Root are a band from the Czech Republic that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style that I would describe as being early satanic black/dark metal, and this band has been a huge influence on the second wave, and this is a review of t heir live 2013 album "Viginti Quinque In Scaena" which was released by Agonia Records, and I will write more about the music than the crowd talking.
"Talking Bones" begins with some horror movie keyboards before going into a dark, melodic and heavy guitar riff along with some drums which leads to some powerful bass playing and the music going into a thrash direction and as the song moves on it starts mixing a brief use of guitar leads that kick in and out setting up the mood for some melodic clean singing which also utilizes some aggressive elements leaning towards black metal.
"Sonata Of The Choosen Ones" begins with some melodic guitar riffs, powerful bass and drums which leads to some melodic and aggressive sounding vocals which also utilize some grim black metal screams and as the song moves on the riffing gets more diverse while remaining heavy as well as bringing solos into the mix.
"Hrbitov" begins with some heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with some drums and aggressive and gruff sounding vocals which leads to the music taking a more primitive direction along with some blast beats and guitar solos which sound very powerful for a minute before the song reverts back to its opening riff for a brief period and then goes into a doom metal direction before going back to a more primitive sound.
"The Endowment" starts off with some heavy and melodic guitar riffing and drums which in return leads to the music incorporating more thrash elements before slowing down and adding in grim black metal vocals which also mix in melodic clean singing and as the song moves on the riffing gets more diverse while also remaining heavy all at the same time along with a brief use of melodic guitar solos and you can hear a small amount of bass playing towards the end.
"In Nomine Satanas" begins with some dark and melodic guitar riffing which leads to some powerful drumming as well as melodic, rough and grim vocals and as the song moves on it gets heavier along with some powerful bass playing and guitar leads.
"The Festival Of Destruction" begins with some guitar distortion and background demonic growls setting up the mood from some drums and heavy guitar and bass riffing and as a minute passes by, melodic vocals start kicking in along with some aggressive black metal elements getting mixed in which then leads to some dark sounding guitar solos being utilized briefly before reverting back to the rhythms.
"And They Are Silent" begins with some powerful drums and aggressive sounding thrash metal guitar riffs which leads to vocals that combine first generation black metal and power metal together and after awhile the song goes into a slow but still heavy direction along with some guitar leads before going back to its opening riffs.
"Lucifer" begins with some dark and heavy guitar riffs along with some powerful drums before introducing a brief use of guitar leads setting up the mood form some grim black metal vocals and after awhile dark sounding melodies found their way into the mix along with some powerful bass playing as well as a brief use of guitar leads before returning to the heavy and dark riffing.
"The Aposiopesis" begins with some melodic guitar riffs, drums and old metal metal guitar leads which slowly leads to some gruff and melodic vocals and as the song moves on the riffing gets alot more diverse while also keeping around a dark sound along with some powerful bass playing kicking in briefly which then leads to a small amount of solos kicking in and out.
"The Old Ones" begins with some acoustic guitars and flutes before going into heavy and melodic guitar and bass riffs along with some powerful drums setting up the mood for some grim and melodic black metal singing, and as the song moves on the riffing gets alot more diverse and towards the end you can hear some guitar solos briefly.
"Prisen Pro Satana" begins with some old school black metal guitar riffs and drums which leads to some black/thrash style vocals and as the song moves on guitar leads start kicking in and out at times.
"666" begins with some heavy and dark guitar riffs along with some drums which then take the music into a fast and primitive direction along with some black metal vocals and as the song moves on their is a brief use of guitar solos.
Song lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, and Lovecraft themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, and heavy sound with all of the songs being recorded live and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
In my opinion while this a great live recording from Root, it might not appeal to t he fans who have only heard the newer stuff, but if you are a fan of their newer material, you should check out this live album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Talking Bones" "In Nomine Satanas" "The Aposiopesis" and "666". RECOMMENDED BUY.