The Legacy (album)

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This article is about the Testament album. For the song, see Souls of Black.
The Legacy
Studio album by Testament
Released April 21, 1987
Recorded 1986 at Pyramid Sounds Studios, Ithaca, New York
Genre Thrash metal
Length 38:45
Label Atlantic, Megaforce
Producer Alex Perialas
Testament chronology
The Legacy
(1987)
The New Order
(1988)
Singles from The Legacy
  1. "Over the Wall"
    Released: 1987

The Legacy is the 1987 debut studio album by American thrash metal band Testament. It was released on April 21, 1987.

Background[edit]

Prior to the album's recording in 1986, Testament was known as Legacy. Their lineup consisted of singer Steve "Zetro" Souza, guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, bassist Greg Christian and drummer Louie Clemente. Singer Chuck Billy was a member of another local band named Guilt.[1] He had performed with Legacy on a few occasions and was asked to become the new singer after Souza left to join Exodus. In 1986, the band changed their name to Testament after finding out that there was a jazz band named Legacy. The Testament name was suggested by Billy Milano (from S.O.D. and M.O.D.), who was a friend of the band in the early days.[2]

This was the only Testament album to feature songwriting contributions from Souza, who was credited as the co-writer of all the songs, except for "C.O.T.L.O.D." and "Do or Die", which were co-written by original Legacy singer Derrick Ramirez and Billy respectively. The closing track, "Apocalyptic City", was written by Skolnick and Peterson.

Reception and awards[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

By March 1990, three years after its release, The Legacy had sold over 150,000 copies in the U.S.[3] The album was also included on 'Frank's Favorite Records of 1987' on Metal Injection.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Over the Wall"   Steve "Zetro" Souza Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian 4:07
2. "The Haunting"   Souza, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson 4:17
3. "Burnt Offerings"   Souza, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson 5:07
4. "Raging Waters"   Souza, Peterson Peterson 4:32
5. "C.O.T.L.O.D." (Curse of the Legions of Death) Derrick Ramirez, Peterson Ramirez, Peterson 2:32
6. "First Strike Is Deadly"   Souza, Christian Peterson, Skolnick 3:43
7. "Do or Die"   Skolnick, Peterson, Chuck Billy Skolnick, Peterson, Louie Clemente 4:39
8. "Alone in the Dark"   Souza Skolnick, Peterson 4:05
9. "Apocalyptic City"   Skolnick, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson 5:51

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guilt Encyclopaedia Metallum (retrieved 21 May 2012)
  2. ^ Sunday Old School: Testament Metal Underground (retrieved 21 May 2012)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]