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Sepultura - Chaos A.D. review


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Band: Sepultura
Album: Chaos A.D.
Release date: August 1993

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]

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.

So, the band was very expected and could not take the liberty of disapointing its fans.The confirmation has not been long to come: in 1993 Chaos A.D. was released.
Let's be clear, the tone of this album is completely pessimistic and unfolds on a very strong rioter background. In this point of view, ?Refuse/Resist? is a track that is formidably bad-tempered and gathering, because of the power given to the the main riff that has become at the same time untouchable and famous throughout the world. Sepultura sinks our last doubts under a furious wave of Max Cavalera's bestial screams. The second track ?Territory? definitely kills everybody thanks to Igor Cavalera, a gifted drummer that floods us with a shower of beatings still more powerful. He is the real engine of the band that leads his brothers-in-arms all along this tribal and furious farandole. No time to recover, because here is a devilish ?Slave New World? that is close to perfection. The very good ?Amen? follows, then the surprising ?Kaiowas? which is a track that we do not know how to label it, (traditionally-made, experimental or both?), but that is really innovating. Right after this interlude, here comes again a torrent of pure thrash violence: ?Propaganda? and ?Biotech Is Godzilla? remind the previous albums for their spontaneity, and confirm the ability of guitarist Andreas Kisser. Then, we got ?Nomad? and the haunting ?We who are not as others?, sounding like a gloomy moan. The following track is the disturbing ?Manifest?, that tells with horror all the violence and the extremism of a certain kind of police. ?The Hunt? is one of the best tracks with perfect drums and a steady rhythm until the end. Just before the end, ?Clenched fist? and ?Polizia? punctuate this album in a very brilliant and forceful manner.

Finally, some would maybe emphasize and regret the fact that Sepultura has built its marketing essentially on the negative aspects of Brazil, but it is impossible to deny the value of these four wonderful musicians. Because Chaos A.D. is a courageous and almost perfect album: buying it is more than the choice of excellence, it is some kind of rallying.

Written by Gorey | 19.09.2003

Guest review disclaimer:
This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

Guest review by
Head of Metal
"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.

published 14.02.2014 | Comments (6)


Comments: 12   Visited by: 162 users
22.09.2006 - 19:41
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badass, but not my favorite
23.09.2006 - 06:08
Lactation Cnslt
I think I'm one of the few people who dislikes this album. It's just too nu-metal for my taste. There are some good songs though, such as Biotech is Godzilla.
23.09.2006 - 07:54
Xtreme Jax
Good album, though not my favourite from Sepultura.

Hellcunt Smurf
18.02.2007 - 13:01

Not quite thrash but it's kind of good. At least there are some song song that songs that sound angry. I'd compare it with machine head's Burn my eyes.
19.02.2007 - 22:41
Bitch Boy
Good review for a good album. I think this one is my favorite, very strong and especially good lyrics.
05.07.2007 - 19:05
Xtreme Jax
Listened back over the album, and was somewhat bored with it. I wasnt that 'big' on this album in the first place and still reguarded it as a good album... but seemed borring and the songs sound too much the same.

Hellcunt Smurf
04.04.2009 - 09:26
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A-LEX fucks Chaos AD!!!!
13.06.2009 - 08:21
Liver Failure
Written by Xtreme Jax on 23.09.2006 at 07:54

Good album, though not my favourite from Sepultura.

Same here. The polical lyrics and the accessibility of the sound made this album historical in Brazil. Put Sepultura in mainstream musical scene, and become a symbol of heavy music among brazilians.
Althou far from perfect musically.

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
17.06.2009 - 07:37

It is one of the best.What i liked the most is that they recorded a video for Territory in middle east,proveing that they ment what they said in their lyrics.
Will the ones who live after our end
Worship the goddamn cross again?
27.07.2011 - 17:33

Just bought it recently when i played it i got a smile on my face .... what a nice album !
07.03.2014 - 19:35

This album really dorks me out, lyrics and vocals are really bad, riffs are way too chugging, groove metal done wrong!
26.10.2020 - 01:46

This was clearly a transitional record. Sepultura went from being a pure Thrash Metal band with legendary releases in the genre, to be a more a Heavy/Groove/Tribal Metal band and less interesting in my view, loosing a lot of their original identity. But in this specific case, this record is excellent and has some memorable Sepultura songs. "Refuse/Resist", "Territory", "Propaganda", "Nomad" and "Manifest" are for me the highlights on this one.

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