Sepultura - Arise

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Release date: 25 March 1991
Style: Death metal, Thrash metal


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01. Arise
02. Dead Embryonic Cells
03. Desperate Cry
04. Murder
05. Subtraction
06. Altered State
07. Under Siege (Regnum Irae)
08. Meaningless Movements
09. Infected Voice
10. Orgasmatron [Motörhead cover] [bonus]
11. Intro [bonus]
12. C.I.U. (Criminals In Uniform) [bonus]
13. Desperate Cry [Scott Burns mix version] [bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1991: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 40

Max Cavalera - vocals, guitars
Andreas Kisser - guitars
Iggor Cavalera - drums
Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. - bass

Additional info
Produced by Scott Burns & Sepultura
Mixed by Andy Wallace
Recorded and Engineered by Scott Burns
Assistant Engineer: Fletcher McLean
Assistant Mix Engineer: Steve Sisco
Recorded at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, FL
Mixed at Quantum Sound Studios, Jersey City, NJ
Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, New York, NY

All music composed by Sepultura
All lyrics written by Max & Andreas
Lyrical assistance and translation by Fletcher McLean & Scott Burns
Synthesizers by Henrique
Sound effects created by Kent Smith (Soundsmith Productions)

Cover illustration: Michael Whelan
Cover photos: Tim Hubbard
Art direction: Patricia Mooney

Guest review by
Sepultura has always had an incredibly straightforward approach to writing music. This is not to say that their music lacks complexities, in fact quite the opposite, but it does mean that their songs are structured in a very accessible manner. This album is no exception as it contains every element you could want from a Thrash Metal album and yet doesn't sound clichéd for a moment. The Death Metal leanings of their previous three full length efforts are far less obvious and on this album they hit the mark perfectly between their earlier style and the tribal feel which would emerge later on in their career.

published 16.04.2008 | Comments (12)

Arise is the final chapter of one of the most celebrated trilogies in the history of thrash metal. The death metal element of Sepultura's previous albums is toned down and in its place we find industrial touches with the use of samples and sound effects. Raw fury and breakneck death/thrash is still present but it is now complemented by big chunks of mid-tempo, heavy groove. The Brazilian / tribal approach in the drumming is a standout and original feature, and the drums got extra extra attention by the production of Scott Burns which is one of the best he ever did. The mix by Andy Wallace makes it sound killer still after all these years, slightly favouring the percussion and the lead guitar parts. The cover art by Michael Whelan reminisces Obituary's Cause Of Death, maybe because Sepultura were still gutted because that cover was initially planned to be used for Beneath The Remains but Roadrunner Records had convinced them to go with the red skull. When it came out exactly 30 years ago, Arise was a perfect and very forward-thinking thrash metal album. Its immense value for the style can be appreciated simply considering that the same would be said about it, if it were released today.

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25.01.2017 - 04:03
Rating: 8

Written by pkillerjp on 17.03.2014 at 17:41

Severely front loaded, which is sort unusual for an album this heavy. Good solid thrash though. Once again riffs and drums pound.

I agree, always seems to lose it's momentum during the latter half for me :/
23.04.2017 - 23:35
Rating: 10

I wouldnt say it is "severely" front loaded, since the b-side tracks are all excellent thrash pieces. That said, as all a-side tracks are masterpieces imo, I would agree that the album is slightly front loaded. But I ve really heard albums that much more front loaded than this one. Sepultura's best album (though BTR is pretty much at par) will always remain a thrash classic for me.
13.02.2020 - 01:42
Rating: 8
Tyrannical Hero
Super Normal
Quite overrated.
Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
13.02.2020 - 07:56
Rating: 8
Cynic Metalhead
Nasha Vich Paisa
Written by Tyrannical Hero on 13.02.2020 at 01:42

Quite overrated.

Yet by you rated 8 which - by MS standards - is high.

It was a great follow-up to "Beneath The Remains" possessing fucking solid tracks and moments that compel me for revisits.
13.02.2020 - 08:26
Rating: 8
Tyrannical Hero
Super Normal
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.02.2020 at 07:56

Yet by you rated 8 which - by MS standards - is high.

Yeah I know the rating I gave it. It's very good but not the masterpiece usually people say.
Crackhead Megadeth reigns supreme.
13.02.2020 - 23:11
Rating: 10

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.02.2020 at 07:56

rated 8 which - by MS standards - is high.

Is that so?
22.12.2020 - 01:24
Rating: 10

¿Who was the only person who gave him a one in the album?
22.12.2020 - 02:06
Written by JavierPaper on 22.12.2020 at 01:24

¿Who was the only person who gave him a one in the album?

Someone who should be stoned to death obviously.
03.03.2021 - 04:57

Written by JavierPaper on 22.12.2020 at 01:24

¿Who was the only person who gave him a one in the album?

Someone who knows that Beneath The Remains is better

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