I feel blessed for having the opportunity to be tattooing, the album cover of perhaps the most controversial “heavy metal” album of all time, Sepultura “Roots” the album that in my opinion, took heavy metal to a new direction.
Sepultura is a heavy metal band from “Belo Horizonte” Brazil. They started in the 80’s, as young Brazilians metal heads, with no much hope and not many people believed they would get any far with their music, as to consider “kerrang” magazine, ranked them “the worse band in the world” in the 80’s. For the band, they got exited about it, just to know that the band was getting noticed outside of Brazil.
It was a struggle for Sepultura in the beginning as they didn’t have money. Their dream was to play outside of Brazil, as they couldn’t afford it. They toured around Brazil for years, and the money they saved from all these years, they could afford to send the singer “Max Cavalera” to New York, to try to get a record deal.
In his first trip to New York, Max Cavalera had cassette tapes of they third album “Schizophrenia” which was their hope to get signed by a big record company. It’s believe that Max Cavalera went to the building of Roadrunner records in New York, and threw his cassette tapes on the window, to try to get signed.
It was a Pity he didn’t get signed by any record label. And he went back to Brazil with his hopes not very high. However, before he left New York, he gave away, all his Cassette tapes, and this tapes got copied and copied over the years.
Only 2 years later, Roadrunner Records must heard the tape, and rang Sepultura, to come to Brazil and do an album with them. They knew that was their opportunity, and for the next 6 months they locked themselves in a garage, and produced the world widely known album “beneath the remains”.
It was then , when Sepultura had their first tour outside Brazil. They toured around Europe. It was a dream come true, and they had their opportunity to show their music for the first time outside of Brazil.
After the success of “beneath the reamains” they had the trust from Roadrunner Records, and then released “Arise” “Chaos A.D” and “Roots” the album I’m tattooing in the picture.
In my opinion “Roots” is a very special album as it was the first album they had the courage to mix Brazilian instrumentals to their music, and that shocked a lot the metal community, because metal is usually only to one side with not many variations or other directions you can take it. However in my opinion Sepultura used what they had, they were from Brazil, and they took advantage of that, to do something “Metallica” couldn’t done, or “Slayer” couldn’t done.
And I think life is about that, you gotta use what you have. You have to take advantage of who you are. Sepultura also had the total back up from “Roadrunner Records” to do the “Roots” album, after the success of “Chaos A.D”. That’s why they could afford to fly to the jungle of Brazil and live with the Indians for 3 days. They felt the Indian tribe life style, made a song with them, they had an experience of the real Brazilian Roots, then went on tour after.
And that’s one way to make your talent happen too, it’s to be able to afford to support your talents. A lot of people out there have a talent, however they never get the opportunity to show their talent due to lack of support. Support is important to make your talent be seen, and multiply the opportunities of your talent.
Thank you for reading.