of the Faithless, which adds really silly verses. The mighty Testasuck have returned! Joy to the world! Even Alex Skolnick fails to be a redeeming feature, and ends up bringing the sensibility of modern melodic wankery to the table.
"The Persecuted Won't Forget" starts out with a very deceptive riff. Deceptive in that they try to play it as furious as possible, but there's well over a hundred riffs that sound just like it. Since it's so furious, they just take the rest of the song off. Don't forget the silly melodic passage about 2 minutes in, that's there for no discernable purpose whatsoever, with some random thrash break riff thrown in, ultimately leading to... nah, this isn't a thrash break, this is a breakdown. What the hell is going on here?!
Oh right, this is a Testament album.
And there's not much to say. There may or may not be a bass player. There is a drummer.
Don't miss the last track, all moody and atmospheric, and filled to the brim with suck!
Testament's commitment to undying mediocrity is astounding. It's beaten out father time, mostly on account of some very obvious style shifts. Hell, it's even beat cancer! After all that, you'd think they'd get something interesting going, whether good or horrifying. This album is neither. It has one thing going for it. It exists. It's just... there. A couple offensive moments, and the rest is completely lifeless, pretty nondescript, it merely exists.
But hey, it's Testament, so who cares?