Testament is one of those bands that’s been around forever and will likely be around forever. Long after the sun has burned out and the Earth is a whiff of cosmic dust, Testament will still be out there somewhere making albums and playing shows. Frontman Chuck Billy has already survived a bout with cancer that was supposed to be terminal, so he’s pretty much indestructible.

“Return to Serenity” is the second-to-last track on the band’s 1992 album The Ritual, which was the first of their albums to reach out toward more progressive territory while still maintaining their roots in thrash metal. I’m not sure you can really describe it as a ballad because it’s still pretty heavy, but it’s definitely slower and more contemplative. I remember listening to this album–and particularly this song–over and over again on a rainy Saturday in the fall of 1997. It seemed to match the mood of that day, and that time, perfectly.

Twenty-two years after its release, “Return to Serenity” is still an amazing song that’s lost none of its punch. Here it is for you. Shabbat Shalom and happy Friday!

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