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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Special Edition, August 26, 2003
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I purchased this about a year ago, as I wanted to listen to some newer Sepultura and this album wasn't available on Napster. I was really disappointed. "Come Back Alive" is a decent opener, but it tends to trail on like this on most of the tracks. "Mind War" was a decent track, but it never caught my attention. However, I liked the U2 cover of "Bullet The Blue Sky", even though I hate U2 with a passion. But the outcome is that it is easy to forget this CD. If you must buy it, buy it used, like bloodlust 69 recommended. Just be glad that this isn't as disappointing as (*cough* St. *cough* Anguish *cough*).
Come Back Alive, Corrupted, Mindwar, Leech, The Rift, and Activist are all great, fast songs. Apes of God is a mid-paced song with a really good riff and some NASTY drumming. More of the Same, Bottomed Out, Urge, and As It Is are all more unique songs showcasing Derrick's clean and varied vocals. I think the only one I didn't mention yet is Godless. It's a fairly heavy song, kind of on the slow side, and it really grows on you. This whole cd is excellent and a GREAT comeback for Sepultura. I Urge everyone to check this out. You won't be disappointed. Standout songs are The Rift, More of the Same, Come Back Alive, and all the others.
lets go through the albem track by track:
COME BACK ALIVE- this is perhaps the best sepultura song since the ROOTS album. with a suitably creepy intro, it rocks out in a similar style to Refuse-Resist. 5/5
GODLESS- This gem is sure to become a concert and all-around band staple, like INNER SELF was. 5/5
APES OF GOD- this is not as good as the first 2, but has enough to keep you off the skip button. 4/5
MORE OF THE SAME- I don't like this song that much, but it's better than most music today. 3/5
URGE- ditto #4 3/5
CORRUPTED- Just what we all need at this point, after the 2 worst songs on the album are past us, how about a speed-metal rampage with a killer solo to help out? 5/5
AS IT IS- this is really what urge and more of the same wanted to be. With thought-provoking lyrics and nice guitars, this is excellent5/5
MINDWAR- kinda like corrupted, except heavier and with a better vocal performance. 5/5
LEECH- another speed-metal song, which unforunetly slows down if I remember correctly. 4/5
THE RIFT- this excellent song hearkens back to Arise's "Altered state" (opinion, I may be wrong).Read more ›
Making an album without Sepultura's signature tribal drums has its pros and cons. On the plus side, "Roorback" is the group's heaviest album since Max left the band. But, on the other hand, this disc isn't as creative or all around as good as its predecessor, "Nation." And now Sepultura sound like a traditional metal band, and maybe even a nu-metal one.
I believe Sepultura wanted to make this their "return to form" or "back to basics" album. But, unfortunately, I think this record is only a partially successful attempt at sounding like vintage Sepultura of old. The first problem is the rhythm section still suffers without a second guitar. Second, Andreaas totally omits guitar solos, and his riffs are usually still plenty fast, but they're not nearly as inspired as his "Arise" days.
Also, Derrick's singing style hasn't at all matured; he's still snarling and bellowing most of the time. He tries his hand at a bit of crooning, at the beginning of "Bottomed Out," but the results aren't good. And, sometimes, a song (like track eight, "Mind War") would have turned out much better if Derrick would have just shut his friggin' yap! Finally, too many of the songs aren't memorable because they lack strong hooks.
Fortunately, this album is, as a whole, muscular enough to prevent it from being a complete throw-away.Read more ›
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The 3rd studio album with vocalist Derrick Green fronting the band & this picks up right where Nation left off,i don't understand why people do not enjoy that album it was unique... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew Lynch
I am a long time Selputura fan but haven't heard them in a while. Not bad with frontman Derrick Green. Great sound, love the album. Can't wait to here more of the new stuffPublished on April 17, 2013 by A. Clarke
I heard a song on the new Kevin Bacon show and was only able to find the song "Angel" by Sepultura by purchasing the CD. Great song! Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Janis Jensen
I really love the early SEPULTURA albuns like BENEATH THE REMAINS and ARISE....I really enjoy AGAINST....but after that, SEP really bring some uninspired work.... Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
Where is the passion and the thrash <<melody>> which was in chaos ad? I liked very much chaos - roots - arise. But this album is so poor. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
Overall, there is still a great divide between the regular Sepultura fans and the die-hard Max Cavalera Sepultura fans. Roorback is an outstanding album that is very underrated. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by rivethead__82
This album is an amazing album and right back into the Sepultura we all know and love. This new album is on par with early max Sepultura its that good. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Deimos
Roorback is the best album from Sepultura with Derrick. He shows his own style, and it's very good. Like Against and Nation, Roorback shows a furious hardcore mixed with metal. Read morePublished on June 15, 2009 by A. Pereira
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