Roots Bloody Roots

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"Roots Bloody Roots"
Single by Sepultura
from the album Roots
B-side “Procreation (Of the Wicked) ”, “Territory” (live), “Beneath the Remains/ Escape to the Void” (live), “Symptom of the Universe”, “Propaganda” (live)
Released 1996
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded October - December 1995 at
Indigo Ranch,
in Malibu, California
Genre Groove metal, death metal
Length 3:32
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr.
Producer(s) Ross Robinson
Sepultura singles chronology
"Territory"
(1993)
"Roots Bloody Roots"
(1996)
"Attitude"
(1996)

"Roots Bloody Roots" is a song by Sepultura, the song is released as the first single from their sixth album Roots, released in 1996. The song is the band's best known and remains a concert staple to this day. A music video was filmed for the single which features the band performing in an underground cave as well as on the streets with a tribe of percussionists.[1] This video can be found on the VHS We Are What We Are,[2] which was later released on DVD as part of Chaos DVD.[3] In addition to the song being Sepultura's most popular, it also one of the most widely recognized metal songs of the '90s.

The song also appears in live form on the band's live releases Under a Pale Grey Sky and Live in Sao Paulo. Another live version appears on the limited edition digipak version of the band's 2000 album Nation. Former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera has also played the song live numerous times with his other bands Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy. Recordings of their version can be found on the limited edition versions of the albums Soulfly and Prophecy, as well as on the DVD The Song Remains Insane.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Thomas Mignone and won the Kerrang "Video Of The Year Award" in 1996, as well as a nomination for the MTV Brazil "Best Rock Video" Award. Filming was done in the catacombs underneath the city of Salvador, where the Brazilian slaves were sold. The video is distinguished from other heavy metal imagery by its atypical use of the natural beauty of Brazil, including its traditional capoeira fight, timbalada percussionists, and indigenous people, as well as native tribes playing the drums in their tribe uniforms. The video also shows scenes of Catholic churches.[1]

Releases[edit]

The single was released on 2 CDs and 7” vinyl. The first CD was presented in a card foldout digipak case, while the second was in a standard slimline jewel case. Early copies of the digipak version were embossed with a stamp of the band's thorned ‘S' logo. The vinyl was a strictly limited edition and was red in colour.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (Digipak)
  1. "Roots Bloody Roots"
  2. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" (Celtic Frost cover)
  3. "Refuse/Resist" (live)
  4. "Territory" (live)
Disc 2
  1. "Roots Bloody Roots"
  2. "Procreation (Of The Wicked)" (Celtic Frost cover)
  3. "Propaganda" (live)
  4. "Beneath the Remains/Escape to the Void" (live)
7” Red Vinyl
  1. "Roots Bloody Roots"
  2. "Symptom of the Universe" (Black Sabbath cover. It also appears on Blood-Rooted and the limited edition of Roots)
  • Refuse/Resist, Territory, Propaganda, Beneath the Remains/Escape to the Void were recorded live in Minneapolis, MN in March 1994

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