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Sepultura - Ratamahatta.jpg
Single by Sepultura featuring Carlinhos Brown and David Silveria
from the album Roots
ReleasedOctober 1996
FormatCD single, 7"
RecordedOctober–December 1995 at
Indigo Ranch,
in Malibu, California, U.S.
GenreNu metal, avant garde metal
Length4:30 (album version)
3:14 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr.
Producer(s)Ross Robinson
Sepultura featuring Carlinhos Brown and David Silveria singles chronology

"Ratamahatta" is Sepultura's ninth official single, and the last of three to be taken from the album Roots, released in 1996. It is also the last Sepultura single to feature founding frontman Max Cavalera. The song is amongst the band's best-known and remains a concert staple to this day. A music video was created for the song using stop-motion animation which explores the themes of the song. This video can be found on the VHS Sepultura: We Are What We Are,[1] which was later released on DVD as part of Chaos DVD.[2]

The song features guest appearances from Carlinhos Brown on vocals and then (now former) Korn drummer David Silveria on percussion. It is amongst Sepultura's most percussive and tribal songs, certainly the most so of any of the singles.[citation needed]

The song also appears in live form on the band's live release Under a Pale Grey Sky.


The artwork is a painting which reflects the video. Featured primarily on the sleeve is Zé do Caixão.


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.

Track listing[edit]

CD1 (Digipak)

  1. Ratamahatta (edit)
  2. War (Bob Marley Cover)
  3. Slave New World (live)
  4. Amen/Inner Self (live)


  1. Ratamahatta (edit)
  2. War (Bob Marley Cover)
  3. Dusted (Demo Version)
  4. Roots Bloody Roots (Demo Version)

7” Vinyl

  1. Ratamahatta
  2. Mass Hypnosis (live) (from Under Siege (Live in Barcelona))
  • Note that all of these B-Sides except for "Mass Hypnosis" (live) and "Amen/Inner Self" (live) would be collected on Blood-Rooted.
  • Slave New World" (live) and "Amen/Inner Self" (live) were recorded live in Minneapolis, MN in March 1994

Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Brazilian fighter Thiago Silva used this as his entrance song at UFC 102, UFC 108 and UFC 125.[3]



  1. ^ "We Are What We Are [VHS] (1988)". Amazon.com.
  2. ^ "Sepultura - Chaos DVD (2002)". Amazon.com.
  3. ^ Thiago Silva UFC 102 Entrance music Archived 2014-03-07 at Archive.today

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