It's really difficult to understand how people have the nerve to call this a "classic". Influenced by the likes of the Deftones and Korn, Sepultura took a downtuned approach to their riffing and simplified their songwriting (even more than they did on Chaos A.D). Add to the mix native Brazilian music influences and you have quite possibly the worst metal record to ever come out from the Brazillian metal scene. There are no redeeming factors whatsoever on listening to this. Riffs are dumb two/three note drivel, lyrics make no sense at all and the vocals sound silly. It doesn't really help that the record is about thirty minutes too long. At least the band recovered from this horror show with their subsequent releases. Stay away at all costs.
Heavy without being very technical,Roots is a solid metal affair from Brazilian mosh factory Sepultura.It was the first album of theirs I got and while the riffs are solid and catchy,they can be generic and not all the songs are really that great.Jasc and Itsari are a very welcome break from the noise before plunging right in again.Overall,Roots is not a terrible album,but my advice is to either hear Chaos AD first or immediately afterwards.
This album has a few songs you could skip but most of them are some of Sepultura's best stuff in my opinion. Roots and Attitude alone are enough to make you tap out from getting your ass handed to you on platter while a Brazilian flag is being used to crack your skull open.
It's sad that this was the last Sepultura album featuring Max, if only he had gone out on a better note. It's not the tribal influences, I just don't think it's a very good album. Not a fitting follow-up to Chaos A.D.