Low (Testament album)

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Low
Studio album by Testament
Released September 30, 1994[1]
Recorded 1993-94 at A&M Studios, Hollywood, California and Studio D, Sausalito, California
Genre Thrash metal, groove metal
Length 47:08
Label Atlantic 1994, Burnt Offerings Inc. 1995, Megaforce 1995
Producer GGGarth, Testament
Testament chronology
Return to Apocalyptic City
(1993)
Low
(1994)
Live at the Fillmore
(1995)
Singles from Low
  1. "Low"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Dog Faced Gods"
    Released: 1994


Low is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Testament. It was released on October 4, 1994. It was the first Testament release not to feature lead guitarist and founding member Alex Skolnick.

Background[edit]

Low would be Testament's last album with Atlantic Records, leading group members to create their own label Burnt Offerings Inc. as part of the change.[2]

The record was recorded with original band members Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar) and Greg Christian (bass). It also saw the first of two Testament album appearances by artist John Tempesta (drums),[3][4] and three for artist James Murphy (guitar).[5] Long time Testament collaborator Del James is given composer and vocal credits on the album. Additionally, a music video was filmed for the title track.[1]

Artwork[edit]

Album cover artwork for Low was designed by Dave McKean. He would go on to do the next two Testament studio album covers Demonic (1997) and The Gathering (1999).

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars Review

In July 2014, Guitar World placed Low at number 40 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Low"   Billy, Peterson 3:33
2. "Legions (In Hiding)"   Billy, James, Peterson 4:17
3. "Hail Mary"   Billy, James, Murphy, Peterson 3:32
4. "Trail of Tears"   Billy, Peterson 6:06
5. "Shades of War"   Billy, James, Peterson 4:44
6. "P.C."   Christian, Peterson 2:50
7. "Dog Faced Gods"   Billy, James, Peterson 4:02
8. "All I Could Bleed"   Billy, Peterson 3:37
9. "Urotsukidōji" (Instrumental)"   Christian, Peterson 3:50
10. "Chasing Fear"   Billy, Christian, James, Peterson 4:56
11. "Ride"   Billy, James, Peterson 3:16
12. "Last Call"   Christian, Peterson 2:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Oricon Albums Chart 77[7]
Chart (1994) Peak position
The Billboard 200 122

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Testament/Low/250
  2. ^ "Testament(2)". Discogs. 2012. 
  3. ^ "Low (1994), First Strike Still Deadly (2001)". as of August 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ News, Archive (20 September 2011). "TESTAMENT Taps Drummer JOHN TEMPESTA For ANTHRAX Tour". Blabbermouth. 
  5. ^ "Low (1994), Live at the Fillmore (1995), The Gathering (1999)". as of August 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". GuitarWorld.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/107042/products/music/38846/2/