Review by JD on May 31, 2009.
Root's "Hell Symphony" is a veritable Black hymnal of songs that the infernal one would approve of from the first strain of sound on this album, showing that they are band to be reckoned. The music can be described as being so very dark and strong, without ever coming across as being cartoonish. This is truly Satanism showing it's full intelligence, which is Christianity's number one worst nightmare coming all too true.
With very ruthless music that is a perfect blend of metal and blasphemous idealism through the most unearthly vocals I have heard in a very long time...making these hymns for Satan sound so incredibly sinister. Looking at it from another perspective... they are pretty good musicians in their own right, but it is still the whole lyric thing that makes me smile as their message seems to make even the staunches of Catholics more than a little uneasy to hear.
This is a Hell Symphony (Yeah I know... bad use of the album name)... without being complex or overly done. I can only describe them a striped down Meatloaf of Black Metal. Complex without seeming to be over anyone's head. That is very hard to pull off at the best of times yet the mighty Root does that the best that I have come across... while scaring the Christianity right out of you at the same time.
It is true that I like their other album "The Book" just a tad bit more than this one, but do not get me wrong here... "Hell Symphony" is a great album all on it own. I like this album enough that I think I am going to finish off this review with the ratings, and listen to it for the sheer pleasure of it. Root is one of the best on the world Black Metal scene today, and will always be.
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Rating: 8.1 out of 10