The Roots of Sepultura

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Not to be confused with the similarly titled Sepultura albums Roots or Blood Rooted, Roots of Sepultura was an import-only CD compilation of the band's strongest tracks and hard-to-find rarities. Released just before the groundbreaking Roots album, it predated the 1997 rarities/outtakes collection Blood Rooted. Interestingly, there is almost no overlap between the rare tracks included on Roots of Sepultura and Blood Rooted. It would make sense for Roadrunner to officially release this disc, since it would serve as the ultimate final chapter of Sepultura's inventive thrash metal (leader Max Cavalera and the group split in 1997). Whereas bands like Metallica and Anthrax peaked early on in their careers and eventually ran out of ideas, Sepultura's songwriting only improved over time, which is obvious when listening to this album from beginning to end. Included perfect covers of both Black Sabbath's "Symptom of the Universe" and Motörhead's "Orgasmatron," and the early transitional track "Dead Embryonic Cells." The only reason why this release isn't the ultimate essential Sepultura overview is because it doesn't contain selections from their most accomplished album, Chaos A.D.. Still, The Roots of Sepultura is heavy metal at its most gripping and passionate (two words usually not associated with the music).

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