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Dark Roots of Earth

July 31, 2012

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:16:14
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  • ASIN: B008MJC6ZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,719 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I will say it took a couple of listens to get into this album.
J. Zugg
Sounds like good ol' Testament - great recording quality, awesome new songs, great covers, too!
Chris Meurer
This is one of, if not the absolute best thrash metal album of the year.
Asa Bunnett

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Gentlegiantprog on July 31, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on July 31, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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 By Brian Nallick TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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.
Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Emperor Buyer on August 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I guess some people like these newer retro-thrash outfits, but I find them all painfully boring. This is what thrash should be. These guys still have it, still make it. Great guitar sound. Chuck's vocals are special. It's difficult actually singing and being brutal at the same time yet he does this magnificently. Modern guitar players can't write solos for s...h....i....t. Alex makes them interesting. they should stand alone without the other music, and it does. I've been into metal since the year 1984. Yes, I'm an older dude, and I've listened to a bit of everything. This is how it's done.
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