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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
quick recap of the stand outs.....
rise up - this song will melt the speakers right out of your car. chuck's voice when he screams "Waaaaar" is just crazy, nasty, metal at its best.
native blood - great song. the riffs are awesome.
dark roots - the music is great but chuck's vocals and lyrics really put this song over the top.
true american hate - will this be the new "over the wall"? incredible song. drumming is awesome!
a day in the death - more great riffs from alex and eric
cold embrace - eerie song that gets really heavy. chuck does some interesting vocals here.
man kills mankind - a great "anthem"... you will be singing this one... such a great song for track 8... no filler on this album!
throne of thorns - another killer, a galloping master piece... your speakers will be dust after this one
Last Stand for Independence - another great song thats at the end of the album !
dragon attack - interesting cover
animal magnetism - dark, dark, dark
power slave - the guys hit this one out of the park... what's better than testament doing a maiden song... i can die now
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Great album Very trash metal music, one of the best bands from those era, Cheap and fast delivery.Published 15 days ago by Renni Sixx
I liked this record a lot better than "Formation of Damnation," which is quite possibly my least favorite Testament album. Read morePublished 3 months ago by dvb123
Never heard of Testament until a coworker told me about them ans when I listened to the first song on the album I was headbanging.Published 5 months ago by Samuel Potts
Awesome CD! Very satisfied with my purchase. Would definitely recommend seller to others. Great customer service.Published 8 months ago by tengelking