First Strike Still Deadly

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First Strike Still Deadly
Testament - First Strike Still Deadly.jpg
Compilation album by Testament
Released October 24, 2001[1]
Recorded July 27–August 3, 2001[2]
Studio Driftwood Studios, Oakland, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length 48:40
Label Spitfire
Testament chronology
The Very Best of Testament
First Strike Still Deadly
Days of Darkness

First Strike Still Deadly is a compilation album by Testament, released in 2001. It consists of re-recordings of songs released on The Legacy and The New Order, as well as a re-recording of "Reign of Terror", which was originally on Legacy's Demo 1 and was also a b-side from the "Trial by Fire" single. On some Japanese versions of this release, a different cover is present, and the disc is an Enhanced CD and includes a bonus QuickTime documentary with live clips of various incarnations of the band.

First Strike Still Deadly saw a Testament reunion with three former or current members (Alex Skolnick, Steve DiGiorgio and John Tempesta) as well as their original singer Steve "Zetro" Souza. Souza and drummer Tempesta did not officially rejoin Testament, and First Strike Still Deadly was the last Testament album with bassist DiGiorgio before his return in 2014.[3] Skolnick eventually rejoined Testament again, and appeared on their next three studio albums (starting with 2008's The Formation of Damnation).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars [4]

First Strike Still Deadly has received mostly negative reviews. AllMusic writer Brian O'Neill awards the album one star out of five, and criticizes, "Re-recording one's hits is worse than live albums because it tries to be something it never can be, and this disc is no exception. Get the originals, or even the two Testament hits compilations, for the real deal; check this out if karaoke is your idea of contemporary entertainment." [4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length
1. "First Strike is Deadly" Steve Souza, Greg Christian Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson The Legacy 4:00
2. "Into the Pit" Chuck Billy, Skolnick, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson The New Order 2:54
3. "Trial by Fire" Billy, Skolnick, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson The New Order 4:33
4. "Disciples of the Watch" Billy Skolnick, Peterson The New Order 4:34
5. "The Preacher" Billy, Skolnick Skolnick, Peterson The New Order 3:56
6. "Burnt Offerings" Souza, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson The Legacy 5:28
7. "Over the Wall" Souza Skolnick, Peterson, Christian The Legacy 4:18
8. "The New Order" Skolnick, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson The New Order 4:43
9. "The Haunting" Souza, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson The Legacy 4:37
10. "Alone in the Dark" Souza Skolnick, Peterson The Legacy 4:40
11. "Reign of Terror" Souza, Derrick Ramirez, Peterson Ramirez, Peterson Demo 1 5:06
Total length: 48:40


Chart (2001) Peak
Oricon Albums Chart 70





  1. ^ "Testament - First Strike Still Deadly". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Testament (1 - First Strike Still Deadly (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Testament Parts Ways With Bassist Greg Christian, Announces Return Of Steve DiGiorgio". 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  4. ^ a b O'Neill, Brian. First Strike Still Deadly at AllMusic