Testify - _Ballroom Killer/The Blitzkrieg Remixes_
(Van Richter, 1994)
by: Adrian Bromley (4 out of 10)
Not really being a big fan of remixes, I went into Testify's latest release, _Ballroom Killer/The Blitzkrieg Remixes_, with a bit of skepticism and uncertainty. Needless to say, I wasn't really that excited. This being the band's followup to their well-received debut, _Testify 01_, I was kind of disapointed and saddened by the minimal amount of work and sincerity put into this offering. I mean sure, some of the tracks sound a bit more 'out there' (allowing a different angle to a few of the debut's numbers) and a bit more polished (hell even moshable) with its heavy industrial, no-nonsense attitude, but they are still the same songs. Nothing really grabbing me here, even with two cover versions of Sweet's 'Ballroom Blitz'. I felt as though this band, which does cater quite a bit of its musical satisfaction vented through hardened industrial riffs, put themselves in a situation that didn't really harm them much (despite the fact that they should stick to their own material - or cover KMFDM.) And what this album did was leave them where they left off with their adequate debut. This band needs a heavy, industrial followup to go anywhere. If not, they will be left in the rubble of fellow industrial metal bands that succumbed to Trent Reznor's might. No need to be a NIN wannabe band right guys?

(article published 13/12/1995)

6/9/1996 A Bromley 7 Testify - Mmmyaooo
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