A six-minute video clip of the “unpacking” of the mailorder box-set edition of “Dark Roots Of Earth”, the new album from San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT, can be seen below. Limited to 1,000 copies, this box set includes the “Dark Roots” digibook plus bonus DVD, a leather belt (120 cm) and an exclusive TESTAMENT buckle and a numbered certificate of authenticity. More information is available at this location.
“Dark Roots Of Earth” will be released 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.
A for the song “Native Blood” was shot last month on an Indian reservation in Hopland, California. Guitarist Eric Peterson told Greece’s Rock Overdose webzine, “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.”