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Max, Andreas, Igor and Paulo Jr. ventured into the Brazilian forest to spend time with the Xavantes Tribe in which they recorded the live song Itsari. The influence of what they did shows throughout the album. This results in not being the average Metal Album however. There is also some slight punk influence/atmosphere of rage on Cut-Throat, Ambush, and Endangered Species not to mention the short thrash song Dictatorsh*t. There is a small Acoustic song by Andreas Kisser called Jasco. Roots doesn't focus on Guitars as much like they did in previous releases. The amount of solos diminishes although doesn't become absent. The solos just are not that great but they don't drag the songs down.
Instead the album focuses on the Tribal drums of Igor Cavalera. I myself am a drummer/percussionist and highly enjoy weird sounds, different styles among other things. An example would be that Igor uses a rusted Propane tank and a Djembe on the kick@ss song known as Dusted, Or the Berkimbau that Max uses on Attitude. (one of the best songs) Sadly, though Max has overplayed the usage of the Berimbau after the 3rd time of doing so in Soulfly.Read more ›
In addition to the aforementioned tribal drums and acoustic strumming, this album also features a Jew's harp, maracas, a Brazilian tribe, tin drums, and DJ scratching. But creativity came with a cost. "Roots" is still a heavy metal album, but the death metal is long gone, because (as was the case with "Chaos A.D.") these riffs are tinged with punk. Plus, since Max adopted Korn's downtuned guitars and had guest appearances, some fans think this album helped usher in nu-metal. I, however, still believe that the experimental aspects of "Roots" made it innovative. And Max may have been partially influenced by nu-metal, but he was equally as influenced by his own heritage/upbringing. (Max is from Brazil, thus explaining the Brazilian tribe, maracas, and tin drums.)
"Roots, Bloody Roots" is the first single, probably the heaviest song on "Roots," and is one of Sepultura's best known songs. It remains a staple of their live shows, and the success of this song has influenced some Soulfly songs (like "Prophecy.") Plus, Max has even adopted this song as his own, and played it during some Soulfly concerts. The album opens with the sound of crickets chirping, then this song launches into heavy, de-tuned guitar bluster.Read more ›
To the Sepultura purists, this album is a shame; to the newcomers, this is their the best album. I'm not saying this album can comapre to the earlier albums (Beneath the remains, Arise, Chaos AD) but it's good because of the risk they took to make something different in music.
It's not the masterpiece people say it is. It was released at a great time, rivaling and overtaking most other musical accomplishments of 1996(metal, anyway). Slayer had just released their very own Spaghetti Incident?, Pantera made one big mess of album in Trendkill, and KoRn's abysmal follow-up Life Is Peachy was out too. Amidst this, Sepultura released Roots. If you compare it to Metallica's Load, well...we'll just leave it at that. Nonetheless, it lacks the flare of previous releases. Beneath The Remains was a classic, Arise was a masterpiece, and Chaos A.D. was experimental and brilliant. Roots isn't. Better than other metal releases of the time, but not an opus everyone makes it out to be.
Chaos A.D. mixed the tribal elements with the music fairly well, but managed to thrash and burn like hell, with riffs occasionally slowing down enough to hurtle skullward. Many don't consider that album very highly, but it took the tribal stuff pretty far without commercializing it. On Roots, it's almost a gimmick. All the band members cut their hair and put on makeup. Solos are removed from songs, messy, or nonexistent-only to be replaced with percussion interludes and brazilian tribes singing. The speed isn't too slow, but it makes Chaos A.D. sound incredibly fast, and Arise sound lightspeed. The change from Chaos to Roots was completely uncalled for, regardless of the tribal stuff on Chaos. The tight playing is sacrificed for a sprawling 72-minute noisefest. Another thing-there's a lot of profanity in here!Read more ›
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Great CD. The jewel case was damaged badly by the time it arrived, though.Published 3 months ago by Troy Bailey
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