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Testament - Dark Roots Of Thrash Award winner

Dark Roots Of Thrash
by Lex Mishukhin at 14 October 2013, 6:34 PM

1983 was a huge year for Metal, METALLICA released their debut "KIll 'Em All", MERCYFUL FATE released their debut "Melissa", and California gave birth to yet another soon to be Thrash legend TESTAMENT (at the time known as LEGACY). The band released their debut "The Legacy" back in 1987, and here we are, 30 years after their formation and 10 studio albums later, the band are being praised for their recent releases more than any that came before, and why not? TESTAMENT is a proven Thrash Metal beast. After the release of their latest studio album "The Dark Roots of Earth" last year, the band is back with a DVD/2 CD live album.

I should mention out front, this review is only of the audio portion of the release, not the DVD. It's obvious from the very first listen that there's a very good reason why the band’s latest releases have been so well received, 30 years into their career Chuck Billy and the boys seem as fresh as ever. The release features a fantastic mix taking material from much of their career starting from their debut album (“Over the Wall”) and to their latest release (“Rise Up”). "More than Meets the Eye" gets a tremendous rendition. "Burnt Offerings" is a personal favorite and "The New Order" sounds as awesome as ever. I've unfortunately never had the chance to see the band live, but if this is any indication of what it feels like I'll be jumping at the first chance I get. If you wanna get your hands on some old school thrash combined with a fantastic live experience without leaving your house, this is the album for you.

Too bad nothing from "Demonic" is featured, but that's a minor issue (since I’m one of the few who actually liked it, probably cause it was the first I’ve ever heard), all in all, a great live album from a fantastic band.

4 Star Rating

Disc 1
1. Intro
2. Rise Up
3. More Than Meets the Eye
4. Burnt Offerings
5. Native Blood
6. True American Hate
7. Dark Roots of Earth
8. Into the Pit
9. Practice What You Preach

Disc 2
1. Riding the Snake
2. Eyes of Wrath
3. Trial by Fire
4. The Haunting
5. The New Order
6. Do Not Resuscitate
7. Three Days in Darkness
8. The Formation of Damnation
9. Over the Wall
10. Disciples of the Watch
Greg Christian - Bass
Alex Skolnick -Guitars
Eric Peterson -Guitars
Chuck Billy - Vocals
Gene Hoglan – Drums
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records


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