Going into the new Testament album didn’t give me super high hopes. If you recall, Brotherhood Of The Snake was my least favorite record of theirs to date, which was especially shocking after two albums that I view as excellent. Titans Of Creation dropped some ideas ahead of time with what to expect, which was alright, but it didn’t sell me. What I can say, however, is that the melodies here are definitely stronger than what came four years earlier.
A big thing to keep in mind is that Titans Of Creation is extremely top-heavy; all of the strong tunes are within the first half of the record. “Dream Deceiver” has an incredible chorus, backed by blasting spurts of riffing. The solo here holds onto that same sequence, and it’s a very smooth one. “City Of Angels” hints at a calmer song, giving off vibes of a slow-breather, before it breaks into harder riffing and attitude. It also lets on Eric Peterson’s blackened vocals, which I’m not a huge fan of, but I can overlook sometimes. The single “Night Of The Witch” does this too, as well as a few others. These songs themselves are fine, and I love the rhythm section, but I can’t get behind those sections as easily.
You can also bet you’ll find the continued use of weird song titles. “Children Of The Next Level” is one of those, another one on the front side that’s serviceable and does a solid job at making a longer and more webbed layout. Unfortunately, after the first half, this album begins to roll on and on and get progressively more boring. It certainly does not need to be almost an hour long. “Code Of Hammurabi” is flat out annoying, and the chorus here is very unflattering. “Curse Of Osiris” may as well be a black metal song, as Eric’s vocals and blast beats are laid down the hardest. That’s all well and good, but it hardly fits, especially with such a clean production.
Ultimately, I do see this as a slight step up from the previous disc, if only by a little. At least this time, some standout moments are worthwhile, and Chuck’s melodies are clear. I can’t say that the whole thing is worth hearing more than once, especially if you’re not a huge Testament fan as is. Had they trimmed out a good twenty minutes of it, and maybe loosened the reins, it likely would have been better.
Titans Of Creation came out on April 3rd, 2020, through Nuclear Blast. Find your preferred copy here.