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Dark Roots of Thrash (dvd/2-cd) [CD+DVD, Live]

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 (October 29, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Live
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
2. Rise Up (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
3. More Than Meets the Eye (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
4. Burnt Offerings (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
5. Native Blood (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
6. True American Hate (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
7. Dark Roots of Earth (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
8. Into the Pit (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
9. Practice What You Preach (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
10. Riding the Snake (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
11. Eyes of Wrath (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
12. Trial by Fire (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
13. The Haunting (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
14. The New Order (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
15. D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate) [Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York]
16. Three Days in Darkness (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
17. The Formation of Damnation (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
18. Over the Wall (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)
19. Disciples of the Watch (Live @ Paramount Theatre, Huntington, New York)

Editorial Reviews

2013 three disc (two CD + DVD) set documenting the Bay Area veterans' sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY in February. Dark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones and mixed by Juan Urteaga. It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you're a part of the show!

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Strike, Still Deadly October 29, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Could Testament have picked a better time to put out a live album? "Dark Roots of Earth" was such a fantastic release, it only makes perfect sense they'd document the tour for it, and this gets it done perfectly. This concert features four of the best tracks from it, "Rise Up", "Native Blood", "True American Hate", and the title track, all four coming on the first disc. Having served up this much of their newest full-length, Testament concentrates on their older catalog for much of the set's remainder, playing tracks from several of their most popular albums (excluding "Souls of Black", "The Ritual", "Low" and "Demonic"). "The Legacy" is represented by "Burnt Offerings", "The Haunting", and "Over the Wall". From "The New Order", they play "Into the Pit", "Trial By Fire", the title track, and "Disciples of the Watch". The title track to "Practice What You Preach" is included. Next up are four songs from "The Gathering"; "Riding the Snake", "Eyes of Wrath", "D.N.R.", and "Three Days in Darkness." Finally, from "The Formation of Damnation", they offer "More Than Meets the Eye" and the title track.

While there are some songs from the excluded albums I'd love to hear, like the title track to "Souls of Black" or "Dog Faced Gods" from "Low", I'm happy with the set list. Eighteen of Testament's best songs are tough to criticize, and again, the timing couldn't be better. What makes this release stand out, though, is the coupling of Testament's professional proficiency and sheer ferocity onstage. No band sounds better than Testament live, and it's been that way since they started. The instrumentation is spot on, and Chuck Billy sounds EXACTLY the same live as he does in the studio. For most of this release, you would swear you're listening to the regular album versions of these songs.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Better than Live in London October 30, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is what I was hoping for from the resurgent Testament.

I got Testament Live in London and was frustrated with the camera editing. As is so often the case with music videos, the video editor in Live in London 1) did not know where to focus the camera during various parts of the song, such as the guitar solos, 2) the video editor in Live in London felt the need to change camera angles to the beat. This gets very distracting. The Dark Roots of Thrash video was obviously done by a fan who avoided both these pitfalls. The crowd is also very good, and the camera shots of the headbanging and the pit are good. (One suggestion, someone should do a helmet cam in the pit!) There are quick edits of camera angles, but I did not find them distracting - to get an example of the editing style of the video, check out the Rise Up! video on youtube. The first reviewer did not like the minor video slow motion and other effects - I can say they were kept to a minimum and I liked them - they were very lightly used and did not distract from the songs or the show. And note that I am very sensitive to bad video editing.

For reference, you can check out Rise Up! on You Tube which is the first song off of this release. Some in the comments have criticized the mixing as "too polished" for Testament -- but actually, that is one of the main reasons that I did not get into Testament earlier - I always thought their mixing was too mid-rangy -- But their last two albums have been great, so I have been getting into their back catalogue. With this perspective in mind, I think the polish in the mix is a welcome thing - it allows you to enjoy the musicianship of this band. Now understand that this is concert flat out thrash --- so I am assuming you want your metal heavy and fast. The audio mix is excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TESTAMENT THRASH AT IT'S BEST! November 3, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got to admit that I bought this one only for the DVD and I was not disappointed. The sound is studio quality. The performances are fantastic. I really like the song selection also. The 'Live In London' was an excellent selection of older Testament stuff. This is more of a total catalog of Testament tunes. I really wanted to hear and see a mix of newer stuff with older thrashers. I know everyone can think of a Testament song that's not represented here but I thought they made good choices for a full concert. This is worth every extra penny to have the DVD included. The sound is just stereo but it sounds even better than 'Live In London', which I thoroughly enjoyed. Besides, don't most 5 channel receivers have multi-channel stereo or 5 channel enhancement? Get this, it's TESTAMENT at their best!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray is the way to go November 19, 2013
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
There's no page for the Blu-Ray/CD version, so I'm stuck reviewing it here even though that's what the review is for, not the DVD/CD version. I got it from an ebay seller in England, only took a couple of weeks to show up in my possession. I had reservations about the steelbook because I had heard horror stories with a lot of discs getting scratched in steelbooks especially one of the Halo videogames when it first came out. When I checked it out, everything was perfect, and what a beautiful case it is. The CD's sound excellent, though the Blu-Ray is what I really paid for. Sound and picture quality are top-notch. 1080p, stereo sound only. No DTS, but I never found it to my liking anyway with concerts. Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation, Exodus) did an awesome job with the live audio mix, even better than Machine Head's latest live album that he also mixed. If you own Blu-Ray and you're a fan of Testament or metal in general, get this. It's region 0, you should have no difficulty watching it. It's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true Testament to... Testament!
Hell yes...

With little more to say then, "GAWD DAYUM!" Testament delivers on all cylinders. If you like metal. If you like thrash. If you like LIVE music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pixxlethepally
5.0 out of 5 stars they dvd is take worth
It's a amazing great live dvd, i loved long time ago they metal music..around world show really good live!! so I like it dvd
Published 1 month ago by Jong Soo,Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars testament RULES
This is one of the best concert DVD's I have ever seen!!! The sound, camera angles (including the split screen stuff),and set list are outstanding - CHECK THIS OUT FOR SURE
Published 1 month ago by John Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars One
Of the very reasons as to why I say that Metallica has sucked since their Master of Puppets CD.
I think that they blew them away on the Fantastic Four tour and this proves it.
Published 1 month ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!!
Teastament kicking some ass !!! Excellent dvd/cd !!! Sound quality is superior on the live and the overall.
If you like Testament , it is a must own !!!
Published 2 months ago by Claaberules
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
This is an awesome DVD. The setlist, performance, audio, visual aspects, everything is superb!! If you are a fan of Testament, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Troy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!!
These guys still have it! I strongly urge you to buy this if you like hardcore thrash metal! Testament rules!
Published 3 months ago by Thomas V. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars This cd/dvd kicks ass,audio and videi excellent
Picture and sound excellent....play the DVD on my TV while cranking it up thru my stereo, had a party the other night for Christmas and put it on, had everyone digging it
Published 3 months ago by mike pomponio
5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE-METAL AT ITS BEST
Full satisfaction, fat sound! What more to expect? A great live album, no doubt about it! Testament rules! Buy it!
Published 4 months ago by Rainer Nicklas
5.0 out of 5 stars Tesament DVD
Tesament has ALWAYS been one of the BEST live bands in the world! So, no suprises here.They've always been the band with the best musicionship also! Man can these guys play!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by vrkronos
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I hope the rest of the video doesn't look like "Rise Up!"
Second Video is up, "Native Blood", very similar in style, quick cuts, strobe, multi-camera on screen at once. From what I have read the concert is very over produced and flashy, considering this is Testament we are talking about 'lol' BUT the reviews have been Very Positive! I am so... Read more
Oct 16, 2013 by WeaponX |  See all 10 posts
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