The New Order
The New Order
Album info
ReleaseMay 5, 1988[1]
Recorded1987-88 at Pyramid Sound Studios, Ithaca, New York
GenreThrash metal
ProducerAlex Perialas

The New Order is the second album by American thrash metal band Testament, released on May 10, 1988.


The New Order was the album that broke Testament into the thrash metal mainstream, with singles "Trial by Fire" (which featured a music video, as did "Nobody's Fault", which is a cover of Aerosmith) and "The Preacher". This success would only grow with their next album Practice What You Preach. The New Order was also the first Testament album to enter the Billboard 200, reaching number 136 on that chart. The album contains many songs that the band still plays live to this day including "Into the Pit", "The Preacher", "The New Order", and "Trial by Fire". By 1990, The New Order had sold over 250,000 copies in the U.S.[2]


Reviews for The New Order have generally been favorable. Allmusic's Alex Henderson awards the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, and claims that Testament "delivered its best offering ever" and describes it as "every bit as brutally forceful as The Legacy." He also called the album the "ideal choice."[3]

The New Order entered the Billboard 200 album charts in August 1988, three months after its release.[4] The album peaked at number 136 and remained on the chart for thirteen weeks, making it Testament's longest run so far.[5] "Trial By Fire" and "The Preacher" were released as singles, but neither of them charted.

Touring and promotionEdit

Testament toured for three months to promote The New Order. They toured Europe shortly after its release alongside thrash acts Megadeth, Sanctuary, Flotsam and Jetsam and Nuclear Assault.[6] This was followed by a summer U.S. tour, which featured support from Vio-Lence, Forbidden, Voivod, Sanctuary, Destruction, Overkill, Nuclear Assault, Carnivore, Death Angel, Atheist and Potential Threat.[6] They toured Europe again in August, replacing Megadeth on the Monsters of Rock tour. After playing two shows in San Francisco in December 1988, and one show with Heathen at the Country Club in Reseda in January 1989,[6] Testament began work on their third studio album Practice What You Preach.

Track listingEdit

# Track title Length
1. "Eerie Inhabitants" Alex Skolnick, Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson Peterson, Skolnick 5:06
2. "The New Order" Skolnick, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson 4:25
3. "Trial by Fire" Billy, Skolnick, Peterson Peterson, Skolnick 4:14
4. "Into the Pit" Billy, Skolnick, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson 2:46
5. "Hypnosis" Instrumental Skolnick, Peterson 2:04
6. "Disciples of the Watch" Billy, Skolnick, Peterson Skolnick, Peterson 5:05
7. "The Preacher" Billy, Skolnick Skolnick, Peterson 3:37
8. "Nobody's Fault" (Aerosmith Cover) Steven Tyler Tyler, Brad Whitford 3:57
9. "A Day of Reckoning" Billy Peterson, Skolnick 4:00
10. "Musical Death (A Dirge)" Instrumental Peterson, Skolnick 4:05



  • Tom Coyne - mastering
  • Robert Hunter - assistant engineer
  • Alex Perialas - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Jon Zazula - executive producer
  • Marsha Zazula - executive producer
  • Andy Meyn - photography
  • William Benson - artwork


Chart (1988) Peak
The Billboard 200 136
German Albums Chart 49[7]


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  4. [[[:Template:BillboardURLbyName]] The New Order - Testament]. Billboard. Retrieved on 2012-07-27.
  5. [[[:Template:BillboardURLbyName]] Testament Album & Song Chart History]. Billboard. Retrieved on 2012-07-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Legacy / Testament Shows. Metallipromo. Retrieved on 2014-03-15.
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