Here is the last post of 2016 and what a great way to go out with the legendary Czech Republic's Root who discuss the bands past and the newest release "Kargeras-return from oblivion" so read forward and have a great new years eve and a great 2017 stay tuned for a lot of new reviews and interviews coming up.
Interview with Big Boss vocalist of Root done by Patrick
Hello Big Boss how are things going with you these days? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Big Boss: I´m great bastard and hate all:-))
Big Boss you formed Root back in 1987 what gave you the idea to start this band?And how did you come up with Root as the bands name?
Big Boss: The band formed as the recession but we realized a bit later that we like it. We found that right title and the band is here. The title was taken from the sentence Root of all Evil.
Besides the upcoming release of "Kargeras--Return From Oblivion does the band have any past releases or merchandise available? I know Root has had a tremendous career but do you have a personal favorite Root song and release?
Igor: We offer both all ROOT´s older releases and shirts. Check out our store at www.rootan.net
Big Boss: All our songs are our children. Would you love some of your children more than another one? I don´t think so. That´s it.
Root is getting ready to release their new release "Kargeras--Return From Oblivion" how long did it take to write the music for the new release?
Big Boss: I wrote both albums in 1993-1994 but the right time to make the music for the second part has come now as far.
I believe the lyrics on the new release are a concept What gave you the idea to do a concept release? And what is the concept based on?
Big Boss: It is a direct continuation of “Kärgeräs” album from 1996. My own closure of the story which I wrote back in the nineties. I promised once that one day I would finish that story and so I am keeping this promise. Many fans have been waiting for it since the first “Kärgeräs” album. Now they can finally get it and can enjoy another part of this story. I’m looking forward to listeners’ opinions about this new masterpiece. The album is simultaneously a gift directly to “Kärgeräs” album fans. It´s very important because there are many fans of ROOT who prefer just some of our albums. And “Kärgeräs” is the special one.
Root has played many shows over the years what have been some of your most memorable shows? And who were some bands you had the pleasure of sharing the stage with?
Big Boss: All shows are great and all bands too. I don´t prefer anything, only politics do this:-)
Igor: Most of gigs out of Czech Republic are more special because we don´t play in other countries so often. Really special trip was Calgary in Canada some years ago. Still remember also No Mercy Festivals European tour with Moonspell, Behemoth and Napalm Death in 2007.
Are their any tours or shows planned for the rest of 2016 or the beginning of 2017? What are some countries Root will be playing?Any idea who are the bands you will be playing with?
Big Boss: Maybe that very the first US show ever. ROOT is confirmed for Maryland Deathfest 2017. This is really special one. Otherwise we still play live over here in Czech Republic mostly, sometimes in Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Belgium, Poland, France, Canada, Serbia, England...etc.
And we played with Moonspell, Anathema, Apocalyptica, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Nifelheim, Pungent Stench, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Enslaved, Napalm Death, Impaled Nazarene, Satanic Warmaster, Amon Amarth, Sodom and more and more...
Root comes out of the Czech Republic's metal scene what is your opinion of the Czech Republic's scene over the years?
Big Boss: There still appear new good bands and friends, some older bands play on – ROOT for example. I don´t prefer any band at all. Many old bands split up, of course.
Who are some of your all-time favorite band? Are their any new bands or projects you feel the readers should check out soon?
Igor: Maybe you guys should check out our projects;-)
Besides bands are their any good labels or distro's you can recommend to the readers?
Igor: Agonia Records actually. Quite a good business partner;-)
In your opinion what does Underground metal mean to you?
Igor: Don´t like this word at all. I understand why some people use it within the musical business but this word covers also some bad things. Many people and bands just hide behind this word. I think the real underground scene disappeared with the internet.
Are you or any of the members of Root currently working in any other bands or projects?
Igor: We´re still working on other projects. Big Boss will record his another solo album next year and other ROOT members help him with this a bit too. I still work on some new songs, as well as other guitarists.
Big Boss you take care of the vocals at what age did you become interested in singing and screaming? Is their anything special that you do to keep your throat and voice healthy?
Big Boss: I do not work on my voice at all. I smoke and drink I do not care about the voice. It is a gift from Satan, okay?
Who are some of your favorite vocalists? Besides handling the vocals do you play any other instruments?
Big Boss: My favorite is – Janis Joplin, Chris Farlowe, King Diamond, Denis Shaforostof....I play a little on keyboards, drums and bass....
When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Big Boss: He he he....you do´t want to know...hehehe
Thank you Big Boss for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Big Boss: We'll meet you in hell....Stay Proud !