|1. Practice What You Preach|
|2. Perilous Nation|
|3. Envy Life|
|4. Time Is Coming|
|5. Blessed In Contempt|
|6. Greenhouse Effect|
|7. Sins Of Omission|
|8. The Ballad|
|9. Nightmare (Coming Back To You)|
|10. Confusion Fusion|
The standout tracks on this album, for me, are: "Practice What You Preach," "Perilous Nation" (which has a nifty, jazzy little outro), "Sins of Omission" (an awesome, frantic thrash song), "The Ballad" (a nice acoutic bit that builds up to a great heavy ending), and "Nightmare (Coming Back to You)" (a blast of thrash).
The guitars, while generally going for that coveted late-80s "heaviest of metal" (insert sign of the devil here) sound, always maintain a subconsciously jazzy edge and Chuck Billy's voice is a nice compliment to them. The only thing I might have ever had a tiny gripe about was the "clickety"-ness of the kick drums. It would have been nice to put a little bass in there.
Overall, though, Practice What You Preach belongs on the shelf next to Master of Puppets, Peace Sells...but Who's Buying?, and Among the Living as some of great early thrash albums.
Get it if ya ain't got it!
Such as it is, this record can only be recommended to 2 categories of listeners: 1) those who love thrash and want to explore every bit of it, and 2) those who feel cheated by Metallica's evolution in the 90s. Oh, and to dedicated Testament fans too. After all, this is a quality, if a little unoriginal thrash-metal.
The title track is very good stuff. Read more