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Roots by Sepultura
Released: Mar 1996
Label: Roadrunner Records
Roots is a dense and sloppy mess that asks a lot of its listeners. A grand statement addressing Brazil's culture and politics, in particular the plight of the country's indigenous people, the record is packed with sonic experiments and novel touches, everything from "tribal" percussion and down-tuned riffs to industrial crunch and funk-metal breakdowns. Even when the music feels bloated and misguided -- which is rather often, mind you -- Sepultura never stop raging as hard and viciously as they possibly can. Plus, Ross "The Godfather of Nu Metal" Robinson's production is absolutely decadent.
Justin Farrar
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