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Roots

Sepultura

1996

Roots
Album Summary

Roots is the sixth studio album by Brazilian metal band Sepultura. It was released in Europe on February 20, 1996 (1996-02-20) and in the U.S. three weeks later on March 12 by Roadrunner Records. It is the band's last studio album to feature founding member and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Max Cavalera. Following the shift to slower tempos and Latin-tinged rhythms on the album Chaos A.D., Roots delves even further into Brazilian musical textures and features significant contributions from iconic Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown, who guided and arranged the sections throughout the album that feature ensemble percussion playing. Both in sound and overall aesthetic, Roots is also a conscious nod to Brazil's marginalized indigenous population and cultures. The song "Itsári" features a Xavante chant that re-appears on the song "Born Stubborn" and serves as a loose thematic thread for the whole album, which on the whole showcases the band's increased affinity for experimentation and collaboration. "Lookaway" features guest appearances by Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis, then-Korn drummer David Silveria, House of Pain/Limp Bizkit turntablist DJ Lethal, and Faith No More/Mr. Bungle vocalist Mike Patton. Riff-wise, Roots also draws influence from the then-surging nu metal movement, specifically Korn (whose first two albums were also produced by Roots producer Ross Robinson) and Deftones. After leaving the band, Max Cavalera would continue to pursue the nu metal and "world" stylings of Roots with his solo project Soulfly. Since its release, Roots has sold over two million copies worldwide.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

ROOOOOOOOTS BLOODY ROOOOOOTS

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Ok This is so fucking good. Best Metal album yet! Holy Shit so much creativity. And the energy is absolutely off the charts, would love to mosh to these guys.

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Fri Aug 21 2020
5

‘You’re probably gonna think I’m crazy, but I’d like to record a concept record and it’s gonna be recorded with the Brazilian tribes’ - Max

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

There are some interesting things happening rhythmically here and the riffs are pretty heavy and fun, but I just can't cope with the vocals. The older I get the more trouble I have with such abrasion. The gutteral shrieks and howls just turn me off.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

Ah, now we're talking. Compared to other albums here, we'd need a truckload of stars to make this album justice. Damn good stuff

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

I'm a big Sepultura fan and I listened to this just a few days ago in the car. So not actually going to listen again today... although coincidentally, as I load this project today I'm watching a live video of them from 1996 and tons of Roots material is on it, so eh. Normally I'd rate it in relation to the rest of Sepultura's (Max-era) catalogue and it'd get a 2 or 3; compared to their previous albums it's too long and half the songs have a dumb jam feel to them. When it came out I wasn't surprised it sounded like it did, but I was still disappointed - I knew there was zero chance it'd sound like Arise, but I was hoping it'd be more like Chaos AD than it was. The nu-metal sound was just everywhere, all my favourite bands seemed to be doing the mid-90s in a way I didn't like and I remember hearing Roots and thinking "oh for christ's sake, Sepultura as well?" These days I like it more than I did in 1996 (and the title track has always been A+) but it's still at the bottom end of their catalogue. I gave up on Sepultura after this album, simply because Max left the band and the album after it was just crap. I do have to give Kisser, Paulo and Green a tip of the hat because they've stuck at it for so long since, and their last album is actually really good, but I'm just a Cavalera tragic at heart. Roots was basically end of the line for me. But then again, compared to the absolute SHIT this project throws at me 6 days per week, Roots is a fucking masterpiece. I'm not judging it by other Sepultura albums today; I'm rating in comparison to the same late 60s folk/pop/rock yawnfests I hear over and over every day. And on that scale, Roots gets a 5/5.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

A fantastic blend of traditional Brazillian music into groove and nu metal. Even a little death metal influence in there. I haven't listened to this record in a very long time, I forgot how much I loved it.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
2

Music is pretty good if a little hard for my tastes. The raw guttural screaming that passes for singing is just not to my taste. I have to admit that musically there's some pretty impressive playing. 2.5

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Groovy fucking metal. This hits hard with a sound that sits at home.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

I've listened to about 70 albums of the 1001. This is my biggest discovery yet. Once I got used to the screaming I was amazed by the guitar work. There's a lot of "the prodigy" vibes. So many great riffs I often wish they would repeat them more often. Then the latin folk mix in Ratamahatta got me convinced fully. I even showed to my wife and kids who also digged it. Not sure we would listen to it as a family but they "got it". Highlight: Bloody Roots, Ratamahatta, Jasi/Itsari, Canyon Jam.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

I haven’t heard Sepultura since high school, and I forgot how great they sounded.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

4.7 - Wow, I had very low expectations for this (yet another nu metal album?!) but I actually think it's amazingly innovative. Somehow the fusion of indigenous Brazilian beats and instruments, corny and misguided as it may look on paper, actually comes together and provides for some amazing moments. I especially love the instrumentals "Jasco" and "Itsari" that act as a sort of intermission in the middle of the record. Unlike other nu metal records I've listened to, this one is almost absent of the "I-hate-my-stepdad-and-want-to-kill-everything" vibe. Instead, Sepultura takes on headier topics such as civic disobedience ("Ambush" and "Dictatorshit") and ecological decline ("Endangered Species"). The record ends on a high with "Canyon Jam", a drum circle that sounds like it was recorded in the middle of the Amazon under the moonlight.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

I love this album, though a lot of that is for nostalgic reasons. They really jumped on the nu-metal bandwagon with this album, but 16 year old me didn't care about that in 1997, I just loved playing this and Chaos AD over and over. In addition to being a gateway metal album from my formative years, Sepultura was also one of those bands that kind of opened my eyes to a wider world beyond the small conservative community I grew up in. To this day, I just love Max Cavalera's voice, and Igor Cavalera varies up his drumming so much that even songs with the simplest riffs end up being some of the most dynamic.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

embarrassing I haven't heard it before great start to the next three years :))

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

All the stars aligned to make this a perfect Monday morning album. Sounds counter intuitive but for some reason it all fell into place perfectly and set me up for a solid week.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Used to listen to this and Chaos AD with some friends in high school. A most unique fusion of musical elements and influences. I dare say one of the most creative and adventurous metal albums of all time. An album that brings the modern and traditional together in a deep and meaningful way.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

One of the more unique yet intense metal albums I've heard. Their Brazilian roots are incorporated into the music in such a fun, clever way! It was cool to hear!

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Fri May 21 2021
4

This album goes through so many different subtle changes in metal genres. Great Album. Some tracks don't hit as well as others though.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

The vocals are so clear in this mix. i think its because the kick drum is so soft on the attack. Roots, Bloody Roots has my attention. Ratamahatta is a real cool groovy. Ambush has some classic hardcore metal gang vocals. I feel like I am obligated to take off a star because of a 12+ minute album closing canyon jam session, though one of the instruments is a gun?

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

While I’ve never been a fan of Death Metal I have to say I was impressed with the range displayed on this album, no doubt influenced by the many guest musicians who contributed. The Brazilian rhythms really added a unique context. Roots exceeded my expectations.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

It's anyways tough for me to get past screaming vocals, but when I was able to, there was some very interesting stuff happening on this album rhythm and instrumentation wise.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Heavy and without the chaotic non-sense nosebleed-causing ruckus of other hardcore/metal bands, "Roots" is that dirty clean type of metal where the growling and screams might actually have an intelligible word here and there. In this reviewer's experience, metal generally was a pre-game music choice or something to encourage aggressive focus. Sepultura's "Roots" fits that bill. Melodic and heavy, the sounds/songs are progressive and orderly, yet when it is time to go a bit harder, so is the listener. While Sepultura certainly does not stand alone in achieving this kind of balance between the chaotic expression of metal and the demanding order of focused aggression, it should stand out that they do it very well.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

In my opinion, Roots is not just an album by a mature ensemble, but an avant-garde work whose songs are well thought out. (7/10) FT: Roots Bloody Roots, Ratamahatta

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

For a genre I don't normally listen to, this slaps. Can deny the talent of the band.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

The best Sepultura album. The way it mixes thrash metal with the groove elements is still unparalleled.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Heavy and groovy as fuck with some great touches of Latin music to make it stand out more than your standard nu-metal. It's a bit on the long side but I had a great time with this!

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Beaten with a Brazilian bludgeon

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

"Roots" is the sixth studio album from Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultra and the last one with vocalist and rhythm guitarist Max Cavalera. I was expecting a lot to hate about this album. Oh, and there is a lot of hate in this album but I actually found quite a bit to like. It figures. Sepultra is classified as both groove and nu metal. I think that's what scared me is that I don't like most nu metal. I heard both but more in the groove metal category which is more tuned-downed guitars, slower tempo and screeching/raspy lyrics (Pantera). This album continues where their album "Chaos AD" left off with slower and more latin tempos and goes further into Brazilian music rhythm and textures. The band actually went into the rainforest to write and record with the indigenous Xavante people which had a major influence to the lyrics and music. The percussion and rhythms are definite highlights in this album. The assault starts with their first single as well, "Roots Bloody Roots." Grinding, nu metal guitar. Great guitar solo and percussion. Angry, angry, angry...about saving culture. The second song and single "Attitude" continues the anger but starts off acoustically. Massive drumming. The later-song guitar is more in the groove metal area which I liked better than the previous song. The third and final single "Ratamatta" has chanting in Portuguese, multiple and tribal-type percussion and appearances by Korn drummer David Silveria and Brazilian singer/musician Carlinhos Brown. No let down on the second half of the album. Both "Born Stubborn" and "Ambush" hit hard with the guitars, percussions and themes of culture and the environment. Maybe the most interesting song on the album is "Itsári" recorded with the Xavante people...huge percussion, tribal chanting and a sitar. There is a lot going on in this album. It is hard and loud, definitely not for everyone. I am not big fan of either nu metal or groove metal but this album especially adding the percussions and added rhythms has to one of if not the best in that category for me.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Heavy, heavy. A lot of screaming haha. I saved a few songs (Roots Bloody Roots, Ratamahatta, Straighthate)

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Wow, this certainly shook the cobwebs off this morning! I've heard of Sepultura but never listened to them until now. What a great surprise! Incredible amounts of energy and anger here, but also much more melodic than I expected. I always imagined they were more in the "unintelligible-gutterally-screamed-lyrics" sort of territory. I've only listened as far as Itsári so far, this is another long album from this generator. That seemed a good place to take a break. I'd give an 8/10 so far. Finished the rest of the album, it did not disappoint! Although the 13 minute long meditation style song at the end may have been a bit unnecessary, still a solid 8/10 for me that I will definitely come back to.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

So outside of my comfort zone. So interesting.

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Fri Jun 30 2023
4

Our second from Sepultura, and I like these guys! I'm still not much of a metal head, and there's a good bit on here that's not really my style or gets a bit monotonous, but they really do rock. I especially like the tracks on here with a native spin. The acoustics guitars on "Jasco" and the chanting stuff on "Itsari" are really awesome. If the album had another track or two like those I would've rated this even higher. But god bless 'em, cool to get a Brazilian metal band not once but twice on here. Bumping this to a four-star because it's just really cool. Favorite tracks: Jasco, Itsari, Ratamahatta, Roots Bloody Roots. Album art: Very disturbing, what seems to be a severed head of a woman, with lots of tattoos and roots all around. Visually, the roots are really creepy, they remind me of the disgusting tendrils that the Last of Us zombies have. But thematically, it's excellent, because it's a tribute to both the urge in metal to make things scary or gross, but also the musical roots that are apparent in the songs I loved. 4/5

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Not bad, I didn't know them so much.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

Pretty solid metal with a cool Brazilian influence!

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

I admit that death and thrash metal is a bit of a guilty pleasure. I don't love the screaming but I love the frenetic guitar playing and booming bass lines. So Roots Bloody Roots hooked me in, and the singing made me wonder if I should stay hooked. Another issue with this genre is that it all kind of sounds the same. And I don't just mean this album - yes, some songs sound similar to each other but also to so many other Slipknot, Disturbed, etc. albums. Mixing in some Brazilian / Latin music (and bongos!) gives some songs a different feel, but absent those features it can get monotonous. Ratamahatta was pretty unique actually with its use of Brazilian sounds; didn't always love it, but kudos to the band for doing something different. Conversely, I really liked the mix of thrash and Brazil in Breed Apart, but the final moments with distortion was truly irritating. Loved the music in Straighthate, needed some melody somewhere though. Got kind of monotonous from there for about 5 songs. Jasco and Itsari changed it up with some nice acoustic, almost classical Spanish guitar playing. Showed a bit of chops there. Good album as far as death metal goes, need less screaming though.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

This album was very good… once the monster voice metal stopped. Otherwise not.

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Sun Sep 03 2023
3

The music is pretty good but the “singing” ruins it

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Mon May 03 2021
2

The mix of thrash with Brazilian instruments is interesting but overall not my thing. Took some points off for the length of the album

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Brazilian heavy metal. Loud, aggressive, precise, definitely virtuosic. But despite all their rage, I just don’t feel the music.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
2

Yo…the 90’s were fucking weird, man. Don’t take that as an indictment of this record, that’s not how I mean it. What I mean is that the 90’s, at least in the US…it felt like the sky was limit, like you do anything and there was a pretty good chance it could be huge. I don’t know if that really tracks for people who weren’t alive or cogent enough to experience that decade, but just think about the musical landscape throughout the final decade of the 20th century: grunge/alt/indie rock all exploded, hip-hop at a peak, electronica, punk and ska, nu-metal…shit, even swing music had a comeback in the 90’s. The level of creativity in that decade feels like it’s been unmatched since. Everything feels a lot safer these days, like people aren’t willing to take chance on things. It’s why there’s 900 Marvel movies…it’s a known quantity, consumers know what it is and the people making it know they will make a metric fuck-ton of money on rehashing the same thing over and over. Everything has to fit into a little box and be easily identifiable. I mean there will always be people who aren’t satisfied by the status quo, but in the 90’s, it often seemed like the entire point of everything was “let’s upend the status quo.” I don’t really know where I’m going with this, but I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way. This is just going to be another of my weird nostalgia-based reviews that ends up being more about me than the record. With that in mind, “Roots” by Sepultura. I saw these dudes on this tour and it was pretty damn good to 16-17 year old me. 27 years later, its not really for me any more, but I appreciate their willingness to do something completely different and unique. In fact, this record is probably a catalyst for a portion of my musical taste in some way. Roots was probably the first record I can remember loving that wasn’t completely tied to an American/Anglo musical sensibility. It was an eye-opener, in that regard. Anyway, this is probably the best of the nu-metal records I’ve gotten on the list, but even back in the 90’s, I preferred Chaos A.D.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
1

Didn't get very far in. I really struggle with this genre, can't really differentiate one band from another.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
1

Well… after three pieces, I’ve decided this is NOT an album I have to listen too before I die.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Incrível! Ainda mais sabendo que é de uma banda brasileira - e de Minas Gerais! Um estilo que pouco conheço, mas que me agradou bastante. O álbum tem referências indígenas belíssimas (aliás, a última faixa é um deleite). Ouvirei de novo.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

vai brasil caraio 💪💪 só força

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

This is so fucking sick. Makes me want to bench press a blue whale. Heavy, but not in that annoying "SATAN BLOOD DEATH! MY PARENTS ARE GETTING A DIVORCE" kind of way (Looking at you, Slayer). Mixing the screaming and insane guitars with Brazilian tribal music somehow works incredibly well. Favorite track was either "Ratamahatta", "Endangered Species" or "Roots Bloody Roots". Honorable mention goes to the 13-minute bonus track "Canyon Jam". A 2.76 global rating? Made me think I was going to be listening to Poundland Megadeth or something.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Fundamental para minha formação com o peso do rock.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Not Sepultura's best album it's still really great. This gives me hope that their other albums will be on the list of 1001 albums you have to listen to. Roots really show a drift from Sepultura's previous style but manages to keep the aggressiveness. There's some really great songs like Roots Bloody Roots and Cut-throat. The creativeness and the production is impressive.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

Goed hard. En dan dat laatste nummer, wat iets apart is, maar toch goed op een of andere manier

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Sat Dec 17 2022
5

ROOOTTTTTTSSS! BLOODY, ROOOOOOOTS!!!

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Tue Jan 10 2023
5

Groove y nu metal. Me compro el vinilo, venga.

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Fri Feb 10 2023
5

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Thu Mar 30 2023
5

The metal choices on this list all feel like the contributors haven't listened to a metal album in 25 years. It has big "how do you do, fellow kids" energy. This album, though, is one of the best metal albums to grace this list. Unlike the hordes of painfully obvious inclusions, dated choices, and household names, this album continues to hold up. Five stars.

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Wed Aug 09 2023
5

Back when I was an angry little 12/13 year old, I absolutely loved Soulfly. I never managed to get into the frontman's preceding band, Sepultura though. I don't know what it was that made Sepultura less accessible for me. Maybe the higher density of sound, maybe the lesser amount of groove, or the growls instead of shouts as with Soulfly. Whatever the case, 20 years later, I am a lot less angry and definitely enjoyed the musical juggernaut of an album that is Roots. The highlight of the album is probably the fantastic drumming which seems infused with ethnic rhythms. Somewhat less convincing are the vocals, which nonetheless absolutely fulfill their purpose. The last couple of tracks peter out a bit weakly compared to the beginning of the album. On the whole, this album was a fantastic ride though, encompassing everything metal is supposed to be and then just a little bit more - ethnic influences to make everything more interesting.

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Tue Aug 22 2023
5

MAKES ME WANT TO FUCK!!!!!!!!

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Thu Sep 07 2023
5

This was one of my first metal records. Max has been a large influence on me since the 90s. This record is an easy 5 stars and should be considered one of few non American or European classics.

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Fri Sep 29 2023
5

Ah, ik mag vandaag de boze voorloper van Bløf's 'Umoja' luisteren. Ik zie op Wikipedia dat ze inspiratie hebben opgedaan bij Korn en Deftones dus ik heb er meteen zin in. Ik kende alleen Roots Bloody Roots en Ratamahatta (niet te verwarren met Ramaganana van Treble want dan gaat het echt mis). Ontzettend harde maar geweldige tracks. Naast de eerder genoemde invloeden klinkt het ook een beetje Slipknot-achtig ("Spit"). Vol geluid, lompe gitaren, fijne manier van schreeuwen. Af en toe de wat meer duistere stukjes met gefluister en licht dreigende gitaren met veel effecten. Ik hou hier zeker van. 5 sterren.

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Mon Oct 23 2023
5

Oh so THIS is where all my favorite metal tropes came from

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Sat Nov 04 2023
5

Brazilian metal is obviously some of the most metal out there, and this album in particular has some of the best riffs. It is also cool that you can trace the influence of Portuguese and Brazilian music styles in many of the songs. The second half of the album gets a bit too indie, but I'm going to ignore that and just give it 5 stars.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
5

Great metal album. Will need to hear more of them

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Fri Nov 17 2023
5

Loved this, raw, exciting, innovative

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Tue Jan 16 2024
5

me before: no metal bands Sepultura: ROOTS! BLOODY ROOTS! me after: one metal band

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

Finally some good stuff! Incredible album! Just don't care for canyon jam.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

Wow. Was für ein Metal-Album! Großartig!

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Wed Feb 07 2024
5

Fantastic album that I ahve listened to many of the songs from but never the entire album

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Sun Feb 11 2024
5

Max himself didn't want to lose the connection to his ancestral roots. Especially, his later works with Soulfly expanded even deeper Fav Track: Lookaway

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Well, I've never really been a fan of the atonal screaming metal vocals. I just don't feel like they add anything to the music. Apart from that, this is a pretty cool album. It has a lot of the elements of nu metal instrumentals without feeling completely shitty and soulless like so much of that music does. The traditional Brazilian influence does a lot for this album in terms of adding substance. It slowly seems to stop being a metal album and becomes a Brazilian folk music album 4/5

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Le tengo cariño a este disco, fue un regalo que me hicieron y lo escuché bastante en su momento. Sigue sonando bien la mezcla de Metal y toques étnicos. Desde "Roots Bloody Roots", "Ratamahatta", "Breed Apart", "Born Stubborn", "Jasco" hasta "Itsári" hay un mosaico de guitarras y percusión de otro nivel.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Heavy nu metal from my childhood, enjoyed this, deffo reminded me of being an angst riddled teenager

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Fri May 28 2021
4

- Strong concept and sound. - Overstays welcome with somewhat repetitious energy - No musicianship flair in the solos - Pioneering but not quite timeless

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

I love the grooves. I never thought I could hear something so 90s

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Love it! Roots bloody roots! Not my favorite Sepultura album (chaos ad), but still very good with cool tribal influence

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Au debut je n'étais vraiment pas certain d'écouter l'album, car je ne feelais pas trop pour du Black / Death Metal mais l'album est bon et après chaque tounes, j'avais envie d'écouter la suivante. Les riffs sont bon et le son de la guit est malade. Juste le chant qui est un peu too much pour moi à la longue. Probalement que je n'écouterai pas les 1h12 de l'album mais c'est une belle experience. 4.10

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Adding berimbau and other traditional Brazilian instruments goes a long way towards covering up the faint whiff of nu metal that otherwise might have turned me right off... Fave track - love the swivel eyed mania of "Ratamahatta"! "Roots Bloody Roots" is also a tune...

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Auténtico thrash con toques de tribus brasileñas. Cañero, guitarrero y con mucha percusión.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Chaos A.D. et Roots sont les deux plus gros albums de Sepultura. Sur Chaos A.D., une signature commence à apparaître avec un métal plus rhythmique. À l'époque où j'écoutais des bands comme Metallica, Slayer et Pantera, Chaos A.D. avec ses chansons Refuse/Resist et Territory amenaient de la nouveauté dans le genre. Roots, l'album qui a suivi, est selon moi leur album le plus authentique avec une plus grande place aux éléments culturels du groupe. C'est ce qui en fait sa force. On a un son aussi vraiment plus lourd avec le tuning plus grave. L'album est un peu long, mais c'est un classique que j'aime revisiter. Pièces préférées: Roots Bloody Roots, Ratamahatta

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Wed May 18 2022
4

I understand the controversy behind this album. Nu metal has always been derided (tbh, including by myself) and this must have seemed like a sellout move for Sepultura. But I’ve always erred on the side who considers this revelatory. I don’t think Max Cavalera was chasing trends, but he genuinely has always been a guy who has had his pulse on the current scene and likes to follow course in his own way. Look at Soulfly’s recent material for an example. When the album embraces their literal roots and adds Brazilian influences, it’s a triumph. But it goes on for way too long- the CD era had to die for a reason. Even as someone who still likes CDs and uses them, I definitely do not miss the desire to fill a disc of material. This would be a good bit better if it was at least a brisk 50 minutes. B-

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Wed May 18 2022
4

I had heard this before and it didn't really click, but I enjoyed it more this time. I'd say it is a little long for no good reason, and it would be better if it were like 40 minutes instead of 70.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Damn, how the first five tracks of this one SLAP! The inclusion of Latin American rhythms within some of the most uncompromising metal of those years is just seamless. From "Roots Bloody Roots" to "Breed Apart", not a second is wasted to make this fusion works. Special mention to "Ratamahatta" and its incredible featuring of percussionist Carlinhos Brown. And Ross Robinson did a hell of a job on production (better than Andy Wallace for the former Sepultura classic *Chaos A.D.*). The later inclusion of field recordings of Amazonian tribes is also very nice. Sonically and topically relevant. I just wish that seamless inclusion of Brazilian influences has worked *until the end*. The second part of the album is indeed a little more hit or miss, and loses some of its momentum through its many u-turns (there's still that somewhat atmospheric track with Mike Pattton and Jonathan Davis--but such moments are too far and between). As a result, this record might just be a little too long. So, to put it in a nutshell, *Roots* is based on an awesome concept, one that somehow renews the whole metal genre. But the second half of this album *might* just be a little lacking in terms of sheer execution. That being said, even with those minor shortcomings, it should still be included in a list of 1001 most important albums. If only because there are not many crossover albums like this in the whole metal genre, ones that can bring curious listeners from the outside without alienating its hardcore fanbase. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 896 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 55 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 27 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 23

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Cool metal. Definitely can hear the influences of Brazil in the music

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Best Song: Ratamahatta. I really like the intense staccato delivery. It pairs well with the metal backing, and isn't something you often see in the genre. Close second to Itsári. Worst Song: Straighthate. I'm not a big fan of when metal artists try to cram this "edgy" lyrical content into their songs as a way to, I don't know, gain credibility? The music is heavy enough to stand on its own without the cheesy lyrics. Overall: Pleasantly surprised by this album. There was a diverse enough set of sounds to keep an album this long interesting (which isn't always the case in metal, where bands can tend to be a little one-note). I think the name "Roots" is fitting, and I most enjoyed the parts of the album where the band took inspiration from traditional/aboriginal Brazilian music. These elements felt really unique, whereas some of the more typical, English-language tracks were a bit boring.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Abso-fucking-lutely. Just a great, strong, heavy album. I am totally in love with the plethora of percussion instruments on this record; the breakdown for "Breed Apart" did NOT need to go that heavy, but I'm glad it did. Praise aside, it's a bit of a long one, and while there are flourishes of texture, it can be a little repetitive at times. Still, phenomenal album. Favorite tracks: "Breed Apart", "Ratamahatta", "Roots Bloody Roots", "Itsari"

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

Klikkuð plata. Ekki mörg ár síðan ég kynntist henni, en fíla hana í tætlur.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

My journey with Brazilian music has really decentered how I think about western music vs. 'world music.' When taken with the history of Brazilian music, 'Roots' actually fits in rather well. It's an album of a primarily western genre (metal) that subverts the genre to serve as the medium to carry a message that elevates their heritage and in this case, the heritage of the indigenous Xavante who feature prominently on this album. The music itself is a great nu-metal, groove-metal, death-metal fusion that never looses its pull. The lyrics celebrate the self, one's roots if you will, and of course remark on the political and social structure of Brazil. The only drawback is the length.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

notes - chat pile cover - brazilian band that blends traditional brazilian rhythms and percussion into metal music - metalcore, nu metal elements - a great blend between control and just raw energy - the vocals in particular still sound fantastic fav - roots bloody roots - Classic song - Catchy riffs and vocals while still being super heavy when it needs to be least fav - Endangered species - Some of the weaker lyrics on the album, and the instrumental sounded like a rerun of some stronger songs on the album album definitely couldve been cut down by a couple songs, but still a 4/5

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