Best Testament Albums

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Testament are one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s. Originally formed as ‘Legacy’ in 1983 by founding members Eric Peterson (rhythm guitar), Derrick Ramirez (guitar) and Louie Clemente (drums), the line-up included vocalist Steve Souza and Greg Christian (bass).
To date they have 9 Studio albums.
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1The Legacy

Has such classics as over the wal, burnt offering, and first strike is deadly

One of the best thrash metal debuts. Pure, raw energy is displayed on this album. Alex Scolnick (guitarist) was only 18 when this album was released. Very impressive guitar work for such a young age.

Tough call between this and the New Order.

Over the Wall is a perfect song.

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2The New Order

Definitely their best. A very underrated band

A superb more polished Album in comparison to their sophomore effort

Best Thrash Metal album in general not only Testament

The best Thrash album, PERIOD!

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3Practice What You Preach

Wow the top 5 albums are all phenomenal. The voting is very competitive too, only 0-1% difference between albums.

What the hell is Low doing above Demonic and The Ritual? - LMARINE

Pure melodic/technical thras with great vocals, riffs, solos and soubd! Bass rules!

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4Dark Roots of Earth

I have been a fan of Testament since 1989 and Practice What You Preach was always my favorite. I think Dark Roots Of Earth might edge into first place now. Having said that, I think every album by Testament is great. This band can switch it up and still keep their core sound. I love that they stayed the coarse all these years.

This is one great album. The reason I'm voting this one above some other great albums of theirs is the production quality because musically their all just brilliant. Another thing in this era of not so metal music an album like this is relief.

Both Gathering and this are amazing, together with the remastered best tracks from first two classic albums, I.E. first Strike Is Deadly (wonder / still waiting (:) whether Metallica is capable to do the same thing, I.E. merge best RtL tracks together with MoP in its entirety).

Best song: A Day In The Death - great harmonies, thanks Alex si back since Formation. (by the way Hoglan sessions together with all the other equally gifted musicians belong easily among best albums anyway (ITP, Symbolic, this album).

I love them all. This one is their "Back in Black".

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5The Gathering

A pummeling thrash/death affair with hints of black metal and an incredible lineup, this one of a kind Testament album reigns as the best.

Just like low this album does not deserve to be this high up, though it is better than low. Like low it is a boring album, with some good songs like DNR and True Believer. Though this album is so overrated and not even that good. Like low, a alright album that gets praised way too often.

Just the line up itself is legendary - Sabbath

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6The Formation of Damnation

Yeah, all of Testament albums are good, but to bring Bay Area Thrash into the 21st century with 'The Formation of Damnation' is one hell of a feat. To hear an album this well produced and played is a pleasure. Exodus re-recorded 'Bonded by Blood', Flotsam and Jetsam re-recorded 'No Place for Disgrace', but there's no need to with Testament. Actually, re-recording 'The Legacy' would probably sound incredible. These guys haven't lost an ounce of hunger. Now, if we could just get Mustaine and co. To re-record 'Killing is my Business...' And, no, James and Lars and co. Leave your back catalogue alone. We own it now.

More The Meets Eyes Greatest Song Of Album

I'm voting for this not beause is their best, but because no. 8 is ridiculous, it should be at least in the top 5

7Low

How the hell is this album so high on the list? How ironic that an album called low would start the low point in Testament's career. I mean this isn't a bad album, it's just boring and everyone saying it's amazing is completely wrong. Best testament album from the 90's my ass. I mean the parts that are suppose to sound like death metal on this is pathetic. I mean Slipknot sounds closer to a death metal band than testament does on this album. Not a horrible album just gets way too much praise when there are other Testament albums that deserve it.

How is this album so high on the list? How ironic that an album called low would start the low point of Testament's career. I mean it's not a bad album, it really just boring. I just don't get how everyone is saying that this is an amazing album and there isn't really a single good song off of it. Best Testament album from the 90's my ass. Testament "experimented" with death metal on this record? I mean Slipknot sounds closer to a death metal band than testament does on this album. Not a horrible album, but not a underrated hidden gem at all.

This is a very underrated album and it had a big influence on Pantera - Sabbath

Great production sound. Best album of the 90's

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8Souls of Black

My third Favourite album from start to finish. I still don't understand why this album never gets the recognition it deserves.

Not the best, but should be in the top 5, the guitar and vocal work is just as good as on the legacy of the new order, maybe even better!

It is very underrated and every song on the album is just brilliant

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9The Ritual

Now this is the best Testament album of the 90's. Low and the Gathering get all the attention as underrated albums and the best Testament albums of the 90's, but this is really it. The solo's on this album rival the likes of those found on The Legacy and The New Order. By far their best one of the 90's. Not their best, but still deserves to be higher up.

Simply deserves to be much higher on the list.

Perhaps not the greatest of Testament albums, but it each song does have a good flow to it.

Highlights are "Electric Crown", "Return to Serenity", "Sermon" and "Troubled Dreams".

Can't believe this album is not higher on the list. Return to Serenity, Troubled Dreams, Electric Crown... Such an amazing piece of art.

Surely this is better than Demonic and the uninspired and boring Souls of Black.

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10The Brotherhood of the SnakeV1 Comment

The Contenders

11Demonic
12Brotherhood of the Snake

This one's pretty good, actually.

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13First Strike Still Deadly
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