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Release date: 27 July 2012
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

Rating:

8.1 | 471 votes

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Disc I
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

[Limited CD/DVD and vinyl edition bonus]
10. Dragon Attack [Queen cover]
11. Animal Magnetism [Scorpions cover]
12. Powerslave [Iron Maiden cover]
13. Throne Of Thorns [extended version]

[iTunes bonus]
14. A Day In The Death [feat. Chris Adler]

Review
Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Chuck Billy - vocals
Eric Peterson - rhythm & lead guitars, backing vocals
Alex Skolnick - lead & rhythm guitars
Greg Christian - bass

Session musicians
Eugene Victor "Gene" Hoglan II - drums

Guest musicians
Christopher James "Chris" Adler - drums


Additional info
The album is available in three configurations: CD, CD/DVD and vinyl with the latter two versions including four bonus tracks.

Recorded in the fall and winter of 2011 through 2012 at Driftwood Studios, Oakland, CA & Backstage Studios, Derby, UK.
Recorded and engineered by Andy Sneap.
Additional recordings by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios, Martinez, CA.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap with Testament.

Cover art and booklet by Eliran Kantor.
Cover art concept by Eric Peterson.

Staff review by
D.T. Metal

Rating:
8.7
Unfortunately the era of Bonded By Blood, Pleasure To Kill, and Agent Orange is long gone, but luckily Testament took a stab at nostalgia with their newest album Dark Roots Of Earth. And while The Formation Of Damnation, their 2008 release after an almost 9 year hiatus, was definitely a step into the right direction, it was a bit too modern sounding, and I actually didn't care for Chuck Billy's vocals on it.

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Angelic Storm - 31.07.2012 at 18:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 31.07.2012 at 18:18
Since the rest of this post is pretty much a agree to disagree type of thing, I'll just respond to this. All I meant by saying they weren't blinded by the name (those who didn't simply give this a 10) is that people have a tendency to score albums higher than they typically would if it were a release from a less popular band. We see this time and time again, with bands like Fear Factory winning the best industrial metal album with what many consider to be one of their worst releases of all time in 2005/2006 whatever. The 8.2 (still a pretty decent score to be honest) here reflects a possible lack of fanboys, but also a more objective overall scoring because people apparently overlooked the Testament name and voted according to what they listened to, not what name was on the disc.


Well... yes, there are fanboys who will give an album a higher rating purely because of the name of the band attatched to it. I guess the problem is, is that everyone who gives a big name band's album a high rating, are automatically tarred with the "fanboy/girl" brush, even if their rating was reached purely on their genuine affection for the music, and the band name played no part in the decision to award that rating. For example, I had no qualms in being heavily critical of the last Iron Maiden album, yet I love the new Testament (no pun intended! ) album. So I'm not blinded by the name, I just happen to love the music on the album. I realise your comment may not have been meant as a universal put-down of all people who rated the album highly, but for sure, some people do automatically think that anyone who gives high ratings to a big name band's album must be a blind fanboy. And there have been comments made in this thread that prove that to be the case.

8.2 is a decent score, and I do find it ridiculous how anyone could take exception to that. I think the Fear Factory album you're reffering to is "Transgresssion", is that right? I think all that happened there, is there's probably lots of people, for whom FF are the only Industrial metal band they know, so they have to vote for that album, as FF is as far as their knowledge of the industrial genre goes.
Big-Al - 31.07.2012 at 22:37  
Rating: 9 Ok, fanboy maybe, hey this is Testament kicking ass with Gene back on drums again.

Musically, my all time favourite Testament release is Demonic, but I'm not too keen on Dark Roots of Earth's artwork itself, but just that. I have bought a copy of the standard CD version, but really this album does have my least favourite Testament artwork on it.

Sure, I get it, but... but it doesn't look "evil" enough for a Testament release, looks a bit more like a pretty boy power metal album cover.

Almost too cute with the little ritual going on in the foreground.
Iron Nostarion - 01.08.2012 at 03:55  
Rating: 10 ..To set an objective mood around here Imma start being the first and actually change this 10, as much as I actually do think it's a 10. Sorry for flaming up such an argument. Some shit needs to get out of my system sometimes. And it's really only about the memberbase than the staff, because I see how members have changed lately for the sole sake of sounding professional than actually getting down and listening to MUSIC. How their list would look elite and snobby over the big names and "SURPRISE" people by putting small names on the top. How the Charts would go along to their tastes more than how the albums they like are going to be listened to more. It's the irony that everyone's slowly becoming a poseur. WHAT?! POSEUR?! You say. Well yeah. Everyone is posing to listen to "different styles" but in reality they are just bashing those they don't find fitting to their style and brag about "enduring" whole albums and giving multiple listens. Always coming to the albums with negative mindsets because of the 'big name' or "overused" tags like 'another melodeath' and 'plastic revivalist thrash'. Really if this SAME MUSIC was made by some Eastern European obscure stoners everyone's going to be like "OH HAAAAIL!" or "objective".

Metal Storm just wasn't like this. In the past those who liked black and brutal death for example, used to grab the albums from their respective subgenres and rate them on how good they sound, they didn't care what was on the Charts or whether [album] has a higher rating. And then the assigned staff reviewer for this style would be more recommended to review, because he understands the genre more deeply. Troy is always given the atmospheric black stuff, for example. I don't see how objective or how expertise would take its place if you suddenly switch between Troy and let's say Susan and let both of them rate each other's favorite stuff and review it. Problem is, members are all becoming the most elite farts on Earth who know all about any kind of metal. To be honest? I'm not approaching any albums on the Top lists if I find their style from the first two tracks not very appealing, because I WILL misjudge that. And here there's some big loads of misjudgment. And of course you've got 'this band is commercial' cool aura around any elitist who says he doesn't care 'bout big names... dear hells. "Oh my God you rated a big name album a 9? Out of the elite circle!"

Just somehow MS wasn't this way. We used to brag about how acceptive and open-minded we were to various kinds of genres, even Nu, God's sake. Now every 'big name' / 'thrash / heavy' album is blowing out paradigms that say "this is going to be bad", and you have 0 musical taste if you'd like something. "I weep for your ears", meh, I even heard this. Well a jazz fusion enthusiast would and could dare to say the same to any black metal fan around here and he's got his reasons. Does it mean that that's right? No. It's turning into something like non-metalheads rating metal. People who listen to black and stoner all the time, for example, suddenly sounding like experts on thrash. You don't like it anymore. Doesn't mean it sucks.
Big-Al - 01.08.2012 at 09:18  
Rating: 9 Actually the pretty new cover artwork reminds me of Magika.
Troy Killjoy - 01.08.2012 at 16:25  
 
Written by Iron Nostarion on 01.08.2012 at 03:55
Very long post that I'll try to respond to in on-topic fashion.

If someone rates a new Testament album with a 10, that's fine. I have no issues with that whatsoever. The problem is that most of those votes are stigmatized because it's a "big name band" - a popular band with a big following and therefore likely to have a wide audience and loyal fanbase. The kind of loyal fanbase that feels compelled to even go so far as to create multiple accounts on random websites in order to inflate the score of said album simply to see it ascend the relevant top charts, as if it's their duty as a fan.

I'm not saying you or anyone else isn't inherently objective for claiming this to be a masterpiece. Tastes differ. What I think is a 10 you may think is a 5. Not really a big deal.

As for anyone here being elitist... I won't argue that at all. Although by comparison I'd say our community overall isn't terribly ripe with elitism, but there are definitely some of us who may come across as metal elitists in general or an elitist in a specific genre. You get that with all types of music in all types of communities though.
Angelic Storm - 01.08.2012 at 21:05  
Rating: 9 @Troy: Brilliant post.
Zaphod - 02.08.2012 at 03:57  
Rating: 4 Wow, what the hell happened here.

Anyways, I was just gonna say I listened to the entire album and found it absolutely boring and I will not be buying the cd.
errorcode99 - 03.08.2012 at 01:37  
Rating: 7 Well this was entertaining... but i'm a bit disappointed by this album :/
maybe i'll rate it higher if i listen more to it. enjoyable nonetheless
Ksajal - 03.08.2012 at 11:39  
Rating: 6 This is just... average. I could barely manage to give it a second listening.

It's too melodic for my taste, and I dislike the clean vocals, I consider the raspy vocals on Formation of Damnation to be a lot more enjoyable. On the plus side, it's a lot better than what Kreator are recording these days (if you like comparisons).
Big-Al - 03.08.2012 at 16:28  
Rating: 9 Http://www.blabbermouth.net/showreview.aspx?reviewID=2434
John Shock - 04.08.2012 at 03:22  
 
Written by Ksajal on 03.08.2012 at 11:39

This is just... average. I could barely manage to give it a second listening.

It's too melodic for my taste, and I dislike the clean vocals, I consider the raspy vocals on Formation of Damnation to be a lot more enjoyable. On the plus side, it's a lot better than what Kreator are recording these days (if you like comparisons).

I will not say a lot better, i will say that both albuns are enjoyable at this rate, but i think i like Phanom Antichrist a lot more, personaly i think! And yeah, i don't like the clean vocals and the too melodic stuff that they managed to put in this record! But it's not bad at all! If i had to rate this, i'd say "7", maybe less...i don't know!
Death To Posers - 04.08.2012 at 07:34  
Rating: 10 Native Blood, best song of the year
ToMegaTherion - 04.08.2012 at 09:03  
Rating: 9 I love this album, and the previous one too... Testament are back and as good as ever... Alex Skolnick's re-injection has brought life back to these guys.
@Death To Posers i love Native Blood, great lyrics... and a great song.
Daniell - 07.08.2012 at 11:02  
Rating: 6 Another brick in the wall of mediocrity.
Super_Greg - 13.08.2012 at 18:36  
Rating: 8 I liked this alot more than I thought I would! I still always skip the first track though lol
Spellsword95 - 14.08.2012 at 23:17  
Rating: 8 This is first Testament album I ever heard. Quite average, but I am not their fan... Yeah, I know, there are older albums and they kick ass etc etc.
Native Blood and American Hate are my fav songs, Rise Up is great for heating up crowd, Maiden's Powerslave is also cool, Man Kills Mankind is pretty good track. Others are average, like background noise. I barely perceived them.

Who reads this anyway?
Cynic Metalhead - 18.08.2012 at 19:23  
Rating: 8
Written by Lustful Maid on 18.08.2012 at 19:18

The End.

..............of Testament's career? or their life?
Ammon Zeus - 19.08.2012 at 00:06  
  Whatever mates is ok!!
AndMetalForAll - 24.08.2012 at 01:36  
Rating: 8 I think this one is a bit better than the previous Formation Of Damnation, i think it's more consistent and solid...Another example of a band that continues at the best level possible.
jp - 26.08.2012 at 17:16  
Rating: 5 Disappointment

It lacks melodies, originality and is not keeping up any speed.

True American Hate is nice. Rise up is ok. the rest is boring.
KBJQ - 30.08.2012 at 18:15  
  Rating: 9
bitethepain - 31.08.2012 at 07:10  
Rating: 9 First listen to I thought "decent, nothing new, but good." But I can't stop listening to it. The songs are catchy as hell, and the album keeps coming up when I need something to listen to. It's really grown on me. This will definitely be one of my favorites of the year. Would not have thought that at first. Funny, I am having the same experience with the new Kreator album as well. Thought it was descent but it just keeps showing up in my playlist and I'm having so much fun with these two albums.
Cynic Metalhead - 31.08.2012 at 10:31  
Rating: 8
Written by bitethepain on 31.08.2012 at 07:10

First listen to I thought "decent, nothing new, but good." But I can't stop listening to it. The songs are catchy as hell, and the album keeps coming up when I need something to listen to. It's really grown on me. This will definitely be one of my favorites of the year. Would not have thought that at first. Funny, I am having the same experience with the new Kreator album as well. Thought it was descent but it just keeps showing up in my playlist and I'm having so much fun with these two albums.


It happens. When album grown on us, we tend to come up with "Maaan, this gonna be one of my favorite album of 2012" or "Woah, on my first spin, I thought it's pretty Meh to majority of that part, but now i'm fucking liking it" or whatever. You know it really happens because we always try to listen those stuff which are pretty catchy. btw, you just nearly missed by saying "this is one of the best album of 2012", if that would have been, surely Testament's haters wouldn't be liking it.
DeathSlyzer - 13.09.2012 at 00:51  
  Check out my review for this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WRjrdJoBQw
Fritillaria - 13.09.2012 at 14:41  
  Am I the only one who thinks that most of the songs repeat themselves in this album? I mean they're so similar to each other and overall the whole album is not really a special Thrash,just so average
Vikcen - 10.10.2012 at 23:26  
Rating: 8 For me another small disappointment for this year, together with the last of Fear Factory. Well, at least there are three or four good songs, although True American Hate is "acojonante" ! (great), the guitar solo is simply spectacular. But on the other hand songs like Dark Roots Of Earth kills the album.
megadeath13 - 04.11.2012 at 19:30  
  Sorry but i find this album really boring. it doesnt remind me of the good old "The Legacy" days, even rather like a letdown of the previous albums. I hate chucks voice here.
Ruin - 18.11.2012 at 00:15  
Rating: 8 Te band Is Very goood, by the only drawback of them, is The absence of a drummer 4 play, not just in seasson in time
bblitz - 29.12.2012 at 19:50  
Rating: 10 This album is awesome,good metal as this is hard to find.testament is amazing.I hope
there are no burzum or enslaved or borknagar people here,they dont have the right to talk about Testament.
NocturnalStalker - 04.02.2013 at 17:32  
Rating: 8 I like this album because it has some great songs as "Native Blood", "Throne of Thorns" and, especially, the title track. The other songs are not that good but still provide a nice listening experience.
Big-Al - 26.10.2013 at 08:49  
Rating: 9
Written by bblitz on 29.12.2012 at 19:50

This album is awesome,good metal as this is hard to find.testament is amazing.I hope
there are no burzum or enslaved or borknagar people here,they dont have the right to talk about Testament.


out of curiosity, what makes you say that?


(not a fan of any of those 3 myself)
bblitz - 28.10.2013 at 11:25  
Rating: 10 Yes,you're right.Sorry didn't mean to offend no one but I used to catch so much trash talking
from black metallers about thrash and heavy metal,like OK now you're adult you stop listening
to Iron Maiden when you're 16.now it's time to go heavier,or black metal is way heavier and darker
and shit like that.Sorry once again it was obvoiusly just my frustration with some people.
Daniell - 28.10.2013 at 11:51  
Rating: 6
Written by bblitz on 29.12.2012 at 19:50

I hope there are no burzum or enslaved or borknagar people here,they dont have the right to talk about Testament.


You're begging to be verbally raped here. The fact that you like Testament and dislike black metal does not give you the right to look down on those who do like black metal.

EDIT: in case you wondered - Burzum sucks, Enslaved is brilliant.
Lit. - 29.10.2013 at 02:34  
  But I would definitely take new Enslaved and even Borknagar over this. Totally average affair.
Athropos - 21.01.2014 at 16:58  
Rating: 8 The more I listen to this album, the more I like it. Definitely a pretty good release for an old band these days.
deadone - 26.05.2014 at 04:58  
Rating: 8 I'm the same as Athropos - the more I listen to the more I like it.


I think it's become my third favourite Testament album after The Ritual and mighty The Legacy.
deadone - 26.05.2014 at 05:46  
Rating: 8
Written by Spellsword95 on 14.08.2012 at 23:17

Maiden's Powerslave is also cool,


They fucked the chorus up - no energy at all. Not happy with the double kick drums on the harmony guitar bit either - they sound lifeless.

Why bother with the cover when one can just listen to the phenomenal Iron Maiden version which shits all over the Testament one from stratospheric heights.



Quote:

Who reads this anyway?


Well I did.
Dr.Overkill26 - 26.05.2014 at 23:01  
  It's more Dynamic than the previous album... overall fantastic although the lyrics a a bit lame.
slaytanic_ - 25.08.2014 at 20:20  
Rating: 9 Rating: 9

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