Testament - Brotherhood Of The Snake
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Reviewer: Mohhammed Bilal Al Lahham - 2016-10-16
Highlights: Brotherhood Of The Snake, Stronghold, Born In a Rut
Testament were to me, one of those bands that can create fantastic songs and it makes you really attracted to its thrashy / heavy vibe !
but never a fully fully great album, in every album through out their history, they managed to create some of the greatest thrash metal songs in history, and some of the lamest as well.
Their 2012's Dark Roots Of Earth album got the biggest example of that, where songs like american hate and dark roots of earth are behemoths of their own!
while songs like Native blood, is by far one of the most boring and unneeded song in an album ever.
This album was recorded with the famous producer Juan Urteaga who produced albums for bands like (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by well-known producer Andy Sneap who worked with bands like (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH). Artwork was created by artist Eliran Kantor who made artworks for bands like (HATEBREED, SOULFLY, KATAKLYSM), whom the band worked with for The Dark Roots Of Earth.
This album contains elements of their older albums ( Demonic , The Gathering ), where the songs are more heavy, mid-tempo and slow songs , for more than half of the songs on the album , such as : Born In A Rut and The Pale King !
They maintain a level of speed and thrash in them, but they sure are some of their slower songs, compared to the title track, The Brotherhood Of the Snake, Which is one of the best tracks of the album.
and the other half of the songs they go completely nuts, super fast and extremely heavy where you have to headbang your head to the riffs and drums , and the vocal shugs that Chuck gives, and which are the fan's favorite type of vocal range.
Best example of this type of that type of fast songs is : Centuries of Suffering and Brotherhood of the snake, which in my opinion is in the top 3 list of songs of the album, along with Stronghold.
The album may not please all the fans of the ( Fast, Thrashy, Heavy ) testament, But it sure will pleasure the fans of the albums of ( The Gathering and Demonic ).