I never thought of this album as bad by any means, but somewhat mediocre for their standards (although it's much better than "Formation..."). After "Brotherhood Of The Snake" just dropped, however, I really appreciate this one for being more musically diverse. Alex Skolnick shines on this one.
Why are everyone so inlove with this album? "Their best album ever!" Hell no. It's not absolute shit but my god, it is FAAAR from being one of their better ones. Is there nobody whom agrees with me? Does not sound like TestamenT anymore. The formation of damnation was puching it and this one takes it way to far. God damn nu-metal vibes.
Testament have released one of their best album ever in The Dark Roots Of Earth. Their energy is unbelievable when it comes down to playing these songs, and it sounds like an album that would have come out in the late 80's. Alex also further proves why he is the most underrated guitarist in metal up there with people like Mark Morton and Bjorn Gellote, due to his intricate solos and amazing presence on the album. As for the rest of the musicians, they all bear the same calibur as Alex. Chuck is getting better with age, Christian is becoming more noticable than on PWYP, Eric is still a riff master, and Gene Hoglan replacing Paul Bostaph is one of the best replacements the band could have made.