Max Cavalera explained to Metal Exiles
the journey he wanted to take his listeners on the album. "The idea of Savages
was that with all of our progress and technology we are all still killing each other, decapitating, blowing up marathons, doing all of these savage acts so at heart we are all still Savages," he said. "A lot of the lyrics are based around that theme even though this is not a concept record. It is almost like there is something wrong with us, like we are born with Savagery in us and we cannot get rid of it."