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Dark Roots Of Earth [VINYL]


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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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  • Vinyl (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B0085FS3S8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day in the Death
6. Cold Embrace
Disc: 2
1. Man Kills Mankind
2. Throne of Thorns
3. Last Stand for Independence
4. Dragon Attack
5. Animal Magnetism
6. Powerslave

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 July 2012
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Dark Roots Of Earth is the tenth full-length studio album by the legendary San Franciscan Bay Area Thrash Metal band Testament. It was released on Nuclear Blast in the summer of 2012, following up 2008's critically acclaimed The Formation Of Damnation album. Like that album and indeed also its 1999 predecessor, The Gathering, the album was produced by the famous British producer Andy Sneap.

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, as well as the somewhat controversial new usage of Blast Beats. This pretty much creates a best-of-both-worlds scenario for fans of the band's entire catalogue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on 29 July 2013
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Don't buy this if you like Justin beiber or you will bleed to death from more than one orifice. Very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Beckett on 4 Aug 2012
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Absolutely amazing package - the CD itself contains some of the best tracks Testament have recorded since Practise What You Preach - the production is top notch and the addition of Hoglan again on drums is killer! Skolnick is back to his ferocious best adding his trademark bluesy-licks and scalular runs with sweeps and wicked vibrato!

The DVD is an excellent watch and the guys come across as genuine, level headed musicians with a real passion for what they are doing.

One of the best CD's of the Year, bar none!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Thompson on 7 Sep 2012
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So another Testament album, and I have to say it is really quite good. Probably the best they have done in several years. The opener sounds a bit like a cros between slayer and kreator which is not a bad thing and the good riffing and vovals carry on to the end.
Worth buying if you are a die hard fan of these guys or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By crayke12 on 4 Sep 2013
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More in line with their more melodic albums (The Ritual/Souls of Black) than their traditional thrash fare but a brilliant album nonetheless. Strongly recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patryk Rosowski on 18 Aug 2013
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It's the first metal album in years to which I've actually been listening to repeatedly in my car. There's a couple of songs at the beginning which are kinda 'meh', but overall, especially from the fourth song onward, this album absolutely kicks ass. Strongly recommend it to all the metalheads out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By André Luiz Cabral Dutra on 10 Jun 2013
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This is a great Thrash album, but even close to be the best of Testament. I really miss the Practice what you preach era!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jules on 13 Jan 2013
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not listened to testament myself for years, got it for my other half who is still a fan but this is currently playing i my car over and over again. its great
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