Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Testament to Reissue a Live Album. Reminds Me of what I missed.

Testament Live at the Fillmore. Any long time fan of Testament should remember either the recording or the show itself. Recorded in 1995 it was for the Low tour and was the first tour to not feature Alex Skolnick or Louie Clemente. Instead for this show they had John Dette on drums and the legendary guitarist on the extreme music scene, James Murphy. When I saw Testament last year it was at the Fillmore and what a great place to see a show.

Prosthetic Records will now be reissuing this remastered live cd on January 18,2011 and after hearing it what a great live cd to have. The sound is punishing and fantastic and Chuck Billy sounds great at a time when he was developing his more brutal vocal style that would carry him through the remainder of the 90's. James Murphy does a fantastic job filling in for Skolnick. Greg Christian's punishing bass riffs are coherent and great here as well as Eric Peterson's riffs.

What was I doing in 1995 to make me miss this the first time? I have no idea. It was a long time ago and I was probably going through a life shift or something. So if you had the first edition of this cd and lost it or couldn't find it after it went out of print you're in luck. This will tide every Testament fan over until the new album gets released. Take it from someone who normally doesn't listen to live cd's. Track listing after the jump.

1. The Preacher
2. Alone in the Dark
3. Burnt Offerings
4. A Dirge
5. Eerie Inhabitants
6. The New Order
7. Low
8. Urotsukidoji
9. Into the Pit
10.Souls of Black
11.Practice What You Preach
12.Apocalyptic City
13.Hail Mary
14.Dog Faced Gods
15.Return to Serenity
16.The Legacy
17.Trail of Tears

The last three tracks are acoustic renditions of those songs and they sound great.Especially the Legacy funny enough. Get this album when it comes out.

Devil's Rating: 9 Sins out of 10.


\M/artin said...

I have the original. It's amazing. James Murphy is awesome. I'd love to see him play live. The three acoustic versions are better than the originals, IMHO. \M/etal

Snagon said...

Wow that artwork is absolutely fantastic