The reason for that is simple, I hate it. I have been aware of it for almost as long as Burn My Eyes, and have had a lend of it, owned it, got rid of it and renowned it at different points in time never really having any great deal of affection for it and barely ever listening to it all the way through while maintaining full attention.
Oh and as a kid my brother had a lend of it from a library for like a good year, but I don’t recall giving much of a crap to be honest.
I have always enjoyed the almost title track ‘Roots Bloody Roots,’ which I will freely admit to being a good song and will happily watch its music video if I’m in the mood or bob my head to it if it is played over the speakers at a rock club situation, enjoy it when Soulfly or Cannibal Corpse cover it or whatever… I have no great enmity towards that track.
The rest of the album I just remember bored me, sounded bad and I just don’t like the direction or tone of the album. It was too sluggish and drab with a slimy sounding production and annoying noises all over the place.
On this re-listening ‘Roots Bloody Roots,’ went down smoothly as usual and perhaps even a little more so than the last few times. I will also admit that ‘Attitude,’ was pretty good in parts. I notice a few favourable similarities between ‘Attitude,’ and also the superior ‘Cut-Throat,’ with the general style of Burn My Eyes but it is not exactly enough to hugely change my opinions of them.
I do like Max Cavelera’s voice, but not enough. He has a strong enough voice for me to not criticise it, but not strong or varied enough for me to really find any real praise. Max’s voice is there, it doesn’t suck, and now lets get on with it.
I found with the rest of the album that most of the songs had one cool part or so, but always failed to capitalise on it, there would be a cool riff that never changed and ended up just boring, or a cool drum section over horrible squeally noise segments. I also found myself disliking every guitar solo on the album bar the one in ‘Ambush.’
The only tracks I really liked were the aforementioned ‘Roots Bloody Roots,’ and ‘Cut Throat,’ in addition to the fast and fun ‘Spit,’ and the groovey ‘Dusted.’
The rest of the tracks were all either just OK or generally a little poor. Another thing I thought was that most songs were a minute and thirty seconds longer than they had ideas to support, especially ‘Itsari,’ where you can hear the logical end and then a stumbling attempt to start again a good minute before it actually does end.
The final problem is that in addition to most of the tracks being overlong unnecessarily, I feel the album itself is too long and what music journalists like to call ‘bloated and self indulgent,’ a phrase I never liked in description of prog albums that felt to me appropriate in length but that aptly describes Roots, which would flow a lot better to my ears had it pruned about four or five tracks, including the especially unnecessary one minute acoustic number ‘Jasco,’ and the fun, but out of place hardcore influenced ‘Dictatorshit.’
Overall, Roots isn’t really for me. Admittedly, there is some merit there but it isn’t really good enough to deserve the classic album status it has been afforded in my brain (and I obviously picked it up from somewhere… Metal Hammer or Amazon presumably) I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone who just got into metal the same way I would Metallica’s Black Album or Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power.