Sepultura
Arise


4.0
excellent

Review

by ScuroFantasma USER (43 Reviews)
October 28th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: : A full power thrash metal album that induces head-banging from start to finish

Sepultura’s 5th official release is perhaps one of the greatest accomplishments that the band has achieved since their debut release in 1984. The pure force on this album is enthralling as it is frightening and blasting this album full power is the only volume acceptable for such a release. The Brazilian thrash legends are at the top of their game here, continuing from the success garnered by their previous releases, the follow up to "Beneath the Remains" is perfectly suited for the task. The epitome of Sepultura’s career occurred during these releases and perhaps peaked here at "Arise".

What makes this album such an important milestone in the Sepultura discography? Well, for starters, the instrumental aspect of this album is undeniably exceptional. The guitars push this album full throttle, giving each and every track the ability to crush a listener’s skull under the right circumstances. This is expected from a Sepultura album, but on this disc they take it to a whole new level of intricacy and strength which definitely makes this album stand out from the rest. On tracks such as ‘Desperate Cry’, for the most part the song follows the fast paced full force attack that Sepultura are known for, but the breakdown in the middle becomes an electric guitar tournament, with tone changing from full throttle excitement to more of a melodic and higher pitched riffing. Having two guitarists certainly doubles the excitement felt on tracks like ‘Dead Embryonic Cells’. ‘Subtraction’ also features some of the best riffs on the album, even if they don’t last as long as would be desirable.

The drumming on this album also lives up to the grandeur of the guitars. Each and every percussive note is easily audible through the guitars due to its incredible bass heavy atmosphere. It’s clear that the drums are also a driving force on this album. And speaking of bass, Paulo Jr. proves that when a backbone is needed to keep a song strong, the bass guitar is always there. The deep strum from Paulo’s bass is never far away and gives an unsettling atmosphere to the entire album. There are also some electronic sound effects used in the beginning of ‘Altered State’ which definitely amp up the downright frightening feeling which permeates this disc.

Vocally, Max is outstanding. He compliments the music to a tee, and his harsh and deep voice makes it feel like he was designed to drive the tip of Sepultura’s dagger into the eardrums of listeners. He is especially amazing on the cover of Motorhead’s; ‘Orgasmatron’, which is an absolute highlight to the album and one of the top three songs on the album. Max once stated that he believed the Sepultura cover surpassed the original and I might agree with him. Max’s lyrics are quite good and it’s seems that by now in his career, he has gained confidence in writing English lyrics that are more intricate in their wordage and meaning.

Their sound has evolved since Beneath the Remains and Sepultura have managed to release an album that can be fully appreciated as some of the best work they have ever done.

Recommended tracks:

*Arise
*Desperate Cry
*Altered State
*Infected Voice
*Orgasmatron

Get this album for its impeccable guitar work, exciting riffs and rip-your-face-off thrash force.

-ScuroFantasma



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Comments:Add a Comment 
CWE
October 28th 2013


9 Comments


Pos'd. I'll have to give the album a listen!

manosg
October 28th 2013


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album, for me this is where it all clicked for Sepultura. Good review too, pos.

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SpiritCrusher2
October 28th 2013


3350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think BTR is better overall, but nothing competes against the first 3 tracks here. pure gold

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2013


21610 Comments


I much prefer the two that came before this but great album regardless.

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TheNotrap
October 28th 2013


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The album contains some of Sepultura's best songs. Great follow-up to Beneath the Remains.

Have a pos.

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trainofconsequence
October 28th 2013


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album

BigPleb
October 28th 2013


37963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Prefer BtR and Schizo but this is still fucking awesome m/

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KILL
October 28th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep rules

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evilford
October 28th 2013


22987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

top 5 thrash bnad

KILL
October 28th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dno bout that

evilford
October 28th 2013


22987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

imo

still no coroner, anacrusis or heathen

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2013


21610 Comments


If they had stopped after this they'd be like the best band ever.

evilford
October 28th 2013


22987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well yeah I'm not considering really anything past Chaos AD to be a reason why they're one of my top 5 thrash bands, even tho Chaos AD is almost entirely non-thrash

I never really let bad albums (or even decades of bad albums) tarnish what good a band has done for me

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2013


21610 Comments


I can't help but take their later albums into account. Same goes for Annihilator. I find it hard to consider a band that has released so many mediocre-terrible albums as one of the top 5 thrash bands, even if I do think their earlier stuff is some of the best thrash out there.

I see what you're saying though, it shouldn't really make much difference if you just ignore their later material.

manosg
October 28th 2013


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"top 5 thrash bnad"

Top 4 for me. I think Chaos AD is legitimate, not career threatening like the ones that followed it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2013


20158 Comments


I gotta hear this one again

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BigPleb
October 28th 2013


37963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its decent ya

trainofconsequence
October 28th 2013


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Under a pale grey sky, we shall arise

ScuroFantasma
October 28th 2013


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First few albums were legendary

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trainofconsequence
October 28th 2013


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Schizophrenia, BtR and this are 3 of the best thrash albums period.



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