I'm not much into the band's lyrical concepts, the most that I'm into are the more philosophical lyrics of Death (the band). I just enjoy the music and here it's heavy, but bluesy based too. That would be Skolnick's influence but the heaviness of the album keeps it in a whole other level. They play from the heart and have never I don't think have ever compromised themselves.
The guitars are what keeps me interested even though I'm retired from playing I enjoy their energy and riff structure. It's technical and fast. Of course the whole deal meaning the whole band contributes to this one. They really busted ass to get this out to fans. You have to like Chuck Billy's vocals to really like the band though. I think he's pretty awesome kicking butt all thees years that Testament has been around. That is, mid-80's. A lot has changed technology wise and the Internet interfering with musicians money making because so much is on YouTube or Spotify.
I don't agree that this is an average album at all. I think because of the intensity and unique songwriting quality, Testament has released their best record in a while. No way is this album boring or redundant. It's straightforward thrash metal. Everything about this album I like. I was impressed the first time that I heard this. I thought to myself "they're still shredding!!" Own it!!
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