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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #11 – Nobody’s Fault

testament-the-new-orderWhen The New Order first came out in 1988, I was a fledgling metalhead.  My world was exploding with all kinds of headbanging bands especially the ones from L.A. and the Bay Area.  On that beloved album, for which I went through two whole cassette tapes, was a cover of Aerosmith’s Nobody’s Fault.  Funny thing is that I never knew it was a cover, but even when I was blasting this tape on my dual cassette boombox, the song seemed out-of-place from the rest of the album.  I figured it was a cover, but it took a while for me to figure it out even though the liner notes (I think) said Perry and Tyler.  I was not a fan of Aerosmith and barely knew what they were up to.

Probably one of the main reasons I never heard the original song is because I was three years old when it was released.  It comes off the Aerosmith album Rocks released in 1976.  Hearing Testament cover it was the first time I ever heard it; and obviously I still dig it.  I like the video they did for it as well.

This is the cover from the fine 1988 Testament album, The New Order.

Here is the original I never knew existed off the album Rocks by Aerosmith.

Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #20-16

As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 20.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us close to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Album of the Week – The New Order – 5 March 11

I remember having to purchase Testament’s The New Order more than once.  Back in 1988 cassette tapes still ruled the music world.  When I bought The New Order for the second time I fondly remember hurrying home on my bike excited to hear it crystal clear again.  The first tape got so worn out that it started to sound horrible; thank goodness for CDs.  Anyway, I put The New Order (Round II) in and my cassette player ate the tape.  That’s a pretty crushing experience when you are a disenfranchised youth who just wants metal.  I managed to salvage the tape, but Eerie Inhabitants was slightly impaired during the intro.  I do have it on CD now and would love for a remix.

Testament could have been one of the Big Four.  I have read some blogs where people say Anthrax should have been out and Testament should have been in.   They could be right, but I am not here to argue that point.  I will say that if there was a second Big Four, Testament is definitely one of the bands that should be on that list along with Overkill.

The New Order is a solid metal album.  It is racked with pounding tracks from beginning to end.  Some of my favorite tracks are Trial By Fire, Into The Pit, The New Order, and Musical Death (A Dirge).  Chuck Billy’s growls were haunting and Alex Skolnick’s melodies gave Testament that edge over other metal bands at the time.  The New Order also marked kind of turning point in Testament’s career.  When the next album, Practice What You Preach, was released something noticeable happened; Chuck Billy was singing…and it was good. 

Testament’s latest album, The Formation of Damnation was released in 2008 and it is definitely a back to roots album.  The growls are back, Alex Skolnick was back and so was the aggression Testament was known for.  I got a chance to see Testament in 2008 when they opened for Megadeth and Judas Priest; it was quite a treat unfortunately the set was too short.  It’s great to see them still at it a couple of decades into their musical career.

The New Order is perhaps my favorite Testament album.  I would love to have a chance to see them perform it live someday since that seems to be a trend lately.   In the future I would love to see some of those classic albums remixed and re-released.

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