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“The Spitfire Collection” by Testament

Artist: Testament
Title: “The Spitfire Collection”
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 3/13/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Testament has long been a band that is listed among the revered when it comes to the brand of Thrash Metal that originated from the Bay Area in California so many years ago. Albums such as “Practice What You Preach”, “The Ritual” and “Souls Of Black” are cited as classics in the genre and the membership of Billy, Clemente, Skolnick, Christian and Peterson are named as legends in Heavy Metal as a whole based on these releases. While popular with Metal heads far and wide, they would not achieve the levels of success that bands like Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth did but despite this would continue to thrive for the sake of the genre. “The Spitfire Collection” is an interesting release for while it might touch upon a couple of notable numbers from the bands historic past, its true aim is to give you a taste of the bands last decade or so. The CD covers the albums “Live At The Fillmore”, “The Gathering”, “Demonic”, “First Strike Still Deadly” and “Live In London”, all of which were released on this label when the band signed on to them. As you leaf through the liner notes, you will see that while Testament remained a very active band since their inception, they were plagued with a number of lineup changes over the years. Don’t get me wrong as these changes would often find some incredible players in the bands roster, and how bad could they do with drummers such as Gene Hoglan and Dave Lombardo behind the kit. The material presented from both “The Gathering” and “Demonic” is perhaps the heaviest that the band would ever release and the songs showed the band could change with the times as necessary. Through it all, Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson remained the only members of the original lineup across this span of albums. The changes continued until making almost a complete 360 degree turn as the original members would reunite for the “Live In London” CD and DVD. The album closes with three tracks from this particular release and should make many run to the shops or online to purchase their own copy.
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