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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.

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

Superb!

Sensational album.

Biography

Formed: 1984 in Brazil

Genre: Metal

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

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura became 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, a bitter internal crisis almost destroyed the band, and Sepultura struggled to recover their previous momentum. Hailing from Brazil's third...
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