Sepultura
Roots


3.5
great

Review

by sinnersparadice USER (14 Reviews)
January 29th, 2009 | 156 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


Before Max Cavalera left to form Soulfly, there was no denying that Sepultura were a significant force in Brazilian heavy metal, proven by the band's openness to experimentation throughout their career, increasingly heading towards a point where dabbling not only in hardcore punk, but also in traditional Brazilian music wouldn't be out of the question. Roots, while not the best album of Sepultura's career, is an album that showcases a diverse mixture of styles, and should not be passed up for this reason.

The opening tracks showcase an interest in groove-oriented music, while the downtuned sound, as previously noted, recalls that of the Deftones and Korn. The drumming of "Roots Bloody Roots" channels a tribal influence, further explored through primitive chants and vocalization spread throughout the album. "Ratamahatta" features chanting coperformed by Cavalera and samba reggae musician Carlinhos Brown, with percussion performed by Korn drummer David Silveria.

The vocal duties of "Lookaway" is largely cohandled by Mike Patton and Korn's Jonathan Davis, with Patton providing wordless vocalization and humming while Davis provides throaty whispering. Also interesting, in addition to the influence of tribal music, is the incorporation of scratches by House of Pain's DJ Lethal. Two tracks break away from Sepultura's traditional hard edge - "Jasco" is a short piece performed on acoustic guitar, and "Itsári" consists of traditional music performed by members of the Xavante tribe. After one last rock song -- the hardcore punk effort "Dictatorshit" -- we are treated to the field recording "Canyon Jam", consisting largely of distant, offset tribal drumming.

Roots, often considered a masterpiece of Brazilian metal, is not without flaw -- much of the music is noisy and the loud, grinding guitar feedback and can sometimes be tiring. But there is also a lot of interesting things going on here. It's not a perfect album by any stretch, but it's certainly one of Sepultura's most interesting efforts, and it's definitely one of the most unique metal albums ever produced, though often overpraised, and definitely not Sepultura's best album. But it's a very strong, energetic effort -- the band is in high form here, and there's not a moment that seems lazy or ill-conceived. Roots should serve as the metalhead's introduction to diverse forms of music from beyond the globe.



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rasputin
January 29th 2009


14550 Comments


album is pretty average

masterofcum
January 29th 2009


428 Comments


except that one song with the guy from Ko[backwards capital r]n. so boss

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 29th 2009


4950 Comments


you wrote "dictator***"... i seriously thought it was dictatorass.This Message Edited On 01.29.09

bastard
January 29th 2009


3435 Comments


this band sucks

decent review thoughThis Message Edited On 01.29.09

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 29th 2009


17920 Comments


you wrote "dictator***"... i seriously thought it was dictatorass.


the filter is for some reason set to make shit three asterisks in reviews

sinnersparadice
January 29th 2009


22 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote="bastard"]this band sucks[/quote]

As opposed to T-Pain?

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2009


16054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Ratamahatta" was awesome. If this album was a single then it would be good.

kygermo
January 30th 2009


996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

naa naa, this album has some great ideas and (especially) grooves throughout. might sound dumb, but this is the um...funkiest sep ever got, and it aint no secret igor's performance is a smoker. "dusted' is downright bitchin!

BallsToTheWall
January 30th 2009


44713 Comments


Only one review for this album? Hard to belive. This was my first Sepultura album and still love it. ROOTS....BLOODY...ROOTS. Old Seps are better though.

Digging: Reverend Bizarre - Return to the Rectory

Wizard
January 30th 2009


19549 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Perfect review for this album. Described my thoughts down to a tee. Great review.This Message Edited On 01.30.09

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

KILL
January 30th 2009


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea good review

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

ConorMichaelJoseph
March 19th 2009


1870 Comments


First Sepultura album I ever owned. Its goooooood

BallsToTheWall
August 14th 2009


44713 Comments


Holy shit, just noticed Royce Gracie is in the video for Attitude.

SlaveNewWorld
October 10th 2009


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How about an alternative metal classic?

KILL
October 10th 2009


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no

FadeToBlack
October 10th 2009


11034 Comments


nothing after chaos ad is worth getting by sepultura

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2009


44713 Comments


How bout tribal chest beating awesomenese?

combustion07
October 12th 2009


5388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome albummmmm

VTK
December 29th 2009


76 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album so muuuuuuch

But then again I'm BR BR BR so maybe I can relate to Cavalera's efforts better.

Mordecai.
December 29th 2009


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rooooooooooooooots



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