Monday, 24 June 2013

Top 50 of 2012: No.42: Testament - Dark Roots Of Earth (Nuclear Blast)

People bang on a lot about the BIG 4, but here we have Testament, who’ve just released an album that’s blown everything the BIG 4 have done lately out of the water, to be fair Death Magnetic was good but this is better. I’ve been guilty of ignoring Testament myself, I’ve got ‘The Legacy’ album which was pretty awesome in it’s own right but I’ve never really bothered checking much out since, so last year I saw they were releasing a new album and thought it might be worth checking out. What you get here is good old thrash metal, the kind you heard in the 80’s like Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’, Megadeth’s ‘Peace Sells…’ and based on this you really feel it should be the BIG 5. Chuck Billy’s vocals soar throughout mixing huge melodies with guttural screams, and the guitars are near perfect, for anyone saying there’s no good thrash music these days you need to listen to this and the new Evile album.

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