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'Dark Roots Of Earth'
(Nuclear Blast)
Release Date: July 27th 2012

Daryl Soar

daryl soar

A fantastic album for new listeners and established fans alike.

testament dark roots of earth

Testament are undoubtedly the fifth member of the big four and the only ones not to have fallen prey to whims in production and style. 'Dark Roots Of Earth' conforms to the high standards set by their previous efforts and while staying true to the Testament formula, provides another collection of great songs with new depths and textures.

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If you own 'Formation Of Damnation' then you know what to expect. There are some departures in style but nothing seasoned fans will find alien as the band weave in previously trodden paths and influences.

The opener is a rip roaring frantic assemblage of top paced guitar riffery that will entertain even the most resistant listener. For me it set a smile on my face and set me up for an album showcasing sparkling talent and exceptional songs.

Sections reminiscent of Megadeth and Iron Maiden crop up and stamp through your preconceptions as you realise Testament were there to stake their claim as the source of those Thrash and Metal influences.

Eric Peterson's rhythm work is good enough to rival even Scott Ian. Alex Skolnick's leadwork is as infuriatingly perfect as you would expect from someone that has spent the last couple of decades teaching Metal guitarists how to play.

The injured Paul Bostaph has been replaced by the returning Gene Hoglan although you would be hard pressed to tell from listening.

The album is produced by Andy Sneap so the sound is huge, tight, involving and transparent. The songs are perfect in construction. The only thing that stands out is one passage of singing that doesn't come across as up to X-Factor standards.

If you've missed out on the relentless thrash phenomena that is Testament, go and buy this album. For existing fans, 'Dark Roots Of Earth' is another investment in aural pleasure.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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