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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.

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One of the greatest metal albums... EVER!!!


Just got my lp in the mail and it rocks testament is one of the bands that are still going strong get this album it's very good


Incredible album. Enough said! This is the album of the year. I got it the day it was released and I still love it. It is my favorite Testament Album to date. Hell, it may already be in my top 5 ever, right up there with In Sync. JK. Buy it. AWESOME!!!!!!


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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