デビュー作「THE LEGACY」はTESTAMENTの中、いや、スラッシュ・メタルの中では絶対歴史に残るアルバムでしたが2Stアルバム「THE NEW ORDER」も負けていません。「THE LEGACY」では伝統的メタルを聴かせてくれましたが、こちらの方はよりスラッシュ度が高くなっています。歌詞は核戦争後の地球を描いていてダーク的な歌が多いです。ライブで演奏される曲が結構収録されています。また、1Stアルバムに続いてかなりメロディアスです。 確かに「THE LEGACY」は最高作と言ってもいいのですがこちらの「THE NEW ORDER」も傑作です。TESTAMENT初心者の方には「THE LEGACY」から聴いてもいいのでしょうが「THE NEW ORDER」から聴いてみてもよいでしょう。 絶賛アルバムです。
Classic thrash, and a brilliant album, easily as good as anything by the 'big four' at that time. The production is a little high end and the bass is not as powerful as it could be but these were new times needing new techniques but don't let that put you off, the songs are amazing and you can hear the fire in their bellies. An all time must have from the Golden Era of thrash. There's much debate about the 'Big Four'; Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax with some saying it should have been the 'big six' or even the 'big eight', with Exodus and Testament right up there, I'd go so far as to say Testament should probably have topped Anthrax, only slightly mind. I saw Testament support Anthrax in Sheffield in '87 on the Among the Living tour and remember thinking then it was difficult to separate them. Great tunes, happy days revisited.
Most bands would be on a hiding to nothing trying to follow up a quality debut like 'The Legacy'. But then most bands aren't Testament.
Released in 1988, 'The New Order' is a top-notch thrash metal album with some outstanding songs including the title track, 'Trial By Fire', 'The Preacher' 'Disciples of the Watch' and the brutal 'Into the Pit', many of which are still performed live to this day. Taking the power, speed, precision and melody of 'The Legacy' and turning them up to 11, the band delivered an album that arguably surpasses it's excellent predecessor.
Testament would sadly not maintain this standard on subsequent releases, but 'The New Order' remains a classic, absolutely essential album that ALL fans of thrash metal should own.