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Band
Testament
Title
Brotherhood of the Snake
Type
LP/EP
Company
Nuclear Blast
YOR
2016
Style
Thrash
1/19/2017 - Review by: Eric Compton
The best album in over 20 years for these Bay-Area titans
11th record from Testament and boys it's a monster. I'm not sure why Chuck Billy just doesn't produce full-time. The production here is second best only to Metallica for 2016 a far more expensive job. 'Brotherhood of the Snake' is everything we loved about 90's Testament. Ample volume is given to wicked cuts that are energetic and rife with electricity and originality. Not sure I've heard these riffs before, a statement if there ever was one considering the times we are living. Metal for metal fans and it's steeped with Biblical imagery. A top-four record for 2017 for this guy.
Recommended for fans of: Exodus, Overkill, Slayer
PERSONAL BREAKDOWN:

ENJOYMENT
4.5
MUSIC
4.5
VOCALS
4.5
PRODUCTION
5
ARTWORK
4
LYRICS
4.5


  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    4.5 :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: TESTAMENT
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Brotherhood of the Snake
2016
Nuclear Blast
Eric Compton1/19/2017
4.5
Dark Roots of Earth
2012
Nuclear Blast
Chris Kincaid7/31/2012
4
Dark Roots of Earth
2012
Nuclear Blast
Greg Watson8/18/2012
4
Dark Roots of Thrash
2013
Nuclear Blast
Vinaya Saksena10/18/2013
4
Dark Roots of Thrash
2013
Nuclear Blast
Greg Watson10/31/2013
5
Live In London
2005
Spitfire
Ken Pierce11/8/2005
-
Seen Between The Lines
2005
Megaforce
Ken Pierce7/25/2005
3.5
The Formation of Damnation
2008
Nuclear Blast
Hail and Kill8/22/2008
5

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: TESTAMENT
INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
Eric PetersonGreg Watson3/2/2012


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