The Very Best of Testament

The Very Best of Testament

by TestamentTestament


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There's a very weird thing about thrash metal -- when it gets to a certain velocity and technical prowess, the guitars no longer sound like guitars, they sound like processed metallic machines. Which, of course, is part of the point, but it will often be slightly strange to listeners, even if they're hearing a band as acclaimed as thrash metal titans Testament. And that may be off-putting if they're coming in cold to Rhino's The Very Best of Testament. Regardless, this 2001 collection does an excellent job of summarizing their albums, featuring three cuts apiece from their first two albums, The Legacy and The New Order, two from Practice What You Preach, five from their 1992 crossover attempt, The Ritual, and a cut apiece from the live Return to the Apocalyptic City and 1994's Low. Not much here for collectors or the dedicated, outside of good sound, notes from Martin Popoff, and track-by-track analysis from guitarist Eric Peterson, but this does summarize their career quite well, even if it leans a little too heavily on The Ritual for some tastes -- and even with that crossover material in tow, the band's music still remains a daunting taste to acquire for outsiders.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2001
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227435929
catalogNumber: 274359
Rank: 34552


  1. The Haunting
  2. Burnt Offerings
  3. First Strike Is Deadly
  4. The New Order
  5. Into the Pit
  6. Disciples of the Watch
  7. Practice What You Preach
  8. Greenhouse Effect
  9. Signs of Chaos
  10. Electric Crown
  11. So Many Lies
  12. The Ritual
  13. Return to Serenity
  14. Over the Wall
  15. Dog Faced Gods

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Testament   Primary Artist
James Murphy   Guitar
Alex Skolnick   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Chuck Billy   Vocals
Greg Christian   Bass
Louie Clemente   Drums
John Tempesta   Drums
Paul Bostaph   Drums

Technical Credits

John Aguto   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Bill Inglot   Producer
Alex Perialas   Producer,Engineer
Tony Platt   Producer,Engineer
Randy Wine   Engineer
Liz Sroka   Engineer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Ken Walden   Engineer
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Cheryl Fugate   Discographical Annotation
Martin Popoff   Liner Notes
Michael Rosen   Producer

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