Sepultura
Chaos A.D.


5.0
classic

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (158 Reviews)
September 17th, 2011 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Less Thrash, more Change.

Review: Sepultura, Chaos A.D.(1993)

Less Thrash, more Change.

A distant beat gets closer and closer throughout the opening seconds of a song. A heavy riff explodes. And...Tribal drums!?! What on earth has happened to Sepultura? They changed for the better,that's what.

Yes, as fans of Sepultura back in 1993 will tell you, Sepultura seemed to have a major shift in sound from the excellent thrash tendencies of Arise, to the much more tribal approach of Chaos A.D., finally using background influence, courtesy of genuine Brazilian instruments. Of course, society, protests and misuse of technology was the recurring theme for Chaos A.D.

That's not to say that this album didn't match up to the likes of Beneath the Remains or Arise. Chaos A.D. did just that, and much, much more,thankfully. 1993 was a year in which thrash metal had either lost its brutal force, or had been taken over by the masterful empire of a genre once called Grunge, but some bands, such as Sepultura, were about to die fighting, if they ever did die,that is.

The obvious mastermind behind Sepultura is Max Cavalera, now well known for his Post-Sepultura act, Soulfly, and sometime later, a collaboration with his brother, Iggor Cavalera, forming the even more brutal, Cavalera Conspiracy. But let's not forget the other members of the Sepultura of 1993. Iggor Cavalera's use of Brazilian percussion and his very own drum style helped to mould the new Sepultura, that would make more and more use of this in later releases, without the aid of Max Cavalera. Andreas Kisser makes for a great rhythm guitarist and Paulo Jr. thunders along with his bass, making for a unique style of metal.

Onto the songs then, and whilst the previous part of the review makes it obvious this album is something special indeed, the songs themselves are in no way remnants of Sepultura's past. We have the MTV hits Refuse/Resist, Territory and Slave New World, blasting out of the speakers as loud as possible, before a journey into a different style sees Sepultura using some echoed vocals, acting as a narrative, before a thundering collection of guitars, bass and drums reveals the true art of the new Sepultura, aided by Amen.

Not everything here is as brutal as, say, 'Biotech is Godzilla'. Kaiowas discovers completely new ground, with some Brazillian percussion and acoustic guitars being mixed in with a seemingly melodic atmosphere, helped out with the use of tribal instruments. What is even more interesting is that this song was recorded live in a medieval castle in Chepstow. Could they get any more interesting? Of course they could.

The content, as mentioned before, is mostly concentrating on protesting riots and war, with a brief introduction to the mishandling of biotechnology. Aptly titled Refuse/Resist focusses on riots and protests, and if anyone has seen the live MTV version of Sepultura playing this song, you can see a direct link between the fans and the meaning of the lyrical content. Biotech is Godzilla, once again, is obvious that this isn't going to be the nice melodic instrumental that Kaiowas was, instead clocking in as the shortest song on the album at 1:42 minutes long. And Cavalera roars insanely throughout.

We who are not as others displays a unique song title, obviously referring to the differences between races, tribes, even the fine line between politicians and rioters. This is further explained by the incoherent laughing used right at the end. Sepultura really have outdone themselves this time, haven't they?

I could go through every other meaningful song on the album, but I would basically be going back to the fact that Sepultura had changed by this time for the better. Unfortunately, for me, they wouldn't even touch the quality or indeed the impact that this album had, on later releases, but that's not to say that the album hasn't lost its touch ever since its release. In fact,it has probably grown on a bigger and bigger population of musical fans throughout its aftermath. Buy with an open mind if you have listened to Sepultura releases prior to the release of Chaos A.D. If not, prepare for some truly generic metal,partly crafted from the heart of Brazilian civilization. Chaos A.D. Indeed...



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Comments:Add a Comment 
thumbcrusher
September 18th 2011


3607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album's cool

just note though, you should be consistent with song names as in giving then all apostrophes or not (norm is to include them), and make sure they all have capital letters - start of 2nd paragraph "We who are not as others"

south_of_heaven 11
September 18th 2011


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Run-on sentences and awkward wording dominate this review.

On a different note, this album fucking blows.

taylormemer
September 18th 2011


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

C'mon dude.

south_of_heaven 11
September 18th 2011


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Not harsh at all. This is shit.

taylormemer
September 18th 2011


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

=(

TheNotrap
September 18th 2011


8133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The previous are definitely better in my opinion but Chaos has also some intense moments.

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jayfatha
September 18th 2011


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh come on this rules

TheNotrap
September 18th 2011


8133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I have a 4 rate so I love this record ;-)
I only think Arise and Beneath are better.

The last Sepultura record I bought.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012


1924 Comments


Wow, looking back at all my reviews, this was really bad....

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

alll my reviews........

dude, you have 6. It shouldn't take you long.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2012


1924 Comments


I like to actually read them in detail though. Nonetheless, i'd like to think i've improved in my review writing from this one...

undertakerpt
April 2nd 2014


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good idea - dirty underwear hamper

Bad idea - dirty underwear sandwich

ANJ45
May 1st 2014


202 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Agreed, amazing album, better than Arise imho, but maybe as good as Beneath The Remains.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2014


21841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its crazy how this is so good and roots is sooo bad

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KILL
May 2nd 2014


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can hear the decline tho

fuckin groove killed everything

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2014


21841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

truth

zakalwe
May 2nd 2014


9162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Roots. People who think its 'nu metal' aren't fit to nat Maxs' dreads

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KILL
May 2nd 2014


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hard to think of a thrash band that didnt go groove or disband fuckin pussies

KILL
May 2nd 2014


72295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah its groove metal, i dont hate it but i sure as shit dont like it as much as the thrash shit

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2014


21841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love Roots. People who think its 'nu metal' aren't fit to nat Maxs' dreads


has nothing to do with nu metal. people dont like it because it sounds like ass



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