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Dark Roots of Earth [Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, CD+DVD]

TestamentAudio CD
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Testament was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980's. Undoubtedly, they are the inventors of the thrash-metal wheel. Testament’s powerful sound, influence, and longevity make them one of the Top 5 All-Time Legendary Thrash Metal Bands, putting them in the company of Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax.

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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, CD+DVD
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B0089LT8Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD. 2012 album from the veteran California Thrash Metal band. Testament are one of the few living legends of the Thrash scene who are able to evoke the same strong emotions as they did in the 80s and who truly grow with each album. The album was produced by Andy Sneap, who mixed and engineered the band's previous two studio albums. The artwork was created by Eliran Kantor. This album saw a reunion with former drummer Gene Hoglan (who previously appeared on the band's 1997 album Demonic); during the recording, he filled in for Paul Bostaph due to his "serious injury". Chris Adler of Lamb of God provided drum tracks as well.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Testament - Dark Roots Of Earth July 31, 2012
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Dark Roots Of Earth is the tenth full-length studio album by the legendary San Franciscan Bay Area Thrash Metal band Testament. It was released on Nuclear Blast in the summer of 2012, following up 2008's critically acclaimed The Formation Of Damnation album. Like that album and indeed also its 1999 predecessor, The Gathering, the album was produced by the famous British producer Andy Sneap.

There was a bit of background intrigue regarding the album's drummer in as much as that although the excellent and underrated Paul Bostaph was still a member of the band just before the time of the album's writing, due to an injury, the drums on the album where actually played by another former Testament band member (and member or contributor with dozens of respected and influential bands) Gene Hoglan. Consequently the album has quite a different feel, as far as the drumming goes, to The Formation Of Damnation.

Interestingly, the band also worked with Lamb Of God's Chris Addler on this record, but his tracks didn't end up on the standard version of the album, although his version of the track `A Day In Death' can be bought separately online.

Stylistically speaking, Dark Roots Of Earth very much continues in the path set by the previous two Testament albums, mixing elements of their classic Thrash sound with some elements of their more Death Metal influenced mid period, toned down. The result is an album that has songs with the occasional use of Death-vocals like 1997's Demonic album, sharing song-time with melodic singing and guitar harmonies like 1989's Practice What You Preach album or even perhaps 1992's The Ritual, as well as the somewhat controversial new usage of Blast Beats.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Testament at the height of their powers July 31, 2012
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It's been four years since Testament's comeback album The Formation of Damnation. If you enjoyed that one for whatever reasons, be prepared to be blown away by Dark Roots of Earth.

The new album finds the band crafting a sonic thrash metal masterpiece, putting more emphasis on extended melodic guitar solos, intricate arrangements, powerful rhythm work, and excellent vocals. The songs are complex yet very easy to enjoy at the same time because the band has amassed so many immortal melodies this time around. The songs are also more homogenous but varied, involving plenty of complex passages laced with melodic twin guitar harmonies, fiery lead riffs, and stomping rhythmic anchors. Chuck Billy utilizes his full spectrum of vocal talents here. He goes for the clean singing as well as his instantly recognizable throaty delivery that borders on roaring and screaming.

The rhythmic tandem on the album is amazing. Gene Hoglan returns to the band after 1997's Demonic and puts in an awesome performance. His drum tone is full and organic. His style is quite different from Paul Bostaph's; he engages in more intricate fills and even adds some twisted blast beats to the mix on songs like "Native Blood" and "True American Hate," two of the album's most aggressive numbers. Hoglan grooves and thrashes with ease, and the addition of blast beats certainly lends the pieces an extra dimension. Greg Christian's bass tone is perhaps just about the best tone he has ever had (thanks to Andy Sneap's meticulous production). The song "A Day in the Death" might be the album's highpoint from a compositional standpoint.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Testament rises again. August 6, 2012
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I've been a Testament fan since The Legacy.
After releasing five stunning albums both lead guitarist Alex Skolnick and drummer Louie Clemente jumped ship.
Multiple lineup changes and three more albums under their belts we find the original guitarist rejoining on the last album.
So now that the new lineup has had some time to settle how does the new album stand up?
Well, it's not Formation, it's definitely more like classic Testament.
If you liked the first five albums then you'll like this one.
Superb production.
Killer drumming.
Brilliant lead work from Eric and Alex.
The bass is actually audible and is excellent.
Chuck Billy turns in one of his most powerful performances to date.
If you're looking for another Demonic then you might want to preview this one first.
Classic Testament the whole way.
No weak tracks and some killer bonus tracks as well.
A dream come true for an old school fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of The Ritual in a great way August 12, 2012
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I'm not sure what's happenign with these bands I loved in high school cooming back and making great records, but I am a happy camper. Dar ROot sof the Earth is just a good listen from start to finish, Testament has been able to adapt to the times and as continued to put out great records, I think Low was a significant change in their style that brought them to a little more modern sound, but Dark Roots really embraces their classic sound and Chuck's current voice in a way that's hard to describe, you've just gotta listen, if you are a Testament fan you need to get this one, it is an instant classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by Amazonian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is probably the best recording Testament has ever made! Simply brilliant!
Published 1 month ago by Enrique
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Love the album it's another great one from testament
Published 2 months ago by Steven P. Sanderson
4.0 out of 5 stars but enjoyed this CD a lot
New to testament, but enjoyed this CD a lot ! I'm a huge MEGADETH fan ,and this is a great change up!
Published 3 months ago by richking13
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
ok, nothing special
Published 3 months ago by Jason Stilwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Testament album in over a decade
I haven't heard anything this good from Testament since "Low" back in the 90s, and this probably beats that one too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Wolstenholme
3.0 out of 5 stars should be better
Testament confuses me. They've have/had great musicians in the band and I dig Chuck Billy. Still their stuff always seems to be missing something you can't put your finger on. Read more
Published 5 months ago by snaggleteeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust in the real Bible
This group is always guaranteed rock. No Sissy love songs like that crap group Led Zeppelin. Go Guitar and death metal
Published 5 months ago by Unkl Whiskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic from the Legends
I will say it took a couple of listens to get into this album. When The Formation of Damnation came out it instantly hit home with me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Zugg
5.0 out of 5 stars Longtime Testament Fan
Didn't listen to these guys in the longest time, last album i heard was Electric Crown, but i don't know why i stopped, this album is Incredible and is a MUST for anyone who still... Read more
Published 5 months ago by nelsonq
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What is a thrash-metal wheel?
I would say it is anything up to and including the bands that innovated and or started the genre. Mostly thrash came from a mix of NWOBHM bands like Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Angel Witch and punk like The Misfits, Black Flag, Minor Threat and Agnostic Front. Thrash metal wheel is... Read More
Jul 13, 2012 by L. Bazan |  See all 5 posts
new fan

Are you into 80's thrash? Then get their first two albums: The Legacy, and The New Order. Even if you're not into 80's thrash, get them anyways because they're too good for you to miss out on.

Something less thrashy, on the lighter side, yet catchy and still heavy metal? Get... The... Read More
Sep 5, 2012 by HeX |  See all 2 posts
Deluxe Version?
The IMPORT does appear to be the deluxe version. The audio disc contains some bonus tracks. The track names and how many bonus tracks there are remain unknown at this point. The Import Deluxe edition also contains a DVD in addition to the audio CD, therefore it is a two disc set. I did some... Read More
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