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Testament
Dark Roots of Thrash

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2013
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Rating: 5
Reviewer: ChaosLord

  • Perfect blend of new and classic Testament



  • Thrash titans Testament grace the metal world with Dark Roots of Thrash, a 2 CD, 1 DVD release of a show during their Dark Roots of Earth tour. This album is the perfect blend of new and classic Testament, delivered live and with the precision and energy that only Testament provides. The 2 discs provides the listener with what it would actually feel like to be at a show but without all the bruises, sore muscles and hoarse throat. While this is great, it cannot replace seeing this band live. But it's a hell of a good way to see just what you are in store for.

    Chuck Billy and company take you through 25 years of Testament on this album, delivering classics like "Disciples of the Watch", "Into the Pit" and "Over the Wall" while throwing in newer tunes like "Dark Roots of Earth", "Formation of Damnation" and "D.N.R.". The band sounds incredibly tight and shows no signs of slowing down. The guitar tone and overall quality on this release is hands down the greatest sound I've ever heard on a live release. I could go on and on about how great it sounds, how great the track list is and so on.

    I'll simply end with this. Go out and buy this album before Chuck Billy himself comes to your house and beats you into the ground. For any live album fan and metal heads worldwide, you simply cannot pass this up.



    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    All reviews for Testament:
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Dark Roots of EarthTestament
    2012
    Greg Watson8/18/2012
    Dark Roots of ThrashTestament
    2013
    Greg Watson10/31/2013
    Live In LondonTestament
    2005
    Ken Pierce11/8/2005
    Seen Between The LinesTestament
    2005
    Ken Pierce7/25/2005
    The Formation of DamnationTestament
    2008
    Hail and Kill8/22/2008



    All interviews for Testament:
    INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
    Eric PetersonTestamentGreg Watson3/2/2012



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