In this music blog, we are going to get into one of the godfathers of thrash metal. The band and record is called Testament Dark Roots Of Earth. Testament was founded in 1983 under the band name Lagacy but later had to their change the name to Testament because of another band using that name. Testament has put out ten studio albums, three live records, and two EPs in their thirty year career. Their latest record has them the highest on the US music charts in their career, which is twelve. This band has went through so many lineup changes but they still found success. Let us get into the music.
Nice start to the record is right in your face and classic thrash metal guitar playing. Drumming is holding up its end. This is a great start to the record. Billy Chuck is stronger than ever with his singing. I am loving the lyrics. This song sounds like something you would hear in their 1980’s heyday. I love the guitar solo in this song. This is what thrash metal is and always will be in its lifetime. This is a great opening track. Perfect ending.
Native Blood starts out with some killer guitar playing and nice back up from the backbone of the band, which is the bass and drums. I love the pace of this song. It is not as fast as the opening track but has a great pace to the song. I love the rhythm of the singing and drums. The drummer is the most under rated drummer in the world of music. This is a well written song. This is a strong start to Dark Of Earth. There is a simple and straight to the point guitar solo that gets a little complex towards the end of its run. Nice touch of having singer sing on top of it for a bit. The lyrics are little average but the music brings it to above average. I am loving the build up for the ending to the song. Classic thrash metal ending.
Dark Roots Of Earth
I am loving the acoustic guitar with distorted guitar at the beginning of the title track of the record. I am loving the lyrics and the pace of the singing. The drums and bass are pretty solid in the song. The guitar work is over the top but in good way. Nice guitar break towards the middle of the song. This song has a nice pace. This is my favorite song so far on the record. I love the pick up of speed towards the back half of the song and the guitar solo. Then the moving back to the opening the riff and enters back to the main riff. The opening riff is the closing riff which is perfect for this track.
True American Hate
I love how everyone starts at the same time on the True American Hate. I love the guitar solo at the beginning. This is a strong in your face main guitar riff. Billy Chuck is in your face on his singing. I am love the theme of the lyrics. There is some great drumming and bass playing on this song. I am loving the double bass action from the drums. To be honest, True American Hate could live without a guitar solo but that is just me. If it was going to have one, it should be simple and straight to the point like the lyrics and the rest of the song. It is still a good guitar solo but it drags the song too long. This is one song that needs to get to the point and end it.
A Day In The Death
I am loving the opening bass line and the drums with guitar coming in over it. Nice start to A Day In The Death! This song is not too fast but not too slow. I am loving the lyrics and theme. There is some pretty solid guitar work on the song. There is some well placed back up vocals. I am loving the build up to the guitar solo. There is a well place guitar solo and an extremely well written one. I love how the band is putting a little focus on the bass player. Most bands do not do that too much.
Cold Embrace starts out with some acoustic guitar with another guitar dancing in the background. The drums come in with the bass with a simple and smooth beat. The singer comes with a nice calming singing. Cold Embrace is showing the talent in this classic metal band. This is a great thinking song and a very well written song. Testament did a great job on this track. Here is another track that is in my favorite column.
Man Kills Mankind
Man Kills Mankind gets back to the old school thrash metal. This song has a great pace and solid playing all the way around. Nice pace on the singing. I am loving the lyrics. There is a nice guitar solo towards the end of the song. Man Kills Mankind has a solid finish. This is another song I could hear back in the day.
Throne Of Thorns
Throne of Thorns has a nice acoustic guitar riff with a heavy guitar over the top of it. The drums and bass are pretty solid in the song. The main guitar riff is pretty something else. This band has always found some great guitar riffs. I am loving the theme of the lyrics. It is has fantasy feeling to it. There was a nice guitar solo towards the end of the song. This a pretty good song but I know for a fact I could not sit through the extended version of this song. Nice ending to the song!
Last Stand For Independence
Here is a nice in your face metal song. I am love the drum break at the beginning of the song and throughout it. There is solid playing from the drums, bass and the guitar players. I love the lyrics and the singing. This song has a nice pace. There is a pretty good guitar break and solo towards the back half of the song. I love the ending to Last Stand For Independence.
This is a Queen cover song. The music is solid. I am a fan of bands doing covers but I could do without this one. If I still had my radio show, I would throw this into the my cover show.
This is a Scorpions cover song. I could do without this song. Not a fan!
This is an Iron Maiden cover song. Just like Animal Magentism, I pass on this song too.
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Closing out, I have been a huge fan of this band for a while. I believe they are the most under rated band coming out of the thrash metal scene. I did not see them topping their last record, which was The Formation Of Damnation. Dark Roots Of Earth is an awesome follow-up to their last one. I hope they put out another record sooner than later. I could do without the covers but the original songs are pretty solid. I really enjoyed the title track, Cold Embrace, and Rise Up. If you are a fan of thrash metal, you need to get into the pit and check out Testament new one. If you are a fan of this band back in the day and have been gone, go get this record. It is a solid great and gives you everything that your thrash metal heart seeks. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser