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While the first Sepultura outing had been preoccupied with the death metal of groups like Venom, 1987’s Schizophrenia is a precisely executed vision of thrash. It was the first to feature lead guitarist Andreas Kisser, who brought the band more traditional influences of British and American thrash metal. “From the Past Comes the Storms,” “Escape to the Void," and “To the Wall” are ferocious and impassioned. At this point, the only criticism one could level at Sepultura was that its eagerness to grow sometimes outstripped its ability. Even when the band has a hard time keeping up with itself, the experience is akin to watching an organism during a period of rapid transformation. Unlike some of its speed metal peers, Sepultura never sounded ridiculous. Max Cavalera’s vocals are demonic without becoming cartoonish, and even the epic instrumental piece “Inquisition Symphony” remains rooted in the traditional four-on-the-floor hard rock of Motörhead. The bonus tracks present one demo and a few rough mixes, all of which are welcome. Rather than being inferior versions of the officially released songs, these alternates boast the sound of a raw attack.

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A Classic Thrash Album

Beneath The Remains is always considered Sepultura's breakthrough Album but I would have to say Schizophrenia deserves that Title just because it came before BTR and it showcased a huge leap in muscianship from the very raw debute Bestial Devastation. Overall Schizophrenia isn't as good as BTR but it is almost as good. Schizophrenia tends to be more of a Pure raw Thrash approach than BTR which is more of a Death/Thrash combo. Best songs From the Past Comes the Storms, Escape to the Void, Inquisition Symphony (surely Sepultura's best Instrumental to date), and R.I.P. (Rest In Pain), another good really good Track is To the Wall. Recommended to fans of Thrash Metal and Sepultura fans.

hell yeah!!!

favorite sepultura album with max

it's early sepultura...what can i say? :)

all killer and no filler!!!! truly reminisent of early venom and death...although the lyrics can be a bit cheesy at times, c'mon, these guys rule!!!


Formed: 1984 in Brazil

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura became 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...
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