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SepulturaAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 12, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B000000H5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roots Bloody Roots
2. Attitude
3. Cut-Throat
4. Ratamahatta
5. Breed Apart
6. Straighthate
7. Spit
8. Lookaway
9. Dusted
10. Born Stubborn
11. Jasco
12. Itsari
13. Ambush
14. Endangered Species
15. Dictatorsh*t

Editorial Reviews

If Sepultura's album Chaos A.D. established the band as more than just another death metal outfit, Roots expands both its search for identity and its quest for sheer aural destruction. Frontman Max Cavalera explores his past in "Roots, Bloody Roots" and "Endangered Species," and plays with a remote Brazilian tribe on "Rattamahatta". Elsewhere, Sepultura experiments with minor-key dynamics and atonal harmonics, imbuing their wall of noise with an oppressive sense of mystery. They also extend their musical horizons, adding clattering tin drums and what sounds like a jew's-harp to "Breed Apart," and garnishing "Lookaway" with DJ scratching, half-speed vocals, and a gothic, chiming mid-section. --Jon Wiederhorn

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ending an era... beginning another one! August 30, 2005
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When we talk about Sepultura we can make a difference between two eras: the trash/death metal era and the tribal/trash/groove/core (weird, isn't it?) era. Roots stands in the middle, the inflection point. It has elements of trash and death metal but the experimentation with tribal rythms and instruments is starting to have more presence. Well, I must say that this is the last album with the mighty Max Cavalera. The end of an era as I said.
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.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sep's most creative & experimental offering July 19, 2005
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Even though "Chaos A.D." was Sepultura's bravest and most innovative album (because it premiered a song which was an instrumental consisting entirely of acoustic guitars and tribal drums), I still consider "Roots," Sepultura's sixth, their most experimental and creative work. This 1996 album was also Sepultura's last with frontman Max Cavalera; he would leave the group and go on to front a solo band, Soulfly. And, until 2004's "Prophecy," "Roots" was also more experimental than anything Max would make in Soulfly.

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.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle... April 25, 2002
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Sepultura's Roots went bravely where no other metal album had gone before. It mixed Afro-Brazilian drums and tribal rhytms/music with downtuned nu-metal guitar and death metal vocals. An astonishing achievement. However, there are some things I have to say about Roots as a whole...
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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVY February 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Damn, this album kicks you in the teeth from the beginning and only pauses twice briefly before it's over.
I had reservations about buying this album at first. I'm not a huge metal fan and I knew Sepultura was an 80's death metal band. I just read so many reviews sayig how great it was I really couldn't resist. WOW
I normally enjoy more mellodic or clean vocals but Max has got a set of lungs on him. I don't think I've ever heard a roar as deep as his especially right out of the gate("Roots, Bloody Roots").
This album follows no formula whatsoever and each song takes on a life of its own. There a two lighter tracks, a really great acoustic guitar solo and a song with the band playing acoustic and a tribe chanting and singing. That one is pretty impressive.
Others favorites include the crazy "Ratamahatta". This song jumped out at me and has remained my favorite song on the album since I got it.
Masterful percussion throuhgout the entire album. The guitar playing is cool because some of the songs take on a traditional death metal grind but others have the downtuned sound of early nu-metal(let's say Korn but incredibly heavier). This counts alot to the originality and diversity of the album.
Anyway, go out and buy it if you like good music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Back to Roots...actually to garbage.
Sorry, i can't dig this at all. I like other Sepultura CDS but this is just garbage to me.

It's a very challenging album. You will either love it or hate it.
Published 11 days ago by Zen
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly impossible to review
Where do you even start with Roots, the album that split the original lineup of Sepultura?

This album is both a curse and a gift. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Sockel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Classic thrash album. Amazing album. Love the tribal base chants added to the music. Very powerful bass and unrelenting anger.
Published 11 months ago by Tracey R Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is how you do it!
There are thousands of metal bands all fighting for a little piece of attention, so how do you stand out? Read more
Published 12 months ago by knifemare69
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente!!!
Lo mejor que escuché en mucho tiempo. Un tremendo disco de los hermanos Cavalera. Lo mejor dentro del thrash metal. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Leonardo Goyenola
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC FROM THE JUNGLE!!!!!!
man, i remenber when ROOTS came to the world....i think SEPULTURA and PANTERA were the big 2 of the metal world in the mid 90's... Read more
Published 16 months ago by FLUMINENSE
4.0 out of 5 stars Came sooner than expected
Was shocked it came days afterwards and could download and listen instantly. Great album can't wait to load it onto my ipod.
Published 16 months ago by Mix-in-it
5.0 out of 5 stars AMong the best metal albums of all time!!
Roots Bloody Roots is among the best songs of all time in heavy metal, no questions asked. This album helped shape metal for today's bands. Read more
Published 20 months ago by chaosisthename
5.0 out of 5 stars Must listen
Genre: tribal metal with nu, groove, hardcore, industrial, thrash, Brazilian pop, and death elements.

For heavy metal and hard rock fans, this is a must listen to. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Jonathan Cortez
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC FROM THE 90s!!!!!!
SEPULTURA is one of the best METAL bands of all time....They created 2 MASTERPIECES as BENEATH THE REMAINS and ARISE, 2 REALLY GREAT METAL albuns as SCHIZOPHRENIA and CHAOS... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by Rio Fluzão
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