Root - _Hell Symphony_
(I Hate Records, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (
Alongside Master's Hammer, Root are the Czech cult elite, but sadly little known west of the former Iron Curtain. This is the re-release of their second album, and their first with English lyrics, which are sparse and broken but as Satanic as the day they started: big boss Big Boss is the founder of the Church of Satan in the former Czechoslovakia. The music is old-school thrash with dashes of death and a touch of proto-black; like Vulcano, this is the kind of "true cult" that would make Fenriz (Darkthrone) salivate heavily. Obligatory bonus tracks are included but won't be a deal clincher, consisting of a few live tracks. In later years they would improve on virtually all aspects -- English lyrics, musicianship, arrangements, production -- but this proved to be a Faustian pact as they would never again release an album as grim and unsettling as this undisputed classic.
All contents copyright 1995-2014 their individual creators. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
All opinions expressed in Chronicles of Chaos are opinions held at the time of writing by the individuals expressing them.
They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else, past or present.