1993 | Metal
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“Chaos A.D. -- Army in siege. -- Total alarm. -- I'm sick of this. -- Inside the state, war is created. -- No man's land. --What is this shit?!"
- Chaos A.D. hit #32 on the Billboard 200 chart.
- Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera.
- No founding members remain in the band today.
THE HOT TAKES
Have I ever mentioned how much I love the word "pleb?" Short for "plebian," it means the rabble of ancient Roman society. The general population. No one of consequence. I picked up this term playing an old PC city-builder game called "Caesar," back in the 90's. When you couldn't accomplish all of the megalomaniacal scheming you envisioned for your city because your population hadn't grown sufficiently, a male voice would chime in "More plebs are needed!" Suffice it to say, you hear this a lot playing that game. Enough to make a lasting impression! Game like this of course never account for the population refusing, resisting, or otherwise not seeing the virtue of the wise leader, no matter how ill-formed his or her ideas.
As you all know, I am for ending State oppression by all peaceful means, but this ultra heavy song hits on a really important aspect of defiance. We have to be willing to stand up and resist tyranny with violence if/when when are forced to, and we have to do it in spite of our fears. It reminds me of a quote from Thomas Jefferson. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” I hope neither you nor I ever have to actually water that tree, but I also hope that you and I would do it together if there were no other options.
This is a pretty straight ahead song. It paints the picture of a pretty terrible situation where the citizens of a nation find themselves under an occupation by an army of they're own creation. Ive always thought of my self as a leftist. I remember vividly how offended I was when the Patriot Act was passed and how I felt my rights as a citizen were being stripped from me. I remember as we started seeing more and more military equipment on the streets. You always think there's gonna be some big moment when a country becomes a fascist hellscape and maybe there is when you look at it through history but the occupying army is already here and I feel like it snuck in by degrees under the radar to most people. I'm a pussy with a wife and a daughter and my slavery is largely pretty comfortable so I've taken to education but for those not so comfortable I wonder what you see out there?