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'Dark Roots Of Earth'
(Nuclear Blast)
Release Date: July 27th 2012

Daryl Soar

daryl soar

A fantastic album for new listeners and established fans alike.

testament dark roots of earth

Testament are undoubtedly the fifth member of the big four and the only ones not to have fallen prey to whims in production and style. 'Dark Roots Of Earth' conforms to the high standards set by their previous efforts and while staying true to the Testament formula, provides another collection of great songs with new depths and textures.

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If you own 'Formation Of Damnation' then you know what to expect. There are some departures in style but nothing seasoned fans will find alien as the band weave in previously trodden paths and influences.

The opener is a rip roaring frantic assemblage of top paced guitar riffery that will entertain even the most resistant listener. For me it set a smile on my face and set me up for an album showcasing sparkling talent and exceptional songs.

Sections reminiscent of Megadeth and Iron Maiden crop up and stamp through your preconceptions as you realise Testament were there to stake their claim as the source of those Thrash and Metal influences.

Eric Peterson's rhythm work is good enough to rival even Scott Ian. Alex Skolnick's leadwork is as infuriatingly perfect as you would expect from someone that has spent the last couple of decades teaching Metal guitarists how to play.

The injured Paul Bostaph has been replaced by the returning Gene Hoglan although you would be hard pressed to tell from listening.

The album is produced by Andy Sneap so the sound is huge, tight, involving and transparent. The songs are perfect in construction. The only thing that stands out is one passage of singing that doesn't come across as up to X-Factor standards.

If you've missed out on the relentless thrash phenomena that is Testament, go and buy this album. For existing fans, 'Dark Roots Of Earth' is another investment in aural pleasure.




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It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

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