|Sarcófago was formed in 1985 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Wagner "Antichrist" Lamounier, who was just kicked out of Sepultura a few months after their formation, wanted to start his own band. He was vocalist and lead guitarist, and then recruited bassist Gerald "Incubus" Minelli, rhythm guitarist Zeber "Butcher", and drummer Armando "Leprous". Although Sepultura never recorded anything with Lamounier, their partnership with Sarcófago is present in their first release, Bestial Devastation, on the song "Antichrist". Sarcófago's first two songs were included in the Warfare Noise Volume 1 compilation in 1986, which are "The Black Vomit" and "Satanás". The three other bands featured on the album, Mutilator, Chakal and Holocausto, were also part of the Brazilian thrash metal scene.
Because Lamounier left Sepultura due to ideological and musical divergences, his appearance with a new band and their debut in their demo Satanic Lust caused a situation involving several gossips, bad tempers, mutual accusations, shouts and, of course, fights. Sarcófago didn't become as famous as Sepultura. Regardless, the band have released several albums through the popular label Cogumelo Discos, and toured South America and Europe. Their albums were released through Music for Nations in Europe. The band left a widespread yet often uncredited influence among black metal circles worldwide, particularly the second wave, which includes bands like Satyricon (who covered their song I.N.R.I.), Darkthrone, Mayhem, Impaled Nazarene (who covered The Black Vomit), and Beherit (who covered Satanás, renamed as Hail Sathanas).