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The Bay Area thrash metal quintet Testament delivers a bone-crushing 10th album while retaining most of its original '80s lineup (save for drummer Mike Ronchette, who was replaced by Gene Hoglan). Throughout Dark Roots of Earth, frontman Chuck Billy rails against war and the more violent aspects of American conservatism, starting with “Rise Up”: an anthemic opener with a call-and-response refrain tailored for audience participation. Anyone who's ever wondered what Metallica might have sounded like had it stuck to its Cliff Burton–era blueprint need look no further than the following “Native Blood.” Billy inflects like a young James Hetfield over lead bass, ham-fisted drumming, and some of the most intricate metal leads since Master of Puppets. That’s not to say that Dark Roots of Earth is a throwback. While “True American Hate” riffs on classic Northern California thrash metal, Billy’s lyrics get topical as he muses on a nation that’s more divided now than ever before. On “A Day in the Death,” he sings a Bill of Rights verse and calls for activists to occupy the system.

Customer Reviews

A Powerhouse Record!

Riffs & Riffs upon Riffs! The is metal played at its' finest. Testament have delivered a solid metal album. The drumming on this record is stunning. It is tight & driving. The Guitars & Bass play unison lines that make the vocals roar! This is a great Testament album.

Solid choice ! \m/ \m/

Hard to believe it's been four years since "Formation of Damnation", but after a first listen of this release, it's a worthy follow up.

All songs are good, not a dud in the bunch, but I suggest cranking up "Dragon Attack"……. good choice, buy it and you won't be disappointed.


Amazing album! For anyone complaining about "violent content".... It's metal. Don't like? DON'T LISTEN! For those that do like it, headbang away!


Formed: 1985 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Testament were the biggest thrash metal band never to reach the platinum plateau. In fact, the San Francisco quintet seemed on the verge of challenging Metallica (their most obvious influence) in the melodic thrash sweepstakes, but their run toward the top was eventually derailed by inconsistency, bad business decisions, and the genre's dwindling appeal. Unable to change with the times like Metallica, Testament quickly faded from sight in the early '90s, but have remained active and very popular...
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