ROOT, which already make music since 1987, belong to the most original and most exceptional bands in the Metal scene. Their masterpieces “The Temple In The Underworld”, “The Book” and “Black Seal” should every fan of gloomy and occult music know. ROOT don’t stick to default formulas but play their own individual kind of music. Close minded Metallers will probably have their problems with the art of this outstanding group. Okay, that this is in no way easy listening must be clear. ROOT have involved all styles of heavy Rock. This is primarily Doom, Black Metal and Progressive – but also Folk, soundtrack music or classic music are to find...
And here it is, the new album of ROOT. After the almighty shadow of the previous century album “Black Seal” isn’t fully off, the lungs of hell opened again and spilled out “Madness Of The Graves”. Of course, the previous record couldn’t be beaten but nobody could expect that. But the new album is more aggressive and also more progressive. The guitar work, whether distorted or acoustic, is once again amazing and the vocals are haunting. I have really rarely listened to such scarrying vocals. Whereby, the good Big Boss sings even softly... but despite that, he won’t please most Metal fans. The difficulty accessible “Then” is really strange that even I have to breathe deeply... The band uses mainly thrashy riff attacks, which are strong headbanger stuff, but also some dreamy acoustic passages aren’t missing. A contrast bath of emotions is preprogrammed. That’s already ensured by the pretty diversified vocals of Uhudler Big Boss.
Let’s come to the downpoints: song number 9, “The Last Gate”, is actually only a clutter of voices with some sound playings, so it’s not a song but lasts for more than 6 minutes. “Afterwards” is a rather abdicable ballad... but the rest is great. The problem is then, that this record offers only around 35 minutes joyful music and that’s not much for a band, which actually records albums with overlength. Nevertheless, this album is amazing and despite the lesser points, it remains oustanding. (Online May 30, 2004)