Best Testament Albums

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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The Top Ten

1 The New Order

Epic 80s thrash sound. From guitar to the production. Love every song, except the Aeriosmith cover 'Nobody's Fault' lol.

This album has many Eerie Inhabitants… It reeks of early thrash and I love every second of it. - Relixx599

Definitely their best. A very underrated band

I love Testament very much but honestly, they aren't very underrated, they're probably the most popular thrash metal band after the big four. - Alkadikce

A superb more polished Album in comparison to their sophomore effort

2 The Legacy

Easily better than the New Order


Unbeatable sound. Should be up on the top of the whole list.

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

3 Practice What You Preach

It deserves to be number 1! its one of my favourite albums of all time! - EzP2

Some amazing songs on this record! Especially love the title track and Sin of Omission m/

Many great albums needs some time to warm up to. But not this one. The first riff of the first song immediately puts smile on my face, exactly my type of thrash. Definitely my top 5 favorite metal album of all times.

Perfect album in my opinion

4 Dark 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).

Best album after The Legacy and New Order! Cold Embrace, True American Hate, Native Blood, Man Kills Mankind, there are a lot of AWESOME songs here.

5 The 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

All there albums are amazing

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6 Brotherhood of the Snake

This one's pretty good, actually.

Old school but modern at the same time

This one is a ' masterpiece

Has a very 80's thrash sound. Reminds me strongly of PwyP. I'd put it:
1. The Legacy (I'm sorry, but it has the edge over:
2. The New Order
3. Practice What You Preach
4. Brotherhood of the Snake
5. Dark Roots of the Earth
Honestly, I don't care about the rest.

7 The Formation of Damnation

More than meets the ears. Great album!

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

8 Low

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 such an underrated album I can't even begin to explain the greatness of such a masterpiece this album is. Anyone who says differently is probably a hardcore thrash and only thrash fan and can't appreciate any other types of music. Best album is this one definitely.

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

Isn't it the other way around? Pantera having an influence on this album? - Alkadikce

9 Souls of Black

This album should get more recognition. It is brilliant.

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

10 The Ritual

Vastly underrated. Melodic brutal

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.


The Contenders

11 Demonic

Underrated. Bit not repetitive at all!

12 The Brotherhood of the Snake


13 First Strike Still Deadly

This is probably my favorite since they rerecorded all the great songs from The Legacy and The New Order and gave them the polished production they need, plus they added rerecords of demo tracks with Steve Souza on vox. - christangrant

14 Return to the Apocalyptic City
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1. Dark Roots of Earth
2. Practice What You Preach
3. The Legacy
1. Dark Roots of Earth
2. Brotherhood of the Snake
3. Low
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