Testament is one of those rare groups who can tackle any subject and make it seem important to the listener.
I’ve always considered Testament a metal anomaly. A typical thrash band with ten full-length albums would have run out of steam by now or at least progressed past their thrash roots, but not Testament. They’re as viable now as they were when they released The Legacy back in 1987.
I view them as one of the most consistent thrash bands not included in The Big Four, and why not? Testament albums may have wavered in quality over the years but it’s safe to say they never sold out.
Testament’s latest effort, Brotherhood of the Snake, continues where Dark Roots of Earth left off. A relentless pace is at the forefront of this attack. Speed has never been a problem for a group that has been at it in some form since 1983! The songs are all melodic with an emphasis on the metallic heaviness. Alex Skolnik is a guitar god and Brotherhood of the Snake is essentially a monster guitar album, filled with enough juicy riffs to make even the most critical metalhead happy.
However, the real spotlight on this album is vocalist Chuck Billy. Chuck’s voice commands the ultimate authority. He sings a line and you’re sold. He could sing a song about buying a pack of Hubba Bubba bubble gum and I’d probably go out and buy some!
Lyrically, Testament has always shined. In many ways this is the true staple of their longevity. Testament is one of those rare groups who can tackle any subject and make it seem important to the listener. They have enough classic songs to rival any of the greats and are continuously adding to the list. Highlight tracks for me on this current release are: “Brotherhood Of The Snake”, “The Pale King”, “Stronghold”, “Centuries Of Suffering”, “Black Jack” and “Canna Business”.
Testament has proven once again that they’re still a force to be reckoned with. Get snake-bitten by the brotherhood and check out this latest release!! \m/
- Eric Peterson – Guitars
- Gene Holgan – Drums
- Chuck Billy – Vocals
- Alex Skolnick – Guitars
- Steve DiGiorgio– Bass