Max Cavalera’s original home-made demo version of the SEPULTURA classic “Roots Bloody Roots” can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The song eventually became the opening track of the band’s sixth studio album, 1996’s “Roots”, which was SEPULTURA’s last studio CD to feature Max on vocals and guitar.
Asked in a December 2013 interview with DeadRhetoric.com if he was a proponent of the down-tuned guitar approach, like Max was, around the time when bands like KORN and the DEFTONES were just beginning to take off in terms of popularity, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser said: “At the beginning, not much. I was skeptical of the low tuning because bands like KORN or the DEFTONES, they don’t have the fast pace of SEPULTURA’s music. I was concerned to lose that kind of fast ability and the picking, the heavy picking on sloppy, low strings. But there are so many possibilities of using heavier-gauge strings, which give that kind of tension, and you don’t lose that ability to play fast. ‘Trauma Of War’, the song that opens the [new SEPULTURA] album [‘The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart’], it’s in low tuning, but it’s a very fast song, but we don’t lose that kind of ability. I learned how to do deal with that, and you open a lot of worlds in music, but yeah, at the beginning I was a little skeptical.”
Speaking to Live-Metal.net in 2009, Max admitted that he drew inspiration from some of the so-called early “nu metal” bands during the songwriting process for “Roots”. He explained: “SEPULTURA did [take] a little bit of an influence from KORN and DEFTONES in some areas. And the funny thing is that we influenced those bands from when they started out. I talked to the KORN guys and they said they listened to ‘Chaos A.D.’ religiously when they started — it was like one of their favorite records. So it’s kind of a 360 degrees kind of influence — back and forth.”
“Roots” was certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.