is the tenth album by band Testament. The album artwork was created by Eliran Kantor.
This album saw a reunion with Gene Hoglan, who played drums on the band’s 1997 album Demonic. During the recording, Hoglan filled in for Paul Bostaph due to his “serious injury”.Chris Adler of Lamb of God provided drum tracks on the iTunes bonus version of “A Day in the Death”. Dark Roots of Earth is also the last Testament album with bassist Greg Christian, who left the band for a second time in January 2014.
“Dark Roots of Earth” was pretty much what thrash metal needed for year 2012. has not only managed to excel musically but it will also please the fans of both, that prefer, “The Legacy” and also the ones that prefer, “The Ritual”. Both the albums being very different, this one bridges a way in between them and balances it quite perfectly. It is sheer notorious back to old school roots with original riffs, aggressive vocals, lead guitar frenzies…..great album!!
Dark Roots of Earth sold over 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, and reached number twelve on the Billboard 200—Testament’s highest U.S. chart position to date.By March 2013, Dark Roots of Earth sold around 60,000 copies in the U.S.
Chuck Billy Alex Skolnick Eric Peterson Greg Christian Gene Hoglan
THE BRUTAL TRUTH - Testament - Dark Roots Of Earth
Good things come to those who wait and the metal community has been waiting long enough for the latest release of legendary Bay Area thrashers, Testament. Four years in the making, Dark Roots of Earth puts forth the grooving speed that has made Testament an unstoppable force.
Testament has released a solid record on all ends with Alex Skolnick shredding riffs with awe-inspiring groove while Chuck Billy’s barbaric vocal belting out with intensity unheard on previous albums, while Gene Holgan, who filled in Paul Bostaph, thumps down a rhythm that will shake you from your metal core. Dark Roots of Earth flows through with an unrelenting barrage of pure metal thrashousity. By the tenth album, some might think that a band begins to slow down, but Testament has taken a different course and created an album harder than most and never loses steam.
When you get the new album, splurge and go for the CD/DVD bonus tracks. Testament does some mean cover tracks including Queen’s Dragon Attack & Iron Maiden’s Powerslave. Check out the latest video for their Native Blood track and catch them live October 5th in Montclair at the Wellmont Theatre.