Testament: Practice Wath You Preach-1989.

Testament:Thrash Metal from United States.


The LegacyFull-length1987
Live at EindhovenLive album1987
Trial by FireSingle1988
The New OrderFull-length1988
Greenhouse EffectSingle1989 
Hard Acts to FollowSplit1989 
Practice What You PreachFull-length1989
Kerrang! Plastic ExplosiveSplit1990 
Souls of BlackFull-length1990
Seen Between the LinesVideo1991
Signs of Chaos / Electric CrownSingle1992 
The RitualFull-length1992
Savatage / Overkill / TestamentSplit1993 
Return to the Apocalyptic CityEP1993
Dog Faced GodsSingle1994
Wach auf!Split1994 
Live at the FillmoreLive album1995
The Best of TestamentCompilation1996 
Signs of Chaos: The Best of TestamentCompilation1997
The GatheringFull-length1999
The Very Best of TestamentCompilation2000
First Strike Still DeadlyFull-length2001
Days of DarknessCompilation2004 
Live in LondonLive album2005
Live in LondonVideo2005
The Spitfire CollectionCompilation2007
The Formation of Damnation / PrevailSplit2008 
The Formation of DamnationFull-length2008
Best of Nuclear Blast: 20th AnniversarySplit2008 
Live at Eindhoven ’87Live album2009
True American HateSingle2012
Native BloodSingle2012
Dark Roots of EarthFull-length2012
Animal MagnetismSingle2013 
Original Album SeriesBoxed set2013 
Dark Roots of ThrashLive album2013 
Brotherhood of the SnakeFull-length2016
The Complete Albums 1987-1994Compilation2019 
Live at Dynamo Open Air 1997Live album2019 
Titans of CreationFull-length2020
No Beast So Fierce (Live 1991)Live album2020 


Alex SkolnickGuitars (1987-1992, 2001, 2005-present)
See also: Metal Allegiance, ex-Legacy, Alex Skolnick Trio, Hu$h Money, ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Anthrax (live), ex-Ozzy Osbourne (live), ex-Savatage, ex-Attention Deficit, ex-Exhibit-A, ex-Stu Hamm (live)
Eric PetersonGuitars (1987-present)
See also: DragonlordSpin the Wheel, ex-Legacy, ex-Anthrax (live)
Chuck BillyVocals (1987-present)
See also: Beloved GhoulsDublin Death Patrol, ex-Legacy, ex-Exodus (live), ex-Torture Squad (live), ex-Guilt, ex-Rampage
Steve DiGiorgioBass (1998-2004, 2014-present)
See also: Act of DenialCharred Walls of the DamnedGeodaGone in AprilItselfJohnny NewmanMythodeaSpirits of FireSynesis AbsorptionTerra Odium, ex-Control Denied, ex-Futures End, Bassists Alliance Project, Death To All, Devil’s Highway, Quadvium, Death DTA (live), ex-Anatomy of I, ex-Artension, ex-Beltfed Weapon, ex-Dragonlord, ex-Faust, ex-Memorain, ex-Sadus, ex-Sebastian Bach, ex-SMRT, ex-Obituary (live), ex-Obscura (live), ex-Death, ex-Ephel Duath, ex-James Murphy, ex-Painmuseum, ex-Dark Hall, ex-Soen, ex-Suicide Shift
Dave LombardoDrums (1998-1999, 2022-present)
See also: Beloved GhoulsDead CrossFantômasMr. BungleSuicidal Tendencies, ex-Grip Inc., Misfits, Satanic Planet, ex-Melvins, ex-Metal Allegiance (live), ex-Slayer, ex-Voodoocult, ex-Escape, ex-Pap Smear, ex-Philm, ex-Sabotage

Past Members:

Greg ChristianBass (1987-1996, 2004-2014)
See also: Hand of FirePower ShiftTraumaTrinity FallenWreck-Defy, ex-Legacy, ex-Meshiaak, ex-Vicious Rumors, ex-HavocHate
Louie ClementeDrums (1987-1992, 2005)
See also: ex-Legacy
Paul BostaphDrums (1992-1993, 2004-2005, 2006, 2007-2011)
See also: ex-Slayer, ex-Forbidden Evil, Hail!, ex-Exodus, ex-From Hell, ex-Tim Ripper Owens (live), ex-Forbidden, ex-BlackGates, ex-Systematic, ex-Truth About Seafood
Glen AlvelaisGuitars (1992-1993, 1997-1998)
See also: BizarroDogmaHate FXLD/50, ex-Tenet, ex-Forbidden Evil, Hellbound, ex-Earth Crawler, ex-Scorched-Earth Policy, ex-Hatriot (live), ex-Forbidden, ex-Damage, ex-X-3 (Glen Alvelais / Steve DiGiorgio / Jeremy Colson)
John TempestaDrums (1993-1994, 2005)
See also: Motor Sister, ex-White Zombie, The Cult, ex-Exodus, ex-Helmet, ex-Prong, ex-Rob Zombie, ex-Scum of the Earth, ex-Temple of the Black Moon, ex-The Dead Daisies, ex-Two-Bit Thief
James MurphyGuitars (1993-1996, 1998-2000)
See also: Metal Against CoronavirusTiwanaku, ex-Disincarnate, ex-James Murphy, Living Monstrosity, ex-Cancer, ex-Konkhra, ex-Obituary, ex-Agent Steel (live), ex-Death, ex-Hallows Eve
Jon DetteDrums (1994-1995, 1997, 2000)
See also: MeshiaakVolbeat (live), ex-Apocalypse, Animetal USA, ex-Chaotic Realm, ex-Evildead, ex-Impellitteri, ex-Killing Machine, ex-Anthrax (live), ex-Heathen (live), ex-Iced Earth (live), ex-Metal Machine (live), ex-Slayer, ex-Terror, ex-HavocHate, ex-Temple of Brutality, ex-Pushed
Chris KontosDrums (1995)
See also: The Boneless Ones, ex-Konkhra, ex-Machine Head, ex-The Alien Blakk, ex-Verbal Abuse, ex-Death Angel (live), ex-Exodus (live), ex-Attitude Adjustment, ex-Hell’s Kitchen, ex-Anti-Trust, ex-Custard Pie, ex-Grinch, ex-Sangre Eterna (USA), ex-The Servants
Gene HoglanDrums (1996-1997, 2012-2022)
See also: Brendon Small’s GalaktikonDark AngelDethklokAnthrax (live), ex-Daemon, ex-Meldrum, ex-Strapping Young Lad, ex-Tenet, ex-Mechanism, ex-Pitch Black Forecast, Death DTA (live), ex-Devin Townsend, ex-Fear Factory, ex-Just Cause, ex-Memorain, ex-Viking, ex-Zimmers Hole, ex-Old Man’s Child (live), ex-Opeth (live), ex-Unearth (live), ex-Forbidden, ex-Death, ex-Wargod, ex-Carnage, ex-The Almighty Punchdrunk, ex-The Ani Kyd Band, ex-Glostik Willy (live)
Derrick RamirezBass (1997-1998)
See also: ex-Dragonlord, ex-Legacy
Jon AllenDrums (1999-2004)
See also: Sadus, ex-Futures End, ex-Dragonlord, ex-Masqued, ex-AC/DZ (AC/DC tribute)
Steve SmythGuitars (1999-2004)
See also: From HellOne MachineThe Esseness Project, Sweet Leaf, ex-Dragonlord, ex-Vicious Rumors, ex-Forbidden, ex-Nevermore, ex-Ariah, ex-Firehead
Metal Mike ChlasciakGuitars (2002)
See also: HalfordMetal Mike, ex-Isolation Chamber, ex-Painmuseum, ex-Sebastian Bach, ex-John West, ex-Cans, ex-Bludgeon, ex-Roxxi, ex-Michael Aaron (live)
Nicholas BarkerDrums (2007)
See also: AncientBrujeriaLiquid GraveyardTwilight of the GodsNoctis Imperium (live), Nuclear Assault (live), ex-Monolith, ex-Catalepsy, Borstal, United Forces, ex-Atrocity, ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir, ex-Leaves’ Eyes, ex-Lock Up, ex-Obskkvlt, ex-Old Man’s Child, ex-Sadistic Intent, ex-Anaal Nathrakh (live), ex-Benediction (live), ex-Borknagar (live), ex-Cancer (live), ex-Criminal (live), ex-Exodus (live), ex-Gorgoroth (live), ex-Nightrage (live), ex-Possessed (live), ex-Voices (live), ex-Anathema (live), ex-Cerebral Fix (live), ex-Driven by Suffering, ex-Monstrance
1.Practice What You Preach04:57  Show lyrics
2.Perilous Nation05:51  Show lyrics
3.Envy Life04:17  Show lyrics
4.Time Is Coming05:26  Show lyrics
5.Blessed in Contempt04:14  Show lyrics
6.Greenhouse Effect04:55  Show lyrics
7.Sins of Omission05:00  Show lyrics
8.The Ballad06:08  Show lyrics
9.Nightmare (Coming Back to You)02:20  Show lyrics
10.Confusion Fusion03:07  instrumental

Practice What You Preach is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Testament, released in August 1989 via Atlantic/Megaforce. Propelled by the singles “Greenhouse Effect”, “The Ballad” and the title track “Practice What You Preach“, this album was a major breakthrough for Testament, achieving near gold status[4] and becoming the band’s first album to enter the Top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart.[5]

One thought on “Testament: Practice Wath You Preach-1989.

  1. Testament1990, November 16th, 2020
    Written based on this version: 1989, CD, Megaforce Records (US)

    For my second Testament review of their peak period of albums (1987-1990) I decided to go with my second favorite release from this legendary band 1989’s Practice What You Preach. As you may know from my Souls of Black review Testament is my all time favorite band and their first 6 records are stunning works of pure perfection. This record right here I see get shit on by some reviewers here talking about it’s their first bad album in their discography and all the where is the thrash comments. These people must only listen to thrash bands like Rigor Mortis and shit like the first Onslaught album muddy messes of production and songs that are overly fast and half the time you can’t tell what the hell is even going on. These people must not like a bit of melody to their thrash with catchy and technical riffs with precise and articulate solos perfectly structured for the songs they are placed in because that’s what you get from Testament during the 1987-1990 era of the band. As mentioned in my Souls of Black review of all the different era’s of Testament I believe they truly peaked right out of the gate in 1987 and on up through 1990 culminating with Souls of Black. The first 4 records from Testament are just pure masterpieces in 4 different shades however The Ritual and Low are still masterpieces in their own right but treaded a different path than their first 4 pure thrash releases. I didn’t elaborate on this in my Souls of Black review but figure I set the standard of what I consider to be their peak period. Most bands peaked on one album but not Testament their peak spanned across a period of 4 years and 4 albums and Practice What You Preach was the third installment of this peak period released on August 4th 1989.

    Yes this album tones down the speed a bit for more melody and it continues the masterful songwriting and musicianship we saw on The New Order. This album has a stellar production/mix every instrument sounds clear and crisp with great clarity even the bass is right up front and really snappy sounding. This album has Greg Christians best bass tone on it in my opinion barley beating out his sound on their next god tier release Souls of Black. As mentioned in my Souls of Black review I tend to view Practice What You Preach as the lighter version of Souls of Black from the cover art to both of the albums sounds and atmosphere’s they are very similar and contrast each other perfectly. This records sound is more dry in a way it’s still nicely saturated with reverb but it gives off a real dry vibe to it. The guitar tone is a bit more mid heavy than the previous records but still packs a deadly punch to it. The drums are nice a tight sounding with a dash of reverb on the snare and the kick drums here are really awesome you can hear every one Clemente stomps as they are crystal clear here. Chuck’s vocals are right up front and he sounds as powerful as ever here singing with way more melody than before. The band recorded this album live which to me sounds really damn good not saying this is the best way but Testament are so elite they can almost make anything work, hell their next album after this one was rush recorded and sounds incredible. Though many may disagree about these type of productions/mixes due to modern technology for me nothing even comes close to the classic analog production/mixes. Literally no tech from today can even come close to the shit from back in the day.

    This album like Souls of Black has virtually every type of thrash metal song you could think of packed into its just over 45 minute run time. The album kicks off with the title track “Practice What You Preach” a live staple for the band ever since the songs inception. “Practice What You Preach” like all of the Testament songs from this era a lethal guitar solo one of the proudest ones Alex ever recorded as he has said himself in many interviews. The solo is a modal masterpiece and showed Alex getting even more crazier on guitar than he was on The New Order. “Practice What You Preach” is a mid tempo banger than shows the new melodic elements injected into the bands aggressive thrash sound that has been developed since their debut The Legacy in 1987. “Perilous Nation” showcases Christians massively improved bass tone right off the start is as catchy as the rest of the tunes here. “Envy Life” starts off with slow and Chuck unleashes a powerful deep growl, a technique he would soon use on almost every track on future releases in the mid 90’s. “Time is Coming”, “Greenhouse Effect”, and “Sins of Omission” all contain signature Testament style riffage and face melting guitar solos with more serious lyrically topics like the military draft, global warming, and suicide rather than the black magic and occult stuff that was on their previous 2 works and some of the other tracks featured here delve with the occult still which is a rad topic within itself.

    “Blessed In Contempt” was a song that was written before the debut album and was finally featured here and is quite fast just like the second to last track here “Nightmare” which just thrashes on like some of the material off of the Legacy. “The Ballad” is you guessed it, a ballad. This is the start of a string a ballads released by Testament on all their releases post Practice What You Preach going all the way into 1994’s Low. The “thrash ballad” type of tracks that is what I call them, Testament does better than anyone else by far it isn’t even a contest when it comes to the softer ballad style tracks Testament just obliterates the rest of the thrash acts who attempted to delve into this style of song. “The Ballad” starts with a gorgeous acoustic section with Skolnick delivering a chilling Acoustic guitar solo flamenco style channeling his inner Al Di Meola here. The last track closing out the album is a weird instrumental titled “Confusion Fusion” and while it’s still pretty badass it’s definitely the weakest track on here but still delivers a solid thrashing.

    Everyone is at the top of their game on Practice What You Preach putting on a brilliant performance. Starting with the guitars as they are one of the defining moments on Testament records. Eric Peterson here is in rare from conjuring up some of the most memorable material in the band’s career up to this point he even gets a mini solo on this record in the song “Sins of Omission” and does the little pre solo part in the title track that builds up to Skolnick’s mesmerizing solo. Peterson slows up the tempos a notch on this record to inject a more melodic approach to Testament’s sound which really pays off because it gives every other member of the band to shine in different ways they couldn’t on their first 2 records opening up doors for new ideas. Skolnick is steadily on the rise here getting more and more complex with each album. Skolnick’s leads here are really eerie and this is the start of his solos kind of sound a bit jazzy and it only gets crazier with the next album. Alex on Practice What You Preach lays down some of the most complex leads in thrash at the time and they fit right in the pockets of the songs twists and turns allowing skolnick’s solos to hit with the most impact possible. His keen ear for melody and groove separates him from the rest of the thrash lead guitarists of the era by miles as most could never reach his level of play with exceptions of guys like Josh Christian (Toxik) and Tommy Vetterli (Coroner). With this album here Alex pretty much solidified he’s the best shredder in the bay area had anyone not noticed his efforts on the previous 2 releases.

    Chuck Billy backs off with the aggression a bit here allowing him to get more dynamics with his voice while also introducing one his trademark techniques, the death voice as he calls it. He only features it for a moment in the beginning of the track “Envy Life” unleashing this guttural growl and holding it out for a decent amount of time before obliterating you with his signature vocal tonalities. This is also the first record where we get to hear Chuck’s softer side in the ballad track ironically titled “The Ballad” which is a pivotal moment for the band as this is where they discover how versatile Chuck can be. Chuck Billy thrives on “The Ballad” starting out the track singing with his clean melodic voice which has a surreal vibe to it really channeling the energy the song provides him and then crushing you at the end with his aggressive voice putting on a wild showcase of the range he has. Many people claim he is a Hetfield wannabe and while I do think they sound close to one another Chuck shows here on Practice What You Preach he can do far more and far better than Hetfield ever could and I absolutely love Hetfield’s classic voice but he ain’t no Chuck Billy and still to this day we can see who can still belt it out and who can’t nothing against the great James Hetfield but Chuck still crushes any song he’s ever sang in Testament’s lengthy catalog.

    The rhythm section here both shine immensely on Practice What You Preach especially Greg Christian as this is his best work on any Testament album. His tone here is really snappy and he slithers around the guitar work and grooves with the drums with excellent precision. You can here Greg on every single track on this record and he absolutely kills it on this release. Louie tones the speed down here and suits the songs the best way he can while he wasn’t the most technical drummer the band ever had he was certainly the most flavorful contrasting with the guitars phenomenally never over playing or under playing. Not every track is he just drumming ata mid paced level there is moments in songs like “Blessed In Contempt”, “Nightmare”, and “Sins of Omission” where he is drumming speeds that were on The Legacy. Clemente and Christian show here that they are merely more than just the backbone of the bands sound and can showcase more than just keeping the band in time.

    In conclusion Practice What You Preach is a classic slab of melodic technical thrash executed to perfection and they would only continue this style on their next release Souls of Black in 1990. Testament display with Practice What You Preach that thrash metal does not have to be fast all the damn time to be great and really this album and melodic thrash in general just annihilates the thrash bands who feel they need to be brutal and have messy productions/mixes to be thrash. This album is a landmark release in the thrash metal subgenre and has withstood the test of time and the title track is such a staple in the bands set that they still play it to this day. This is a monsterous release from 1989 and sprung Testament into the metal stratosphere with the title track and “The Ballad” receiving an insane amount of airplay on headbangers ball. I’d highly recommend this album to anyone who likes melodic thrash and really just thrash metal in general.


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