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Sepultura

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

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

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura went on to become the most successful Brazilian heavy metalband in history. Over a ten-year period, the band grew from strength to strength, transforming itself from a primitive deathmetal ensemble into one of the leading creative trendsetters of the international aggressive music scene. Unfortunately, abitter internal crisis almost destroyed the band, 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 time when that country was beginning to emerge from a 20-year military dictatorship. Max Cavalera (vocals/guitar),Igor Cavalera (drums), Paulo Jr. (bass), and Jairo T. (lead guitar) had a hard time even finding rock & roll albums, andespecially "socially unacceptable" genres such as heavy metal and punk. Their early influences were Iron Maiden, Metallica,and Slayer (literally the first three records purchased by Max on a visit to the "big city" São Paulo), but the band soonprogressed toward a death metal sound, inspired by emerging bands such as Possessed and Death. Their drive anddetermination (they sang in English from day one) more than made up for their geographic isolation and inexperience, andthough they were only in their teens and still learning how to play their instruments, the band quickly evolved intounderground contenders. After landing a deal with independent Cogumelo Records, Sepultura recorded four songs for a splitLP with fellow Brazilians 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 little improvement, but contained their first hit, "Troops of Doom," which attracted some mediaattention and convinced the band to relocate to São Paulo (Brazil's largest city and financial capital) in order to further theircareer. They also replaced guitarist Jairo T. with São Paulo native Andreas Kisser, whose greater musical ability would helptake 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 album forCogumelo, Schizophrenia, displayed an incredible evolution in terms of production and performance. It also became a minorcritical sensation across Europe and America, drawing the attention of Roadrunner Records, which promptly released thealbum worldwide and signed the band to a long-term contract. No longer restrained within Brazilian borders, the band setabout composing 1989's Beneath the Remains, the first of four albums which would solidify Sepultura's position as perhaps themost important heavy metal band of the '90s. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro under the guidance of leading death metal producerScott Burns, Beneath the Remains was an immediate critical and commercial success, and the band's ferocious performanceson the subsequent European tour (which saw them systematically blowing headlining German thrashers Sodom off stage)further cemented Sepultura's reputation. The band also filmed its first video, for the single "Inner Self," and finished the yeartour with a triumphant set of shows in its homeland.

After obtaining new management and relocating to Phoenix, Arizona, Sepultura entered Tampa's Morrisound Studios withproducer Burns to record 1991's highly acclaimed Arise album. First single "Dead Embryonic Cells" proved to be anotherresounding hit, and the title track would gain even more attention when its video was banned by MTV America due to itsapocalyptic religious imagery. The world tour that followed elevated the album to platinum sales worldwide (a figure rarelyachieved by bands of such extreme nature) and, in a strange twist, found singer Max Cavalera marrying band manager GloriaBujnowski, 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 relating to Brazil)into their lyrics, as well as displaying some of their punk and hardcore influences for the first time, the album was anotherworldwide smash thanks to singles like "Territory" and "Refuse/Resist." After touring for over a year, the members of Sepulturatook a well-deserved break before starting work on their most ambitious album yet, 1996's Roots. The introduction of nativeBrazilian percussion and musical styles into their trademark down-tuned guitars and increasingly sociopolitical themes resultedin a highly unique record which could be loosely described as heavy metal world music. Roots marked Sepultura's creativepeak, and the band's continual rise to ever-greater fame seemed guaranteed until a family tragedy set off a series of eventswhich would break up the band.

Just hours before taking the stage at England's Monsters of Rock festival, the band discovered that the teenage son ofmanager (and singer Max's wife) Gloria had been killed in a car accident. A shocked Sepultura took the stage as a trio whileMax and Gloria boarded the first plane back to America. Only a few months later, the band confronted Max about severingties with Gloria and finding new management. Still recovering from the recent trauma of a death in his extended family, Maxviewed this as a huge betrayal and left the band amid much bad blood and acrimony. As the band's creative leader, manyexpected his departure to spell the end of Sepultura, but the band announced that it would carry on and soon began lookingfor a replacement.

After a long search, Sepultura recruited Cleveland native Derrick Green as their new singer and began laying down tracks for1998's Against. Though it retained much of the intensity and diversity of its predecessor (including a collaboration withJapan's Kodo percussion ensemble on the track "Kamaitachi"), the album lacked the unique spark which had characterized theband's prior work. It also sold only half as many copies as Cavalera's first album with his new band, Soulfly, clearly showingwith whom fan loyalty remained. Undaunted, Sepultura returned in early 2001 with Nation. The album followed in thefootsteps of its predecessor, despite better reviews and a more seasoned Green on vocals. In order to reach out to its slowlyshrinking fan base, the group released one of its last live shows with Max, Under a Pale Grey Sky, in the fall of 2002. An EP ofcovers, Revolusongs, was released in 2003, followed by the full-length Roorback, 2005's Live in São Paulo, and 2006's DanteXXI, and 2009's Clockwork Orange-inspired A-Lex. The following year the band announced they had signed to Nuclear Blast,where they would go on to release 2011's Kairos, as well as their 13th studio album, The Mediator Between the Head andHands Must Be the Heart, in 2013. « hide

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LPs
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
10/22/2013

3.2
134 Votes
Kairos
2011

3.2
261 Votes
A-Lex
2009

2.6
266 Votes
Dante XXI
2006

3.2
311 Votes
Roorback
2003

2.6
266 Votes
Nation
2001

2.4
292 Votes
Against
1998

2.4
313 Votes
Roots
1996

3.4
1,038 Votes
Chaos A.D.
1993

4
1,124 Votes
Arise
1991

4.2
1,110 Votes
Beneath the Remains
1989

4.3
1,029 Votes
Schizophrenia
1987

3.8
526 Votes
Morbid Visions
1986

3.3
393 Votes
EPs
Sepultura Under My Skin
2015

1.5
3 Votes
Bestial Devastation
1985

3.3
101 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Sao Paulo
2005

3.2
35 Votes
Under A Pale Grey Sky
2002

3.8
73 Votes
Under Siege: Live in Barcelona
1992

4.5
2 Votes
Compilations
The Best Of
2006

3.8
23 Votes
Blood Rooted
1997

3.8
17 Votes

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