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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember it now? Yeah, it was massive.
I seem to remember in 1994 there wereabout 3 people in the UK who didn't have the Chaos AD T shirt with the album cover on.

The album inspirted a generation and was part of the metal revival. While metal has moved on, it still is a classic album. It tries to be fiery and fearsome, and is on a big scale, while at the same time there are hooks, melodies and...
Published on 9 May 2006 by Some Bloke

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but still good
Choas A.D isnt the best Sepultura album, especially when it comes to their thrash roots. I got this album because of the song refuse resist but the other tracks are pretty much the same. The tracks on this album arnt very distinguishable but still makes a good listen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember it now? Yeah, it was massive., 9 May 2006
This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Audio CD)
I seem to remember in 1994 there wereabout 3 people in the UK who didn't have the Chaos AD T shirt with the album cover on.

The album inspirted a generation and was part of the metal revival. While metal has moved on, it still is a classic album. It tries to be fiery and fearsome, and is on a big scale, while at the same time there are hooks, melodies and reason in the tracks. Vocalist Max Cavalera roars passionately about injustice and destruction, and you get the impression he means it.

'Refuse/Resist' is a great opener and was an anthem, 'Biotech' and 'Propeganda' set the world to rights, and I ain't arguing with him! 'Kaiowas' and 'We Who Are Not As Others' slow things down successfully without losing your interest.

It was a milestone, and needs to be remembered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just Sepultura's best, but one of the all-time classics, 5 April 2002
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This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Audio CD)
This is where Sepultura really came into their own in the early 90's, and this album solidified that. They stripped down the distorted noise of "Arise and displayed an almost punk like straight-forwardness in their sound. This album contains the best monsterous riffs since Metallica's "Master of Puppets", with classics like the opening three tracks and "Propaganda". Igor's drumming is unrivalled: just listen to "Territory" and "Slave New World" for evidence of this. Max's vocals are as powerful as ever, and Andreas Kisser's soloing is second to none. All these elements conspire to make a hell of an album, only being equaled once in the 90's (Machine Head's "Burn My Eyes"). Top Stuff
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4.0 out of 5 stars By far the best of the original Seps albums, 2 Jun 2009
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Paul McNamee "Rambleast Reviews" (North Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Reissue) (Audio CD)
This album is a bona fide nineties metal wonder. Everything, from the pace, variety and tone to the playing, guitar sounds and lyrics is distinctively 90s, and distinctively excellent.

The album has been structured to perfection, opening with an embryonic heartbeat before the thunderdrums of Igor Cavalera come in to mimic it, and then there's THAT two-note riff. From this striking opening the album continues to impress, each song on its own merits. "Territory" starts with that excellent drum fill before descending into heavy, heavy chugging. "Slave New World" may just have the best riff ever, alternating between slow grooves and crushing breakdowns. "Amen" is a much slower song with some fantastic playing all round, subtle but there when looked for. The fifth track, however, is what sets this album and all subsequent Seps records apart from their earlier material- the inclusion of the acoustic tribal jam "Kaiowas". Sure, the band had done restrained pieces before, but none so tinged with their own culture and heritage. Needless to say, it spawned a thousand imitators, and the band themselves would take this aspect of their sound perhaps to overkill levels on later releases, but smack in the middle of Chaos A.D. it makes for a perfect break.

"Propaganda" and "Biotech Is Godzilla" are a sonic punch in the nethers after the relative ease of "Kaiowas", and from here on the metal never lets up. Still, the variation continues, with the straightforward "Nomad" counterbalanced by the slow-burning "We Who Are Not As Others". "Manifest" for me represents the high point of the album, a song that is essentially an instrumental with some lyrics thrown in as an afterthought. The way it progresses is exemplary of how the band evolved from their fun but dead-ended thrash metal days. It builds and destroys, repeats with changes and features the best rhythms and guitar work on the entire album. "The Hunt" is a cover and as such feels somewhat out of place, but in an odd way the whole album is like a great big jam, so it ends up feeling right anyway! "Clenched Fist" closes the album with some truly brutal riffage, a real heavy number to leave an impression. The song closes with some static, guitar wailing feedback type noise, a spiritual connection to the other great metal album of that period, Rage Against The Machine's breathtaking debut.

Depending on which issue you get you'll be treated to a variety of extra tracks. The hardest edition to find is supplemented only by a brief cover of Titas' "Policia", a quick punky riff-fest with a killer breakdown. You can find that on the compilation Blood-Rooted, and on the "Territory" single as well is you fancy a challenge. The version Amazon is selling has four bonus tracks, none of which are "Policia". Instead, you get the electronic piece "Chaos B.C.", a mess of noise produced by Roy Mayorga for the Third World Chaos VHS tape. It's rubbish. "Kaiowas" (Tribal Jam) is an alternate, even more bare recording of the same track, although its nothing more than a curio. The live renditions of "Territory", "Amen" and "Inner Self" are the real treat here, recorded in Minneapolis during a concert that would occupy many Seps B-Sides for the next few years. The production is marvelous and the performance tight. I personally feel some of the songs from this show rival their studio counterparts as the definitive versions (check out the left/right channel split on "Slave New World"). More from this show also appears on Blood-Rooted, as well as the rest of the Chaos AD-era b-sides.

Most fans will agree that Sepultura hit a peak with this album, perfecting the mix of groove metal and thrash while introducing elements of their own. The albums on either side veer too heavily in either direction to be quite the same experience. I personally prefer the band's more recent work, as their development over the years has seen them discard the tired and forge on mercilessly with the styles they're best at, but there's no denying that Chaos AD is one of the very best of the year and by far the best from the band's classic lineup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Max Chaos, 26 Mar 2011
This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Audio CD)
I recently persuaded a friend with a cursory interest in metal to try some prime era Sepultura. He was surprised at how much he liked it, highlighting its pulsating, creative energy. Chaos AD and Roots remain the 2 most impressive things Max Cavalera or Sepultura have recorded. Both are fiercely exciting and organic bursts of passionate music, underpinned by Andreas Kisser's buzz-saw, beautifully detuned guitars, Igor's tribal, pounding drumming and Max's throat-singed roars. Chaos AD just has the edge for me. It's an album that I can just play over and over, discovering new joys in the music each time. Every song fits perfectly - Refuse/Resist is an inspired opener, Territory is tribal ecstasy, Slave New World is propulsive, Amen is sinister and so it goes on. Each song has its own character, the album never settling into regurgitated ideas and always striving for something genuinely interesting. Here you will find none of Soulfly's generic riffage or flat dynamics but music bending into surprising shapes - with real texture and depth. Intelligent metal from 4 creative souls at the height of their powers. Sadly it would never be the same after Max leaves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars utter classic, 16 Jan 2001
This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Reissue) (Audio CD)
This is one of those albums which you can never grow tired of listening, and has the words "ground breaking" written all over it. Perhaps not sounding quite as brutal as when first heard in '94, this album still contains far too many good songs to dismiss. There's barely a bad song on here, from the classic riff of 'Refuse/Resist', the damn heaviness of 'Terrirory' through to the sheer head pounding quality of 'Manifest'. At the same time as all this, Chaos A.D. manages effoertlessly to combine metal, punk and hardcore into something which doesn't sound as contrived as trendy bands these days (remember, they didn't have crew cuts and wallet chains back then). If you're a metal fan and haven't checked this out then there's something seriously wrong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leading the way for extreme metal in the nineties., 9 Nov 1999
This review is from: Chaos a.D. Digi (Audio CD)
Beginning with the heartbeat of an unborn child, "CHAOS A.D." is indeed a new species of metal. Shedding their thrash/death roots, Sepultura have delivered an uncompromising set of songs combining the heaviest of metal, the attitude of hardcore and the lyrical suss of punk to create their own niche in the metal world. Opener "Refuse/Resist" sets the standard, followed by the lyrical fury of "Territory" and the anti-censorship anthem "Slave New World". Containing many other songs of hate, "CHAOS A.D." demonstrates a band trying to break the barriers of a scene known for it's restrictions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sepultura at their best, 3 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Reissue) (Audio CD)
An amazing metal album its got everything brillant thrash guitar work,fast heavy drumming and strong powerful vocals from max. Stand out tracks Refuse resist, Slave new world, Propaganda and my favourite song the Hunt. A superb meaningful metal album which doesn't get boring after a few listens i also recommend Arise and Roots both by Sepultura.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sepultura at their best, 4 Mar 2003
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This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Audio CD)
While 'Beneath The Remains' seemed a bit mechanic to me, lacking any genuine emotion, and 'Roots' had diverged too far off the metal path with muddy production and slightly OTT tribalisms; Chaos A.D was the perfect compromise where Sepultura truly found their position as a GREAT metal band. The album starts off with Max's son in the womb and doesn't become less emotional. Andreas Kisser may not be playing solos quite as long and as impressive as 'Beneath The Remains' but they still work great. Secondly, there is less dependence on the Megadeth style of riff-after-riff which only Megadeth pull off with true succession. The structures are a lot less reliant on unnecessary shifts. Refuse/Resist is a great introduction and one of the most catchy metal songs of all time. Also 'Kaiowas' is an acoustic track that really highlights the tribal/brasillian influence in Sepultura. Other greats are 'Propaganda' which is a metal classic, and also 'Bio-Tech Is Godzilla' a thrash classic blurring past in under two-minutes co-written (lyrically) with Jello Biafra of DKs fame. Passionate, precise and perfect; no metal fan should live with out,.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be played very loud!, 23 Jun 2002
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This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Reissue) (Audio CD)
SEPULTURA. I'm 46 yr's old but young at heart but i still love my heavy music,pink floyd,pink fairies,deep purple,metallica etc but Sepultura they are certainly different i play drums myself and have a 7 piece kit.If you like fast heavy drumming,this is the one for you,at the moment i have chaos a.d and arise, i will certainly be buying some more.The guitars are brilliant so buy this, turn the volume right up!turn the bass or sub woofer up and annoy the neighbours!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chaos A.D, 6 Jun 2011
This review is from: Chaos A.D. (Audio CD)
This is probably Sepultura's defining album, combining the raw aggression of punk/hardcore with the unrelentless chug.chug.chug found in crossover death/thrash metal. For those unaware of Sepultura they are probably one of the most innovative and special metal bands of the 90's, and this album begins their later trend (continued with 'roots') of combining traditional Brazilian music into their sound, a concept now regularly employed by other artists: behemoth/nile/melec hesh e.t.c Basically if you like alternative music this is an album you should own. Cannot be reccommended enough, also recorded in Wales of all places!
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