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Sepultura - Chaos A.D.



8.6 | 1069 votes |
Release date: August 1993
Style: Death metal, Groove thrash metal, Alternative metal, Thrash metal

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01. Refuse/Resist
02. Territory
03. Slave New World
04. Amen
05. Kaiowas
06. Propaganda
07. Biotech Is Godzilla
08. Nomad
09. We Who Are Not As Others
10. Manifest
11. The Hunt [New Model Army cover]
12. Clenched Fist
13. Chaos B.C. [Refuse/Resist remix][American re-issue bonus]
14. Kaiowas (Tribal Jam) [American re-issue bonus]
15. Territory [live][American re-issue bonus]
16. Amen/Inner Self [live][American re-issue bonus]
17. Policia [Titãs cover] [bonus]
18. Inhuman Nature [Final Conflict cover] [bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1993: 20

Line-up
Max Cavalera - vocals, guitars
Andreas Kisser - guitars
Iggor Cavalera - drums
Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. - bass

Guest musicians
Jello Biafra - vocals

Additional info
Produced by Andy Wallace
Co-Produced by Sepultura
Mixed and Recorded by Andy Wallace
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, S. Wales, England
Assistant Engineer: Simon Dawson
Guitar Sound/Feedback Advisor: Alex Newport
Studio Roadie: Silvio Bibika
"Kaiowas"* recorded at Chepstow Castle, S. Wales, England
Mixed at The Wool Hall Recording Studio, Bath, England
Assistant Engineer: Dave Somers
Mastered by George Matino at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
A&R: Monte Conner & Michael Goldstone

All lyrics by Max Cavalera, except: "Territory" & "Nomad" by Andreas Kisser, "Slave New World" by Max Cavalera and Evan Seinfeld, and "Biotech is Godzilla" by Jello Biafra
All music written by Sepultura, except "The Hunt", music and lyrics by New Model Army (Sullivan/Heaton).
Cover Illustration: Michael R. Whelan
Band Photography: Garry Monroe
CD label art: Paul Booth
"Carandiru Massacre" photo is the property of Banco De Dados Da Folha De São Paulo, Photo by Sergio Andrade
Art Direction: Ioannis & Liz Vap for Vivid Images

All songs published by Roadblock Music, INC. (ASCAP)/Roadster Music B.V. except "The Hunt" published by Attack Attack Music, LTD. Admin. by Intersong USA INC. (ASCAP), and "Biotech is Godzilla" published by Roadblock Music, INC. (ASCAP)/Maim That Tune (BMI)/Roadster Music B.V.

Guest review by
Gorey
Rating:
9.5
It was good old times, when Max Cavalera was still brutally screaming in Sepultura, and the Brazilian band strongly came on the international scene. The four men from Belo Horizonte could foresee a glorious future after Beneath the Remains and the huge Arise in 1990. It was the time when Sepultura was used to scream its rage against the Brazilian society that was oppressing the most penniless.

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published 19.09.2003 | Comments (12)

Guest review by
Head of Metal
Rating:
8.5
"I don't think we should imitate the West; I think we should have our own thing," Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera says to Sam Dunn during an interview in the desert in "Global Metal."

His statement rings powerfully true on Chaos A.D., with Sepultura's overt Brazilian influences coming to the forefront of their special brand of thrash metal. Tribal instruments and rhythms make memorable appearances, and they contribute to a wonderful, infectious energy throughout the record.

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published 14.02.2014 | Comments (6)

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01.03.2012 - 22:03
Rating: 9
Korah

Great album. Sepultura let the Thrash for something heavier. This album is a turn in the Max Cavalera career!
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01.03.2012 - 22:22
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Among the first metal albums that I heard and loved, and I still appreciate it until this day
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07.03.2012 - 04:16
Rating: 10
jukebox1480

One word "classic"
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25.11.2012 - 18:35
megadeath13
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Its not a thrash metal album but a great modern groove metal album. I like it a lot.
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29.01.2013 - 02:12
Illog1cal
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This is a great mixture of styles and influences. Some punk riffs, some thrash riffs, tribal pseudo Latin drumming, some groovy riffs with not too much emphasize on the groove and you cannot forget Max's furious shout.
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02.02.2013 - 08:17
Rating: 9
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Coming after the awesome "Arise" (which I consider to be the pinnacle for Sepultura), this one was a bit of a letdown. However, I still like this album a lot, and it's experimental vibe definitely rubs me up the right way. The heightened emphasis on tribal/latin sounds really gave this album a unique sound at the time, and as someone who bought this album at the time of it's release, it remains a landmark release due to that factor. It does lack the sheer steamrolling power of it's predecessor, but it does have a captivating charm, that is impossible to ignore.

Certainly as a more experimental work, this album succeeds where it's immediate follow-up ("Roots") largely failed. It is a shame there is only one moment of breakneck thrash on the album ("Biotech Is Godzilla"), but I do love most of the songs on the album when taken individually. And "Refuse/Resist" is a classic opener!
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18.11.2013 - 17:46
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
This is simply my favourite Sepultura album. When I hear the word "Sepultura", the first thing that comes to mind is those tribal drum beats. Their earlier albums were okay, even good, but for me this album is the most essential.
And Territory is also my favourite song of this band.
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03.12.2015 - 13:43
Rating: 8
Growing

Brilliant guitar sound, but the biggest letdown is Max changing his delivery from a rhythmic bark to a completely monotonous growl.
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26.03.2017 - 00:02
Rating: 8
Redel

Cant keep up with both its classic Thrash predecessors, of course. But it is obviously their last decent album. And it is an adventurous journey through a variety of (sub-)genres that makes it a unique album, in particular at the time. Propaganda, Nomad, and of course Territory stand out for me here.
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30.05.2017 - 23:00
VIG
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My favorite Sepultura album
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27.11.2018 - 16:53
Starvynth
i c deaf people
I still don't get why this is so high in the ratings. Someone on MA claimed that Max sounds like an angry caveman in every single song and that's exactly what comes to my mind listening to this.
After the brilliant Arise (talking about the title track in particular) I was so disappointed and couldn't understand all the media hype and fuss concering this release. 25 years later, I still think this is one of the most primitive and overrated albums in (thrash) metal history. Would give a maximum of 4/10 if this would still be in my collection (sold it back then in 1993 after a few joyless attempts of getting into it).

It's a pity that so many bands tried to copy the style of Chaos A.D. (and Sepultura's inexplicable success thereon) which led to countless other soulless, primitive and pseudo-aggressive releases, morphing from Thrash Metal to Groove Metal to Nu Metal. I really think that Sepultura and in particluar this album (in companion with Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power) are to blame for this mournful development.
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27.11.2018 - 21:44
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Starvynth on 27.11.2018 at 16:53

It's a pity that so many bands tried to copy the style of Chaos A.D. (and Sepultura's inexplicable success thereon) which led to countless other soulless, primitive and pseudo-aggressive releases, morphing from Thrash Metal to Groove Metal to Nu Metal. I really think that Sepultura and in particluar this album (in companion with Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power) are to blame for this mournful development.

There is probably some truth to that.
Though I would say that this doesnt make the two scapegoats bad albums.
Actually nothing makes these two bad albums.
In particular for the time this is excellent stuff imo, much better than any Groove or Nu that followed -- if we are to compare this here.
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28.11.2018 - 12:07
Starvynth
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Written by Redel on 27.11.2018 at 21:44

There is probably some truth to that.


Thanks, I honestly didn't expect anyone to at least partially share my point of view.

Written by Redel on 27.11.2018 at 21:44

Though I would say that this doesnt make the two scapegoats bad albums.
Actually nothing makes these two bad albums.
In particular for the time this is excellent stuff imo, much better than any Groove or Nu that followed -- if we are to compare this here.


You are probably right saying these two albums stand out, considering the time they have been released and the massive infuence they exerted to the genre. I do not question that talking about Groove Metal, Chaos A.D. is one of the most important and maybe even best releases. But praising this album to someone who doesn't like Groove Metal at all (me) is like trying to persuade a person suffering lactose intolerance of the healthiness of milk and the tastiness of chocolate bars.

For me, Chaos A.D. truly marked the decline of the American Thrash Metal culture. All over sudden, good stuff à la Arise and Seasons In The Abyss couldn't satisfy the taste of the masses anymore and instead of songwriting qualities we were given primitive rhythms, uninspired riffs, buzzword lyrics and caveman shoutings and this new but questionable style of Thrash Metal ruled for years to come.
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28.11.2018 - 16:19
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
I'd say Chaos A.D. is a total masterpiece when compared to Roots. Now that was a truly shite album. Okay, Chaos A.D. doesn't come near the quality of the Sepultura albums that came before, but damn, it does blow Roots away.
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29.11.2018 - 12:16
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.11.2018 at 16:19

I'd say Chaos A.D. is a total masterpiece when compared to Roots. Now that was a truly shite album. Okay, Chaos A.D. doesn't come near the quality of the Sepultura albums that came before, but damn, it does blow Roots away.

So let's agree that Chaos A.D. stands for the beginning of Sepultura's downward spiral and that they never managed to even scratch the surface of their glorious era (Beneath The Remains and Arise) again.
Anyway, 8.6/10 is a tremendous score for the beginning of a neverlasting downfall...
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29.12.2020 - 06:07
Rating: 9
JavierPaper

Chaos A.D. was a good album, a good experiment by the band Sepultura. The difference between the previous albums is that the songs are much slower and there are also the Brazilian rhythms and sounds. Are there any good songs? Yes there are, like the classic Refuse/Resist or Territory or Slave New World. It is the last good album of Sepultura, then came the experimentation of Roots that was a very bad album, and after that Max Cavalera left the band and they released worse albums

But it's true that that the previusly albums (Arise and Beneath the Remains) are much better than this album

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