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Classic Review: Testament - The Legacy
The Legacy

Label: Atlantic Records
Year released: 1987
Duration: 38:55
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: March 18, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
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Rated 4.59/5 (91.75%) (63 Votes)

The year is 1987. The mayhem and fury unleashed by Metallica's "Master of Puppets" and Slayer's "Reign In Blood" is still fresh and the fires are still burning! There is no room for second grade bands to look eye to eye with the sovereigns of metal. Still…the world was about to witness the rise of one of thrash metal's most worthy contributors! Testament storm into the scene with "The Legacy" and let the rest of the boys of Bay Area Thrash know that the war for the throne is far from over!

"The Legacy" is 100% pure, fist-clenching, lethal and remorseless metal with some of the angriest riffs Testament ever came out with. Everything about this disc is grade A! (bear in mind, it was 1987, so I am not including the production factor here). From the monster solos in virtually every song, to Chuck Billy's infuriated 'vokills', "The Legacy" does not know when to quit! The album starts off with "Over The Wall" that sure enough gives you a very good taste of what's to come. The rest of the album follows suit with the same pattern of lightning fast guitars, vocals and drums without ever stopping to take a breathe! The only and only problem with this album, which is of infinitesimal concern, is lack of much originality. Testament delivered just pure Bay Area Thrash styled music here that stood on its own above much of the rest only because it kicked so much ass! Not because it was anything new.

Although this is one of the finest albums out there, Testament's next endeavor – "The New Order" not only matched this quality, but arguably surpassed it. But still, "The Legacy" was the work that gave Testament the cult following that it was to enjoy in the future. Where would the world of Thrash metal be without this album!

Not much else to comment as anyone reading this should already have heard this album, or at least heard OF it. As for those who don't fall into either category, you are at the wrong place my friends.

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