“I say we’re growing every day / Getting stronger in every way / I’ll take you to a place where we shall find our roots!!!” screamed Sepultura vocalist and rhythm guitarist Max Cavalera in “Roots Bloody Roots,” the opening track on the band’s sixth album Roots, which came out Feb. 20, 1996.
The lyric was more than a boast, it was a statement of purpose. Sepultura had previously explored their Brazilian heritage on the acoustic track “Kaiowas,” from 1993’s Chaos A.D., and the vibe they got from the groove of the song was a wakeup call. “Kaiowas” featured tribal percussive exchanges between drummer Igor Cavalera and bassist Paulo Jr and acted as a template of sorts for Roots.