Dark Roots of Earth

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Dark Roots of Earth
Studio album by Testament
Released July 27, 2012
Recorded June 2011 – February 2012 at Driftwood Studios, Oakland, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length 50:48
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Andy Sneap
Testament chronology
Live at Eindhoven '87
(2009)
Dark Roots of Earth
(2012)
Dark Roots of Thrash
(2013)
Singles from Dark Roots of Earth
  1. "True American Hate"
    Released: 2012
  2. "Native Blood"
    Released: July 20, 2012

Dark Roots of Earth is the tenth studio album by American thrash metal band Testament. It was released on July 27, 2012 in Europe, and four days later in North America by the independent German record label Nuclear Blast Records.[1][2] The album is available in three configurations: CD, CD/DVD and vinyl with the latter two versions including four bonus tracks.[2][3] The album was produced by Andy Sneap, who mixed and engineered the band's previous two studio albums, The Gathering (1999) and The Formation of Damnation (2008).[2][3] The album artwork was created by Eliran Kantor.[2][3] A music video was made for the track "Native Blood".

This album saw a reunion with Gene Hoglan, who played drums on the band's 1997 album Demonic. During the recording, Hoglan filled in for Paul Bostaph due to his "serious injury".[4] Chris Adler of Lamb of God provided drum tracks on the iTunes bonus version of "A Day in the Death".[4] Dark Roots of Earth is also the last Testament album with bassist Greg Christian, who left the band for a second time in January 2014.[5]

Songs[edit]

"Native Blood" was released as a single from the album on July 20, 2014, both as a download and a limited edition 7-inch single.[6] A video was made for the song as well.[7] Previously, "True American Hate" was released as a free download.[8]

"Native Blood" was described as being about Billy's Native American heritage. "True American Hate" was written about the prevalence hatred, particularly anti-Americanism, in younger generations around the world, often perpetuated by their upbringing. Billy has described "Cold Embrace" as being about "a girl becoming a vampire and never being able to see the sun again." He added that the band hoped to pitch it for a Twilight movie. "Dark Roots of Earth" was described as being a metaphor about the band. "Rise Up for War" is about war.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[11]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[12]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10[13]
Exclaim! favorable[14]
Jukebox:Metal 5/5 stars[15]
Revolver 4/5[16]

Dark Roots of Earth has received mostly positive reviews. Ryan Ogle of Blabbermouth.net awards the album eight-and-a-half stars out of ten and states, "This album is anything but a rehashing of former glories. The skilled interplay between Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, which features a wall-to-wall showcasing of intricate and harmonized runs, back-and-forth soloing, hooky riffs and metallic perfection, is at the centerpiece of this album. The duo displays everything that made them among the most formidable guitar teams on the late '80s / early '90s while placing everything into a modern context." Ogle also praises the music a "noticeably different vibe than its predecessor by leaning more towards their (now) classic American thrash roots", while he describes the album as a "2012 take on Testament's classic and pioneering sound."[13]

Dark Roots of Earth sold over 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, and reached number twelve on the Billboard 200—Testament's highest U.S. chart position to date.[17] By March 2013, Dark Roots of Earth sold around 60,000 copies in the U.S.[18][broken citation]

Touring[edit]

To promote the album, Testament embarked on US and Canadian tour co-headlining with Anthrax and openers Death Angel in fall 2012.[19] The three bands had already been touring the US together since fall 2011, with Anthrax supporting their 2011 album Worship Music.[20][21]

In November 2012, following the dates with Anthrax and Death Angel, Testament embarked on a U.S. headlining tour with Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam and Australian band 4Arm.[22]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rise Up"   Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson 4:18
2. "Native Blood"   Billy, Del James, Peterson 5:21
3. "Dark Roots of Earth"   Billy, James, Peterson, Alex Skolnick 5:45
4. "True American Hate"   Billy, Peterson, Skolnick, Steve "Zetro" Souza 5:26
5. "A Day in the Death"   Billy, Peterson, Skolnick, Souza 5:38
6. "Cold Embrace"   Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick 7:45
7. "Man Kills Mankind"   Billy, James, Peterson 5:05
8. "Throne of Thorns"   Billy, James, Peterson, Skolnick 7:04
9. "Last Stand for Independence"   Billy, James, Peterson 4:42

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Personnel and credits[edit]

Band:

Session musicians:

  • Chris Adler – drums on "A Day in the Death" (iTunes bonus track version)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak position
Austrian Top 75[23] 21
Belgium Top 100[23] 62
Belgium – Flanders[23] 86
Belgium – Walloonia[23] 40
Canadian Albums Chart[24] 12
Finland Top 50[23] 4
Germany Top 100[23] 4
Hungarian Albums Chart[25] 1
Ireland Top 20[23] 13
Japanese Albums Chart[26] 56
Netherlands Top 200[23] 32
Swedish Albums Chart[23] 8
Switzerland Album Chart[23] 10
UK Albums Chart[27] 57
U.S. Billboard 200[24] 12
U.S. Rock Albums[24] 1
U.S. Hard Rock Albums[24] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (2012-05-15). "Album art + release date for Testament's Dark Roots of the Earth!!!". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d Childers, Chad (2012-05-16). "Testament Reveal 'Dark Roots of Earth' Album Artwork + Track Listing". Loudwire. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  3. ^ a b c Hart, Josh (2012-05-15). "Testament Reveal Artwork, Track Listing, Release Date for New Album, 'Dark Roots of Earth'". Guitar World. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  4. ^ a b "TESTAMENT: New Album Title Revealed; Tour With ANTHRAX, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL Planned". Blabbermouth.net. 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  5. ^ "Testament Parts Ways With Bassist Greg Christian, Announces Return Of Steve DiGiorgio". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Testament: 'Native Blood' Single Now Available". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. July 20, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Testament Frontman To Discuss 'Native Blood' Video On 107.7 The Bone". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. November 5, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Testament: 'True American Hate' Available for Free Download". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. July 2, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "testament: New Songtitles, Lyrical Concepts Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. February 3, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dark Roots of Earth – Testament". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  11. ^ Jervis, Marcus. "Testament – Dark Roots of Earth Review". About.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  12. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Dark Roots of Earth – Testament". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  13. ^ a b Ogle, Ryan. "Testament – Dark Roots of Earth". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  14. ^ Pratt, Greg (2012-08-08). "Testament – Dark Roots of Earth". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  15. ^ Andy Lye. "Jukebox:Metal review". 
  16. ^ Camisasca, Paige (2012-07-18). "Review: Testament – Dark Roots of Earth". Revolver. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  17. ^ "Testament's 'Dark Roots of Earth' Cracks U.S. Top 15 – Aug. 8, 2012". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
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  20. ^ Ouellette, Mary (September 6, 2011). "Anthrax Announce Co-Headlining Fall 2011 Tour With Testament". Loudwire. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  21. ^ Hart, Josh (December 5, 2011). "2012 Dates Added for Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel Tour". Guitar World. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Testament to Tour U.S. with Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. November 26, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
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  24. ^ a b c d "Dark Roots of Earth – Testament". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  25. ^ "Top 40 album- és válogatáslemez-lista – 2012. 31. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
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  27. ^ "Testament UK Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-08-11.