Low (Testament album)
|Studio album by Testament|
|Released||September 30, 1994|
|Studio||A&M Studios, Hollywood, California
Studio D, Sausalito, California
|Genre||Groove metal, thrash metal|
Burnt Offerings Inc. (1995)
|Singles from Low|
Low is the sixth studio album by American thrash metal band Testament. It was released on September 30, 1994. It was the first Testament release not to feature two of its founding members Alex Skolnick (guitar) and Louie Clemente (drums). On September 29, 2017, Metal Blade Records released the album on vinyl for the first time in the US along with the previous album The Ritual, limited to 1500 copies.
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), and three for artist James Murphy (guitar). 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.
Low is dedicated to Savatage guitarist Criss Oliva, who died while Testament was working on the album, and is thanked in the liner notes ("may Criss rest in peace"). Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick (who had left the band two years earlier) briefly replaced Oliva when Savatage was recording their eighth studio album Handful of Rain, which was released a month before Low.
Reception and legacy
Reviews for Low have generally been mixed. AllMusic's John Franck awards the album four stars out of five, and states, "Testament's sixth studio album literally saw the boys from the Bay Area fighting for their lives in the unfriendly surroundings of the alternative nation. Wisely, the band decided to try something completely different and join forces with Rage Against the Machine/Melvins producer GGGarth Richardson. With temporary drummer John Tempesta in place behind the skins, the band began tracking at A&M studios in Los Angeles. Wanting to return to the no-holds-barred yet musically challenging sounds of works past, the GGGarth teaming proved to be the perfect fodder necessary for Testament to regain their confidence."
Low failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of Testament's previous albums, peaking at #122 on the Billboard 200, the band's second lowest chart position after 1988's The New Order, which debuted at #136. "Low" and "Dog Faced Gods" were released as singles to promote the album, but did not chart. However, "Low" and the cover version of Scorpions' "Sails of Charon" (which appears as a B-side of "Dog Faced Gods") received regular airplay on modern rock stations, the most notable being KNAC.
|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|
|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 (Instrumental)"||Christian, Peterson||2:41|
|US Billboard 200||122|
|Oricon Albums Chart||77|
- Chuck Billy: vocals
- Eric Peterson: lead and rhythm guitar
- James Murphy: lead and rhythm guitar
- Greg Christian: bass
- John Tempesta: drums
- Dave McKean: album cover artwork
- Michael Wagener: mixer
- Bill Kennedy: recording engineer
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