Doyens of death metal from the depths of Belo Horizonte, Sepultura were easily one of the most influential non-Latin music bands to come out of South America. Listeners not immediately rendered deaf by their paint-peeling sound could be forgiven for dismissing them as an imitation of Anglo and pan-European practitioners of extreme rock -- until their masterwork, Roots, that is. The audacious premise of their last recording with visionary howler Max Cavalera was to rediscover the band's Brazilian heritage. Sepultura had in the past vilified their homeland's deplorable corruption and street-kid genocide, and their wrecking-ball sonic attack had nothing to do with the lightness and swing associated with Brazil's best. But Roots, with its collaborations with master percussionist Carlinhos Brown ("Ratamahatta," "Endangered Species"), proved these prodigal sons had more than a little funk in them. And the band's expedition into the Amazonian rainforest to record with the Xavante Indian tribe ("Itsari") remains one of the most extreme examples of cross-cultural collaboration to date. Misunderstood by adults of various nations, Sepultura's brave fusions proved them to be of a darker hue in the rainbow of styles that make up Brazil's irresistable music.
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- Roadrunner Records
Performance CreditsSepultura Primary Artist,Percussion
Carlinhos Brown Drums,Vocals,Berimbau,Surdo,Timbaus,Lataria
Jonathan Davis Vocals
Mike Patton Vocals
Igor Cavalera Percussion,Drums,Djembe,Timbaus
Max Cavalera Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Berimbau
Andreas Kisser Acoustic Guitar,Sitar,Background Vocals
Ross Robinson Percussion
Technical CreditsSepultura Composer,Producer
DJ Lethal Producer
Richard Kaplan Engineer
Chuck Johnson Engineer
Andreas Kisser Composer
Ross Robinson Producer
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This album is very cool, the riffs are great and lyrics are well done too!!! Welll what tha f**k can i say, the coolest songs are Endangered Species, Straighthate, Cut Throat, Ratamahatta and Itsari!!!
The lead vocalist sounds absolutely constipated when he is not sounding like he wants to throw up. This is a brilliant example of good music spoiled by asinine delivery of vocals. Throw the singer out and make it an instrumental album. "It carries tremendous visceral impact"? Not quite-- screaming should be cerebral, this is infantile.
Sepultura has good message but now the level of the songs has declined. The riffs are too simple. I recommend songs "Roots Bloody Roots", "Cut Throat" and "Straighthate".
This album was mediocre but had "A" for effort.The guitars were too chunky for my taste and didn't have the usual hard hitting sounds as chaos AD had.Although some songs are very catchy i.e. Born stubborn and Spit. overall this album is a must have for all Sepultura collectors and fans.
Sepultura died after Cavalera left. He left behind Roots which is good to remember what Sepultura was. Cavalera followed up with the amazing Soulfly. Sepultura will always be the best and this album is their best.