When I was a kid I loved Testament's Legacy, New Order and Practice What You Preach. I've always been a fan, but this recording is putting them at the top of my favorites list again. Dark Roots of Earth starts with a track called 'Rise Up'. It's fast, melodic, and wicked heavy, reminding me why I've always liked Testament. Dark Roots had the bands highest opening sales release opening at number 12 on the U.S. billboard top 200 with over 20,000 'scans' in the opening week.
Alex Skolnick in my opinion has always been one of the best Metal lead players and he shows plenty of those talents in Dark Roots of Earth, he and Eric Peterson are two of the best in Metal.
Chuck Billy for a while went a little heavier, in Dark Roots he goes back to his original sound that made him so popular in the Metal scene and it's great to hear again.
For this Metal fan, Dark Roots of Earth is a must have. It's great thrash and Testament's best effort in years. Check them out while they're touring the U.S. and Canada.