6570-2 Nation
Produced by Steve Evetts, Co-produced by Sepultura
Released on March 20, 2001
US CHART POSITION #134
Find it at GEMM
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K RONOMYTH 8.0: SEPULTERA. Go back and read that again. It’s a mixture of Sepultura and Pantera, which is my perception of Nation. Conceived as a revolutionary call to arms, Nation is a powerful record. Critics like to point out that Sepultura is Brazilian, a connection that should have grown weaker with Derrick Green on vocals, only Green seems to have taken the country’s revolutionary spirit to heart. Sao Paulo is a city of contradictions, well-dressed government and business workers walking purposefully past newsstands lined with translated paperbacks of Nietzsche, Kafka and Camus. Sepultura will never be the voice of their nation, simply because death metal isn’t part of the national character. Brazilians embrace life, not nihililsm. But if those books could talk, they’d sing of Sepultura’s nation, where the corrupt soot from twenty years of dictatorial rule rinses off the rained-soaked smokestacks and runs into the streets in black streaks. I hadn’t heard Sepultura since Arise and picked up Nation in a mall off Paulista Avenue on a whim. The opening “Sepulnation” is a great rallying cry, and what follows is a vulgar display of national power: “Border Wars,” “One Man Army,” “Vox Populi,” “Who Must Die?,” “Reject.” Great, grating metal monsters that flatten everything before them. It’s broader than that, including a humorous turn from Jello Biafra (“Politricks”), death metal toasting (“Tribe to a Nation”) and a classy, orchestral ending on “Valtio.” Nation is not only ambitious, but one of the best groove metal albums you’ll ever hear. (Maybe you didn’t know they were “groove metal” albums when you heard them but, yes, some douchebaguette has actually invented the term to describe thrash/death metal that employed rhythmically informed riffs.) I’d rank this near the top of Sepultura albums simply because metal doesn’t get much better than this. An expanded CD version is also available with awesome covers of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” and Black Flag’s “Rise Above.”

6570-2 back sleeve
6570-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SEPULNATION    (Lyrics: Igor Cavalera/Derrick Green, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  2. REVOLT    (Lyrics: Andreas Kisser, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  3. BORDER WARS    (Lyrics: Derrick Green/Andreas Kisser, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera/Derrick Green)
  4. ONE MAN ARMY    (Lyrics: Igor Cavakera, Music: Andreas Kisser/Derrick Green/Igor Cavalera)
  5. VOX POPULI    (Lyrics: Andreas Kisser, Music: Andras Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  6. THE WAYS OF FAITH    (Lyrics: Andreas Kisser/Derrick Green, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera/Derrick Green)
  7. UMA CURA    (Lyrics: Andreas Kisser/Derrick Green, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  8. WHO MUST DIE?    (Lyrics: Derric Green/Andreas Kisser, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  9. SAGA    (Lyrics: Andreas Kisser, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  10. TRIBE TO A NATION    (Lyrics: Derrick Green, Music: Andreas Kisser/Derrick Green/Igor Cavalera)
  11. POLITRICKS    (Lyrics: Andreas Kisser/Jello Biafra, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera/Derrick Green)
  12. HUMAN CAUSE    (Lyrics: Andreas Kisser, Music: Andras Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  13. REJECT    (Lyrics: Derrick Green, Music: Derrick Green, Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  14. WATER    (Lyrics and Music: Andreas Kisser/Derrick Green)
  15. VALTIO    (Music: Andreas Kisser/Eicca Toppinnen)

    Expanded CD bonus tracks
  16. BELA LUGOSI'S DEAD    (Daniel Ash/Kevin Dompe/David Haskins/Peter Murphy)
  17. ANNIHILATION    (Crucifix)
  18. RISE ABOVE    (Greg Ginn)
  19. REVOLT (DEMO)    (Lyrics: Andreas Kisser, Music: Andreas Kisser/Igor Cavalera)
  20. ROOTS BLOODY ROOTS (LIVE)    (Lyrics: Max Cavalera, Music: Max Cavalera/Andreas Kisser/Paulo Jr./Igor Cavalera)

CREDITS

IGOR CAVALERA -- drums and percussion
DERRICK GREEN -- vocals, baritone bass (14)
ANDREAS KISSER -- guitars, 4-string bass (14)
PAULO JR. -- bass
Apocalyptica -- strings (15)
Jello Biafra -- vocals (11)
Dener -- upright bass (14)
Dr. Israel -- additional production and vocals (10)
Fernando P9 -- drum circle (9)
Jamey Jasta -- vocals (12)
Krztoff -- programming (7)
Marinho -- additional bass (7)
Eicca Toppinnen -- cello arrangement (15)
Hiili Hiilesmaa -- producer (15)
Steve Thompson -- mixing
John Goodmanson -- mixing
Steve Evetts -- engineer, mixing, drum circle (9)
Juha Heininen -- engineer and mixing (15)
Shephard Fairey @ BLK/MRKT, Inc. -- design
Rui Mendes -- band photography
Tattoo -- Sepultura logo
Léo Dias -- band icons

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
BRA 2001 Roadrunner/Sum CDX 6570-2 w. bonus tracks
US/EUR/THAI March 20, 2001 Roadrunner CD/CS RR-8560-2/4  
UK 2001 Roadrunner CDX RR-8560-5 w. bonus tracks
JPN 2001 Roadrunner CDX RRCY-11143 w. bonus tracks

 

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