Sepultura
Schizophrenia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (65 Reviews)
February 20th, 2010 | 160 replies | 16,192 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sepultura in their prime.

Sepultura went through some changes across the years. They began with their debut Morbid Visions playing a combination of death metal and thrash metal and continued with that sound up until their fourth album, Arise. Instead of staying in their comfort zone, they decided to experiment with groove metal - a much slower paced, heavier subgenre of metal. Most of their fans were severely disappointed in this change since they executed their style of death and thrash metal perfectly. Unfortunately, it seems that the glory days of Sepultura are no more, but at least we can enjoy their early albums - one of which being Schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is much more polished than their debut album both production wise and songwriting wise. Well, all I’ve heard was the re-mastered version so I can’t comment on the production of the original, but the re-master maintains a very raw sound and the riffs are fairly clear. As for the songwriting, it’s a definite step up. Morbid Visions had a very unpolished and dark tone which is still present in Schizophrenia, except Sepultura added a layer of depth to it. Songs like “Inquisition Symphony” and “The Abyss” show that Sepultura doesn’t want to be thrown into the ‘generic thrash’ group. “Inquisition Symphony” begins with an ominous atmospheric sound before adding in an acoustic guitar. This sets a dark tone for the rest of the song and also leaves you into a false sense of security until the thrashing begins. “The Abyss” essentially is nothing more than an intro to the album closer, but again it shows that Sepultura isn’t just a one-trick-pony; they’re perfectly capable of adding depth to their music.

As for the actual players, they’re all very capable musicians. Vocalist Max Cavalera has a very deep and haunting voice - a healthy combination of death growls and thrash yells. Lead guitarist Andreas Kisser provides some headbang worthy riffs to the table and some blistering solos for icing on the cake. He also came up with some surprisingly melodic thrash metal riffs which aren’t really found on Morbid Visions. The bass work is decent, but then again it is thrash metal. The bass is pretty much there to support the guitars and hold the band together. Last but not least, the drums. Igor Cavalera throws down some ferocious thrash beats and nice fills here and there. Thrash drumming is pretty standard, but Igor performs it extremely well.

Now for the final verdict: how does this album hold up to their highly-praised Beneath the Remains? To be honest, I think this album is better all-around. No track is substantially worse than another making it a stable album. The thing that makes Beneath the Remains a better listen, however, is the fact that a few songs on that album can be called classics. “Beneath the Remains”, “Inner Self”, and “Stronger Than Hate” are superb thrash metal songs, whereas songs like “Lobotomy” and “Hungry” are pretty much worse than every track on this album. Still, this is Sepultura at their prime, and Schizophrenia is a very enjoyable listen if you’re looking for some good ol’ thrash.

Recommended Tracks:
- Inquisition Symphony
- To the Wall
- R.I.P. (Rest in Pain)
- From Past Comes the Storms



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review as Insurrection. :-/

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

somberlain
February 20th 2010


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

good review Hitsurrection not a fan of this album though
it IS more stable or consistent than BTR, the high points on BTR are so far beyond anything on this album

FadeToBlack
February 20th 2010


10926 Comments


I disagree, From The Past Comes The Storm and Rest In Pain are easily among Sepultura's best

great review, but you say this is better than BTR, but you gave this a lower score?

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I mean it's better all-around, but not overall... if that makes sense.

FadeToBlack
February 20th 2010


10926 Comments


oh right yeah i see what you mean now. i used to love Arise but nowadays i like BTR and this more, maybe even Chaos AD too. Roots is a complete pile of shit though, I hate it sooo much

KILL
February 20th 2010


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TROOPS OF DOOM!!!

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FadeToBlack
February 20th 2010


10926 Comments


is that a bonus track on this? it was on Morbid Visions first

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I only heard Arise and Chaos once each so they haven't really sunk in. As for Roots, I heard a couple songs off it and got bored isntantly.

And yeah "Troops of Doom" is a bonus track.

FadeToBlack
February 20th 2010


10926 Comments


Arise is kind of like BTR I guess; it has some unbelievably awesome songs like Arise, Dead Embryonic Cells and Despearte Cry, but the rest of the album just can't compare

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess if they combined the best of BtR and the best of Arise, they would've created the perfect thrash album.

FadeToBlack
February 20th 2010


10926 Comments


yeah i would instant 5 that.

this album is crazily overlooked hopefully the review will get more people to give it a shot

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, hopefully.

bloozclooz
February 20th 2010


1770 Comments


good review. how long did it take for your first review to make it through? mines not showing up yet.

LepreCon
February 20th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album sort of reminds me of Ride The Lightning mixed with Scream Bloody Gore

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. how long did it take for your first review to make it through? mines not showing up yet.


I dunno, an hour? I went away and when I got back it was accepted so...

Edit: Nevermind, I see yours was accepted now.

Jesuslaves
February 20th 2010


4655 Comments


You should probably include the opening intro in the tracklist.

Best Sepultura album. To The Wall, Inquistion Symphony, and Rest In Pain are all top 5 songs of theirs.

By the way, I got the vinyl version. Epicness.

Jesuslaves
February 20th 2010


4655 Comments


Who were you before?

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should probably include the opening intro in the tracklist.


Hm, I did but for some reason a different tracklist showed up. Fixed though.

I was hitman02011.

combustion07
February 20th 2010


5352 Comments


Only album be them I haven't heard

Jesuslaves
February 20th 2010


4655 Comments


You are missing out.



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