Sound — 10
The wiord 'masterpiece' is thrown around a lot in the music industry, the only reocrds I cna think of that remain true to the word are Machine Head's The Blackening, Megadeth's Rust in Peace, Metallica's Master of Puppets and this, Sepultura's fifth record. Chaos A.D is one of the best metal records ever put to disc, and it's bursting at the seams with catchy hooks and utterly mindblowing guitar work. If this album was recorded and released today, it would still sound as amazing as it did when it was recorded in 1993. This was Sepultura's last 'true' metal record, as their followup album Roots was the first album to start experimenting with the whole tribal rhythm thing.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrics consist of varying themes, something which many metal bands these days tend to struggle with. 'Propaganda' is a self explanatory title, 'Refuse/Resist' is a kind of angst and anarchy fuelled anthem, pretty much saying 'Look at the state the worlds in, what the hells this? Do something about it'. Max Cavalera's voice is beyond outstanding on Chaos A.D, with a voice that never ever seems to let down even for a second. The vocal style and melodies fit in so well with the music itself that it's almost unbelievable.
Overall Impression — 9
Seriously, if this album didn't exist then metal would be much wors eoff than it is today. Tracks such as Refuse/Resist, Territory, Slave New World, Amen and Propaganda are full of off-the-wall riffing and skull crushing solos. In fact, if Max Cavalera hadn't left Sepultura after 1996's Roots then Sepultura would probably be thrash kings today, high above the likes of Megadeth and Anthrax. There is very little to dislike about it (maybe unless you're a fan of hardcore or something). If anyone respects metal in any way, they need this album in their record collection, it's simply astonishing.