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Sepultura

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura went on to become the most successful Brazilian heavymetalband inhistory. Over a ten-year period, the band grew from strength to strength, transforming itself from a primitivedeathmetal ensemble into oneof the leading creative trendsetters of the international aggressive music scene. Unfortunately,abitter internal crisis almost destroyed theband, and Sepultura struggled to recover their previous momentum.

Hailing from Brazil's third largest city, Belo Horizonte, Sepultura (which means "grave" in Portuguese) were ...read more

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura went on to become the most successful Brazilian heavymetalband inhistory. Over a ten-year period, the band grew from strength to strength, transforming itself from a primitivedeathmetal ensemble into oneof the leading creative trendsetters of the international aggressive music scene. Unfortunately,abitter internal crisis almost destroyed theband, and Sepultura struggled to recover their previous momentum.

Hailing from Brazil's third largest city, Belo Horizonte, Sepultura (which means "grave" in Portuguese) were formed in the mid-'80s -- a timewhen that country was beginning to emerge from a 20-year military dictatorship. Max Cavalera(vocals/guitar),Igor Cavalera (drums), PauloJr. (bass), and Jairo T. (lead guitar) had a hard time even finding rock & rollalbums, andespecially "socially unacceptable" genres such asheavy metal and punk. Their early influences were Iron Maiden,Metallica,and Slayer (literally the first three records purchased by Max on avisit to the "big city" São Paulo), but the bandsoonprogressed toward a death metal sound, inspired by emerging bands such as Possessedand Death. Their driveanddetermination (they sang in English from day one) more than made up for their geographic isolation andinexperience,andthough they were only in their teens and still learning how to play their instruments, the band quicklyevolvedintounderground contenders. After landing a deal with independent Cogumelo Records, Sepultura recorded four songsfor a splitLP with fellowBrazilians Overdose. Reissued on CD and named for its first track, 1985's Bestial Devastation was self-producedand recorded in just two days-- and it shows. Recorded with minimal time and money in August 1986, their first full-lengthalbum, Morbid Visions, showed littleimprovement, but contained their first hit, "Troops of Doom," which attracted somemediaattention and convinced the band to relocate to SãoPaulo (Brazil's largest city and financial capital) in order to furthertheircareer. They also replaced guitarist Jairo T. with São Paulo nativeAndreas Kisser, whose greater musical ability wouldhelptake the entire band to the next level.

In 1987, Sepultura's technical proficiency finally caught up with their creative vision, and their second full-length albumforCogumelo,Schizophrenia, displayed an incredible evolution in terms of production and performance. It also became aminorcritical sensation acrossEurope and America, drawing the attention of Roadrunner Records, which promptly releasedthealbum worldwide and signed the band to along-term contract. No longer restrained within Brazilian borders, the bandsetabout composing 1989's Beneath the Remains, the first of fouralbums which would solidify Sepultura's position as perhapsthemost important heavy metal band of the '90s. Recorded in Rio de Janeirounder the guidance of leading death metalproducerScott Burns, Beneath the Remains was an immediate critical and commercial success, andthe band's ferociousperformanceson the subsequent European tour (which saw them systematically blowing headlining German thrashersSodom offstage)further cemented Sepultura's reputation. The band also filmed its first video, for the single "Inner Self," and finishedtheyeartour with a triumphant set of shows in its homeland.

After obtaining new management and relocating to Phoenix, Arizona, Sepultura entered Tampa's Morrisound Studioswithproducer Burns torecord 1991's highly acclaimed Arise album. First single "Dead Embryonic Cells" proved to beanotherresounding hit, and the title track wouldgain even more attention when its video was banned by MTV America due toitsapocalyptic religious imagery. The world tour that followedelevated the album to platinum sales worldwide (a figurerarelyachieved by bands of such extreme nature) and, in a strange twist, foundsinger Max Cavalera marrying band managerGloriaBujnowski, who was almost twice his age. Such was the band's success that its label,Roadrunner, obtained a co-distributiondeal with Epic Records for its next recording, 1993's Chaos A.D.. By incorporating social issues(especially relatingto Brazil)into their lyrics, as well as displaying some of their punk and hardcore influences for the first time, the albumwasanotherworldwide smash thanks to singles like "Territory" and "Refuse/Resist." After touring for over a year, the membersofSepulturatook a well-deserved break before starting work on their most ambitious album yet, 1996's Roots. The introductionofnativeBrazilian percussion and musical styles into their trademark down-tuned guitars and increasingly sociopolitical themesresultedin ahighly unique record which could be loosely described as heavy metal world music. Roots marked Sepultura'screativepeak, and the band'scontinual rise to ever-greater fame seemed guaranteed until a family tragedy set off a series ofeventswhich would break up the band.

Just hours before taking the stage at England's Monsters of Rock festival, the band discovered that the teenage sonofmanager (and singerMax's wife) Gloria had been killed in a car accident. A shocked Sepultura took the stage as a triowhileMax and Gloria boarded the first planeback to America. Only a few months later, the band confronted Max aboutseveringties with Gloria and finding new management. Stillrecovering from the recent trauma of a death in his extendedfamily, Maxviewed this as a huge betrayal and left the band amid much badblood and acrimony. As the band's creative leader,manyexpected his departure to spell the end of Sepultura, but the band announced that itwould carry on and soon beganlookingfor a replacement.

After a long search, Sepultura recruited Cleveland native Derrick Green as their new singer and began laying down tracksfor1998's Against.Though it retained much of the intensity and diversity of its predecessor (including a collaborationwithJapan's Kodo percussion ensemble onthe track "Kamaitachi"), the album lacked the unique spark which had characterizedtheband's prior work. It also sold only half as manycopies as Cavalera's first album with his new band, Soulfly, clearlyshowingwith whom fan loyalty remained. Undaunted, Sepultura returnedin early 2001 with Nation. The album followed inthefootsteps of its predecessor, despite better reviews and a more seasoned Green onvocals. In order to reach out to itsslowlyshrinking fan base, the group released one of its last live shows with Max, Under a Pale Grey Sky, inthe fall of 2002. AnEP ofcovers, Revolusongs, was released in 2003, followed by the full-length Roorback, 2005's Live in São Paulo, and2006'sDanteXXI, and 2009's Clockwork Orange-inspired A-Lex. The following year the band announced they had signed toNuclearBlast,where they would go on to release 2011's Kairos, as well as their 13th studio album, The Mediator Between theHead andHands Must Bethe Heart, in 2013.

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LPs
Machine Messiah
2017

3.6
60 Votes
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
10/22/2013

3.1
151 Votes
Kairos
2011

3.1
279 Votes
A-Lex
2009

2.6
284 Votes
Dante XXI
2006

3.1
325 Votes
Roorback
2003

2.6
285 Votes
Nation
2001

2.4
315 Votes
Against
1998

2.4
333 Votes
Roots
1996

3.4
1,086 Votes
Chaos A.D.
1993

4
1,177 Votes
Arise
1991

4.2
1,164 Votes
Beneath the Remains
1989

4.3
1,084 Votes
Schizophrenia
1987

3.8
559 Votes
Morbid Visions
1986

3.4
423 Votes
EPs
Sepultura Under My Skin
2015

1.7
5 Votes
Bestial Devastation
1985

3.4
111 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Sao Paulo
2005

3.2
36 Votes
Under A Pale Grey Sky
2002

3.8
75 Votes
Under Siege: Live in Barcelona
1992

4.7
3 Votes
Compilations
The Best Of
2006

3.9
25 Votes
Blood Rooted
1997

3.7
19 Votes

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