Whether evoking images of a barren post-apocalyptic landscape or extolling the virtues of the nature’s ultimate might, thunderous prophecy shrouded in monolithic, overwhelming musical power has always been Testament’s domain. With Dark Roots Of Earth, (their 10th album, released on July 31st 2012 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records) the Bay Area quintet have delivered their most mature, complete and intense collection in 25 years together, nine mind-bending, pit-stirring classics that will instantly crush your skull while also serving a delicious amount of depth and nuance to devour.
“It’s partially fantasy-based, partially based on the prophecies of the Mayan calendar, partially based on the whole prophecy of the ‘end-of-the-world’” says guitarist/founder-member Eric Peterson, “but nature always ends up taking charge in the aftermath, we always end up back with nature being in charge.”
“Our world is changing,” furthers vocalist Chuck Billy, “it has changed over the last 10 years, the environment, the seasons, and it (makes you wonder) if there ‘might’ be something to those prophecies.”
“It’s hard not to see what the media’s feeding us,” adds Peterson, “ ‘The End of The World’ is like a big billboard, an advertisement, and I think a lot of people believe in it.”

Exodus is one of the first thrash metal bands to come out of the bay area, formed in 1980 in San Francisco, California, by Kirk Hammett, Tom Hunting, Paul Baloff, Jeff Andrews, and Gary Holt.

They were cited as major influence by pretty much every thrash band. Known for their aggressive brand of thrash, as opposed to the more melodic, NWOBHM rooted thrash sound of the likes of Metallica, and equally aggressive live shows.

At their prime (83-86) they were known as 'Kings of the Bay (area)', with practically no band daring to headline over them at the bay area.

BEWARE!!! There is a shovel headed kill machine on the loose with Gary Holt sitting behind the wheel – and he is angry! This machine will stop for nothing and is absolutely relentless!


Tom Hunting, Kirk Hammett and Gary Holt founded EXODUS in 1982, shortly after selecting an appropriate singer the band, Paul Baloff, who completed the line up perfectly and bringing the dream to fruition. Within the following year EXODUS gained huge attention in the international underground scene, evolving from an insiders' tip of the tape trading community to a highly popular act. Innovative song writing and explosive live shows made the difference, EXODUS brought Bay Area Thrash to the world and inspired many bands, among them METALLICA, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL and VIOLENCE (respectively MACHINE HEAD). In 1983 Kirk Hammet left the band to join METALLICA, and was replaced by Rick Hunolt, and soon after Rob McKillop complimented mix.

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