Retro Roundtable Review: Sepultura – Chaos A.D.
Length: 51 Minutes
Studio Albums: A lot
Location: Brazil (at the time)
WarpRider – I guess the only true test of a band’s worth is to see if their music can withstand the test of time. Back in “the day” Sepultura was a driving force carving out their worth as thrash metal heavyweights. They built quite a following and impressing metal heads the world over with their tribal infusions. Whenever I feel the need to reach back to some of the classic metal I grew up with (or in this case I was 20 and still growing up), Chaos A.D is thee Sepultura album I go to. Why? Spin tracks like Refuse/Resist, The Hunt, Slave New World, and my personal favorite, Manifest and you will see why. Chaos A.D. is an essential album for any thrash enthusiast or even the person who only likes a little seasoned thrash here and there. This one should be part of their collection. And, to answer my own statement…hell yes, it withstood the test of time.
Atleastimhousebroken – It’s been a long time since I popped this legendary album in. And now I’m asking myself is it as legendary as I remember. Well yes, it is. Tracks like ‘Refuse/Resist’, ‘Territory’, ‘Propaganda’, ‘Policia’, ‘The Hunt’ and ‘Kiowas’ are just as amazing as they were 20 years ago and I could listen to them for another 20 years before they even remotely show any wear and tear. I’ve heard many bands try to do the tribal thing trying to ape Sepultura, and none, not even Max Cavalera’s own Soulfly, even come close to the badass perfection found on this album. I even went ahead and gave a spin to Beneath the Remains and Roots to see which one held up the best and Chaos AD wins hand down. Also, check out the remastered edition if you haven’t. It has a really cool electro remix of ‘Refuse/Resist’ on it.
Irmelinis – Now, ’Chaos A.D.’ might be less brutal than previous releases but it’s darker, groovier and more experimental, resulting in more focused and effectual songs. It’s among my favourite albums of all time, which is easy to understand with songs like ‘Territory’, ‘Refuse/Resist’ and ‘Propaganda’. Both Cavalera brothers do their best performance on this album, Igor in charge of the gorgeous driving percussive grooves and Max with his aggressive, powerful pipes. This is a must-listen for everyone; you don’t have to be a fan of thrash to like it.
ChristopherMammal – The ponderously titled The Mediator between Head and Hands must be the Heart by the new and completely different Sepultura was number five in my top metal albums of 2013. The line-up changed totally in 20 years. However, the new band reflects all the mighty influences of the original line-up. A zillion heavy metal and thrash bands today want to sound like Sepultura did two decades ago. The monster album Chaos A.D. is a perfect example of why they don’t succeed. It was extraordinary, and still is. Even now, the music seems to go from magnificent to even better as the album plays through. Wagner Lamounier’s voice, gruff rather than growling, is uniquely distinctive. What makes me grin most broadly, though, is the unlimited and uninhibited drumming skill of Igor Cavalera.
A Metal State of Mind Score – N/A