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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”  – 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.
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