Testament - Dark Roots of Earth

Published: Mar 29, 2013 Filed under: Rock & Heavy Metal

Dark Roots of Earth
by Testament

Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: July 31, 2012

Rating (out of 5):

Testament Doesn't Try Anything New, But That's Not Bad

As one of the early Thrash Metal bands of the 1980s in California, Testament paved the way for the Metal revolutions that followed. Their new effort, "Dark Roots of Earth," doesn't sound unlike anything they have produced in the past few years, but luckily it works. Speedy bass drum action and fills layered with chug chug chugging guitars give it a sound that reminds you of the good old days of Thrash. Amazingly, they have managed to capture something reminiscent of their classic sound despite numerous lineup changes. Not every band can do this.

The band brought back Gene Hoglan to lay drum tracks for the album due to the injury of Paul Bostaph. After listening to the entire album it's amazing to hear how well he fits into the groove with Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson as if he had never left. The entire group never misses a beat, however, as they move from blast beat filled tracks to incredibly, surprisingly melodic ones.

Overall the album certainly has a feel that will both remind of you of the 1980s-1990s Testament and will make you wish they would return. For die hard fans of a band like this there will always be trouble whenever a new album comes out. For those new to the genre, though, this is a great starting point to get your feet wet with its deft blend of harmony and all out assault on the senses.


Testament "Native Blood" Official Video from Dark Roots of Earth

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