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Testament are considered one of the best thrash metal band of the second period in that genre, more exactly the period from 1985 to 1990. These bands, along with Forbidden and Vio-lence, were formed in the second half of the 80s and released their first albums in that period. The Testament (ex-Legacy) debut is called exactly “The Legacy” in honour of the former band and it can be considered as their true masterpiece.
Testament belong to those thrash metal bands that give a big importance to melody in their songs, like Metallica, for example, or Anthrax. And exactly from the band of James Hetfield that Testament take the songs structure and most of the melody. The Skolnick’s guitar solos are fucking great, with slides, tapping are shreds, so inspired to Hammet’s one; a good example is the solo in the great “Raging Waters” that shows also the power of Chuck’s vocals, so bad ass and violent, sometimes in the borderline between thrash and death.
The incipit is one of those who made history with the devastating “Over The Wall” song. A classic that contains one of the most beautiful solo I’ve ever heard in thrash metal . The violence is always well balanced with the essential importance of melody. Tracks like “C.O.T.L.O.D.” or “First Strike Is Deadly” shows a compact and brutal rhythmic session, extremely good screamed vocals and sometimes very melodic lead guitars lines. Sometimes the production, the distortion of the rhythmic guitars, along with the drums reminds me Metallica from 1986 to 1988.
“Burnt Offerings” has a melodic beginning with a solo that seems a violin for the sound and the technical level, always very high. Even in the rhythmic parts the guitars continue to play quite complicated riffs, perfect cut for the powerful Chuck’s vocals. The only song I dislike is “The Haunting”: quite common, without epic moments compared to the level of the other ones. When Chuck’s vocals become clearer and less raw, in my opinion they loose power because they are not so good, like in “Alone In The Dark” song, “saved” by the great music and solos.
The violent and obscure “Apocalyptic City” ends this great album, still very influenced by the past first thrash metal scene but always quite original. Another thing I disliked a bit is the drums , a bit too monotonous in the way of playing…Clemente is not Hoglan at all!! Anyway a debut that made history in this music and surely deserves to be in every metal freaks collection.