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Studio album by Sepultura
Released May 27, 2003
Recorded 2002—2003
Length 56:44
Label SPV
Producer Steve Evetts
Sepultura chronology
Live in São Paulo

Roorback is the ninth studio album by Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, released in 2003, through SPV Records.

Album information[edit]

The songs "Mind War" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" were released as singles and music videos. The digipak version (released everywhere except the United States) contains the Revolusongs EP and the video for "Bullet the Blue Sky". The album title "Roorback", refers to "black propaganda".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos (8.5/10)[2]
Metal Storm (7/10)[3]
PopMatters (favorable)[4]

Sales were down from their previous albums featuring Derrick Green on vocals. However, Roorback received positive reviews and managed to place on Billboard's Independent Music Chart at #17, with first week sales of 4,000.[5] SoundScan reported on March 20, 2007 that Roorback has sold over 75,000 units in the USA.

Allmusic's Alex Henderson gave the album 4 stars out of 5 and said that "unrest and political corruption are recurring themes on Roorback", and "the songs that Sepultura wrote paint a consistently bleak and troubling picture of the world". Adrien Begrand from PopMatters called Roorback "their strongest effort in years" and "their most consistent and energized album since Roots".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Andreas Kisser, Derrick Green and Igor Cavalera, except track 14 by Bono; all music composed by Sepultura, except track 14 by U2.

No. Title Length
1. "Come Back Alive" 3:06
2. "Godless" 4:22
3. "Apes of God" 3:36
4. "More of the Same" 3:59
5. "Urge" 3:17
6. "Corrupted" 2:33
7. "As It Is" 4:26
8. "Mind War" 3:00
9. "Leech" 2:24
10. "The Rift" 2:57
11. "Bottomed Out" 4:35
12. "Activist" 1:54
13. "Outro" (uncredited) 11:39
14. "Bullet the Blue Sky" (bonus, U2 cover) 4:31

On the German digipack CD version (w/Revolusongs) Outro ends at 1:22. There is silence from 1:23 - 8:22. Starting at 8:23 is a hidden track.

Chart performance[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 Top Independent Albums 17



  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Roorback - Sepultura". AllMusic. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Smit, Jackie (May 31, 2003). "Sepultura - Roorback". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Justin (September 19, 2003). "Sepultura - Roorback review". Metal Storm. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Adrien, Begrand (November 12, 2003). "Sepultura: Roorback". PopMatters. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sepultura: 'A-Lex' First-Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth. February 4, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2011.