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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A-Lex

1. Alexi

2. Moloko Mesto

3. Filthy Rot

4. We've Lost You!

5. What I Do

6. A-Lex Ii

7. The Treatment

8. Metamorphosis

9. Sadistic Values

10. Forceful Behaviour

11. Conform

12. A-Lex Iii

13. The Experiment

14. Strike

15. Enough Said

16. Ludwig Van

17. A-Lex Iv

18. Paradox

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Track List: Dante XXI (Explicit)

1. Lost (Intro)

2. Dark Wood Of Error

3. Convicted In Life

4. City Of Dis

5. Faise

6. Fighting On

7. Limbo (Intro)

8. O**ia

9. Burried Worlds

10. Nuclear Seven

11. Repeating The Horror

12. Eunoe (Intro)

13. Crown And Miter

14. Primium Mobile (Intro)

15. Still Flame

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Track List: Roorback

1. Come Back Alive

2. Godless

3. Apes Of God

4. More Of The Same

5. Urge

6. Corrupted

7. As It Is

8. Mind War

9. Leech

10. The Rift

11. Bottomed Out

12. Activist

13. Outro

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Track List: Revolusongs

1. Messiah

2. Angel

3. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos

4. Mongoloid

5. Mountain Song

6. Bullet The Blue Sky

7. Piranha

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Track List: Nation

1. Sepulnation

2. Revolt

3. Border Wars

4. One Man Army

5. Vox Populi

6. The Ways Of Faith

7. Uma Cura

8. Who Must Die?

9. Saga

10. Tribe To A Nation

11. Politricks

12. Human Cause

13. Reject

14. Water

15. Valtio

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Track List: Roots (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Roots Bloody Roots

2. Attitude

3. Cut-Throat

4. Ratamahatta

5. Breed Apart

6. Straighthate

7. Spit

8. Lookaway

9. Dusted

10. Born Stubborn

11. Jasco

12. Itsari

13. Ambush

14. Endangered Species

15. Dictatorshit

16. Canyon Jam

Disc 2

1. Procreation (Of The Wicked)

2. Mine

3. War

4. Lookaway (Master Vibe Mix)

6. Dusted (Demo)

7. Roots Bloody Roots (Demo)

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Track List: Chaos A.D.

1. Refuse/Resist

2. Territory

3. Slave New World

4. Amen

5. Kaiowas

6. Propaganda

7. Biotech Is Godzilla

8. Nomad

9. We Who Are Not As Others

10. Manifest

11. The Hunt

12. Clenched Fist

13. Chaos B.C.

14. Kaiowas (Tribal Jam)

15. Territory (Live)

16. Amen/Inner Self (Live)

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Track List: Arise

1. Arise

2. Dead Embryonic Cells

3. Desprate Cry

4. Murder

5. Subtraction

6. Altered State

7. Under Siege (Regnum Irae)

8. Meaningless Movements

9. Infected Voice

10. Orgasmatron

11. Intro

12. C.I.U. (Criminals In Uniform)

13. Desprate Cry (Scott Burns Mix)

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Track List: Beneath The Remains

1. Beneath The Remains

2. Inner Self

3. Stronger Than Hate

4. Mass Hypnosis

5. Sarastic Existence

6. Slaves Of Pain

7. Lobotomy

8. Hungry

9. Primitive Future

10. A Hora E A Vez Do Cabelo Nascer

11. Inner Self

12. Mass Hypnosis

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Track List: Morbid Visions / Bestial Devastation

1. Morbid Visions

2. Mayhem

3. Troops Of Doom

4. War

5. Crucifixion

6. Show Me The Wrath

7. Funeral Rites

8. Empire Of The Damned

9. The Curse

10. Bestial Devastation

11. Antichrist

12. Necromancer

13. Warriors Of Death

14. Necromancer

15. Anticop

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Track List: Blood-Rooted

1. Procreation (Of The Wicked)

2. Inhuman Nature

3. Policia

4. War

5. Crucificados Pelo Sistema

6. Symptom Of The Universe

7. Mine (featuring Mike Patton)

8. Lookaway (Master Vibe Mix)

9. Dusted (Demo Version)

10. Roots Bloody Roots (Demo Version)

11. Drug Me

12. Refuse / Resist (Live)

13. Slave New World (Live)

14. Propaganda (Live)

15. Beneath The Remains / Escape To The Void (Live)

16. Kaiowas (Live)

17. Clenched Fist (Live)

18. Biotech Is Godzilla (Live)

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Track List: Kairos

1. Spectrum

2. Kairos

3. Relentless

4. 2011

5. Just One Fix

6. Dialog

7. Mask

8. 1433

9. Seethe

10. Born strong

11. Embrace the storm

12. 5772

13. No One Will Stand

14. Structure violence (Azzes)

15. 4648

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Track List: Sepultura Under My Skin (Single)

1. Sepultura Under My Skin

2. Kairos (Live)

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Track List: The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart

1. Trauma Of War

2. The Vatican

3. Impending Doom

4. Manipulation Of Tragedy

5. Tsunami

6. The Bliss Of Ignorants

7. Grief

8. The Age Of The Atheist

9. Obsessed

10. Da Lama Ao Caos

Comments

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Dudes Nomad is my favorite song. I have neck problems from headbanding ferociously to that song. Rock on brothers
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In my youth I cast the net far and wide trying to find music that really spoke to me. My best friend came home from college for the summer and handed me a cassette of Arise. Now I had already made the shift from mainstream pop, (think Morris Day and the Time, Prince etc.) to what I considered heavy metal (Metallica, MegaDeath), He said to me Forget that s**t, this will make your ears bleed! I was instantly enthralled. Sepultura and specifically Max Cavalera opened my eyes and ears!!
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One of the greatest bands of all time!
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Did this dude really say pantera and Korn? This is sepultura bro. Created in the 80s in Brazil! The f**k? Korn? Heavy bass from korn? I bet you like bullet from my Clementine and avenger seven molds
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this stuff will take you back
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Ps there sound is like a mix between korn and pantera
And the heavy bass comes from korn # sepultrua
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Is it just me or is roots bloody roots like there best song???
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Sepultura always rocks.
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Where is the Against album, I bought that
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\m/
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Wow!`.. They do the Exodus songs better than Exodus!
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Sepultura best from Brazil
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True nothing was better than the original lineup but karios was a pretty good album though but that's the only good album they have with their new line for me as with their original lineup I like morbid visions all the way to chaos a.d those are all great but karios and may a- lex was kinda good as well ROCK ON Everyone !!!!!!!!!!
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Smiled when this came on. I used to jam this s**t constantly
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schwabie647
=mmjkkmn(n mm n the new okk
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Kickass album. Nailbomb is awsome too!
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SLAVE NEW WORLD BY SEPULTURA RANDY ROCKS TEXAS ON PANDORA
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Sepultura is the soundtrack to my adolescence. So many happy memories. Seen them on Chaos AD and Roots tours. Also once with what's his name, Mr. shouldn't even be in the band anyways. Definitely the best qualified to cover Symptom of the Universe
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I call B.S. @usdgdjds Sepultura Beneath The Remains was there best IMO. Not sure if a lot agree but then again I have my opinion you have yours
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sepultura only has two badass albums and that is morbid vision and Schizophreni a , ssepultura aint s**t anymore without the ORIGINAL
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\m/ (-_-) \m/
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Sepultura
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Seis Seis Seis
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johtd81
Sepultura are True Throwbacks
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Wtf?????
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rick.montelo n g o
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I agree ruiz Emmanuel to a point. My favorite one is beneath the remains,but this is definitely second.
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Yeah I don't like Derrick Green either
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One of the Best Album ever Recorded on Humankind history
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ddesertddwel l e r
Your an idiot haohmaruothe w i n d
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Cannot deal withe new soccer goalie they have as a front man. :(
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Sepultura kiccs a**
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This is scratching me right where I itch
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I have Beneath The Remains on cd. Great thrash album!!!!
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Ok,it's still not Iraq? I'm sorry.
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I hardly doubt that windy?? It might suck,but Iraq is a s**t hole!!!
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johtd81
Justin Bieber just released a new killer album.
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johtd81
Booty call
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Yep,old school,slaye r and sepultura
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Can't beat old school
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Fingerknuckl e b u m p k n u c k l e b u m p f i n g e r
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\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /
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Yeah - if you go to Mexico nowadays , there's a high possibility of being robbed , kidnapped , tortured - it's bad - even the police - sad - if you say it will not happen to you - it probably will , especially Texas border - they rape any woman - if you want to travel, just visit another home state - I'm sure businesses here will be grateful of your money spent :)
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Bring back old sepultura! NOW!
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johtd81
My house smells like a zoo .full of s**t and puke.
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@BRITTON722 Holy shït! I laughed so hard when I read your comment!!!
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BRITTON722, well put. Bravo.
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Who ever said sepultura were punk are dumb as f**k sepultura were thrash but now they are s**tty nu metal
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Play more off Karios plz
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I have Beneath The Remains & Arise on CD
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