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Band
Testament
Title
Dark Roots of Earth
Type
LP/EP
Company
Nuclear Blast
YOR
2012
Style
Thrash
8/18/2012 - Review by: Greg Watson

Testament
Dark Roots Of Earth

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2012
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: ChaosLord

  • A return to a somewhat older style



  • Titans of thrash, Testament, return with Dark Roots of Earth the follow up to 2008's Formation of Damnation. To say that waiting on this album was an exercise in patience would be an understatement but the wait was definitely worth it.

    Dark Roots showcases a trip back to the Practice What You Preach era in the form of Chuck Billy's vocals. While his growling is still present throughout, Billy has gone back to singing songs and I must say, he sounds better than ever. His delivery and tenor on songs like Dark Roots of Earth, Cold Embrace and A Day in the Death send chills up your spine and really shows that he has been working on his clean vocal styling while still growling like a caged beast. To complement his vocals, the band continues on with their more modern musical sound. Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick offer a dynamic duo capable of making Downing/Tipton and Murray/Smith proud. Each guitarist feeds of the other and both show that they still have plenty of metal chops left.

    The album features a ballad, Cold Embrace, that is very reminiscent of The Ballad off Practice and is something that I have missed from the band for a long time. Throne of Thorns however, is my favorite track off the album as it has melody, heavy riffage, fantastic solos and is the quintessential Testament track. The production on the album is phenomenal and really is done incredibly well to tie everything together.

    If you're looking to spend a few extra bucks, go out and pick up the deluxe edition. The deluxe package features 4 bonus tracks, 3 of which are covers of the Scorpions' "Animal Magnetism", Queen's "Dragon Attack" and Maiden's "Powerslave". There is also an extended version of Throne of Thorns as well. In addition to the bonus tracks, you get a DVD chock full of metal magic--a look at the making of the album, a live performance at the Avalon and for the gearheads out there, a gear check with Eric and Alex.

    This album is the best Testament album since Low was released and with the return to a somewhat older style, I am very excited for the next chapter of Testament. So bangers, go out and pick up your copy of Dark Roots of Earth, you won't be sorry!


    7/31/2012 10:37:29 AM - Review by: Chris Kincaid
    It took 4 years but the follow up to "Formation of Damnation" was worth the wait! Tracks like 'Native Blood', 'True American Hate', 'A Day In The Death', 'Man Kills Mankind' and 'Throne of Thorns' are pure Testament with pounding riffs, Skolnick's legato licks and Chuck roaring like a beast that's been unleashed. 'Cold Embrace', a ballad, on the other hand is the only weak spot and feels out of place in this grim sea of twisted tales about war, death and chaos. Go for broke and get the deluxe edition CD/DVD combo. It has cool covers of Scorpions 'Animal Magnetism', Queens 'Dragon Attack' and Maiden's 'Powerslave'.
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    ENJOYMENT
    MUSIC
    VOCALS
    PRODUCTION
    ARTWORK
    LYRICS


    • 2 :REVIEW COUNT
      4 :AVE RATING

    ALL REVIEWS FOR: TESTAMENT
    TITLE
    DOR
    COMPANY
    REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
    Brotherhood of the Snake
    2016
    Nuclear Blast
    Eric Compton1/19/2017
    4.5
    Dark Roots of Earth
    2012
    Nuclear Blast
    Chris Kincaid7/31/2012
    4
    Dark Roots of Earth
    2012
    Nuclear Blast
    Greg Watson8/18/2012
    4
    Dark Roots of Thrash
    2013
    Nuclear Blast
    Vinaya Saksena10/18/2013
    4
    Dark Roots of Thrash
    2013
    Nuclear Blast
    Greg Watson10/31/2013
    5
    Live In London
    2005
    Spitfire
    Ken Pierce11/8/2005
    -
    Seen Between The Lines
    2005
    Megaforce
    Ken Pierce7/25/2005
    3.5
    The Formation of Damnation
    2008
    Nuclear Blast
    Hail and Kill8/22/2008
    5

    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: TESTAMENT
    INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
    Eric PetersonGreg Watson3/2/2012


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