The Ritual (Testament album)

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The Ritual
Testament - The Ritual.jpg
Studio album by Testament
Released May 15, 1992[1]
Recorded 1991–1992
Studio One On One Recording, Los Angeles, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 54:24
Label Atlantic, Megaforce
Producer Tony Platt
Testament chronology
Souls of Black
(1990)
The Ritual
(1992)
Return to the Apocalyptic City
(1993)
Singles from The Ritual
  1. "Electric Crown"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Return to Serenity"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

The Ritual is the fifth album by the American heavy metal band Testament. It was released in 1992 on Atlantic/Megaforce Records.

Background[edit]

The Ritual was the last studio album to include drummer Louie Clemente, and also guitarist Alex Skolnick's last album until he rejoined the band in 2005. On the record, Testament began exploring a more slower and melodic approach while still maintaining their thrash roots.

Reception[edit]

The album was a minor success, making it to #55 on the Billboard 200. This would be Testament's highest position in their career, until 2012's Dark Roots of Earth, which reached number twelve on the same chart. The record also spawned the band's only charting single "Return to Serenity", which reached number 22 on Mainstream Rock Tracks. As of June 2007, The Ritual had sold 485,000 copies in the U.S, 15,000 short of Gold Certification.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Signs of Chaos" Alex Skolnick 0:30
2. "Electric Crown" Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Skolnick 5:31
3. "So Many Lies" Billy, Del James, Peterson, Skolnick 6:04
4. "Let Go of My World" Billy, James, Peterson 3:45
5. "The Ritual" Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick 7:34
6. "Deadline" Billy, Skolnick 4:47
7. "As the Seasons Grey" Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick 6:16
8. "Agony" Billy, James, Peterson 4:07
9. "The Sermon" Billy, James, Peterson 4:48
10. "Return to Serenity" Billy, James, Peterson 6:25
11. "Troubled Dreams" Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick 5:14

Credits[edit]

Additional[edit]

  • Shawn Crosby - additional vocals (as stated in the album's liner notes)
  • William Benson - Album cover artwork


Production[edit]

  • Arranged by Testament
  • Produced and recorded by Tony Platt
  • Recorded at One on One Studios; assisted by Ulrich Wild
  • Mixed by Nigel Green at Battery Studios
  • Assistant Mix Engineer: Sarah Bedingham
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound
  • "Signs of Chaos", "Electric Crown" and "Deadline" published by COTLOD Music/Zomba Enterprises, Inc. All other songs published by COTLOD Music/Zomba Enterprises, Inc./Mamatoneck Music/Virgin Songs, Inc.



Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
The Billboard 200 55[citation needed]
Oricon Albums Chart 58[3]
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 48

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Return to Serenity" Album Rock Tracks 22[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Testament - The Ritual - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2017-01-23. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ June 27, 2007 (2007-06-27). "Testament Frontman: 'The Timing Is Right For This Band Again'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  3. ^ テスタメントてすためんと. "儀式 | テスタメント | ORICON NEWS". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Testament | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved January 2, 2016.