First Strike Still Deadly; some people like the heavier sound it has compared to the original versions of the songs, while others feel it's very unpolished and lacked the "oomph" the older recordings had.
Souls Of Black for its rushed production.
The Ritual for its hard rock leanings.
Low for its slightly slower tempos and darker groove metal sound.
Demonic for its mid-paced groove/death metal style.
Even The Gathering gets this, to some extent, due to the band's unstable lineup at the time.
Practice What You Preach was this compared to The New Order. Although it was more commercially successful, it didn't have the same critical acclaim as its predecessor and had a weaker track listing.
Brotherhood of the Snake was this compared to Dark Roots of Earth. Although it's just as heavy as its predecessor, Dark Roots set the standard for any Testament album that comes after it.
Win Back the Crowd: Testament has seen a resurgence of popularity after Chuck Billy's victory over cancer and a string of unsuccessful albums. The Formation of Damnation was released in 2008 and was met with positive reception from the fanbase. The album has one of the band's most played songs live in the form of "More Than Meets the Eye" which made a video game cameo in Brütal Legend. Dark Roots of Earth followed that album and proved to be even more successful, peaking at #12 on the Billboard 200 spawning iconic songs such as "Rise Up", "True American Hate" and "Native Blood".