I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Testament - The Ritual [1992]

"Electric Crown" is already better than anything that was on the previous album. "So Many Lies" is completely pointless until the chorus. So, it's mostly boring. "Let Go Of My World" is acceptably energetic and heavy. "The Ritual" manages to inject a smidge of evil into the style. "Deadline" has a pretty damn catchy chorus and a decent amount of energy. This album is obviously the point at which Testament started driving their style more towards the Heavy Metal genre and away from Thrash. It's pretty good. Most songs have a good beat and heavy riffs with energy. It's a bit more Rock inspired in some parts which takes away from the attempted darkness of the album. There are a lot of good songs in here with good energy. It's not a breakthrough album that has the polished songwriting and perfection of style that I was hoping for. However, there are two gems that outshine the rest, "Electric Crown" and "Return to Serenity".

Rating: 7.5


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