Sepultura
Bestial Devastation


2.5
average

Review

by facetheslayer666 USER (32 Reviews)
January 27th, 2015 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What more can you expect from a band whose name translates to 'Grave?'

Ambiguity can make anything scary -- the pain of not knowing what is to come is strenuously feared. This idea occurs at many points in music, and, unfortunately, mostly in metal. 'Black Sabbath' set the stage for this, and ever since then, a lot of metal is supernaturally frightening. Sometimes, these attempts are successful; other times, it is more painful to have to listen to such try-hards. The album that scared me the most, however, was Sepultura's 'Bestial Devastation.'

Drawing influence from first-wave black metal bands such as Venom and Celtic Frost, this 15-minute EP's lyrics painted scenes of satanic devastation and death in my head, roared by then 16 year old Max "Possessed" Cavalera, and the pure speed of it all overwhelmed me with feelings of awesomeness; it made me want to destroy everything in my path, despite its bleakness. From Satan's voice on "The Curse" to the last track, 'Bestial Devastation' both destroys you and motivates you to mosh your way through hell.

Thrilling, this record is actually quite different from their later releases -- it takes on a more black metal approach, and its lyrics are certainly much more different than that of 'Chaos A.D.' et al. This album is not accessible overall, either. The production makes it, at times, hard to enjoy fully. Max's voice hasn't taken on its dark, deep style that it has on 'Roots' (this problem perseveres until 'Beneath the Remains'). Indeed, not all of the musicians have honed their style completely. Although fast, Igor "Skullcrusher" Cavalera has not yet acquired a mature style of drumming. This is most audible on track 3, "The Antichrist", where he makes a pitiful attempt at the blast-beat. However, this is all redeemed by the great music that lies beneath the bad (or NO) production, the not-yet-great musicians and immature vocals.

'Bestial Devastation' truly has lots of good points as well as low points. For example, the song "Warriors of Death" is the best track on the album, a great way to end a beginning. The way the meldies and speed come together here on this EP sound wonderful in all ways; if this had been released later, once they had obtained production money (most of the money they used to produce this was borrowed from their friends), fans, and perfected their musical skill, 'Bestial Devastation' would be nearly perfect.

Unfortunately, it isn't. But whether they were aiming for a polished debut is arguable; in an interview, Igor said that the producer wanted to make the whole thing perfect, but before he had done that, he (Igor) played him a Venom record -- this is how black metal is supposed to sound. Despite the production, 'Bestial Devastation' induces enjoyment in the hearts of its auditors, and is a great starting point for a band with such potential. 2.5/5



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oltnabrick
January 27th 2015


36325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yikes, this is probably the best thing sepultura has done

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LaughingSkull
January 27th 2015


599 Comments


Sepultura have always been a very overrated band in my eyes.

KILL
January 27th 2015


81233 Comments


yikes, this is probably the best thing sepultura has done
if ur a piss reject yea

sweet review tho dude you kinda forgot to talk about the riffs but hey

JamieTwort
January 27th 2015


26988 Comments


This era of the band is great.

Tunaboy45
January 27th 2015


16702 Comments


not their best but not terrible

oltnabrick
January 27th 2015


36325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if ur a piss reject yea
ur fav is probably choas ad smdh

KILL
January 27th 2015


81233 Comments


close :D

BENEATH

THE REMAINS

dndndndndghdndghdndndn

oltnabrick
January 27th 2015


36325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that one is pretty good tbh

oltnabrick
January 27th 2015


36325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

any album after that would have been unacceptable

KILL
January 27th 2015


81233 Comments


arise is second dude

t/t is one of the hardest slash n thrashers, those bass gallops get me lifted

theyrehere
January 27th 2015


43 Comments


How can you 2.5 the ep with Warriors of Death?

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2015


11454 Comments


Sweet, this needed a review.

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oltnabrick
February 3rd 2015


36325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"t/t is one of the hardest slash n thrashers, those bass gallops get me lifted"



you cant really go wrong with anything they did with Max but Schizophrenia and Morbid Visions are better

JamieTwort
February 4th 2015


26988 Comments


Well Roots sucks so you can go very wrong but agreed with the second part.

facetheslayer666
February 4th 2015


117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

roots is good! what! xD

oltnabrick
February 4th 2015


36325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

roots is a nu metal classic, only nerds disagree

beeroine87
May 4th 2016


115 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Someone make this review disappear... Giving bestial devastation 2.5 ? what kind of illiterate person does that ? This is definately one of the best releases sepultura has ever made

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2016


11663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm thinking of doing it, probably one for Morbid Visions too although the current one is pretty cool.

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KILL
May 9th 2016


81233 Comments


only wilton would 5 this shit, step off poser

miketunneyiscool123
September 2nd 2016


5518 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

probably as good as morbid visions



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