Sepultura are a thrash band from Belo Horizonte, Barzil who redefined their own sound several times becoming more complex with each new album. Sepultura went on to become the most successful Brazilian band in heavy metal, if not rock history all together. In 1998 (or was it 97?) vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Max Cavalera left the band and formed Soulfly.

Schizophrenia Sepultura-Schizophrenia (Roadrunner) 1987

1. "Intro" (0:31)
2. "From the Past Comes the Storms" (4:55)
3. "To the Wall" (5:36)
4. "Escape to the Void" (4:38)
5. "Inquisition Symphony"-instrumental (7:13)
6. "Screams Behind the Shadows" (4:48)
7. "Septic Schizo" (4:31)
8. "The Abyss" (1:01)
9. "R.I.P. (Rest in Pain)" (4:36)
10. "Troops of Doom"-remix (3:17)

Imagine early death metal meets Metallica's "Ride the Lightning." That's what you get with this Sepultura release. Compared to what was to come, this album sounds a bit generic, but it sure sounded great in 1987. "Troops of Doom" is a remix of a song that originally appeared on "Morbid Visions." Bought this one new or $3.99!

Beneath the Remains Sepultura-Beneath the Remains (Roadrunner) 1989

1. "Beneath the Remains" (5:11)
2. "Inner Self" (5:07)
3. "Stronger than Hate" (5:50)
4. "Mass Hypnosis" (4:22)
5. "Sarcastic Existence" (4:43)
6. "Slaves of Pain" (4:00)
7. "Lobotomy" (4:55)
8. "Hungry" (4:28)
9. "Primitive Future" (3:08)
10. "A Hora E A Vez Do Cabelo Nascer" (2:23)
11. "Inner Self" -drum tracks (5:12)
12. "Mass Hypnosis" -drum tracks (4:23)

"Beneath the Remains" is great thash album that broke them away from the pack. "Beneath the Remains" is technical, fast and tight! The re-issue of "Beneth the Remains" has three bonus tracks and a far superior cover to the original. "A Hora E A Vez Do Cabelo Nascer" is a cover of a Brazilain band called Mutantes. This cover sounds very Metallica-like. Would have loved to see these guys do a show with label mates Believer.

Arise Sepultura-Arise (Attic Records) 1991

1. "Arise" (3:19)
2. "Dead Embryonic Cells" (4:51)
3. "Desperate Cry" (6:40)
4. "Murder" (3:26)
5. "Subtraction" (4:48)
6. "Altered State" (6:33)
7. "Under Siege (Regnum Irae)" (4:53)
8. "Meaningless Moments" (4:40)
9. "Infected Voice" (3:19)
10. "Orgasmatron" (4:14)
11. "Intro" -instrumental (1:33)
12. "C.J.U." (Criminals in Uniform)" (4:17)
13. "Desperate Cry (Scott Burn Mix)" (6:44)

I have never considered Sepultura to be a death metal band, although that is the label they wear. I see both 'Beneath the Remains' and 'Arise' as just fine examples of technical thrash metal. "Arise" was recorded at the infamous metal factory Morrisound Studios. The disc gave the band their first big breakthrough with the MTV Headbanger's Ball hit "Dead Embryonic Cells." I also remember there being a big controversy over MTV banning the video of the title track for reasons I cannot remember. I do remember it got the band some free press and probably helped gain the band some popularity. Anyhow, lots of straight forward thrashers on this one and a few fast, blast beat songs. There are also the more complex stuff that Sepultura did so well. "Altered State" combines a Brazillian intro with a killer, grinding riff and even some acoustic guitar parts. My particular copy is a Canadian import, is pressed on a gold disc and contains three bonus tracks, the coolest of which is, of course, the Motorhead cover "Orgasmatron." The booklet also contains all the lyrics as well as tons of photos and a short bio. Nice package.

Dead Embryonic Cells Sepultura-Dead Embryonic Cells (Roadrunner) 1991

1. "Dead Embroyonic Cells" (4:31)
2. "Orgasmatron" (4:13)
3. "Troops of Doom"-remix (3:21)

"Orgasmatron" is a cover of the Motorhead song, and simply the only reason to own this little EP. "Roots of Sepultura" also contains this cover but since I don't have it, I'll hold onto this EP. Not rare yet, but give it a few years.

Chaos A.D. Sepultura-Chaos A.D. (Roadrunner) 1993

1. "Refuse/Resist" (3:19)
2. "Territory" (4:45)
3. "Slave New World" (2:54)
4. "Amen" (4:24)
5. "Kaiowas"-instrumental (3:32)
6. "Propaganda" (3:31)
7. "Biotech is Godzilla" (1:52)
8. "Nomad" (4:58)
9. "We Who Are Not as Others" (3:43)
10. "Manifest" (4:55)
11. "The Hunt" (3:58)
12. "Clenched Fist" (4:57)

Now this album is just fantastic, setting Spultura in a class of their own. HEAVY as heavy can get and more progressive than any of their earlier discs. A classic album in every sense of the word!

Roots Sepultura-Roots (Roadrunner) 1996

1. "Roots Bloody Roots" (3:32)
2. "Attitude" (4:15)
3. "Cut Throat" (2:44)
4. "Ratamahatta" (4:30)
5. "Breed Apart" (4:01)
6. "Straighthate" (5:21)
7. "Spit" (2:45)
8. "Lookaway" (5:25)
9. "Dusted" (4:03)
10. "Born Stubborn" (4:07)
11. "Jasco"-instrumental (1:57)
12. "Itsari"-instrumental (4:48)
13. "Ambush" (4:39)
14. "Endangered Species" (5:19)
15. "Dictatorshit" (1:26)

In an effort to follow up their best release to date "Chaos AD," Sepultura redifined themselves again, adding lots of tribal rhythms and even some acoustic instrumental work. The opening track is one of the most pummeling heavy songs ever written. As a matter of fact as I was writing this I had the song playing and I had to stop typing to engage in some spontaneous head banging! "Ratamahatta" is one of those songs that forces you to move in spastic motions. AWESOME!!!! Damn it's hard to type while this disc is one...ah forget it. Think I'm gonna thrash for a while!

Natural Born Blasters Sepultura-Natural Born Blasters (FM Records/Roadrunner) 1996

1. "Territory" -live (4:46)
2. "Inhuman Nature" (3:11)
3. "Procreation (Of the Wicked)" (3:39)
4. "Policia" (1:47)
5. "Under Siefe" (Regnum Irae) (4:53)

This is a promotional EP from Greece. Don't know much about it other than that it has some stellar material on it. "Territory" live manages to be even heavier than the studio version. "Inhuman Nature" I assume is a cover song but of who I do not know. "Procreation" is a slow, heavy Celtic Frost cover. "Policia" is a cover of some punk band I assume, but again I don't know who. "Policia" originally appeared on the "Territory" single. "Under Seige" is off their "Arise" disc. Unfortunately all the liner notes are in Greek, so I can't even read a word of it. Got this disc in a trade for an old tape I never listened to.

Speaking of covers, Sepultura do a wicked cover of "Symptom of the Universe" on the Black Sabbath tribute "Nativity in Black."

Against Sepultura-Against (Roadrunner) 1998

1.  "Against" (1:54)
2.  "Choke" (3:37)
3.  "Rumors" (3:04)
4.  "Old Earth" (4:29)
5.  "Floaters In Mud" (4:58)
6.  "Boycott" (3:11)
7.  "Tribus" -instrumental (1:38)
8.  "Common Bonds" (2:59)
9.   "F.O.E." -instrumental (2:08)
10. "Reza" (2:17)
11. "Unconsious" (3:37)
12. "Kamaitachi" -instrumental (3:03)
13. "Drowned Out" (1:29)
14. "Hatred Aside" (5:14)
15. "T3rcermillennium" -instrumental (3:55)

Most people assumed that without guitarist/vocalist/band leader Max Cavalera, Sepultura would have given up. However the remaining members added vocalist Derrick Green (who sounds alot like Cavalera) and recorded "Against." The results are actually much better than one might expect, even better, in my opinion, than Max's new band Soulfly. Jason Newsted co-wrote and played on the track "Hatred Aside." Perhaps "Against" has a healthy mix of both "Roots" and "Chaos AD" and is one brutal metal cd.

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