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Review of the Album "Roorback" by Brazilian Heavy Metal Band Sepultura

Updated on February 16, 2018

Sepultura's Album Roorback is the Weakest Album for Sepultura

Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura encountered their weakest moment musically with their 2001 album called Nation. In 2003, they released the album called "Roorback" (what an ironic name for a studio album). The lyrics are said to be about the difficulties and decline that the world is facing.

A Band Logo for Sepultura

The First Two Songs are an Indication of the Album's Style and Lyrical Themes

The first song called Come Back Alive is about what happens when a soldier is sent off to fight a war for his country. They are taught to spot who the enemy is and then to target those foes. The goal is to succeed for your country and to come back alive. Sadly, many soldiers lose their lives in wars that should never be fought. The next song called Godless expands upon the lyrical theme in the first song. There are many countries in the world in which there is election fraud and freedom is denied to those citizens. As human beings have to deal with their mortality, the world is seen as godless.

Roorback Con #1 is the Weak Groove Metal Influence

However, as with the album Nation, there is a strong focus on groove metal which does not really inspire me on the first two songs. So in that sense, Roorback is off to a worse start than Nation was.

Roorback Con #2 is that the Riffs Were Flat and Largely Uninspiring (After the First Full Listen)

The problem that I saw even with this album after the first full listen is that the riffs are too flat and there really isn’t that inspiring feel that the Sepultura albums had with Max Cavalera. However, I must mention that in some cases, it can take several listens of an album and then later on we might enjoy an album that we did not really like previously. One example of this is the way I felt about the album St. Anger. I really did not like that album but it took several listens over a period of many years for me to finally see the musical creativity on that album.

Note: some time has passed since I heard this album and I must add that the song called More of the Same has a decent softer part with Derrick’s vocals creating a good contrast. Does that mean that there will be no Sepultura album that would be rated bad in the literal sense?

I still find myself wanting to skip over quite a few songs and that inspiring wow kind of feel that you get while listening to the band’s 1991 album Arise, you don’t sense that kind of feeling on Roorback.


The Album Does Not Have Enough Good Moments to be a Superb Album

However, with the song called As It Is, the song is a little better than the first six ones. Whatever we see and hear in the world, we have to accept certain things as they are, not how we wish they were or how we would want them to be. With the song Leech we hear a decent punk style song about a person that is a kind of blood sucker making other people’s lives more miserable. As the song tries to point out, what is wrong with this person? Bottomed Out is a song about someone that has been tormented by an angry, bitter person and he won’t allow that person to bring him down. We should distance ourselves from bitter and negative people if we want to live a better life. The world seems like it is a twisted place because of all the negativity that is going on and this is one of the saddest things about human nature.

Overall, Roorback was slightly better than the album Nation at the first listen but it is not good enough to be considered a superb album because there are just too many sub-standard moments. In other words, the pros or decent songs in this album do not surpass the filler songs. At this point, the best songs in Roorback are More of the Same, As it Is, Leech, and The Rift which makes four good songs on the album. Is the album good enough to justify giving it a higher score than the first time? I would say probably not because the album is musically too weak in the first half.

Points or rating: 62 out of 100

The Song Called Leech

The Song Called As It Is

© 2017 Ara Vahanian

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