Dark Roots of Earth

User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  1. Sep 8, 2012
    10
    After listening to True American Hate before the release of the album, I was sure that Testament's latest release was going to be something amazing. Was I right? Yes. The album starts off with "Rise Up" which tops pretty much everything on previous record "The Formation Of Damnation" which was a pretty good record. Native Blood is slightly weaker, but still amazing. Every song on the albumAfter listening to True American Hate before the release of the album, I was sure that Testament's latest release was going to be something amazing. Was I right? Yes. The album starts off with "Rise Up" which tops pretty much everything on previous record "The Formation Of Damnation" which was a pretty good record. Native Blood is slightly weaker, but still amazing. Every song on the album is amazing. With "Rise Up" and "Cold Embrace" being my favourites. Sadly, there are only 9 tracks. Making it better to get the special edition. Which has 13 tracks. Including an amazing cover of Iron Maiden's "Powerslave" If you like metal, you'll love this album Expand
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 21, 2012
    80
    For now, Dark Roots of Earth improves upon 2008's comeback The Formation of Damnation and, in tandem with those rejuvenated live performances, promises a well-deserved second act for a band that so narrowly missed grasping the golden ring their first time around.
  2. Kerrang!
    Aug 13, 2012
    80
    This is Testament doing what they do best--serving a trashterclass in malevolent metal. [28 Jul 2012, p.53]
  3. Aug 13, 2012
    70
    Despite Testament's commendable attempt to spice their sound with something a little different, one can't help feeling that Dark Roots of Earth is one track short of achieving overall excellence.