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 The New Order Product Image

Hard to choose between this one and The Legacy, but I like this one even more! But both are killer Thrashhh!

An absolute classic, although I think it should be a tad bit lower. Maybe #3 for me.

A superb more polished Album in comparison to their sophomore effort

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

2 The Legacy The Legacy Product Image

How is this so high up? This album is seriously overrated; I honestly can't believe how people are blasting Low and The Gathering for being overrated when so many Testament fans make it look as if their early albums are the only ones to exist. Seriously, it's a completely fine album, but its only hinting at the mastery of Testament's later albums. Probably near the bottom for me (nevertheless, it's still quite good).

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.

"The legacy" album,and their first, has the most impressive guitar riffs that testament has and ever will play.
It has also impressive melodic guitar lines and totally inspired music. It is simply their best.

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

3 Practice What You Preach Practice What You Preach Product Image

Many great albums need 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.

Slightly over-praised, but it's honestly a perfect album nonetheless. A classic, and just outside Testament's top five.

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

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

4 Dark Roots of Earth Dark Roots of Earth Product Image

Man, talk about a late career highlight! Definitely a fun album to listen to, despite not being as monumental as some of their other works.

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 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.

5 The Gathering The Gathering Product Image

Testament's best album ever without question. All the songs are absolutely amazing, and the musicianship is some of the best ever. Call it "overrated," but it damn sure blows The Legacy and any of their other work out of the water. #1, without question; anyone who disagrees, that's fine. Just quit calling it "overrated," because all you who say that and yet constantly praise The Legacy or Practice What You Preach for being their best work are sort of contradicting yourselves. I'm sorry, but it's sorta true!

top 3 material, after legacy and new world order of course. chuck billy sounded harsh as ever, guitars were really good as always, but dave lombardo on drums made this album even more flawless. excellent work, seriously.

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.

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.

6 Brotherhood of the Snake Brotherhood of the Snake Product Image

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.

Pretty solid record. Not a favorite of mine, and it has a lot of recycled riffs, but it's overall a completely fine record.

Old school but modern at the same time

This one's pretty good, actually.

7 The Formation of Damnation The Formation of Damnation Product Image

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.

An absolute masterpiece, and definitely deserving of being in the Top Five. Also, Paul Bostaph RULES!

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

More than meets the ears. Great album!

8 Souls of Black Souls of Black Product Image

The only meh Testament album. Poor production and relatively forgettable songs sort of bog this record down. Despite this, it's still alright, with some good riffs and soloing.

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

9 Low Low Product Image

Atrociously underrated, and definitely a Top 5 Testament record. Honestly, this is the record that proved to all the naysayers that they were better than Metallica and not a clone of them.

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.

10 The Ritual The Ritual Product Image

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.

It's crazy this is so low. It's such a great album and one of my favorite Testament records.

The Contenders
11 Demonic Demonic Product Image

Underrated. Bit not repetitive at all!

12 The Brotherhood of the Snake The Brotherhood of the Snake Product Image
13 First Strike Still Deadly First Strike Still Deadly Product Image

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.

14 Titans of Creation Titans of Creation Product Image

This album is their best since the gathering

impressive work overall, but I need more listens to rank this.

15 Return to the Apocalyptic City Return to the Apocalyptic City Product Image
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