Sepultura-Third World Chaos (The Unemployment Chronicles) (DVD Review)

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Reviewed: March, 2023
Released: 1995/2002
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Back in March of 2020 I was laid-off because of the pandemic and I spent my free time writing a series of 50 DVD reviews called the Covideo Chronicles. It was fun and productive! What comes around goes around and in February 2023 I have been laid off again! Over the past three years I have accumulated another stack of about 25 DVDs to review. Additionally, it has long been a personal goal of mine, and, to review every Hard Rock and Heavy Metal DVD on the planet. Over the years we have reviewed hundreds of stand-alone DVD’s, more than almost every other Metal webzine. So instead of sulking and/or wasting my time I’m going to review as many as I can in the month of February. It’s cold outside here in Canada so it beats going outside and/or looking for work! Feel free to enjoy all the reviews in this feature.

I suppose I have a slightly negative attitude about Sepultura home videos. Like the others, THIRD WORLD CHAOS is a bit of a mess. This is the second Sepultura home video as three were rushed out in rapid succession by Roadrunner to capitalize on the band’s popularity at the time. This hour-long presentation was originally released on VHS back in 1995. Although the VHS is probably pretty hard to find this home video was reissued in 2002 as part of the CHAOS DVD compilation.

I’m not sure why this is called THIRD WORLD CHAOS. Brazil is not a third world country and Sepultura were based in America by this time. They footage was not filmed in Third World countries, so the title doesn’t make sense at all.  I think the real reason is that the label wanted to perpetuate ‘The poor band becomes popular’ myth that they had developed.

There is not too much to this video. It collects all the bands videos to date, which admittedly is nice to have all in one place. They add live clips from five live songs in England and Brazil.   Four of those are cover tunes, not even their own songs! The fifth song ‘KIaowas’ is only 45 seconds long so we can safely say the live footage amounts to very little actual Sepultura music. Inter-spliced is the standard backstage, casual fooling around footage. There is not much substance or organization to the DVD. It is not chronological, just random jumbled clips. Most of the audio and sound quality is pretty poor, hand-held road movies for the most part. There are few neat things, Sepultura on Japanese TV, a drum-off with Pantera in Colorado and other highlights but those are just a few seconds each.

These feels like a bit of cash-grab with the band churning out four home videos in five years. It is a very average DVD, but bump it up a notch if you love Sepultura!

Line Up:

Max Cavalera Vocals, Guitar
Igor Cavalera Drums
Andreas Kisser Guitar
Paulo Jr. Bass

Track Listing:

1. Orgasmatron (Motörhead cover) (live)
2. Slave New World (video clip)
3. Kaiowas (live) 00:45
4. Refuse/Resist (video clip)
5. Territory (video clip)
6. Crucificados Pelo Sistema (Ratos de Porão cover) (live)
7. Arise (video clip)
8. Dead Embryonic Cells (video clip)
9. Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys cover) (live)
10. Inner Self (video clip)
11. Polícia (Titãs cover) (live)