16 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Blurring the line between mosh pits and tribal dances, Roots is a rush of down-tuned guitar chug, Amazonian rhythms, and industrial electronics. Mid-’90s groove metal doesn’t get any more funky or furious than “Breed Apart” and “Ratamahatta,” a riot of wildly clattering percussion with singer Max Cavalera venting volcanic anger at his government’s treatment of Brazil’s indigenous population. Sepultura team up with musicians from the Xavante tribe for “Itsari,” an enchanting foray into Brazilian folk music that speaks to the band’s grand vision.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Blurring the line between mosh pits and tribal dances, Roots is a rush of down-tuned guitar chug, Amazonian rhythms, and industrial electronics. Mid-’90s groove metal doesn’t get any more funky or furious than “Breed Apart” and “Ratamahatta,” a riot of wildly clattering percussion with singer Max Cavalera venting volcanic anger at his government’s treatment of Brazil’s indigenous population. Sepultura team up with musicians from the Xavante tribe for “Itsari,” an enchanting foray into Brazilian folk music that speaks to the band’s grand vision.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Robbiebob ,

It is poignant that ‘Roots’ is the title of this album.

I like to think ‘Roots’ refers to more than just Sepultura. It is the ‘Roots’ of all metal music.

What got me into the genre in the first place is all here. The detuned bass of Paulo Jr. combines with Igor Cavalera’s jaw dropping drumming to create an unstoppable mass of sound. Andreas Kisser adds his magic, abstract leads into the pot, but it is Max Cavalera (rhythm guitar and vocals) who really makes the thing work.

It is pretty obvious Max is not happy about something! One intent listen to his words (preferably with the aid of a lyric sheet) and you see what…and why. His fury is understandable and his lyrics are so convincing, you become willing to fight for his cause. It is not aggressive for the sake of it; his people and those he cares about are suffering with political and military oppression, and this is how he chooses to fight it.

Musically though, this is everything you want from a metal band. The bonus disk ‘The Roots of Sepultura’ is also well worth a listen. The live tracks, Arise and Inner Self, are the best recordings of a metal band in concert I have ever heard.

A mature, diverse work but still ‘grounded’. A devastatingly good album. Unfortunately their last!

Anonymous User from UK ,

Easily one of the most influencal death metal albums ever

This album is beyond amazing. For anyone who likes heavy, agressive metal, you need to listen to this now

Head banger 98 ,

Addictive!!

Fu&king great album heavy lyrics smart riffs and an intense album best frontman for the band back then max cavalera is the man!!!!

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