BERRY | 2007-03-18 >>>
LP (1991 Zeras)
Definition of hell - the transition from the ancient to the modern
The first album in English
and the second in overall Root discography was in its time (16 years
ago) a bomb. The band did not stop with the directness of the debut
and the success on the Czech market. They added even more musicalness
and they left from using their mother language. It was really
presentable album which introduced in abroad - despite of the fact
that the label Zeras (bankrupting in that time) did not do too much
for the promotion even in own country.
The cover is a typical one. A goat in the pentagram, bloody red logo
and horror title „Hell Symphony“. The inlay also contains hellish
paintings and hand-written lyrics. This is the only thing I assume a
little amateurish on this album, the hand writing. Otherwise
everything else on "Hell Symphony" is real hell symphony. Black metal
directed by Satan himself.
Alredy the intro announces an important shift from the debut. The
songs are much more sophisticated, the tempo changes often, there are
interesting guitar solos and occasionally also acoustic guitars.
"Belzebub" is followed by "Belial" which represents the new style
pretty exactly - the style still grows from the old roots. For example
"Lucifer" by many aspects reffers to "Aralyon", mainly by its
atmosphere and here and there deadly slow tempo, that was very unusual
in that time when almost all metal bands played as far as possible. "Abaddon"
is a mystical song whose slow start prepares us for the best chorus on
this album. Also "Asmodeus" starts very slowly but in a short while
the hellish spinning wheel continues its work, completed by excellent
chorus and nice solos of Mr. D.A.N.a and Blackosh.
"Satan" is started by the drummer, Big Boss preaches all the the song
and at the end he laughs. "Leviathan" is another full-value and
striking hard song which can be assumed as a hit of the album - the
listener is easily subjugated by the guitars supported by Big Boss´s
barking. "Astaroth" is straight and simple song but specific by its
choir chorus and a serie of guitar solos. "Loki" starts epically and
after the mid-tempo middle it ends by changing it ends by an acoustic
passage. "The Prayers" brings acoustic guitars, blowing wind, Big
Boss´s speech and the song culminates in the far distance, somwhere
out of the listener´s ability to percieve... This is the end of
compact and conceptual opus which retrospectivelly viewed looks as a
certain transition from the ancient to the modern black metal. This is
why Root became legend and the most interesting and the most authentic
band of all times. I only mean within the Czech scene, but there are
many of those who would claim the same in the framwork of all the
I do not listen to this LP too often, maybe because of its
undefiniteness - or in other words - from today´s point of view it
represents logical and natural ambivalence. Without this period Root
would never reached the their contemporary majestic and dark metal.
Thanks to this continuity their music is still attractive no only for
the younger but also for their old fans. "Hell Symphony" was a
transition between the debut and the top of Root creativity: "The
Temple In The Underworld".