Sepultura
Arise


5.0
classic

Review

by lostforwords USER (37 Reviews)
March 30th, 2009 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A classic thrash metal album whose commercial success is just an indicator of its quality

Back in early 1996, right before Roots was released, when I first listened to this record, Sepultura was quite a case. There was a huge conflict between them and Slayer (and both bands’ fans) on whether Slayer were still, by 1996, the kings of thrash, or whether they had been replaced by Sepultura, who were clearly on top of their form. Max Cavalera had also made some very controversial statements regarding their 1991 cover of Motorhead’ s Orgasmatron (he thought that Sepultura’ s cover was much better than the original song) which heightened their image of an extravagant, arrogant but undoubtedly talented band. Meanwhile, Sepultura had become Roadrunner Records’ most commercially successful band at the time (by 1993 Arise had sold more than 1,000,000 copies around the world while Chaos AD went gold in many European Countries and in the U.S.), they were on the cover of every metal magazine that respected itself, and their quick rise to fame, combined with their background story (“jungle boys” who become successful and dominate the music world), had made them the talk of the town. To the point where, after having released Beneath The Remains, Arise and Chaos A.D., a good number of metal fans considered them as a legendary (thrash) metal act already. They had good reasons.

In 1991, after long tours and the album that truly put them on the map, 1989‘s magnificent Beneath the Remains, which really competed Slayer in terms of aggression and quality (there’s no denying of course that Slayer had been a great influence to Sepultura’ s sound), the band enters Morrisound Studios, with producer Scott Burns (a death metal legend) while the hype and the anticipation for the band’s new record was quickly exceeding the underground. And when Arise was released it was clear that Sepultura would live up to this hype.

Although Arise is characterized by their trademark sound, which balanced between the urgency of thrash metal and the brutal heaviness of death metal, it is influenced by Metallica’s … And Justice For All (and secondarily by Master of Puppets or Ride the Lightning). This is evident in many places during the album; Andreas Kisser ‘s solos are much more melodic than they used to be in the band’s previous album, and he actually utilizes some techniques first demonstrated by Kirk Hammet. Incredible melodies emerge from out of nowhere and then they’re all over the place, much darker and absurd than those of Metallica, but still the idea is the same. And like with the later, the instrumental parts of the songs are in fact a joy to behold; unlike Beneath the Remains, that to some extend includes an amateurish “collection- of- riffs- rather- than- songs” approach to structuring their tracks, Arise is amazingly coherent, its songs don’t drag at all and riffs, melodies and solos are all perfectly proportioned, even though Arise is clearly their proggiest effort in terms of structure. Metallica’s influence is not the primal element here of course. Sepultura had the special talent to not just copy and paste ideas but to absorb their influences in order to create their very unique sound.

Arise starts off with the title track, a fast and bombastic piece, one of the band’s finest, where all Sepultura’s talents are displayed; amazingly furious riffs, Igor Cavalera’s inventive drumming, Max’ s devastating voice and solos from hell. Plus one; Scott Burns’ exemplary production, one of the best ever for death – thrash metal.
Arise ’s fast songs, such as the self titled track, Infected Voice or Murder, are truly crushing but it’s in the most adventurous tracks that the band shines. Dead Embryonic Cells contains among others their first beat-down riff, which made this a key live track. Desperate Cry is mid tempo but super heavy with nice dual guitars in the middle. A fan- favorite. Altered State starts with a dark intro, then, the song slowly builds up with punishing riffs that are followed by metaphysical lyrics, when right when it climaxes an acoustic guitar is added to round off Arise’s most atmospheric song. Under Siege is again equally dark and intense – an example of how much Scott Burns elevated the band’s sound- and for the last 1 min. 10 secs. an incredible instrumental part indicates Sepultura’ s top form and offers metal fans one of thrash’s finest moments.

Up until then lyrics were not a strong point for the band, due to Max’s poor English. With each album he got better and better and such is the case with Arise. Sophisticated language is not included, but his messages are very clear; He questions pretty much everything, from religion to society to technology and when he does not question he sits back and paints horrific images (as in Altered State, “spirits outside bodies”) that fit in nicely with the band’s sound.

To sum it all up, Arise is widely viewed as one of the best thrash albums of all time. Right before Sepultura changed their style in Chaos AD and Roots, they perfected it, offering an album whose commercial success is just an indicator of its quality. Arise is a thrash metal classic!



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rasputin
March 30th 2009


14555 Comments


Awesome album.

Willie
Moderator
March 30th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album and not a bad review either. I don't know if I hear any direct Metallica comparisons here though... especially not AJFA.

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Zippermouth2
March 30th 2009


33 Comments


To Wille,
I'm the queen of france!

Well I liked Soulfly so I guess I should check this out.

Willie
Moderator
March 30th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What?

Burn2Burn
March 30th 2009


2378 Comments


The "queen of france" thing was in reference to a flash vid called "rejected" and i think he thought your avatar was from that vid...but it isn't. zomgwtfail

Zippermouth2
March 30th 2009


33 Comments


Oh well whatever, it reminded me of that.This Message Edited On 03.30.09

Willie
Moderator
March 31st 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't remember where I stumbled across this gif, to be honest. I just thought it was amusing.

Zippermouth2
March 31st 2009


33 Comments


Wait, that is from the animation, you're wrong burn2burn.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2009


2712 Comments


Burn2Burn, that's definitely from the Rejected cartoons...
Also Zippermouth I'm not really sure why you were banned in the first place but whatever it was, don't do it again. Happy unbanning.

Zippermouth2
March 31st 2009


33 Comments


Thank you so much! I had almost given up hope!

Burn2Burn
March 31st 2009


2378 Comments


Wait, that is from the animation, you're wrong burn2burn.

Yeah, you're right. Hadn't watched it in so long, just forgot about that part. omgwtfifailed

kygermo
March 31st 2009


996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always thought of Sep as having Old School Metallica's epicness and Slayer's aggression put together. Not saying you can compare them, but sonically. Nice review. Pos.

jybt
April 1st 2009


346 Comments


I think you've barely touched on how good this album is. It's the finest death metal-influenced album I've ever heard short of Opeth's finest classics. There is not one poor second on Arise, and it's terrifying yet breathtaking, wonderfully produced but still sounding like a Brazilian band, and concise yet impossibly intricate. Just when you think you know it all, you get either bludgeoned or scared out of your wits.

Arise would probably never have been beaten even if they stayed with this sound. As it is, Chaos A.D. feels incomplete, and Beneath seems underdeveloped. Arise might just be...perfect.

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ReturnToRock
January 18th 2010


3448 Comments


"from a pale grey sky we shall ARISE!!!..."

...and pick Beneath the Remains over this one.

LepreCon
January 18th 2010


4156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is so fappingly awesome, totally 5-ing it

KronosRage
July 7th 2011


367 Comments


A Thrash masterpiece

Lateralus83
September 13th 2011


26 Comments


This could indeed be the best thrash metal album ever made. If I would have decide for one thrash record to listen to for the rest of my life, it would certainly be Arise.

manosg
June 27th 2013


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album; along with BtR my favorite from Sep. The review is also great, pos.

Also, this review is much better that the one that comes up when you click on the album.

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