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The early Sepultura albums found Max Cavalera cribbing together words he'd copied from albums by Celtic Frost and Venom. Though it initially seemed like there was no cultural inheritance for a group of metal-obsessed Brazilians, Roots disproved that notion. Sepultura’s 1996 release was heavily influenced by the time the members had spent with the indigenous Xavante people at their ancestral home in eastern Brazil. While “Itsári” was actually recorded with the Xavante, the Brazilian influence is also felt on “Ratamahatta,” “Endangered Species," and “Dictatorshit,” all of which feature the playing and co-writing of Brazilian star Carlinhos Brown. Mike Patton (of Faith No More) and Jonathan Davis (of Korn) provided lyrics and vocals on “Lookaway,” proving that Sepultura could celebrate the current forms of metal even as it invoked ancient traditions. On the surface, Roots has much in common with the glut of nü-metal albums that appeared in the mid- to late '90s, but it displays a philosophical sophistication and hard-earned authenticity that's rare in the field.

Customer Reviews

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!

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


Sensational album.


Formed: 1984 in Brazil

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura went on to become the most successful Brazilian heavy metal band in history. Over a ten-year period, the band grew from strength to strength, transforming itself from a primitive death metal ensemble into one of the leading creative trendsetters of the international aggressive music scene. Unfortunately,...
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