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)|
|Format||CD single, 7"|
|Recorded||October - December 1995 at
in Malibu, California
|Genre||Groove metal, nu metal, death metal|
|Writer(s)||Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr.|
|Sepultura singles chronology|
"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. This video can be found on the VHS We Are What We Are, which was later released on DVD as part of Chaos DVD. In addition to the song being Sepultura's most popular, it also one of the most widely recognized metal songs of the '90's.
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.
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 Sao Paulo, where the Brazilian slaves were sold and tortured. The video is distinguished from other heavy metal imagery by its atypical use of the natural beauty of Brazil, including its traditional capoeira dancers, timbalada percussionists, and indigenous people.
Like most Sepultura songs, the song is thought to be another protest song. The most common meaning that fans come up with is that everyone needs to preserve their own roots, and not modernize, forget or feel shame for them. This is shown in the lyrics We don't need to change, our ways to be saved. The music video shows Brazilians practicing Capoeira and native tribes playing the drums in their tribe uniforms.
Another theory is that Max is talking about his own country's roots. The video shows scenes of Catholic churches. It can also be about slavery in Brazil, and how blood was spilt so generations to come wouldn't be enslaved. This is shown in the lyrics And all I want to see, set us free.
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.
- Disc 1 (Digipak)
- "Roots Bloody Roots"
- "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" (Celtic Frost cover)
- "Refuse/Resist" (live)
- "Territory" (live)
- Disc 2
- "Roots Bloody Roots"
- "Procreation (Of The Wicked)" (Celtic Frost cover)
- "Propaganda" (live)
- "Beneath the Remains/Escape to the Void" (live)
- 7” Red Vinyl
- "Roots Bloody Roots"
- "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
- Soulfly covers the song live. A recording of this can be found on the DVD The Song Remains Insane.
- The Cavalera brothers often play the song to close a show as Cavalera Conspiracy.
- Dreadnaut covers the song in their 2008 album A Taste Of What's To Come.
- J.B.O. covers the song (singing replaced by a tenor-like voice) in their 1997 album Laut (as "Pabbarotti & Friends").
- A Punch's Pilot covered this song live featuring Waylon Reavis from Mushroomhead.
- The song was also played by many musicians at once, at the show by Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner United, The Concert, with the following team-up:
- Sepultura's "Roots Bloody Roots"
- Robert Flynn (Machine Head) - Vocals
- Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) - Additional Vocals
- Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage) - Additional Vocals
- Jesse David Leach (Killswitch Engage, Seemless, The Empire Shall Fall) - Vocals
- Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy) - Additional Vocals
- Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) - Lead Guitar
- Scott Ian (Anthrax) - Rhythm Guitar
- Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Divine Heresy, Asesino, ex-Brujeria) - Rhythm Guitar
- Paul Gray (Slipknot) - Bass
- Adam Duce (Machine Head) - Bass
- Joey Jordison (Slipknot) - Drums
- Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) - Percussion
- Max Cavalera- vocals, guitar
- Igor Cavalera- drums
- Andreas Kisser- guitar
- Paulo Jr.- bass
- Produced by Ross Robinson and Sepultura
- Recorded and engineered by Ross Robinson
- Mixed by Andy Wallace
- Assistant Engineer: Richard Kaplan