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Roots
     

Roots

3.8 5
by Sepultura
 

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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,

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Listeners intrigued by the rhythmic innovations and Brazilian influences of Chaos A.D. will be quite pleased by Sepultura's sprawling, frequently brilliant follow-up. True to its title, Roots wholeheartedly embraces Sepultura's native Brazilian rhythms, augmenting their music with field recordings of the Xavantes Indians, vocalist/percussionist Carlinhos Brown, and expanded percussion sections. The guitarists create an array of noisy, textural effects, so their technique and riff writing are not as impressive for fans of old-school thrash, but that's more due to the growing influence of alternative metal on the band, with Korn being a particular touchstone (vocalist Jonathan Davis even guests on one track). The songs sacrifice the tight structure of Chaos A.D. for extended percussion jams, plus some acoustic instrumental work. At 72 minutes, Roots inevitably loses focus in spots, but when the music connects (and it does so often), it carries tremendous visceral impact. Roots consolidates Sepultura's position as perhaps the most distinctive, original heavy metal band of the 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1996
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861890025
catalogNumber:
618900
Rank:
23518

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sepultura   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
Paulo   Bass,Timbaus
Ross Robinson   Percussion

Technical Credits

Sepultura   Composer,Producer
DJ Lethal   Producer
Richard Kaplan   Engineer
Chuck Johnson   Engineer
Andreas Kisser   Composer
Ross Robinson   Producer

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Roots 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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".
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.