Root is one of the original pre-second-wave black metal bands formed in 1987 by iconic vocalist Jiri 'Big Boss' Valter. In contrast to Bathory and Venom, Root took the black metal genre in a more refined direction, featuring Big Boss' characteristic clean vocals, dark sound and an epic approach altogether. Nowadays, the band is often recognized as an epic heavy/black metal act, or as the group simply puts it - a dark metal band. Root has maintained a strong underground following over the years, while Big Boss rose up to become a cult figure in the black metal genre, guesting on albums by leading metal artists such as Moonspell or Behemoth. Currently he's one of the oldest and most characteristic black metal singers; one of the very few, who possesses an operatic range of vocals.