Tuesday, November 11, 2008

TESTAMENT - The Formation of Damnation CD review

TESTAMENT - The Formation of Damnation CD
Nuclear Blast Records

Well atleast it doesn't suck like some of their mid-career efforts. I could just leave it at that and be done with it. But we are talking about TESTAMENT dude. The band that was just missing something to hold the horseman of early Thrash, SLAYER, METALLICA, MEGADEATH, and ANTHRAX to a foursome. Personally I always thought TESTAMENT kicked ANTHRAX's fucking asses. ANTHRAX wasn't Thrash, it was music for wiggers. TESTAMENT should've been that fourth horseman, pillar or whatever the fuck you want to call it. But atleast the band's fanbase knew they were good enough. Having one foot in the mainstream and the other in the underground ain't a bad thing.

So here we have TESTAMENT 2008 with the exception of drummer Louie Clemente, this release features four out of five members from the original line-up. Vocalist Chuck Billy, who thankfully survived his bout with cancer, sounds fuckin great. No fuck that, he sounds hungry and mean whether he's growling or screaming. The same can be said about the musicianship on this dink. Guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick sound as if they never left each other's side. You'll notice that right after the opening intro, "For the Glory of" ends and "More Than Meets The Eye" kicks in. I'm telling you that seconds into it you're forgeting that this band has been around in one form or another for 20 years. Yes this sounds fucking fresh, exciting, and on the same level as their past great releases. The title cut and “The Persecuted Won’t Forget” are full bore thrashers. Makes want long hair again so I can really "bang it". All the songs on here prove without a doubt that TESTAMENT are not back to be some nostalgia act. No they're here to rekindle the fire for us fans. Obviously their Thrash pilot light was never turned off.


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