Testament - Dark Roots Of Earth


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Release date: 27 July 2012
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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Disc I
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

[Limited CD/DVD and vinyl edition bonus]
10. Dragon Attack [Queen cover]
11. Animal Magnetism [Scorpions cover]
12. Powerslave [Iron Maiden cover]
13. Throne Of Thorns [extended version]

[iTunes bonus]
14. A Day In The Death [feat. Chris Adler]

Line-up
Chuck Billy - vocals
Eric Peterson - rhythm & lead guitars, backing vocals
Alex Skolnick - lead & rhythm guitars
Greg Christian - bass

Session musicians
Eugene Victor "Gene" Hoglan II - drums

Guest musicians
Christopher James "Chris" Adler - drums

Additional info
The album is available in three configurations: CD, CD/DVD and vinyl with the latter two versions including four bonus tracks.

Recorded in the fall and winter of 2011 through 2012 at Driftwood Studios, Oakland, CA & Backstage Studios, Derby, UK.
Recorded and engineered by Andy Sneap.
Additional recordings by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios, Martinez, CA.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap with Testament.

Cover art and booklet by Eliran Kantor.
Cover art concept by Eric Peterson.

Staff review by
D.T. Metal
Rating:
8.7
Unfortunately the era of Bonded By Blood, Pleasure To Kill, and Agent Orange is long gone, but luckily Testament took a stab at nostalgia with their newest album Dark Roots Of Earth. And while The Formation Of Damnation, their 2008 release after an almost 9 year hiatus, was definitely a step into the right direction, it was a bit too modern sounding, and I actually didn't care for Chuck Billy's vocals on it.

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published 02.08.2012 | Comments (17)

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25.06.2012 - 12:17
Rating: 9
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Spirit Molecule on 25.06.2012 at 11:43
Sweet track, looking forward to the album even more now! Thanks for the link miss!


You're most welcome! It is a great song, the album should be awesome!
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27.06.2012 - 02:29
Unhealer
Eclecticist
^ Groovy track,. While not innovative or anything the album may be pretty cool after all.
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27.06.2012 - 14:28
Rating: 10
lord artan
I can't wait for this Legend band
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27.06.2012 - 15:28
Rating: 8
SexyCat_1113
So hopeful !!! old school tank !
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13.07.2012 - 22:21
Rating: 9
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Here's the new single "Native Blood" streaming in full!

http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Item/Testament_-_-Dark_Roots_Of_Earth-_2LP_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG001243

Awesome and badass are two very fitting adjectives for this!
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13.07.2012 - 22:28
Lit.
Account deleted
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.07.2012 at 22:21

Here's the new single "Native Blood" streaming in full!

http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Item/Testament_-_-Dark_Roots_Of_Earth-_2LP_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG001243

Awesome and badass are two very fitting adjectives for this!

I like that so much more than True American Hate. Now I'm looking forward this.
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14.07.2012 - 08:07
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.07.2012 at 22:21

Here's the new single "Native Blood" streaming in full!

http://store.nuclearblastusa.com/Item/Testament_-_-Dark_Roots_Of_Earth-_2LP_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG001243

Awesome and badass are two very fitting adjectives for this!


Chuck Billy sounds really fresh and good. Awesome track though. Will look forward to the album.
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14.07.2012 - 17:26
Silent Jay
I've been playing both songs quite a bit and im loving both of them! Right now im liking 'Native Blood' more than 'True American Hate' but both are absolutely killer. I'm hoping the rest of the album will be at least as good if not better. Seeing them at Bloodstock in a few weeks so pretty excited to see what new stuff they'll put into the set.
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15.07.2012 - 07:32
Rating: 10
Iron Nostarion
Maiden Whore
Okay I'm ready to be anally played for this to be released now.
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To their tombs the people are immured,
There is their gold, treasure and wealth,
The only condition is to ignore them,
Those who feed on corruption and weave death
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16.07.2012 - 05:43
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
That is a fucking sick album cover.
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Life was a commercial for itself, endlessly replayed.
Nothing changed, it just spread out farther and farther in the form of neon ooze.
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18.07.2012 - 18:27
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Lala la la......zippy power.

Testament Posts Samples Of Three New Songs From "Dark Roots Of Earth" out here.
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27.07.2012 - 15:41
Rating: 8
SexyCat_1113
Perfect and excited !!!:banger::thumbup:
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27.07.2012 - 18:09
Rating: 10
DarkRootsOfEarth
I can't believe my ears! I have waited for this album in almost 3 years, and they goes over my expectations! Album of the decade!
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27.07.2012 - 18:36
Unna Med
Awesome, the album is fucking awesome
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Hello?
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?
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27.07.2012 - 19:23
Rating: 9
Human Waste
Very Fucking IMpressive.......Hails To The Kings !.......
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28.07.2012 - 15:45
Rating: 6
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth
Well, this is quite meh; repetitive, overproduced and simply uninteresting
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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28.07.2012 - 16:01
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by K†ulu on 28.07.2012 at 15:45

Well, this is quite meh; repetitive, overproduced and simply uninteresting



Just heard it in its entirety for the third time and I totally agree with you, this one makes the previous one seem like a masterpiece (and that one was already immensely average)
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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28.07.2012 - 18:24
D.T. Metal
Admin
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.07.2012 at 16:01

Just heard it in its entirety for the third time and I totally agree with you, this one makes the previous one seem like a masterpiece (and that one was already immensely average)


hmmm,...i don't know man; 4 years in the making I think the new album is pretty good. Review pending
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28.07.2012 - 22:21
Rating: 5
Zaph
Phlegmish
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.07.2012 at 16:01

Just heard it in its entirety for the third time and I totally agree with you, this one makes the previous one seem like a masterpiece (and that one was already immensely average)

Haven't heard the entire thing yet, and I don't really think I will. Previous one was ok, but what I've heard of this one is really boring.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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29.07.2012 - 03:49
Rating: 6
PazuzuOvBabel
Pazuzu
Brace yourselves, Testament fan boys overrating this album are coming ...

DRoE lacks lot of aggression that was presented tFoD ... its a good listenable album in general, but when you compare it to other Testament albums, it fails .. I was so much looking for this to be thrash album of the year, now it looks like it barely can be called thrash
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29.07.2012 - 08:54
Void Eater
Account deleted
Metal nerds rejoice, for the Powerslave cover is not horrible!


Solid album overall, not gonna blow anybody away, but it's a good listen. Not disappointed in the slightest.
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29.07.2012 - 11:32
Silent Jay
Played it through a couple of times now. Was expecting a little more but overall is still a great album and worth the wait. The cover of Powerslave was pretty sweet.
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29.07.2012 - 11:43
Rating: 9
Angelic Storm
Melodious
I love the album now after a few listens, but it's definitely a grower, and most of the songs didn't blow me away when I first heard them. It's defintely better than TFOD which was a great album, but also dragged at times. There's not a lot of thrash on the album, so people hoping there was going to be a lot of that, will certainly be disappointed. But I love the Ritual, which is more commercial and less thrash than Dark Roots, so I don't have a problem with that. It's not a great thrash album, but it is a great heavy metal album.

Rise Up however, could have came off The New Order, that one's a great thrasher!
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29.07.2012 - 16:05
Reza
Account deleted
IMO there's nothing great or remarkable about this album. just mediocre ...
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29.07.2012 - 16:21
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Guest on 29.07.2012 at 16:05

IMO there's nothing great or remarkable about this album. just mediocre ...


You're lousy mediocre. >> Well, that's my opinion though.
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29.07.2012 - 20:07
Rating: 5
Zaph
Phlegmish
Written by Angelic Storm on 29.07.2012 at 11:43

Rise Up however, could have came off The New Order

Terribly sorry, but no.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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29.07.2012 - 21:05
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 29.07.2012 at 16:21
You're lousy mediocre. >> Well, that's my opinion though.

You're calling another user here lousy and mediocre because he posted his opinion? Please teach me how to be as cool as you.
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29.07.2012 - 22:03
Rating: 5
Marvel
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.07.2012 at 21:05

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 29.07.2012 at 16:21
You're lousy mediocre. >> Well, that's my opinion though.

You're calling another user here lousy and mediocre because he posted his opinion? Please teach me how to be as cool as you.

Well said I was wondering that too ! and expecting Reza to say something in retort ......
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29.07.2012 - 22:13
Rating: 9
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Zaph on 29.07.2012 at 20:07
Terribly sorry, but no.


I accept your apology, but still, it's yes.

@Cynic: A user bashing another user for giving a different opinion on an album? Wow, that's a rarity around here, and no mistake.
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29.07.2012 - 22:34
HORITOV
Quote:
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You're calling another user here lousy and mediocre because he posted his opinion? Please teach me how to be as cool as you.

Well said I was wondering that too ! and expecting Reza to say something in retort ......



mmyeeaah...this coming from the man with probably the least credibility in the history of the internet with regard to metal music (per reviews)...It was not a nice comment that he made, yet you have bolstered his arguement simply by disagreeing. fail
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