Testament – The Gathering (1999)
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Proof that Thrash was truly going to be a dominant force once again can be layed at the feet of one of the greatest Thrash bands in existence; the mighty Testament!
Recruiting two legendary Thrash elder statesman in the considerable form of Dave Lombardo (Slayer) and Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death), Testament’s core duo of Chuck Billy and Eric Petersen laid down the ultimate challenge to Thrash Metals’ revivalists; keep up with this they demanded, unsurprisingly most couldn’t.
From the virtually unparalleled ferocity of album opener “D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)” and the thrashy grooves of “Down For Life” to the demolition job Death/Thrash of “Legions Of The Dead” and the fiendish melodies of “Riding The Snake“, this supergroup signalled Thrash’s rebirth in a manner that marks The Gathering out as an album that still sounds nothing less than magnificent 16 years later.
With this release it was clear Thrash had well and truly returned and within just a few short years the likes of Destruction, Death Angel, Exodus, Kreator and Heathen would release monumental modern Thrash albums in the shape of The Antichrist, The Art Of Dying, Tempo Of The Damned, Enemy Of God and The Evolution Of Chaos respectively; Thrash was back and it’s still as relevant as ever!