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Testament - Dark Roots of Earth (2012)

Testament - Dark Roots of Earth (2012)

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Testament - Dark Roots of Earth

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1. "Rise Up"   4:18

2. "Native Blood"   5:21

3. "Dark Roots of Earth"   5:45

4. "True American Hate"   5:26

5. "A Day in the Death"   5:38

6. "Cold Embrace"   7:45

7. "Man Kills Mankind"   5:05

8. "Throne of Thorns"   7:04

9. "Last Stand for Independence"   4:42

Total length:   50:48

Japan edition bonus track

10. "Practice What You Preach" (re-recording 2012)   5:15

CD/DVD and Vinyl bonus tracks

10. "Dragon Attack" (Queen cover)   4:44

11. "Animal Magnetism" (Scorpions cover)   5:56

12. "Powerslave" (Iron Maiden cover)   6:51

13. "Throne of Thorns" (extended version)   7:41

iTunes bonus track

14. "A Day in the Death" (featuring Chris Adler)   5:41

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes


Testament Band Members / Musicians

Chuck Billy – lead vocals

Eric Peterson – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals

Alex Skolnick – lead and rhythm guitars

Greg Christian – bass

Gene Hoglan – drums

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

Andy Sneap – production, engineering, recording, mixing, mastering

Juan Urteaga – additional recording

Testament – production, mixing, mastering

Bonus cover tracks production

Juan Urteaga – recording, mixing

Nik Chinboukas – additional recording of "Dragon Attack"

Paul Suarez – additional recording of "Animal Magnetism" and "Powerslave"

Chuck Billy – mixing

Eric Peterson – mixing

Artwork and design

Eliran Kantor – cover art, booklet

Eric Peterson – cover art concept

Gino Carlini – photography


Driftwood Studios, Oakland, California, U.S. – recording

Backstage Studios, Derby, England – recording

Trident Studios, Martinez, California, U.S. – additional recording, recording (bonus cover tracks)

Spin Studios, New York City, U.S. – additional recording (bonus cover tracks)

Dark Roots of Earth is the 11th 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 independent German record label Nuclear Blast Records. The album is available in three configurations, CD, CD/DVD and vinyl, with the latter two versions including four bonus tracks. The album was produced by Andy Sneap, who mixed and engineered the band's previous three studio releases, The Gathering (1999), First Strike Still Deadly (2001), and The Formation of Damnation (2008). The album artwork was created by Eliran Kantor. A music video was made for the track "Native Blood". Dark Roots of Earth entered the Billboard 200 at number 12, Testament's highest position ever.

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 who was unable to attend the recording sessions because of a "serious injury", although the latter left the band in December 2011. Chris Adler of Lamb of God provided drum tracks on the iTunes bonus version of "A Day in the Death". Dark Roots of Earth is also the last Testament album with bassist Greg Christian, who left the band for the second time in January 2014.

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