TESTAMENT: Audio Samples Of Entire ‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ Album

Audio samples of all nine tracks that are set to appear on “Dark Roots Of Earth”, the new album from San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT can be streamed at this location. Due in North America on July 31 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, ACCEPT, EXODUS). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER) at his Trident Studios. The cover artwork for the effort (see below) was painted by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with ATHEIST, SIGH, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.

“Dark Roots Of Earth” jewel case CD track listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

“Dark Roots Of Earth” CD/DVD track listing:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Bonus:

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD

“Dark Roots Of Earth” vinyl track listing:

Side A:

01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth

Side B:

04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace

Side C:

07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence

Side D (Bonus):

10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)

In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy stated about the title track, “‘Dark Roots Of Earth’ is kind of a play on the band we have together, just like a metaphor, like TESTAMENT is a tree and all of us in this group are really embedded in the planet, in the earth, the environment and our surroundings. It was kind of a play on that.” Regarding “Rise Up”, he said, “[That’s] more of a war song, like you’re preparing yourself for war, going into battle.”

The “Native Blood” clip was shot last month. Guitarist Eric Peterson told Greece’s Rock Overdose webzine that the clip was going to be filmed “on an Indian reservation.” He added, “It’s about people who were oppressed in life. We haven’t done [a video] in a while, so we’re kind of excited about that.”

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy previously stated about “Native Blood”, “[It’s] basically a song about my Native heritage. It’s almost like a protest song, that the Native Americans have a voice that needs to be heard — that’s the chorus of the song.”

 

 

 

 

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