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Roots- culturally significant, musically uninspiring
on 22 June 2017
This is when I gave up on Sep after buying it at the time from HMV, excited to see which direction they would go. It was an obvious transgression I suppose, just not one I particularly liked. Described as one of the pioneering albums of nu-metal, and a definite departure from their thrash period, but none the less heavy, if not heavier, I just didn't get it. Like some other reviews commented that to some this is Sepultura's genre defining masterpiece, but I found it hard to relate to after such amazingly highly complex and varied pieces of work from Beneath the Remains, Arise and then the colourfully dynamic Chaos AD. Roots all sounded a bit 'similar' in style and delivery. And although I totally get why the boys from Brazil needed to include more of their cultural musical trends into their sound, as a message, it was a bold and risky move, but seemed to pay off for them. I didn't understand at the time why Max left the band after riding high with this one, but neither Soulfly or the new Sepultura 2.0 registered with me in the earlier developments, and I've only dipped my toe in since, although, I have to say Soulfly's Dark Ages and Conquer are two of the best albums Max and his band has created since Chaos AD in my opinion. So in my opinion, Sepultura's first 4 albums (Morbid Visions is a bit too 'uncrafted' for me) is their ultimate 'where-to-go-to' for this once incredibly innovative band.