|Review: Root - Kargeras - Return from Oblivion|
|Kargeras - Return from Oblivion|
Label: Agonia Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 13, 2016
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Kargeras - Return from Oblivion
Well, this is the tenth Root album in a career that stretches back to 1990 and encompasses some fantastic albums: Zjeveni, The Temple in the Underworld, Black Seal, and others. Root remain dedicated to the Black Metal ethos, but their music has mutated over the decades into a heavy, dark beast fueled by Big Boss' charismatic basso vocals.
The problem is that Root kind of fell apart when guitarist Blackie Hosek left back in 2004, and they have never been the same. They showed some signs of life with Heritage of Satan back in 2011, but here again we have an album that does not measure up. The songwriting here is actually pretty decent, with some nice riffs and interesting songwriting. The problem is that the recording is insufferably weak. This would sound a lot more like old Root if it was heavy as fuck, like back on Temple in the Underworld. Sadly, the guitar sound here is a weak, buzzy noise that sucks a lot of the potential awesome out of these songs, and makes this an album that just never grips you and kicks your ass.
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