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Darkness is perfection! Darkness is eternal! - 100%

The Infamous Bastard, November 18th, 2013

Root is deservingly hailed as one of the original pre-second-wave black metal bands escalating the genre to broader and darker reaches and realms. The Temple in the Underworld is one of the numerous testaments of the supreme occult madness that the band has bestowed to the genre. The grandeur lies in the songwriting that builds the superlative structures of the songs; the grandeur lies in the vile atmosphere molding that ritualistic songwriting; and in the complete unhallowed expedition that this forty-four minute record takes a listener to. The depth of the ideology and the profoundness of lyricism have certainly generated a bigger impact to the musical luminosity.

The music here is something of a storyteller – forming images of the ancient underworlds and the cosmic tales, along the riffs and the ambient passages that collectively procreate this devastating beast of an album. The doom constituents of the riffing and all the dark components build the uncompromising nature of this original black/dark metal, non-submitting to the comparatively easy-accessible extreme metal albums of that era. For that matter, this album was unlike any album released in those years, although the root of the band lies in the veins of Bathory and Venom distilled with various other dark classical components. Big Boss, the band's backbone comes from blues background, and evidently experiments with some defiling traditional heavy metal elements as well. His demonic vocals furthermore infiltrate the vehement aura with their beastly presence.

Songs advance in a slow and nasty gesture – the sound conforming to no complexity boundaries. The structures are prioritized with the instrumentation usage becoming secondary. This is also where this album is different from its counterpart releases. Since I have the CD version, the ending track was more or less, an unforeseen tomfoolery for me, but nothing serious! Root has always been a behemoth of a band, and often very unacknowledged and underrated for their massive influence to extreme metal. And this album is where the impeccability lies, as one of the very few metal albums with this level of excellence.