On their 1987 debut "The Legacy," they begin their career on a high note, creating quality, anthemic thrash, which may not be wholly original, but is jam-packed with masterful riffs and strong songwriting, and over 30 years later, it is this timeless songwriting and riff-work that causes the album to remain a high point of thrash metal. Your IP was not banned by a person; it was banned by a firewall that uses an automated algorithm. He has several different tones as well, none of which annoy me, a few of which excite me. So all in all this is a must have for anyone wanting some old school, powerful Thrash. ‘First Strike is Deadly’ is a superb song. Another prime example is the solo in "First Strike Is Deadly", 'cos in that one, it's more obvious. In fact, maybe I would rather be Testament, who stayed freer than their more popular contemporaries and lost little during their '90s period of experimentation. The Haunting possess the same traits as the first song, though it’s groovier but simpler. While it’s not the most exciting record I’ve heard, there’s no denying it’s a masterpiece and helped lay more into thrash metal’s foundation. done anything to warrant a ban, this is most likely the case. I'm not saying there are no changes, C.O.T.L.O.D. (Curse of the Legions of Death) will put you at the edge of your seat, with shredding guitar solos, slamming drums, and Chuck’s heavier vocals. Even my own words aren’t enough to express why it’s enjoyable. The violence is always well balanced with the essential importance of melody. We are hoping to eventually work on a solution for this when we have the resources to do so. The incipit is one of those who made history with the devastating “Over The Wall” song. I can distinguish songs such as 'Over the Wall', 'Raging Waters' and 'Alone in the Dark', but play me any other songs and I can't pinpoint what exactly the name of the them are. It is seriously intense, and those who prefer their metal more polished might not enjoy this, however I just so happen to be one of those who prefer their metal that way, but this is still one of my favorites. The production here is not very good, but unlike The New Order, I think the production adds to the charm of the album. Dimebag Darrell could be considered, though at the time (1987), Pantera weren't exactly a thrash metal band. The only thing holding this album back is the production and sameness. Skolnick shines as a lead guitarist, and his solos go far beyond simple shredding. Not to mention, regardless of how one feels about Kirk Hammett's playing, I don't think anyone with two brain cells to rub together will deny Skolnick's superior soloing skill and composition efforts. He was classically-trained at a very young age and was just fifteen years old when he joined Testament. The answer is, to put it bluntly, that this album came out in 1987 rather than 1985 (when half of it was written). It consists of re-recorded songs released on The Legacy and The New Order, as well as a re-recording of "Reign of Terror", which was originally on Legacy's Demo 1 and appeared as a b-side from the "Trial by Fire" single; the latter version also appeared on the 1993 EP Return to the Apocalyptic City. There are about a half dozen tunes here standing out from the rest, but there isn't one among the nine that drags its feet behind in terms of sheer energy and momentum. The credit for WMME is legacy artwork that has not been changed for this repress. Leads follow the same basic principles and give the songs an exquisite amount of detail at times, such as on the super-melodic opening of 'Alone in the Dark'. Calling it one of the greatest wouldn't be kind enough for this album, 'cos believe it or not, it contains more than just the standard e-note rhythm that all thrash metal bands tend to do. To climb this wall of dark construction! Chuck’s overall vocals in this song and the guitars were excellent. Apocalyptic City stays almost too true to its title, showcasing a maniacal, frantic pace. Peterson is a riff monster, he is a master at writing thrash riffs. You could have been banned by mistake. Overall recommended to newcomers and worth picking up and blasting some fun, energetic and classic thrash metal powerhouse in the likes of Testament. This company sells your internet traffic to other people, meaning that other people can use your IP address and can break some of the above rules, causing you to be banned from this site. And that is saying enough I presume. Testament were never really all that good. Who the fuck cares about a "Big Four"? One of the all time greatest closing numbers of any album ever. Once again Skolnick delivers an amazing solo, but its obvious that the solo has been made longer to make up for the song writing. Greg Christian is a firm, dextrous bassist, but he'd really shine later with Practice What You Preach, where you can hear his playing more clearly outside of the rhythm guitars. The violent and obscure “Apocalyptic City” ends this great album, still very influenced by the past first thrash metal scene but always quite original. Also, the rest of the band members together giving a heavier vocal layer like street thugs is an exceptional touch. On the second album it robbed from the clarity and made some parts muddy, and it hurt what was a great album, but here it adds to the heaviness and the classic metal feel this one has. 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 only bad moment on the album is the stupid voiceover that commences 'First Strike is Deadly'. Yeah, we do get that e-note rhythm that other bands made famous, but since we have the more melodic nature of most of them, thanks to Eric Peterson, they're more memorable than the riffs of any other band at the time. Burn! It was always a mystery to how such a raw effort from a band with no sturdy background pulled off such an amazing debut without relying on hooks too much. Like its demo version, Alone in the Dark still maintains that traditional heavy metal style with Chuck’s version. Though the band kicked ass as Legacy with Zetro as frontman, Billy has far more presence. To us die hard thrashers, it's THE BIG 500! He creates leads that propel the song into the stratosphere, that stick in your head and won't let go, and that serve as a means of telling the story of the lyrics. They take a forceful, albeit mediocre, riff, well-played and creative bass playing, solid drumming with flashes of something better, elite thrash vocals, and some of the best soloing thrash had to offer.