SEPULTURA

Groove Metal / Thrash Metal / Death Metal / Alternative Metal • Brazil
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Sepultura is a Brazilian thrash metal band, formed in 1983. Their name means "grave" in Portuguese, which they chose after Max Cavalera, one of the founding members, was translating the lyrics of the Motörhead song "Dancing on Your Grave".

Sepultura was formed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1983 by Max Cavalera (guitars and vocals), his younger brother Igor Cavalera (drums), Paulo Pinto (bass) and Jairo Guedes (guitars). Sepultura signed to Cogumelo Records after a few years of performing, with a sound influenced by their favorite bands such as Ratos de Porão, Discharge, Possessed, GBH and Metallica. Their first EP was Bestial Devastation, a split with Overdose's album on the flipside. Their first LP was Morbid Visions (1986), which included the moderate hit "Troops of Doom" that attracted the band some attention. After Morbid Visions, Jairo Guedes left the band for another death metal venture and Sao Paulo based guitarist
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SEPULTURA Discography

SEPULTURA albums / top albums

SEPULTURA Morbid Visions album cover 2.68 | 34 ratings
Morbid Visions
Death Metal 1986
SEPULTURA Schizophrenia album cover 3.52 | 46 ratings
Schizophrenia
Thrash Metal 1987
SEPULTURA Beneath the Remains album cover 4.38 | 96 ratings
Beneath the Remains
Thrash Metal 1989
SEPULTURA Arise album cover 4.34 | 100 ratings
Arise
Thrash Metal 1991
SEPULTURA Chaos A.D. album cover 3.87 | 66 ratings
Chaos A.D.
Groove Metal 1993
SEPULTURA Roots album cover 2.91 | 52 ratings
Roots
Alternative Metal 1996
SEPULTURA Against album cover 3.23 | 26 ratings
Against
Groove Metal 1998
SEPULTURA Nation album cover 3.35 | 21 ratings
Nation
Groove Metal 2001
SEPULTURA Roorback album cover 3.21 | 17 ratings
Roorback
Groove Metal 2003
SEPULTURA Dante XXI album cover 3.91 | 22 ratings
Dante XXI
Groove Metal 2005
SEPULTURA A-Lex album cover 3.49 | 23 ratings
A-Lex
Groove Metal 2009
SEPULTURA Kairos album cover 3.54 | 26 ratings
Kairos
Groove Metal 2011
SEPULTURA The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart album cover 3.93 | 18 ratings
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
Thrash Metal 2013
SEPULTURA Machine Messiah album cover 4.24 | 23 ratings
Machine Messiah
Groove Metal 2017
SEPULTURA Quadra album cover 4.32 | 16 ratings
Quadra
Thrash Metal 2020

SEPULTURA EPs & splits

SEPULTURA Bestial Devastation album cover 2.96 | 17 ratings
Bestial Devastation
Death Metal 1985
SEPULTURA Morbid Visions / Cease to Exist album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Morbid Visions / Cease to Exist
Thrash Metal 1989
SEPULTURA Under Siege (Regnum Irae) album cover 4.35 | 6 ratings
Under Siege (Regnum Irae)
Thrash Metal 1991
SEPULTURA Third World Posse album cover 4.83 | 6 ratings
Third World Posse
Thrash Metal 1992
SEPULTURA Natural Born Blasters album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Natural Born Blasters
Thrash Metal 1996
SEPULTURA Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit)
Thrash Metal 1996
SEPULTURA Procreation of the Wicked album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Procreation of the Wicked
Thrash Metal 1997
SEPULTURA Tribus album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Tribus
Groove Metal 1999
SEPULTURA Revolusongs album cover 4.29 | 5 ratings
Revolusongs
Groove Metal 2002

SEPULTURA live albums

SEPULTURA Under a Pale Grey Sky album cover 4.19 | 8 ratings
Under a Pale Grey Sky
Groove Metal 2002
SEPULTURA Live in São Paulo album cover 4.38 | 4 ratings
Live in São Paulo
Groove Metal 2005
SEPULTURA SepulQuarta album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
SepulQuarta
Thrash Metal 2021

SEPULTURA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SEPULTURA Rehearsal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal
Death Metal 1986
SEPULTURA Demo 87 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 87
Thrash Metal 1987
SEPULTURA Sepultura / Atom Seed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sepultura / Atom Seed
Thrash Metal 1991
SEPULTURA Free Cassette Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Cassette Sampler
Thrash Metal 1996

SEPULTURA re-issues & compilations

SEPULTURA Morbid Visions / Bestial Devastation album cover 3.00 | 5 ratings
Morbid Visions / Bestial Devastation
Death Metal 1991
SEPULTURA The Roots of Sepultura album cover 3.31 | 4 ratings
The Roots of Sepultura
Alternative Metal 1996
SEPULTURA Blood-Rooted album cover 2.40 | 6 ratings
Blood-Rooted
Groove Metal 1997
SEPULTURA B-Sides album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
B-Sides
Groove Metal 1997
SEPULTURA The Best of Sepultura album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Sepultura
Groove Metal 2006
SEPULTURA The Complete Roadrunner Collection 1987 - 1996 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Roadrunner Collection 1987 - 1996
Thrash Metal 2012

SEPULTURA singles (10)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Dead Embryonic Cells
Thrash Metal 1991
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Arise
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Territory
Groove Metal 1993
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Refuse/Resist
Groove Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Slave New World
Groove Metal 1994
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Attitude
Groove Metal 1996
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Ratamahatta
Groove Metal 1996
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Roots Bloody Roots
Groove Metal 1996
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Choke
Groove Metal 1998
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Against
Groove Metal 1999

SEPULTURA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.62 | 4 ratings
Under Siege Live in Barcelona
Thrash Metal 1992
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0.00 | 0 ratings
4 Songs Tied
Thrash Metal 1992
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Territory
Groove Metal 1993
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Refuse / Resist
Groove Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Third World Chaos
Groove Metal 1995
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0.00 | 0 ratings
We Are What We Are
Groove Metal 1996
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribal Devastation
Thrash Metal 1997
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4.67 | 3 ratings
Chaos DVD
Thrash Metal 2002
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4.43 | 3 ratings
Sepultura - Live in Sao Paulo
Groove Metal 2005
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Veins - Alive at Rock in Rio
Groove Metal 2014

SEPULTURA Reviews

SEPULTURA Bestial Devastation

EP · 1985 · Death Metal
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While generally considered a second wave thrash metal band for its international success in the late 1980s / early 90s, Brazil’s SEPULTURA actually formed as early as 1984 in Belo Horizonte and remained an underground extreme metal band for a good number of years before releasing the album “Beneath The Remains” which catapulted the band onto the global stage. While generally disregarded as an early amateur hour, the band’s first release BESTIAL DEVASTATION was actually first released as a split with fellow Brazilians Overdose and was officially titled “Bestial Devastation / Século X.X.”

The album has since been released independently but is the easiest to acquire as a tag on reissue of the band’s debut “Morbid Visions.” This earliest offering from Brazil’s most famous metal export was released as far back as 1985 for the first time but already finds the band in fine form. As with most bands the lineup of SEPULTURA has changed substantially over the ensuing decades and at this point was the four-man group of Max “Possessed” Cavalera (vocals, guitar), Jairo “Tormentor” Guedz (lead guitar), Paulo “Destructor” Jr (bass) and Igor “Skullcrusher” Cavalera (drums).

Musically speaking SEPULTURA was at the forefront of the early thrash metal scene with BESTIAL DEVASTATION but in 1985 the distinct styles of thrash metal, death metal and black metal hadn’t drifted off into the own genres quite yet which makes this brief moment in extreme metal history so distinct since all three of those genres were still indistinguishable. Following in the footsteps of bands like Venom and Hellhammer, SEPULTURA clearly had its hands on the pulse of the extreme metal underground and delivered five tracks on BESTIAL DEVASTATION with savage fury. These fiery tracks perhaps were some of the fastest high octane early thrash metal offerings for 1985 in league with bands like Possessed and Sadus.

Themes were very much in the Slayer camp with horror, gore and death as the topics of choice and therefore a clear influence on what would become death metal although the music didn’t take that next step like bands like Possessed had already taken with its own 1985 album “Seven Churches.” While BESTIAL DEVASTATION isn’t as refined as the primetime productions that would come, this is a monstrous powerhouse display of youthful angst in top form with excellent exhilarating guitar riffs, devastating and damaging drumming prowess with wicked vocals that provided a glimpse of where early black metal was heading. While often overlooked in SEPULTURA’s canon, BESTAIL DEVASTATION is a very competent little debut with no weak moments in its mere near 16-minute run.

I’m really not sure why this one is so poorly received in general. This is primeval metal in all its rawness delivered with a passion that becomes extinguished on the higher production value albums. Not that i don’t love those albums as well but sometimes extreme metal connects on a more dynamic level when everything is done on the cheap (as was this one) and simply overcompensated by the performances that speak for themselves. For my tastes, this earliest SEPULTURA release is absolutely essential for any extreme metal head’s collection and easily obtainable as a tag alone with the band’s full-length debut. Primo speed / thrash / proto-death metal delivered here unlike anything else from this early year. Oh yeaaaaaaahhh!

SEPULTURA Arise

Album · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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As far as I’m concerned, this is Sepultura’s magnum opus. They still had the energy, aggression, and razor-sharp riffs, and here it met with fully competent musicianship and perfect production.

The album opens with what is probably Sepultura’s best song to date, with that unmistakably intense lick that sounds like it’s about to shred the strings right off the guitar. In an interesting move, Sepultura start and finish the album with the two fastest and shortest songs on it. Some of the tracks in between are much longer and quite a few almost delve into Groove Metal territory, hinting at their future. However, there is never a lack of riffs, and the rhythm section especially keeps the energy high and the pace interesting even when things slow down.

Sepultura kind of lost me after this album. Most people love Chaos A.D., but for me they lost their magic when they slowed down. This record and all preceding it are just so angry, so effectively evoking that manic rage. After they slowed down, they stopped conveying their core emotion so well. You can hear the rage in these riffs… that’s what is important. The music has feeling. Here, that feeling finally culminates into the album they’ve been trying to write for years, and it’s a masterpiece.

SEPULTURA Revolusongs

EP · 2002 · Groove Metal
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Ever wondered what rocks Sepultura’s world? Yeah? Check this out.

The liner notes to Revolusongs say “We are a band that always played covers from the groups we liked; we learned a lot from them and had a lot of fun doing that.” And that’s what this is – a collection of songs getting “sepulturyzed” (their word, not mine).

First and foremost, Sepultura is a metal band, so you’d probably expect a decent dose of metal here. Sepultura made their name initially as an underground band in the tape trading scene and Hellhammer’s demos were a cornerstone of that scene, so the opening track “Messiah” is a fitting tribute to those days. While it was a reasonably fast track for Hellhammer, it’s a comfortable groove for Sepultura. Derrick Green’s gruff vocals are perfect for the track, out-graveling Tom G. Warrior. And most importantly, this song shows that a then-20-year-old riff still holds up decades later.

The next metal track is a rip through Exodus’ “Piranha”. The tune is absolutely vicious, like the nasty little fish it’s named after. Igor Cavalera absolutely nails the drum intro to this thrash classic, while Andreas Kisser puts his own spin on the Holt/Hunolt solo trade-offs.

The disc closes out with a spontaneous jam through the intros to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and “Fight Fire With Fire” - just a bit of silly fun which is cool to have on record.

Over the years Sepultura has taken metal into places far beyond their death/thrash roots. Checking the other tracks here you’ll see why. Paolo Jr is often the forgotten man of Sepultura, but without him, the band’s groove would be a bit thin and, well, grooveless. He’s absolutely to the fore in “Angel”, a Massive Attack cover. It’s a powerful song which builds on his massive bass foundation.

Sepultura flirted with hip-hop in the mid-90s while Max Cavalera was still in the band. The cover of Public Enemy’s “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” shows that hip-hop fandom didn’t depart with him. The song features guest vocals from Brazilian rapper Sabotage, and additional scratching and programming from Ze Gonzales. Many metal fans aren’t particularly comfortable with hip-hop, but even if they aren’t this track spices it up with enough metal to keep it interesting.

In the past, Sepultura had covered punk bands like Discharge and Dead Kennedys and Ratos De Porao, and this made a lot of sense. After all, it’s not a huge jump from full on thrash to hard out hardcore. But Devo? “Mongoloid” was a weird little song even for the electro-punk new wavers. Here it has been given a full metal make-over, complete with crushing guitars and a blast-beat ending. Weird but fun. (Note: the name of the song is not seen as very politically correct these days, but the lyrics are a positive story of a man with Down syndrome living in a world where no one notices he's any different.)

“Mountain Song” was the first song alt-hard rock band Jane’s Addiction ever wrote, even before the band name existed. It’s perfectly titled, with a cascading avalanche feel which Sepultura nail perfectly. The biggest difference is in vocals, because Derrick Green’s voice isn’t within a million miles of the same register as Perry Farrell’s. No matter, it’s all transposed and beefed up to suit the rest of the song.

Now, I hate U2’s music with a vengeance. I find it to be mediocre and annoying beyond words. I can’t stand Bono’s po-faced political posturing, even though I have to admit he’s often making some good points. I find The Edge’s guitar playing to be pretty damn dull. And the other two blokes? Yeah, they don’t even register. And U2 have sold nearly 200 million albums, been streamed half a billion times, and are one of the most successful touring acts of all time, so what the fuck do I know? Sepultura obviously see something I don’t. And grudgingly, I have to admit, the cover of “Bullet The Blue Sky” is good. In fact, it’s really fucking good. Yes, Sepultura succeeded in making something I find wonderous from something I really hate.

Fuck, they’re good.

SEPULTURA Beneath the Remains

Album · 1989 · Thrash Metal
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Sepultura was already delivering top tier riffs on their sophomore Schizophrenia, but unfortunately that album was plagued by awful production. Max’s English wasn’t great either, resulting in some awkward delivery in some places. Here, Sepultura finally get to solid ground and bring all of the strengths they already had to a more professional release. The production here isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s leagues better than what they were working with before. The monstrous riffs are back, but the rhythm section opts to change things up here and there. Instead of nonstop Thrash beats, there are slower and more technical moments, hints of their future Groove sound, yet they never steep into boring or repetitive territory.

Beneath the Remains doesn’t sound too different from other Death tinged Thrash of the late 80’s, but Sepultura start to add a political, conscious message here that sets them apart from the Satanic imagery of other bands. Max finally gets his voice down and writes some good lyrics here. A prime example of the heavier end of Thrash, and one of the finest albums released at the end of the decade.

SEPULTURA Quadra

Album · 2020 · Thrash Metal
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"Quadra" is the 15th full-length studio album by Brazilian metal act Sepultura. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2020. It´s the successor to "Machine Messiah" from 2017. As the case was on the predecessor Sepultura went to Sweden and worked with producer Jens Bogren. "Quadra" is a concept album based on the Quadrivium, which is the four subjects/arts of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.

The band were very conscious in the way they composed tracks for the album, as they wanted to include three tracks of each of the four main styles, they believe Sepultura have produced on recent releases. Fast and aggressive thrash metal tracks, groove laden/percussive heavy tracks, semi-progressive tracks, and some more melodic oriented tracks, with Derrick Green treating the listener to his pleasant and powerful deep register clean vocals. Green´s performance on "Quadra" is strong and varied, and he is capable of both raw barking vocals, raw screaming (hardcore tinged) type vocals and the clean vocal variant described above. The rest of the band are of course also very skilled performers, and while I´ve already said it a thousand times, I have to mention again how exceptionally great a drummer Eloy Casagrande is. He is just the energy boost and creative rhythmic mind that Sepultura needed to elavate their music to new heights.

The material on "Quadra" is as you can imagine from the desription above quite varied and adventurous in nature. There is a musical red thread throuhgout the album though and it´s always audible that you´re listening to Sepultura. It´s just the most eclectic version of the band rearing their head here. I´m actually amazed how well they make all the different musical elements work within their sound and how they avoid making those elements sound like they were forced upon the songs. Semi-symphonic parts, fast technical harmony guitar/keyboard runs, middle eastern scales and creative rhythmic ideas, are just some of the elements which make up "Quadra". The closing track on the album "Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering" even features female clean vocals (performed by Brazilian singer Emmily Barreto)

"Quadra" is well produced, featuring a powerful and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly. I could maybe have wished for a slightly more organic drum tone, but that´s my subjective opinion, and it´s a minor issue. So upon conclusion "Quadra" is a high quality release by Sepultura. To those who found "Machine Messiah (2017)" to be a fresh sounding and eclectic release (which it definitely is), "Quadra" pushes the boundaries of Sepultura´s sound even further and this is a release for those who enjoy Sepultura when they are most adventurous and creative. So while there are fast thrashy parts and heavy grooves on the album, this is not a return to the the band´s sound of the late 80s/early 90s. Sepultura have moved on and they now utilize elements from all their previous releases and add new ones to the palet and as a result have created another strong release. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SEPULTURA Movies Reviews

SEPULTURA Sepultura - Live in Sao Paulo

Movie · 2005 · Groove Metal
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Sepultura have a good few options if you are into live material. There is the Chaos DVD with the Under Siege video on it with the band touring Arise and playing all their Thrash era songs. There is the Under A Pale Grey Sky cd with the last ever gig of the Max Cavelera line-up on it, playing a lot of material off of Roots and Chaos AD. There is the newer Rock In Rio DVD with the Les Tambors Du Bronx percussion group augmenting them. There’s also plenty of live material on bonus tracks and compilations.

Best of all however, is Sepultura Live In Sao Paulo. It was the first video album with the Derick Green line-up, the first time you got to see and not just hear live versions of material from Roots and Chaos AD and its the only place to hear straight up unaltered versions of material off the Derick Green albums. It was released in 2005 when they were touring Roorback, back when they were still a Gold-selling band.

You get to hear an amazing blend (21 songs!) of material all the way from their earliest EPs and albums with early material like ‘Necromancer’ and ‘Troops Of Doom’ beside the mega-hits from the ’90s like ‘Territory’ and ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ mixed in with more modern gems like ‘Choke’ and what has to be one of the band’s best ever songs in ‘Sepulnation.’ (For me, its in the top 5 songs they ever recorded, any era).

Visually, the album is great. Its really well shot and edited, with no fancy distracting weird camera angels or lenses and no too-fast music video style choppy cuts. The stage set up and tasteful circle of lighting around their tribal ‘S’ logo banner looks really great, and the soundjob and mix are perfect. Sometimes the guitars or the vocals can be too quiet in a live recording, or some times the drums have way too much reverb, or sometimes you can’t hear the crowd’s energy; but here everything is perfectly balanced hear and it all sounds thick and chunky.

The band’s performances are excellent and it really shows off what great musicians they are. I never ‘got’ how good a drummer Igor is until I saw this! I didn’t much care for Derrick Green as a frontman before I saw this an it utterly changed my mind.

It looks great, it sounds great, the tracklist is great and the band play great. What more could you possibly want? Oh well, if you still do want more there is an absolute tonne of extras, with music videos, more live songs, a short making of documentary and biography, a bigger documentary about the band from 1998–2005 and other stuff as well (photogalleries etc.)

Overall; this is a damn strong release from a very important band, and there’s so much on it its great value for money. If like me you were skeptical on them without Max in the band, go on youtube and check out live versions of tracks like ‘Chaos AD’ and especially ‘Sepulnation’ off of this and just try not to be converted! If you are new to the band altogether this is a great starting point blending the best parts of all the eras together.

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