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Dark Roots of Earth by Testament
Released: Jul 2012
Label: Nuclear Blast
Still basically Metallica Junior after a quarter century, and with their '80s lineup mostly intact, Chuck Billy and his Bay Area buds spend their 10th album grunting defensively about war and backs against the wall. There's lots of call and response -- opener "Rise Up" has a "when I say this, you say that" crowd-participation cheer. "A Day in the Death" has a Bill of Rights verse; "True American Hate" is a national anthem. And except the sunless dirge "Cold Embrace," it's all pretty fast. Toward the end, they somehow manage more groove covering Maiden than Queen's once-funky "Dragon Attack."
Chuck Eddy
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