At this stage of their lives, Testament could be forgiven for moving away from those trademark heavy roots.
Thankfully, though, there’s no sign of these veterans losing commitment to full-on, riotous music.
This album thunders along right from opener Children Of The Next Level, as vocalist Chuck Billy roars with typical bullishness, complemented by guitarists Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, who swoop and snarl in tandem
There’s no respite as power surges through WWIII, Dream Deceiver and The Healers, yet occasionally they do head for fresh territory, as on the black metal-influenced tornado of Night Of The Witch and the doom stylings of City Of Angels.
There’s also the instrumental mastery on Symptoms, highlighting the tormented lyrics concerning mental illness – so appropriate in the current age.
Titans Of Creation is a peerless example of Testament’s craft, and among their best albums in a 30-plus-year recording career.