This album surely stands as one of the finest thrash offerings of 2012. Its Certainly not reinventing the genre, instead it pleases old school standards while still appealing to a new and younger fan base.
With a perfectly balanced sound engineering, "Dark Roots of Earth" is another pretty solid release from the Bay Area legends. Despite some less inspired moments such as the title track or the slow tempo "Cold Embrace" the album will not disappoint the fan base. Along with "The Electric Age" and "Phantom Antichrist" it's a strong contender for the thrash album of the year.
Testament return with an album surpassing even the superb The Formation of Damnation. Fast, rthrashy riffs mix with Chuck Billy's excellent mix of harsh and clean vocals to create a rnear-perfect thrash metal album. The return of Gene Hoglan on the drums makes the album even rbetter, his blast beats taking the band to the verge of being death metal. A definite rcontender for the best metal album of 2012.