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Album: Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth

June 25th, 2012

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Testament
Dark Roots Of Earth
Nuclear Blast
27 July 2012

by Tom Dare

The problem with achieving brilliance is the weight of expectation that becomes attached to subsequent works. For Testament, having pulled off the ultimate achievement last time out – effectively having split up, an irreplaceable member battling serious illness, but still returning with the most ball-drainingly superb album of a 25 year career in the form of The Formation of Damnation – then that weight threatens to become unreasonable when it comes to the follow-up: Dark Roots Of Earth.

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Album: Bonded By Blood – Exiled To Earth

August 18th, 2010

Bonded By Blood
Exiled To Earth
Earache Records
16 August 2010

by Tom Dare

While the latest crop of thrash revivalists have released some fine records, with the Big Four tour and the old greats like Exodus, Testament and Overkill back in fine fettle, there’s noticeable problem from examining the records from the new bands. While there are some fine albums, but no one has written a The New Order, a Forbidden Evil or most appropriately a Bonded By Blood. The new generation is still marathon distances behind the bands responsible for those records, and bands like Bonded By Blood still need to convince us this latest movement hasn’t run out of steam.

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