Retrospective

Sepultura’s Chaos A.D. Was Released Twenty Years Ago Today

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Sepultura - Chaos AD

Twenty years ago today, Sepultura released their daring and forward-thinking Chaos A.D. The epic conclusion to a Holy Trinity of releases which began with Beneath the Remains and continued with AriseChaos A.D. is a shining example of artistic reinvention that sounds like a genuine evolution, and not just “something different.” Chaos A.D. saw the band moving away from their thrashier sound without getting too Korny, and utilizing elements of Brazilian music in ways revisionists assert they didn’t do until the much-inferior Roots. Its anthemic simplicity shines a brighter spotlight on the band’s political message (it really could be the soundtrack to a revolution), and despite its lack of speed and overt-technicality, it doesn’t feel one iota less fierce than any prior Sep release. It is, in my opinion, the last truly great Sepultura release, and the album that the majority of Sep and Soulfly material since has most-tried to emulate. It is, in a word, a titan.

Make sure you take some time out today to play this AS LOUD AS YOU CAN. And if you somehow don’t already own it, well… what the hell is wrong with you? Buy it here.

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