It’s really never a bad time for a new Testament release, is it? Testament returns with a brutal, powerful and what you would have to call an “as expected” release. BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE brings all the heavy you would ever want from Testament. It’s not a reinvention of the wheel by any standard, but if you liked Testament before, there’s really nothing in the way here to make you change your mind now. Vocalist Chuck Billy sounds mean as fuck throughout, while guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick have created punishing riffs that seems to really penetrate your soul from their ferocity. Mix in a bottom end created by bass legend Steve DiGiorgio and “The Atomic Clock” Gene Hoglan, and you’ve got a formula for heavy metal brutality that is seldom bested.

PITRIFF RATING - 85/100 - Not the best of their career. Certainly not the worst thing they’ve ever done. BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE plays the the strengths of Testament, which is just fine for this fan. Recommended.

Chris Akin

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