Reviewed: March, 2023
Released: 1996, Roadrunner
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 Metal-Rules.com, 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….or until I get a job! 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.
MTV cancelled The Headbangers Ball in 1995. Video were still quite popular at the time and labels still put quite a bit of money into the medium, Roadrunner being no exception.
Sepultura had a fairly heavy and successful video presence in North America on MTV and MuchMusic. Even though The Headbangers Ball was gone the label put out a third Sepultura VHS/ home video, almost as an afterthought.
The VHS is about 21 minutes long and has three videos that were the promo/video singles for the ROOTS album. There is a brief introductory commentary, before each video, by the band that was filmed in mostly black and white, where they talked about the making of the videos.
The videos are very well known and popular and are pretty familiar to most Sepultura fans. ‘Ratamahatta’ and it’s claymation really is a work of art to be admired. Despite its short length it is nice to have these all-in-one place but with the invention of YouTube it is not really necessary to own.
For my own personal opinion, this is album I gave up on Sepultura. They had just beloved so far away from what I wanted to see and hear, I just don’t care anymore. My rank for this is pretty low, based on my distaste for the music. However, in terms of a video, despite its short length, it’s decent no better or worse than any other number of generic, video-compilation home videos out there.
Although the VHS is probably pretty hard to find this home video was reissued in 2002 as part of the CHAOS DVD compilation.
Max Cavalera -Vocals, Guitar
Igor Cavalera -Drums
Paulo Jr. -Bass
Andreas Kisser -Guitar
1. Roots Bloody Roots