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Bay Area Thrashers Testament To Rework Material For Upcoming Album "The Dark Roots Of Earth," Delay Release To 2013

Testament have issued a statement through their label, Nuclear Blast Records, announcing their decision to delay their forthcoming studio album “The Dark Roots Of Earth,” originally due out in May, until early 2013. To put the lengthy wait in context, the band had this to say:

“[2008’s ‘The Formation Of Damnation’] was about as kickass a comeback record as any metal band has been lucky enough to release in the past decade. It shot us back to the top of the metal totem pole and landed us some amazing tours and awesome new fans, and for that reason, we could have just rested on our laurels and released ‘Dark Roots’ when it wasn’t truly ready – just because we could.

“Fortunately for everyone, that’s not how Testament wants to do things in 2012, which is why after a long process of painful but honest decision-making – and quite a bit of arguing – we agreed that an early 2013 release is necessary. The completed mix is just not up to par with what you’ve come to expect from us, and as we debated bringing back [producer Andy Sneap] to remix it, [frontman Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson] fleshed out some brand new song ideas. They’re much, much stronger than several tracks currently on the record, so it’s back to the drawing board. Unfortunately, finalizing those songs and re-recording our entire album will require several more months of work. That’s the downside to creating great art: you have to wait for it. But the reward is sweeter that way, and rest assured – you’re in for a seriously heavy treat! For the past four years, we’ve been determined to top ourselves, and there’s no excuse for taking the easy way out now.”

No word has yet arrived on whether touring/session drummer Gene Hoglan – who also performed on the band’s “Demonic” [1997] – would carve out time to return for the second round of recording. Nor has Testament confirmed that Chris Adler, [Lamb Of God] who also provided drum tracks, would redo his parts. However, Nuclear Blast has confirmed that Testament is indeed still a member of their roster, and that the label will release “The Dark Roots Of Earth” in North America and Europe early next year – tentatively February.

In the meantime, check out Metalunderground.com's most recent interviews with Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson.

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1. Metalfist writes:

That can't be. April Fool's.

Funny thing is that I actually believed this one for a second, but then a lightbulb went off in my head "Oh wait, it's April Fool's Day" and that was a breath of fresh air because I am drooling for Dark Roots Of Earth.

The reason I believed it was because the guys in Testament are perfectionists, so there ya go.

Close call. I'm thinking Metalunderground is gonna post something crazy like "Tony Iommi Passes Away".

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 11:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

This has to be an April Fool's Joke. I'd be p***ed off if the new Testament didn't come out this year.

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brandedcfh420 writes:

damn, we are all going to die on december 21st and will not get to hear it.....

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.......hahahahahahaha

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 7:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Jds197 writes:

I really hope this is an April fools joke. But if it isn't, at least they have an honest reason for a delay.

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 10:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. kOrNfReAk2k4 writes:

i can wait Testament are one kik a$$ band and the wait will be worth it!!!!

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

#4 Jds197, this was just an April Fool's Joke. I'm pretty sure the new Testament album will still be released this year.

# Apr 2, 2012 @ 7:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. deathbringer writes:

Indeed, it should be out this year.

# Apr 3, 2012 @ 8:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. THE GODS OF METAL writes:

We have been following tetament since the begining. We have seen them at least in 20 shows. there are simply the best. We would like very much for the Dark Roots to come out this april or may, but if it dosent We understand that the band is taking what ever time they need to do it right. We just hope that they bring out something Heavy and Hard like Gathering or New order or something like that. We THE UNDERGROUND LA METAL TRUE FANS are ecpecting this from the great TESTAMENT.

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