Testament

First Strike Still Deadly

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"The idea was to remix some of the older material off of The Legacy and the New Order recordings," state the liner notes penned by the band. "In short, politically this could not happen." The result is one of the dreaded "re-recordings" that several artists have unfortunately opted to do. It is not a coincidence that the bands that embark on these attempts to rewrite history often have several new members, and are frequently washed up. The songs all sound pretty much the same, with the marginal increase in recording quality offset by the lack of spontaneity and passion that came with the young band anxious to show the world what they were made of. Re-recording one's hits is worse than live albums because it tries to be something it never can be, and this disc is no exception. Get the originals, or even the two Testament hits compilations, for the real deal; check this out if karaoke is your idea of contemporary entertainment.

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