Dark Roots of Thrash
Dark Roots of Thrash
Company: Nuclear Blast
Perfect blend of new and classic Testament
Thrash titans Testament grace the metal world with Dark Roots of Thrash, a 2 CD, 1 DVD release of a show during their Dark Roots of Earth tour. This album is the perfect blend of new and classic Testament, delivered live and with the precision and energy that only Testament provides. The 2 discs provides the listener with what it would actually feel like to be at a show but without all the bruises, sore muscles and hoarse throat. While this is great, it cannot replace seeing this band live. But it's a hell of a good way to see just what you are in store for.
Chuck Billy and company take you through 25 years of Testament on this album, delivering classics like "Disciples of the Watch", "Into the Pit" and "Over the Wall" while throwing in newer tunes like "Dark Roots of Earth", "Formation of Damnation" and "D.N.R.". The band sounds incredibly tight and shows no signs of slowing down. The guitar tone and overall quality on this release is hands down the greatest sound I've ever heard on a live release. I could go on and on about how great it sounds, how great the track list is and so on.
I'll simply end with this. Go out and buy this album before Chuck Billy himself comes to your house and beats you into the ground. For any live album fan and metal heads worldwide, you simply cannot pass this up.
Testament: Dark Roots of Thrash
While I never followed Testament in the past, their last two studio albums impressed me. Haven't seen the visual portion, but the audio component of this lengthy live release again pulled me in with its impressive combination of energy, flawless musicianship and solid song selection. Not all of the band's studio output is represented in the track list, but what is on offer flows smoothly, with hardly a dip in quality or energy levels. And in my opinion, the right tracks from last year's 'Dark Roots of Earth' made it on here, all impressive additions to the band's live set. Definitely recommended!