Practice What You Preach
Released August 4 1989
The summer of 89 was winding down when I first picked this album up and I must say the third studio release from Bay area thrashers Testament proved to be a major step up. Firstly, the lyrical content was all about politics and societal issues; placing more emphasis on subjects like freedom of choice, political corruption, hypocrisy and the effects of greed and avarice. The album also provided a more mature sound, toning down the frenetic thrash of the first two releases in favor of streamlining their sound; but still retaining some of their youthful ferocity. The title track became a hit and was heavily featured on MTV, along with “The Ballad”. Many of these tracks have become a continual staple in their live shows, all except “Confusion Fusion” which has reportedly never been played live.
Practice What You Preach received favorable reviews at the time, and in October 89 they embarked on a tour with Annihilator and Wrathchild America. The second leg of the tour took place January 1990 supporting both Mortal Sin and Xentrix. The band would also go on to perform with Savatage, Nuclear Assault and Dark Angel later that year. The album entered the Billboard charts at 200, peaking at number 77 and remained on the charts for 12 straight weeks. They would later go on to record Souls of Black shortly after.
Some of the track highlights include: “Practice What You Preach”, “Envy Life”, “Blessed in Contempt”, “Sins of Omission” and “The Ballad”. I am giving this is a respectable 9 out of 10 and I will say this is a pure thrash masterpiece.