WEAPON Vocalist/Guitarist Vetis Monarch on Root's 'Hell Symphony'
It was (is) truly a global phenomenon and it all sounded so diverse: Blasphemy, Mayhem, Master's Hammer, Samael, Mystifier, Archgoat, Sabbat, Mortuary Drape, Von, Tormentor, Abhorer, Beherit, Rotting Christ, and of course, Root, were creating sounds that were challenging the listener in different ways, yet they ALL carried that inherently Satanic element within their work.
Root's Hell Symphony shows a band unafraid to fuse musicality with the darkness. It shows a band willing to embrace their skills, and use it towards a sinister approach, not against it. Acoustic guitars played alongside fast, palm-muted riffs, scaling leads and double-bass drums - it blew my fucking mind. This album was proof that evil music could be melodic without sounding fruity; the difference was evident!
'Hell Symphony' is the Black Metal equivalent of Milton's Paradise Lost, coming to life via Big Boss' eccentric evocations, invoking images of fire and brimstone, blood and death; Satan had fallen, and Root were present to document it, and generous enough to share it with the world.
Lyrically, 'Hell Symphony' is as 'profound' as one can expect of a band located in Eastern Europe; yet, between the lines one can find a heartfelt devotion to the Left Hand Path, genuinely ominous and proudly defiant.
In Weapon we wear our influences proudly on our sleeves, but we make it a point not to plagiarize the ones we have learned from. Bands as (musically) dissimilar as Von and Root are (equally) important to us; but they emanate the same Satanic aura, and we harness it to our advantage.
Select Weapon Discography:
'Drakonia Paradigm' LP - The AJNA Offensive 2009
'Para Bhakti... Salvation' 7" - Full Moon Productions 2008
'Violated Hejab' 7" - Legion Of Death Records 2005
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