Max & Iggor Cavalera Brought Sepultura's Roots To Seattle!

Max & Iggor Cavalera Brought Sepultura's Roots To Seattle!

March 2, 2017
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Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots - Studio Seven Seattle 3.1.17
Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia - www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive
Full Facebook Return To Roots Photo Album {Here}

Sepultura, one of my favorite bands to follow in the late 80s and early-mid 90s are definitely a world-wide branded name. I discovered them around 1988 while reading Metal Forces magazine talking about their 1987 "Schizophrenia" album. I remember reading it was some good heavy death metal from Brazil. Not that big of a fan of that metal style back then, I took a chance for something different picking up a used import copy and it basically reminded me of a better version of Venom. Then their next album "Beneath The Remains" was released the next year in 1989 and that was a mind-blowing game changer. At the time the best thrash CD ever (and still is), Slayer's "Reign In Blood", was the pinnacle I don't think will ever be reached but Sepultura's "Beneath The Remains" nearly did it for me. It was that brutally good and still a classic release even today. I named my music review Fanzine back in 1991 B.T.R. Music Magazine after that album {see my not-so hi-tech cover from my first computer} . So I go way back with Sepultura. Check out this Max photo I did back in the early 90s opening for Pantera.
So back to this show. I remember that day back in March 1996 when "Roots" came out. Remember getting home putting the album on and right off the bat the first track "Roots Bloody Roots" blasted through the speakers. A little different Nu-Metal direction that was dirty down-tuned Latin-laced beats and pure Max Cavalera at his gut wrenching singing best. After nearly getting Ko'd after the first song, "Attitude" starts with this tribal stringed instrument that fades away into Sepultura's heavy abyss that was about the heaviest riffs you've ever heard in this trance like tribal beated annihilation. When you thought there couldn't be any more insanity "Cut-Throat" takes it to another new angry level. According to the album Wiki "concept for the album was inspired by the film At Play in the Fields of the Lord. The movie inspired Max Cavalera to travel to Mato Grosso, Brazil to visit the Xavante tribe." Lots of interesting reading about "Roots" can be found there [READ HERE]. With over 3 million albums of "Roots" sold world-wide you know it hit a HUGE interesting nerve with hard rock/metal heads worldwide. Now over 20 years later and neither of the Cavalera brothers in Sepultura anymore (we need a reunion guys!) Max and Iggor are reintroducing the album to a whole new generation on the concert goers.
The "Roots" album is full of tribal instruments, chanting, singing etc. How this would come across live would be my question but you know it's 2017. Technology, samples etc. filled most of that void but Max and the gang did have a unique instrument {see pic below} and tribal banging help from the other bands on the bill Immolation and Full of Hell to help fill it as best as possible live.
Filling out the band besides the Cavalara brothers were Tony Campos (bass - Ministry/Fear Factory) and Marc Rizzo (Guitar - Soulfly). Studio Seven was rocking with "Return To Roots", the crowd was insane. The pit was vicious and thank goodness my old ass was on the other side of the barrier ha! Running through a near hour and a half set of playing through the "Roots" album and encoring some Sepultura reprise and covers including Venom was cool, but the ending thrash version of "Roots Bloody Roots" was complete utter sound devastation that the crowd loved! Live it was as heavy or heavier experience to hear the whole "Roots" album played through. Get out and see this tour! On their website it states "Warner Music will release a special vinyl edition of Roots, in addition to a CD/vinyl box set of classic Sepultura records, with more surprises in store. Stay tuned for a full announcement on the new editions, coming soon." If you love this album I'd keep www.maxandiggorreturntoroots.com in your favorites!