Roots is the sixth studio album by Brazilian metal band Sepultura. It was released in Europe on February 20, 1996 and in the U.S. three weeks later on March 12 by Roadrunner Records. It is the band's last studio album to feature founding member and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Max Cavalera.
Following the shift to slower tempos and Latin-tinged rhythms on the album Chaos A.D., Roots delves even further into Brazilian musical textures and features significant contributions from iconic Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown, who guided and arranged the sections throughout the album that feature ensemble percussion playing. Both in sound and overall aesthetic, Roots is also a conscious nod to Brazil's marginalized indigenous population and cultures. The song "Itsári" features a Xavante chant that re-appears on the song "Born Stubborn" and serves as a loose thematic thread for the whole album, which on the whole showcases the band's increased affinity for experimentation and collaboration.
"Lookaway" features guest appearances by Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis, then-Korn drummer David Silveria, House of Pain/Limp Bizkit turntablist DJ Lethal, and Faith No More/Mr. Bungle vocalist Mike Patton. Riff-wise, Roots also draws influence from the then-surging nu metal movement, specifically Korn (whose first two albums were also produced by Roots producer Ross Robinson) and Deftones. After leaving the band, Max Cavalera would continue to pursue the nu metal and "world" stylings of Roots with his solo project Soulfly.
Since its release, Roots has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Label: Roadrunner Records 081227934262
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Thrash, Nu Metal, Experimental, Tribal
A1 Roots Bloody Roots
A5 Breed Apart
B4 Born Stubborn
C1 Endangered Species
C3 Rahamahatta (2 Meter Sessions)
C4 Roots Bloody Roots (2 Meter Sessions)
C5 Attitude (2 Meter Sessions)
C6 Kaiowas (Previously Unreleased)
D1 Procreation (Of The Wicked)
D2 Roots Bloody Roots (Demo)
D3 Attitude (Instrumental Rough Mix)
D4 Cutthroat (Instrumental Rough Mix)
D5 Dictatorshit (Instrumental Rough Mix)
D6 Untitled (Demo)
D7 R.D.P (Demo)
D8 Dusted (Demo)