Territory (song)

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Sepultura - Territory.jpg
Single by Sepultura
from the album Chaos A.D.
B-side"Polícia" (Titãs cover) / "Biotech Is Godzilla"
ReleasedOctober 5, 1993
FormatCD single, cassette, 12"
Rockfield Studios and
Chepstow Castle,
South Wales, UK
GenreGroove metal
Songwriter(s)Max Cavalera
Igor Cavalera
Andreas Kisser
Paulo Jr.
Producer(s)Andy Wallace
Sepultura singles chronology
"Slave New World"

"Territory" is Sepultura's sixth official single, and the last of three to be taken from the album Chaos A.D., released in 1993. Like most of the band's singles, the song is one of the band's best-known songs and remains a concert staple to this day.

The artwork for the single is not easily discernible. It depicts a monument of some sort. The image is overlaid with the band's thorned 'S' logo.


"Territory" saw relatively few variations upon its release compared to the other singles from the album. The CD came in a standard slimline jewel case, rather than the usual digipak, and only one version was released.[1] The single was also released as a 12" vinyl record, with only "Polícia" as a B-side.

Music video[edit]

A music video was filmed for the single which features the band playing and walking through the desert, often daubed in Dead Sea mud, intercut with footage of slums and favelas and footage from Israel and the Palestinian territory: armed Israeli soldiers and policemen, pro-Palestinian graffiti, Bedouins, Haredim kissing the stones of the Western Wall, pages of the Qur'an and the Hebrew Bible and Christian ceremonies in the Old City of Jerusalem. It ends with a newspaper clip about the signing of the Oslo Accords and a walking soldier.[2]

The video, directed by Paul Rachman, was released to TV stations in October 1993. It won the International Viewer's Choice award for best video (Brazil) at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards. In 1995 it was released on the VHS Third World Chaos, which was re-released on DVD in 2002 as part of Chaos DVD.

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Territory" (from the album Chaos A.D.)
  2. "Polícia" (Titãs cover, also available on digipak and Brazilian pressings of Chaos A.D. and the compilation Blood-Rooted)
  3. "Biotech Is Godzilla" (from the album Chaos A.D.)