Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s Testament with their debut album The Legacy, which helped kickstart thrash on April 21st, 1987.
One of the biggest thrash bands’ debut album! The album is a little darker than future Testament releases, to me. Chuck Billy had a great voice for thrash right out of the gate, and his high notes have so much intensity behind them. The riffs are solid all the way through, and considering how young the genre was when this album came out, it’s easy to see how much Testament helped establish. Complete this with a cool, somewhat mysterious album cover? And you have yourself a REALLY strong debut.
Not a big fan of the track “Raging Waters” personally. I just really did not care for that track. Other than that, the album may not be as polished as some might like. But hey, others might actually prefer that! It’s a very raw album, understandably so, so that might influence if you like the album more for that, or less.
Favorite Tracks: “Burnt Offerings,” “Do or Die,” “First Strike is Deadly.”
This album has a ton to offer. Even in present day, it still holds up extremely well. If you like Testament, or thrash, but only got into recent releases, make sure to go back to the early stuff like this. You’ll be missing out on some solid gems if you ignore it!