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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sepultura - Roots

Hump Day is going to be a metal day here on the B Side. And yet another review courtesy of our resident metal expert, follower janis!. Sepultura. I know I've heard of these guys before, but I probably couldn't have picked them out of a crowd. Even a crowd of business men. Turns out they're from Brazil! Who'd have known?!?! They've been steadily making hard rock since 1984 with no end in sight. Since I know some other languages, I can tell you Sepultura is Portuguese for "grave". A couple of the members were sons of an Italian model and well off diplomat. The father had a fatal heart attack, and left his family in poverty. They have been on record as calling iconic bands like Motorhead and Iron Maiden "light" or "soft". That's pretty nuts. This record came out in the mid 90's, when the band was going through a phase. They started dabbling outside of the death metal world, and started exploring more music relating to their culture and Brazilian lifestyle. Now don't get it twisted, this is still a very heavy album. And I can't say for certain since I haven't listened to previous works, but this album just appears to be a bit lighter than the others. Roots is their best selling album in the states, RIAA certified at gold status. They have a couple other albums at gold, but nothing higher. It's easy to understand why this album has gotten very positive feedback from critics. Although it's still hard, it's tolerable to the casual listener. And the offset of indigenous music is actually really cool - and it works together. This is very much worth a go today. Don't be shy at the metal table, eat up!

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. Dictatorshit
16. Canyon Jam (Hidden Track)

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Breed Apart
2. Attitude
3. Ratamahatta

3.75 out of 5 stars


  1. i love 'ambush.' my brother re-wrote "roots" to be "BOOOOTS, MUDDY BOOOOOOTS" after a day in the electrical trenches when he was working on forest home ave. good stuff.

    max and igor - the brothers - had quite a falling out and the band split for awhile. they played at the rave last night. i should have gone :(. while they were not sepultura max cavalera was in soulfly (they're pretty good too). now neither of them are in the band and have cavalera conspiracy but i havent heard anything from them.

  2. I'll have to dive into more by them...quite enjoyed this one.