Friday, February 28, 2014

Review- Testament/ Dark Roots Of Thrash

Testament/ Dark Roots Of Thrash (Nuclear Blast, 2013)
This review will stick to the audio portion of this release. What we have is 80% of Testament's classic 1987-1992 lineup touring behind one of their strongest releases, 2012's Dark Roots Of Earth. That album is represented by four songs out of the 18 performed over the course of two discs (there are 19 tracks total, but one is a pre-recorded stage intro tape). The band touches on six of their ten studio albums, skipping the 1990-1997 era releases. This is still a good cross section of their strongest material.
Gene Hoglan, who played drums of 1997's Demonic as well as their most recent studio album, is an absolute monster. For my money, there aren't too many other Metal drummers out there who can do what he can do with this level of consistency. He struts his stuff on D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate), The Formation Of Damnation, and Over The Wall. Chuck Billy's voice is as strong as ever. Alex Skolnick is still the man. These guys still sound great live (last time I saw them was in 2010) and are still making music that stands up to their best albums.
The album comes in a tri-fold digipak, with the DVD and both CDs each occupying a slot in the cardboard. I would have preferred a plastic hub for each disc. Packaging concerns aside, this live album is a blast to listen to and will tide me over until the next studio album.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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