Unfortunately, Taproot has difficulty rising above its influences. The rhythm section is sharp, the guitars are appropriately heavy, and lead singer Stephen Richard has adequate range. However, his voice can get annoying at times, and the band members are so busy trying to be heavy that they haven't figured out how to write hooks.
Overall, there are better bands in the current heavy climate. (See the above list of influences.) But many groups are much, much worse, and Taproot seems to care so damn much about its music that it's kind of endearing. Perhaps, after a few more years on the road and a newfound willingness to take more risks, Taproot could become a leader of the scene. Until then, it'll make a great opening act for those who call the shots.