Testament: Chuck Billy (vocals); Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson (guitar); Greg Christian (bass); Louis Clemente (drums).
Additional personnel: Mark Walters, Bogdan Jablonski, Willy Lang, Elliot Cahn (background vocals).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.
Personnel: Chuck Billy (vocals); Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick (guitar); Louie Clemente (drums).
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA.
The gothic and occult themes associated with The Legacy and The New Order aren't nearly as prevalent on Testament's third album, Practice What You Preach. Instead, the thrash metallers place more emphasis on subjects like freedom of choice, political corruption, hypocrisy, and the effects of greed and avarice. One of Testament's most informative songs, the disturbing "Greenhouse Effect" takes a painfully honest look at environmental destruction. But while the band shifts its focus lyrically, its musical approach is much the same -- under the direction of metal producer Alex Perialas, Testament takes no prisoners and remains unapologetically abrasive. ~ Alex Henderson