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Sepultura

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura went on to become the most successful Brazilian heavy metal band in history. Over a ten-year period, the band grew from strength to strength, transforming itself from a primitive death metal ensemble into one of the leading creative trendsetters of the international aggressive music scene. Unfortunately, a bitter internal crisis almost destroyed the band, and Sepultura struggled to recover their previous momentum.

Hailing from Brazil's third largest city, Belo Horizonte, Sepultura (which means "grave" in Portuguese) were formed in the mid-'80s -- a time when that country was beginning to emerge from a 20-year military dictatorship. Max Cavalera (vocals/guitar), Igor Cavalera (drums), Paulo Jr. (bass), and Jairo T. (lead guitar) had a hard time even finding rock & roll albums, and especially "socially unacceptable" genres such as heavy metal and punk. Their early influences were Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Slayer (literally the first three records purchased by Max on a visit to the "big city" São Paulo), but the band soon progressed toward a death metal sound, inspired by emerging bands such as Possessed and Death. Their drive and determination (they sang in English from day one) more than made up for their geographic isolation and inexperience, and though they were only in their teens and still learning how to play their instruments, the band quickly evolved into underground contenders. After landing a deal with independent Cogumelo Records, Sepultura recorded four songs for a split LP with fellow Brazilians Overdose. Reissued on CD and named for its first track, 1985's Bestial Devastation was self-produced and recorded in just two days -- and it shows. Recorded with minimal time and money in August 1986, their first full-length album, Morbid Visions, showed little improvement, but contained their first hit, "Troops of Doom," which attracted some media attention and convinced the band to relocate to São Paulo (Brazil's largest city and financial capital) in order to further their career. They also replaced guitarist Jairo T. with São Paulo native Andreas Kisser, whose greater musical ability would help take the entire band to the next level.

In 1987, Sepultura's technical proficiency finally caught up with their creative vision, and their second full-length album for Cogumelo, Schizophrenia, displayed an incredible evolution in terms of production and performance. It also became a minor critical sensation across Europe and America, drawing the attention of Roadrunner Records, which promptly released the album worldwide and signed the band to a long-term contract. No longer restrained within Brazilian borders, the band set about composing 1989's Beneath the Remains, the first of four albums which would solidify Sepultura's position as perhaps the most important heavy metal band of the '90s. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro under the guidance of leading death metal producer Scott Burns, Beneath the Remains was an immediate critical and commercial success, and the band's ferocious performances on the subsequent European tour (which saw them systematically blowing headlining German thrashers Sodom off stage) further cemented Sepultura's reputation. The band also filmed its first video, for the single "Inner Self," and finished the year tour with a triumphant set of shows in its homeland.

After obtaining new management and relocating to Phoenix, Arizona, Sepultura entered Tampa's Morrisound Studios with producer Burns to record 1991's highly acclaimed Arise album. First single "Dead Embryonic Cells" proved to be another resounding hit, and the title track would gain even more attention when its video was banned by MTV America due to its apocalyptic religious imagery. The world tour that followed elevated the album to platinum sales worldwide (a figure rarely achieved by bands of such extreme nature) and, in a strange twist, found singer Max Cavalera marrying band manager Gloria Bujnowski, who was almost twice his age. Such was the band's success that its label, Roadrunner, obtained a co-distribution deal with Epic Records for its next recording, 1993's Chaos A.D.. By incorporating social issues (especially relating to Brazil) into their lyrics, as well as displaying some of their punk and hardcore influences for the first time, the album was another worldwide smash thanks to singles like "Territory" and "Refuse/Resist." After touring for over a year, the members of Sepultura took a well-deserved break before starting work on their most ambitious album yet, 1996's Roots. The introduction of native Brazilian percussion and musical styles into their trademark down-tuned guitars and increasingly sociopolitical themes resulted in a highly unique record which could be loosely described as heavy metal world music. Roots marked Sepultura's creative peak, and the band's continual rise to ever-greater fame seemed guaranteed until a family tragedy set off a series of events which would break up the band.

Just hours before taking the stage at England's Monsters of Rock festival, the band discovered that the teenage son of manager (and singer Max's wife) Gloria had been killed in a car accident. A shocked Sepultura took the stage as a trio while Max and Gloria boarded the first plane back to America. Only a few months later, the band confronted Max about severing ties with Gloria and finding new management. Still recovering from the recent trauma of a death in his extended family, Max viewed this as a huge betrayal and left the band amid much bad blood and acrimony. As the band's creative leader, many expected his departure to spell the end of Sepultura, but the band announced that it would carry on and soon began looking for a replacement.

After a long search, Sepultura recruited Cleveland native Derrick Green as their new singer and began laying down tracks for 1998's Against. Though it retained much of the intensity and diversity of its predecessor (including a collaboration with Japan's Kodo percussion ensemble on the track "Kamaitachi"), the album lacked the unique spark which had characterized the band's prior work. It also sold only half as many copies as Cavalera's first album with his new band, Soulfly, clearly showing with whom fan loyalty remained. Undaunted, Sepultura returned in early 2001 with Nation. The album followed in the footsteps of its predecessor, despite better reviews and a more seasoned Green on vocals. In order to reach out to its slowly shrinking fan base, the group released one of its last live shows with Max, Under a Pale Grey Sky, in the fall of 2002. An EP of covers, Revolusongs, was released in 2003, followed by the full-length Roorback, 2005's Live in São Paulo, and 2006's Dante XXI, and 2009's Clockwork Orange-inspired A-Lex. The following year the band announced they had signed to Nuclear Blast, where they would go on to release 2011's Kairos, as well as their 13th studio album, The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must Be the Heart, in 2013. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Seen them on the roots bloody root tour f**king epic
MooMoo007™ commented on Sepultura ...Beaner band ....MooMoo00 7 , YOU ARE A FUC%!NG RACIST HOMOPHOBIC CHCKEN$#!T COWARD.
bobonnit commented on Sepultura
They are another stupid metal joke band...... .boob you are so full of $#!T. Sepultura is no FUC%!NG JOKE. If you did a lil research you might learn that a lot of their songs are about real corruption in politics, religion, poverty, death, the separation of the uber rich and the dirt poor living in and around Sao Palo Brazil, THE place is a living $#!T#OLE...n o t to mention they are just flat out K!CK A$$ $PEED MET@L BAND YOU IGNORAMOS.
Joan Jett is going into the rock and roll hall of fame.
There are lots of j rock bands on pandora now. We need Hizaki, Onmyoza, Versaillers, bonnie Pink and Rie Fu.
They are another stupid metal joke band
I'm getting Crush and Bret Hart
Ninja Swords >>> conquistodor swords
Inuyasha Final act kicked a** tonight. So did Aliens Armageddon.
I got a Roman Reigns action figure today.
These kids from brazil found metals beating heart back in the day, seriously heavy riffs, lyrics, the whole package. Amazing.
SEPULTURA!!! !
I got crazy from the heat by diamond dave and another shakira cd
I got two Shakira cds today
taylor swift is a damned jew
Vanessa isn't jewish and isn't taylor swift
Vanessa Carlton had her baby last night
f**k the sand n**gers. WHITE POWER
Played this when I was in Iraq, it helped when fighting those sand n**gers
There's a race more horrible than mexicans. It's the jews. Yo mean jewjewjew ?
I saw britney spears take a shower
Now I'm watching mk on cinemax
f**k the mexicans
The Incans are British but the conquitodors stopped them from worshiping the sun and the moon. Incan gold has the sun in the front and the moon in the back
Awesome
Sepultura is bad asss
So amazing
Sepul are my gods. I've seen them twice with Max. It was really awesome seeing them open for Pantera. Best ever.. .
these dudes rock live. I seen them open for ozzy osborne
Good s**t warrrrrrrrrr r r r r r r r r r r
Listening to Sepultura made me kick my girlfriends cat across the room.
stop commenting
I like the first four sepultura albums
scoshewolf7
Great album.
Saw these guys and Biohazard open for Pantera. A sick show...
The Incan Indians thrived in the 1500' in SOUTH AMERICA in what is now modern Peru... British??? wow... hence, the GED.
F**k racial s**t this track makes me wanna break s**t
The good era of sepultura last album ARISE after of this sepultura is another ordinary band
Does everyone hate the Against album?
Cut throat attitude, propaganda
copsinis
chaos A.D.
copsinis
YOU ROCK!!!!!
True, new York is a n**ger ville, very dangerous, , sepultura never plays my area anymore, sepultura was awesome to see awhile back
Anyone else ever see sepultura at Saratoga winners in cohoes NY??
nicko252008
Fiirst 5 albums are legendary
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