It's almost its own kind of music without a label. We ended up going to Israel to record the video for the song, which came out really cool. It's funny, "Territory" was one of the few songs I worked on with Andreas [ Kisser, Sepultura guitarist ]. We played acoustic guitar in my backyard. We actually wrote that heavy chorus on acoustic guitar, which is hard to believe now. But when you listen to the chorus of "Territory," it has a lot of melody on it because it was written on acoustic first and translated to electric later.
We were living in the age of Tipper Gore. There were all these records with "Parental Warning" stickers and all this bullshit that was all censorship, so we did a song about that, saying we're not slaves. For the single, Iggor made a barcode tattoo on his wrist and we took a picture of it. We liked it, so for the video, we had all these skinhead guys with barcodes on their necks. It looks kind like something out of [ George Orwell's dystopian novel ] , which was really cool.
I'm spiritual. I believe in God. I believe in the spirits, but I don't believe in organized religion, especially when they just do it to make money.
In the beginning, there's this part about the soul being the arena where the army's clash. It was a big misunderstanding. We played this huge festival and someone threw a flag on the stage so I held it up to the crowd.
I got arrested for that because someone at the venue said I stepped on the flag as a protest against Brazil. I thought all this kind of persecution by the police was way behind me, and suddenly there are 20 cops in my room and I'm being taken to jail. I was being charged for being anti-Brazilian and that was it.
But the story kept growing and growing. People starting saying I spit on the flag, and then I pissed on the flag, and finally, they were saying I shit on the flag.
It was ridiculous. All these fucking talk shows in Brazil had guys on saying how I should be lynched. One guy said I should get the death penalty. I was like, "Are you kidding me, man? What the fuck? I just held the flag. Everything else was all invented! I went to jail and I stayed there for four hours. It was scary when I got hauled out of the dressing room because they came out as a brute police force and handcuffed me. That was fucking scary. I was like, "Fuck, man, this is fucked up.
I just got done playing in front of 40, people and I'm in handcuffs being taken away from the stadium in a police car. Remastered 12 Songs. Music Videos. Slave New World Sepultura. Territory Sepultura. More by Sepultura. Roots The Best of Sepultura Arise Beneath the Remains They ultimately chose Andy Wallace , who had previously mixed Arise. When they recorded "Kaiowas", the quartet never even considered playing the track live, because they thought it would be too difficult to recreate the drumming on stage.
They changed their minds after seeing a video of the American band Neurosis : "We saw in that live video that the Neurosis guys put down their guitars and everybody started to play the drums on stage", lead guitarist Andreas remembers. We rehearsed it once and it was wonderful. We haven't stopped playing the song live since. Up until the time the album was due, the title was originally Propaganda after track 6, but Max Cavalera changed it to Chaos A.
Out of the boredom of playing the Arise songs for two years straight and concerned about the threat of musically stagnating, Sepultura pushed the envelope on Chaos A. Half of the songs in the album are tuned down to D standard, except for "Kaiowas" which is in drop C tuning. Diversity was the key to Chaos A. D , along with American heavy metal band Pantera for developing the death metal -influenced music of groove metal that would later influence other artists in the 90s.
Massacres were a major part of Chaos A. In , speaking to Kerrang! You could call the album riot music. It was full of heavy shit and some of it was risky, but it was just where we were coming from at the time.
One hundred and eleven prisoners were killed, and one of my friends was there and took pictures of it all, one of which we used in the artwork. On Chaos A. Max had called Biafra asking him to contribute to the album with a song about the growing neo-Nazi movement. But Biafra wasn't interested in recycling old ideas and he suggested a song called "Biotech Is Godzilla", that he had written during his visit to Eco '92, a world conference about ecology organized in Rio de Janeiro.
The lyrics claim that biotechnology created AIDS. But they don't say that technology is bad, just that it's in the wrong hands.
Additionally, Sepultura began to draw upon the influences of their native Brazil, audible in the acoustic instrumental "Kaiowas" and in the way the band's complex rhythms move and breathe, to offer a much wider range than any of their contemporaries seemed willing to pursue. The band's songwriting became almost airtight, giving up the breakneck speed and long progressive passages borrowed from mid-'80s Metallica , and concentrating instead on creating texture and dissonance.
But really, it's the unbelievably powerful rhythmic base provided by Igor Cavalera that gives Chaos A. Endlessly playable there isn't a wasted or unnecessary note on the album , passionately performed, and a sign that a new metal underground was finally bearing artistic fruit, Chaos A.