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"Roots Bloody Roots" is a song by Brazilian metal band Sepultura. It was released in February 1996 as the lead single from their sixth album Roots. The song is the band's best known and remains a concert staple to this day, usually being performed on encores. A music video was filmed for the single which features the band performing in an underground catacomb as well as on the streets with a tribe of percussionists.[1] This video can be found on the VHS We Are What We Are,[2] which was later released on DVD as part of Chaos DVD.[3]

"Roots Bloody Roots"
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Single by Sepultura
from the album Roots
B-side"“Procreation (Of the Wicked) ”, “Territory” (live), “Beneath the Remains/ Escape to the Void” (live), “Symptom of the Universe”, “Propaganda” (live)"
Released18 February 1996
FormatCD single, 7"
RecordedOctober - December 1995 at
Indigo Ranch,
in Malibu, California
Songwriter(s)Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr.
Producer(s)Ross Robinson
Sepultura singles chronology
"Roots Bloody Roots"

The song also appears in live form on the band's live releases Under a Pale Grey Sky and Live in Sao Paulo. Another live version appears on the limited edition digipak version of the band's 2000 album Nation. Former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera has also played the song live numerous times with his other bands Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy. Recordings of their version can be found on the limited edition versions of the albums Soulfly and Prophecy and as iTunes bonus track on Conquer, as well as on the DVD The Song Remains Insane, plus on the bonus DVDs of Omen and Archangel.


Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Thomas Mignone and won the Kerrang "Video Of The Year Award" in 1996, as well as a nomination for the MTV Brazil "Best Rock Video" Award. Filming was done in the catacombs underneath the city of Salvador, where the Brazilian slaves were sold. The video is distinguished from other heavy metal imagery by its atypical use of the natural beauty of Brazil, including its traditional capoeira fight, Timbalada percussionists, and Afro-Brazilians people, as well as the reference to the religion of Candomblé. The video also shows scenes of Catholic churches.[1]


The single was released on 2 CDs and 7” vinyl. The first CD was presented in a card foldout digipak case, while the second was in a standard slimline jewel case. Early copies of the digipak version were embossed with a stamp of the band's thorned ‘S' logo. The vinyl was a strictly limited edition and was red in colour.[4]

Track listingEdit

Disc 1 (Digipak)
  1. "Roots Bloody Roots"
  2. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" (Celtic Frost cover)
  3. "Refuse/Resist" (live)
  4. "Territory" (live)
Disc 2
  1. "Roots Bloody Roots"
  2. "Procreation (Of The Wicked)" (Celtic Frost cover)
  3. "Propaganda" (live)
  4. "Beneath the Remains/Escape to the Void" (live)
7” Red Vinyl
  1. "Roots Bloody Roots"
  2. "Symptom of the Universe" (Black Sabbath cover. It also appears on Blood-Rooted and the limited edition of Roots)
  • Refuse/Resist, Territory, Propaganda, Beneath the Remains/Escape to the Void were recorded live in Minneapolis, MN in March 1994

Cover versionsEdit



Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 44
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 31
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 2
France (SNEP)[9] 26
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 42
Ireland (IRMA) 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 35
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 27
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 14
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 19


  1. ^ a b Sepultura - Roots Bloody Roots [OFFICIAL VIDEO] on YouTube
  2. ^ "We Are What We Are [VHS] (1988)".
  3. ^ "Sepultura - Chaos DVD (2002)".
  4. ^ "sepultura records and CDs". MusicStack. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  5. ^ Smith, Dom (August 13, 2014). "Listen: iVardensphere – 'Roots Bloody Roots (Sepultura Cover)'". Soundsphere. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  6. ^ " – Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ " – Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Sepultura: Roots Bloody Roots" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  9. ^ " – Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ " – Sepultura Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ " – Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ " – Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots". VG-lista.
  13. ^ " – M People – Renaissance". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ " – Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots". Singles Top 100.

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