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Sunday Old School: Sepultura Introduces Metal To The Third World

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Thrash metal is best known for making metal stars out of bands from America and Germany, but every now and then, it would present a hero from somewhere no-one expected. In this case, it made metal legends out of a Brazilian band named Sepultura. The group was formed in the city of Belo Horizonte by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, along with bass player Paulo Xisto and vocalist Wagner Lamounier. Lamounier left the band the next year and Max took over the spot behind the microphone, so the band recruited guitarist Jairo Guedes to be the band's lead player. This lineup would record the EP "Bestial Devastation" and the full length album "Morbid Visions" before Guedes left, to be replaced by Max Cavalera's former guitar technician Andreas Kisser. This is perhaps the best known lineup of the band, recording five studio albums together and breaking into the metal mainstream, becoming one of the genres leading young bands alongside Pantera.

The group began to receive commercial success in 1993 with the release of their album, "Chaos A.D." which features the singles, "Refuse/Resist," "Slave New World" and "Territory," three of the band's most well known songs. The group gained further success three years later when they released "Roots," an ambitious album that saw them embrace their Brazilian heritage, even recording a song with the Xavantes tribe. However the good times were not to last as Max Cavalera left the band on bad terms when the other members informed him they did not wish to renew the contract of their manager, who was also Max's wife. The band replaced their old singer with American, Derrick Green, who had previously released an album with the band Outface. This lineup released the record "Against" in 1998 but the album did not do as well as they had hoped.

The band recorded and released three more albums "Nation" (2001), "Roorback" (2003) and "Dante XXI" (2006) and a live album in 2005 before Igor Cavalera decided to leave the group he had founded over twenty years prior, unhappy with the musical direction they were taking. Cavalera was replaced by Brazilian drummer Jean Dolabella and the band recorded the album, "A-Lex" in 2008, releasing it in January the next year. The album is based on the infamous novel "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess and is scheduled to be re-released sometime this year. When looking at the history and music of Sepultura, one can see how they were not only an influence on thrash, death and groove metal, but also an inspiration for metal fans who live in third world countries and are impoverished, that they too can break out of their life cycle if they put their faith in their music.

Sepultura - "Arise"

Sepultura - "Slave New World"

Sepultura - "Ratamahatta"

Sepultura - "Mind War"

Sepultura - "Convicted In Life"

Sepultura - "We've Lost You"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. METAL213 writes:

LOVE old Sepultura! Never listened to anything without Max cuz it would just be weird. Same reason why I don't listen to Black Sabbath without Ozzy. Sepultura Max/Igor/Andreas/Paulo reunion pleeeaaase!

# Mar 28, 2010 @ 1:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Chazz writes:

I'm with you, METAL213. I've never listened to any Sepultura without Max, or I've never listened to any Anthrax without Joey (except Sound of White Noise). I would also agree on a Sepultura reunion with Max/Igor/Andreas/Paulo.

# Mar 28, 2010 @ 2:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

That would be why I put two post-Max videos in the article, because it's quite an unfair attitude to not bother checking out a band you love just because of a lineup change.

# Mar 28, 2010 @ 2:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RTB writes:

Apreciate the piece oz...
Sepultura 83-96 was one of my favorite bands of all time...it s easy to say now, but never mix business with family, its a conflict of intrest, idk all the details between the band and with gloria but i know it was heated, so heated igor and max did not even talk for a period of time.
Never had a chance to see them live, but since the break up i always thought they would resolve their differances and reunite for a tour/lp 1 day.....but after hearing adreas kisser blast max last year, then igor leaving the group, i dont see it happening, ever....and it s a damn shame.
RIP SEPULTURA 1983-1996

# Mar 28, 2010 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Cynic writes:

Actually just listened to "Beneath The Remains" yesterday strangely enough - Never realized how awesome the song "Primitive Future" is until now.

# Mar 28, 2010 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Armagedon writes:

F'ing love these guys, high time they got some!

# Mar 28, 2010 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. xDecapitation writes:

RRRROOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

# Mar 28, 2010 @ 6:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BLACKENED88 writes:

I RE-FUSE...... I RE-SIST!!!!!
Just listened to Arise killer album... HAIL SEPULTURA!!!!

# Mar 28, 2010 @ 8:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Analguest writes:

my favourite band of all time
for those that praise slayer for angel of death i recommend sepultura - from the past comes the storm track released in the same time nearly but faster and in my opinion better

# Mar 29, 2010 @ 1:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Fireseed writes:

Sepultura is my favorite band. Derrick era music is my favorite, and for the people that says max was sepultura etc, derrick have been in the band then max was - his not coming back so get over it

# Mar 29, 2010 @ 12:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RTB writes:

News flash 10, without max and igor, the backbone of the group sepultura who came up with the name of the band, is not sepultura...regardless how good they sound today or bad, the lineup that resides now is no way even close to what sepultura 83-96 stood for and or sounded like....so you and derrick green can suck on that...
I got nothing against any of the fans today who like this lineup, but it's as a fan of the original sepultura, appauling to hear "max is gone is never coming back get over it".....

# Mar 29, 2010 @ 2:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Diamond Oz writes:

Not really. After fifteen years it gets really annoying to hear it. The example I always bring up when people moan about the Sepultura lineup is Napalm Death. Without Mick Harris they would never have even recorded a full album, he's not there anymore, nor are any of the original members. Still a great band. Sames goes for Seps.

# Mar 29, 2010 @ 3:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. WOLF7 writes:

Sepultura died when Max left. Or well, it just wasnt anymore the Sepultura I once loved

# Mar 29, 2010 @ 4:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. 50bmg writes:

Cavalera Conspiracy was a great show. Sucks it's the closest thing to a reunion we'll see imo.

# Mar 30, 2010 @ 4:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. hellrat writes:

just got the chance to enjoy this week's Class....cheers Oz

gotta say, Sepultura WAS fvckin AWESOME...yer right RT, the last one was Roots

excellent point about keeping an open mind toward line up changes in general, Oz---sometimes they end up being for the much better even---but for me, Sepultura without its wizard is just a different band....maybe good to some, but just NOT Sepultura

# Mar 30, 2010 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. USBallistics writes:

Sepultura is one of the most influential metal bands of all time!!

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