Sepultura's "Chaos Ad" the Good Follow-up Album to Arise Album Review
This album for Brazil's Sepultura was very influential
Sepultura, Brazil’s best known death and thrash metal band does not get enough credit for the work that they did through the early 1990’s. Their 1993 album Chaos AD is another solid release bringing attention to many of the world’s biggest social problems through the lyrics. However the album is not much different musically than their 1991 album Arise. Is Chaos AD as good as Arise is? Maybe not but as we go through the musical journey of writing about a band that has solidified their status as Brazil’s most famous band, some of you may think differently.
At least Sepultura is Brazil’s best death/thrash metal band at least of the last 30+ years. They would go from elite status to their weakest point in ten years’ time with their 2003 album Roorback. But the Max Cavalera era is considered the band’s strongest years and I wouldn’t disagree with that.
Sepultura's Chaos AD front album cover
Chaos AD: songs 1-3 what are the lyrical themes?
The first two songs Refuse/Resist and Territory are songs that describe what can happen if a country is chaotic and embroiled in conflicts that they should not even be in. I can understand the vocals of Max Cavalera pretty well even though his vocals sound almost like a death metal vocalist. In some countries, the population is brainwashed and given the poor information to manage their anger. War for the acquisition of territory always leads to outcomes that are not positive for the country that wants to conquer other nations and steal their land. The next song called Slave New World is about the fact that sometimes our own worst enemy is the thoughts that we think. It is our job to recognize these useless and destructive thoughts and to get rid of them.
Just like the previous album Arise, the first two songs of Chaos AD are two of the strongest songs to start off an album.
The official music video for the song Territory
The importance of the song Amen
The song Amen actually has a positive message if we really analyze the lyrics from a closer point of view. The song’s message is about asking GOD for forgiveness when we have sinned and these bad visions go through our heads.
Biotech is Godzilla
Biotech is Godzilla is more than just a fast song
The fast song called Biotech is Godzilla has always been one of my favorite songs from this album not just because of the speed in it. The song criticizes these large corporations that do not care of people get sick or die. Their main goal is profits over people. The song also brings attention to the spread of AIDS because of technology being in the wrong hands.
Chaos AD: songs 8-12
I myself have discovered a pattern among thrash metal bands and this is the fact that their lyrics focus on ant-establishment themes. The song called Nomad has one of Sepultura’s most memorable riffing along with shouts of the word Nomad by Cavalera. We who are not as Others is a repetitive, heavy song that is the weakest song in this album. Manifest is a song about police brutality in Brazil. I’ve listened to this album many times since it was released and it is still not as good as the band’s previous album Arise. However, the album was a solid one even for 1993 standards. There is a cover performance of the New Model Army called The Hunt.
How Good of an Album is 1993's Chaos AD?
I guess the question on the minds of some fans might be “is Chaos AD a better album than Sacred Reich’s album Independent?" First of all the albums are of a different style. And if we wanted to compare the two albums, maybe Chaos AD would be slightly better because the worst song in this album isn’t as bad as the weakest song in the album Independent. How high of a score would Chaos AD really get? I would say that it is slightly weaker than 1991’s Arise and so Chaos AD would get a very respectable score of 85 out of 100 points.
The song called Nomad (different version)
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