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Dark Roots Of Earth [Cd+dvd] [CD+DVD]

Testament Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00855B27C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,261 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
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne of Thorns
9. Last Stand for Independence
10. Dragon Attack
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Disc: 2
1. Disciples of the Watch (Live)
2. Practice What You Preach (Live)
3. Over the Wall (Live)
4. Souls of Black (Live)
5. 'Gear Tour' With Eric Peterson & Alex Skolnick

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BBC Review

Often placed by their fans as the fifth member of the thrash metal ‘Big Four’ – said bands being Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth – Testament created something of an albatross for their admittedly very sturdy necks with 2008’s outstanding The Formation of Damnation album.

The Californians’ ninth studio set was, and remains, their career high. Following it up was always going to be difficult – but Dark Roots of Earth begins promisingly, with the opening brace of quintessential Testament thrashers Rise Up and Native Blood giving a good feeling from the off.

These tracks immediately prove that The Formation of Damnation – a comeback affair, released nine years after their previous studio album – wasn’t a one-off in terms of impact. The title track here broods before speeding up and launching itself at the listener; while True American Hate is a furious black metal-orientated effort.

But after the brilliant A Day in the Death comes the unexpected: an eight-minute soft-rock ballad. It could be argued that Cold Embrace adds balance and variety to this album; but it could just as easily be claimed that the track unnecessarily breaks up what is otherwise a perfectly good thrash record. Thrash is meant to do just that: thrash. Cold Embrace lollops. And Testament is not a lollop-metal band.

Ultimately, the band has not succeeded in creating an album on a par with The Formation of Damnation; but that doesn’t mean Dark Roots of Earth is a failure, not by a long shot. All the vital components that make Testament excellent are there: Chuck Billy’s roar, Alex Skolnick’s virtuoso guitar licks, awesome thrash metal motifs. Just not in the same overwhelmingly good quantity as in the past.

Sometimes more of the same is all that we need. And despite Testament’s commendable attempt to spice their sound with something a little different, one can’t help feeling that Dark Roots of Earth is one track short of achieving overall excellence.

--Mike Diver

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TESTAMENT Dark Roots Of Earth (2012 German pressed limited edition 2-disc [CD/DVD] album set comprising 13-track featuring 4 Bonus Recordings including Dragon Attack Animal Magnetism Throne Of Thorns [Extended] and a cover version ofIron Maidens Powerslave; plus the Bonus DVD containing the making-of documentary 4 live performances captured at the Avalon and an interview. Housed together in a hard-back book style picture sleeve which remains SEALED!)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Testament - Dark Roots Of Earth 30 July 2012
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful 29 July 2013
By Wayne
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Testament are BACK! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album 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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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 13 Jan 2013
By jules
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars classic from the creators of metal 4 Sep 2012
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since the early 80s many bands came and went faster then pop hit songs are forgotten \m/ and only the best of the best are still with us \m/ the difference about Testament is that they had never made a bad album and they still play the best music and create the best hits \m/ buy this album play it and rock on this is the only thing that i can and will repeat buy this rock on and bang your head to the best metal album of the year and the best album since machine head master piece last year \m/ this is what metallica should learn from and listen to \m/
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a vengeance!
One of the best thrash metal albums of the last years. Old Chuck knows how to deliver... Buy it and you will not regret. (I've got the blue vinyl version)
Published 1 month ago by Lucian Ionescu
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece of Thrash Metal old school!
Another fabulous album from the band that I consider to be probably the best thrash metal band nowadays!
Very enjoiable album!
Published 2 months ago by carlos alberto cunha sousa
5.0 out of 5 stars "I testify that this is the best album made by Testament" No lie ....
Loved all the early Testament albums, then went off them a bit,after some average releases.
However, this is an unbelievable return to form. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Metalstar
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy
I went to watch testament for the umpteenth time on this album tour.
they are one of the most under-rated bands of there era definitely up there with the big four... Read more
Published 5 months ago by christopher naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars new convert
was never really into testament but there last to albums have changed that and I will be back filling more of there stuff now
Published 10 months ago by David Rankin
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album but not the best
This is a great Thrash album, but even close to be the best of Testament. I really miss the Practice what you preach era!!
Published 10 months ago by André Luiz Cabral Dutra
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
i have allways liked testament since way back when they first started but as they have got more refined in the metal world they have never stepped of the metal peddle this album... Read more
Published 13 months ago by davo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome start to finish
A modern thrash masterpiece, easilly one of the best albums of 2012 no flaws at all, get it right now!
Published 14 months ago by Mr. A. N. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top album
Testament are back with a vengence. The gods of grind do not disappoint. Good to see Chuck and the guys back.
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I have always liked Testament, and yes I am old enough to have been around when the Legacy was released - which i bought, it was brilliant and me and my boyhood buddies enjoyed... Read more
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