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Release date: 20 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: 45

Lyrics (13)

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

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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 (10)

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Reza - 19.01.2010 at 21:20  
  IMO it's the best Sepultura album and also one of the best thrash metal albums of all times !
Hamird - 21.01.2010 at 18:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 19.01.2010 at 21:20

IMO it's the best Sepultura album and also one of the best thrash metal albums of all times !

This album is very nice.. My favorite Sepultura track of all time is in this album, Dead Embryonic Cells, which was one of my first Metal song I've ever heard..Also Arise and Infected Voice are my favorites..
Koen Smits - 25.01.2010 at 21:52  
  For sure the very best album of Sepultura. I grew up with this release like a baby with milk.
Paradox0 - 19.04.2010 at 21:30  
Rating: 8 Great Thrash Album. I love how this band more or less did what I never thought possible with thrash;combine unrelenting energy with a somewhat inhibited, intelligent approach. So many thrash bands seem to try to hard to "broaden" their sound with acoustic passages or changes to their melodies mid-song, but sepultura just seemed to do it right.
Yojimbo - 18.10.2010 at 05:16  
Rating: 8 Meaningless Movements is my favorite song off this album. Good all-around album.
Angelic Storm - 19.10.2010 at 06:00  
Rating: 10 My fave Seps album definitely. My fave song from it has always been "Altered State". Its a very intense track, and the outro still creeps me out now! lol xD
Vikcen - 19.10.2010 at 08:05  
Rating: 10
Written by Angelic Storm on 19.10.2010 at 06:00

My fave Seps album definitely. My fave song from it has always been "Altered State". Its a very intense track, and the outro still creeps me out now! lol xD

Yeah great album, but i prefer "Beneath The Remains", imo it is the best of Sepultura .
JunN_Vai - 27.06.2011 at 09:37  
Rating: 10 All we hear, desperate cryyyyyyyyyyyyy.................!!!!!!!!
best song of this album, IMO
ShotgunJustice94 - 18.07.2011 at 03:48  
  "This has to be the best thing I've ever heard", was my first thought listening to this masterpiece work of art.

Without hesitation, I can say that this is Sepultura's best album! Not only is this a great thrash album, but it's an amazing listening experience that I think anyone would be able to enjoy. The reason as to why I say this is because it not only holds on to their thrash influences, but they're also able to make some very good songs out of this.

Trust me when I say that the first time you listen to this album that you will be impressed. You can listen to the first 3 or 4 tracks nonstop without any anticipation of pressing the pause button. For me, this album is just hypnotic by how, well... perfect it is! This here has probably just got to be one of the best albums ever made! This album was so impressive that it ended up in the book of "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die."

Sepultura has indeed moved forward with this album and was further able to develop their own style and evolve. You can see many new influences coming out on this album whether it'd be their groove or industrial influences, you could tell that it worked out very well indeed. "Desperate Cry" could probably express this the most with how much variety that their is in the song

The songs are just amazing! You can listen to the first track "Arise" and it probably won't even take you all but maybe the first 5 seconds of riffing that you'll know that you're in for a treat. "Dead Embryonic Cells" is also quite a masterpiece itself from its impressive drumming, riffs and lyrics. "Desperate Cry" is probably the most epic thing you're probably going to hear on this album too, as already explained. "Murder" is a great song to thrash out to with the speed/intensity and chugging riffs. There can be much more said about the songs, but why should I explain all of them when all that needs to be said is that you just NEED to get this album! There is not one single filler track and every song on this album has some form of passion being poured out on it.

So do yourself a favor and buy this album! You won't regret it!
Cynic Metalhead - 24.07.2011 at 12:11  
Rating: 8 Best album so far...!!
Boxcar Willy - 26.12.2011 at 21:19  

pretty decent album deserves a 9.
Lit. - 07.02.2012 at 22:06  
  ^ What they said.
Korah - 01.03.2012 at 22:07  
Rating: 9 A masterpiece! The first 3 songs are so incredible!
Maco - 04.03.2012 at 07:39  
Rating: 8 Another great band ruined by the singer's girlfriend.....
Cuca Beludo - 08.03.2012 at 20:54  
  This album makes me proud of be Brazilian.
tea[m]ster - 08.03.2012 at 21:59  
Rating: 8 My favorite album by them, so raw, so heavy...
megadeath13 - 11.11.2012 at 18:16  
  This album made me a fan of theirs. Just aggressive Thrash Metal!
Illog1cal - 25.02.2013 at 23:47  
  A slight drop in quality from 'Beneath The Remains', which means this is still excellent.
NocturnalStalker - 17.11.2013 at 17:29  
Rating: 8 A very good thrash metal album. Though, not nearly something I would consider a masterpiece.
Angel N. - 08.03.2014 at 13:45  
Rating: 8 I'm not sure that if this one is the best by Supltura yet.
pkillerjp - 17.03.2014 at 17:41  
Rating: 8 Severely front loaded, which is sort unusual for an album this heavy. Good solid thrash though. Once again riffs and drums pound.
Angelic Storm - 18.03.2014 at 13:44  
Rating: 10
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 really can't agree... the second half of the album is just as awesome the first half. In fact "Altered State" (which is the song that opens side 2/b of the vinyl and cassette releases) is my fave song on the album. And "Under Siege" and "Infected Voice" are as strong as any song on the first half of the album. Heck, "Meaningless Movements" is a killer thrash song too!
pipis - 23.04.2014 at 18:48  
Rating: 10 From the better μεταλ disks that have come out
LeKiwi - 04.07.2014 at 17:38  
Rating: 8 Such an improvement from the previous album. Although that's probably a biased opinion because my brain disagrees with most thrash.
qlacs - 13.12.2014 at 22:03  
Rating: 10 Piece of my childhood. A total classic
Tomas Piller - 20.01.2015 at 16:41  
Rating: 10
Written by qlacs on 13.12.2014 at 22:03

Piece of my childhood. A total classic

Growing - 03.12.2015 at 13:39  
Rating: 9 In terms of song-writting this is thrash-metal at its best.
FourteenthAlex - 03.06.2016 at 15:31  
Rating: 10 Still cannot decide which album i like more this or BTR. However Arise is still one of the best Thrash metal albums that i have ever heard. "Desperate Cry" is my favorite song.
DeathMetal - 22.08.2016 at 08:12  
Rating: 10 One of the first metal albums I ever listened to. Always a favourite.

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