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Root

From: Czech Republic
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Root News

Below is our complete Root news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Root Announces CD/DVD Release

On the 24th of September, cult dark metal band Root will release special anniversary recording "Viginti Quinque Annis In Scaena." Root was previously covered in our look at prolific bands with plenty of releases who still somehow remain unknown.

The release marks an impressively long 25 years of existence in the metal scene and consists of exclusive live material, recorded between 2007 and 2012. While the audio disc (and LP version) features the full show recorded at Melodka Music Club (Brno, Czech Republic) on the 19th of November 2011, the additional DVD includes road documentaries full of backstage, bonus, and exclusive material as well as live songs filmed at Hammer Open Air, Noctis Fest, Brutal Assault Festival, the No Mercy European Tour 2007, and more.

The band's latest full-length offering "Heritage of Satan" (reviewed here) came out in 2011. More...

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Shape Of Despair To Play Hammer Open Air

Finland's Shape of Despair has issued the following announcement about playing the upcoming Hammer Open Air festival:

"Now it's gonna finally happen, the very first Shape Of Despair live-show. Hammer Open Air Metal Festival 2012 After-party at Klubi, Turku on Saturday 21.7. Let it be written in your scars. More info at the Hammer Open Air official website."

The festival's currently announced lineup is as follows:

Deströyer 666 (AU): Black/Thrash Metal
Asphyx (NL): Death Metal
Root (CZ): Black Metal
Gehennah (SE): Black/Thrash
Necrophobic (SE): Black/Death Metal
Portrait (SE): Heavy Metal
Charnel Winds (FI): Black Metal
The 11th Hour (NL): Epic Doom Metal
Jess And The Ancient Ones (FI): Occultic Heavy Rock
Forgotten Horror (FI): Blackened Thrash Metal
Swallowed (FI): Death Metal
Gorephilia (FI): Death Metal
Krypts (FI): Death Metal
Cryptborn (FI): Death Metal
Vorum (FI): Death Metal
Damngod (FI): Groove Death Metal
Devastracktor (FI): Thrash Metal
Cannibal Accident (FI): Grindcore

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Unearthing The Prolific-Yet-Unknown Underground

Every Monday we take a look at three bands in the metal underground that deserve to be heard by a wider audience.

While normally the various bands unearthed are all grouped together by sub-genre or geographical location, this week we’re headed into slightly different territory to examine three bands that don’t necessarily share a similar sound. Instead, these three groups all have a common thread in that they are highly prolific artists with many releases under their belts, but somehow still haven’t managed to become highly known in the metal community.

Check out the music of Root, Transmetal, and Senmuth below and decide for yourself if you’d like to join these band’s relatively small but loyal fanbases.

Root

This Czech Republic act is a bit of a cult hit in the underground, developing its own unique sound that isn’t quite black metal or avant-garde or ambient or anything else, but has echoes of all those styles and more.

Root has a solid nine full-length releases under its belt scattered throughout a 20+ year history, having just dropped the new album “Heritage of Satan” (reviewed here). Until recently, Root was almost completely unknown by fans of European dark metal acts, only starting to see more exposure after a series of re-releases through I Hate Records in 2008.

For more info on Root, head over to the band’s official website here, or listen to a sampling of songs off “The Temple in the Underworld” and “The Book” below.

“Casilda's Song”
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Metalhit.com Launches New Free Compilation

Metal Maniacs and Metalhit.com are offering up the newest installment of their free monthly metal compilation for download worldwide. The latest compilation, available until November 14th, includes free, as-of-yet unreleased downloadable tracks from:

ROOT (Agonia Records)
DEVIL (Soulseller Records)
BLACK TUSK (Relapse Records)
TJSUDER (Seasons of Mist)
NUNFUCKRITUAL (Debemur Morti Prod.)
NOCTEM (Metal Blade Records)
A PLEA FOR PURGING (Facedown Records)
ACHERONTAS (Agonia Records)
BAHIMIRON (Moribund Records)

Visitors may also enter to win a free copy of Root's "Heritage of Satan" CD, courtesy of Agonia Records. To download the compilation and enter the contest, visit this location.

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Root Reveals "Heritage Of Satan" Details

Long running Czech Republic metal act Root has announced the band's upcoming ninth album, and follow-up to the "Daemon Viam Invenient" album, will be titled "Heritage of Satan."

The album is set for release through Agonia Records on October 25th in Europe and November 22nd in North America. You can also check out the cover artwork below.

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Root Announces Guest Musicians For New Album

Long running Czech Republic based dark metal act Root has announced an upcoming 9th full-length album, which will be titled "Heritage of Satan." The new album is currently slated for release this coming Autumn through Agonia Records.

Root has also announced three special guests who lent their talents while recording the album: Erik Danielsson (Watain), Rune Blasphemer Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Ava Inferi, Aura Noir) and Adam Nergal Darski (Behemoth). Vocalists Erik and Nergal provide their vocals on two of the albums' tracks, while one song is decorated with Blasphemer´s northern guitar melodies.

Additional details on "Heritage of Satan" will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Metalunderground.com's reviews of the previous Root albums "The Book," "The Temple in the Underworld," "Hell Symphony," and "Zjeveni."

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Initial Bands Announced For Thrash Assault 4 Fest

The initial bands have been announced for the Thrash Assault 4 Festival, which is to take place on November 14, 2009 in Würzburg, Germany at Posthalle (www.posthalle.de).

The bands announced so far are:

SODOM (Ger)
LEGION OF THE DAMNED (NL)
ROOT (CZ)
FUELED BY FIRE (USA)
SENTINEL BEAST (USA)

Three more bands are expected to be announced still, including one "cult band" as the third co-headliner.

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