Sepultura Roots on 180g 2LP
Founded by Max and Igor Cavalera and, after a couple of unsteady lineups, rounded out by Jairo Guedes and Paulo Xisto Jr., Sepultura ignited the underground scene in 1985 when their debut EP Bestial Devastation appeared as a split record with local titans Overdose. The EP sounded raw, unpolished, and it was an instant hit with fans of bands like Venom and Celtic Frost. Morbid Vision, their first proper album, hit the streets less than a year later, officially cementing Sepultura’s position as the most vicious underground band in Brazil. But it was also their last album with Jairo Guedez, who left the band in 1987.
Andreas Kisser then joined the group as the replacement for Jairo. The following album, Schizophrenia (1987) was a noticeable departure from their previous material, introducing more complex riffs and song structures, while still retaining the fury of the earlier recordings. The two thrash/death metal classics Beneath the Remains (1989) and Arise (1991) followed. With 1993′s Chaos A.D. came not only a change in locale, but a change in sound: the band moved to the United States and refined their music to rely more on groove than speed, laying the groundwork for their most dramatic changes yet.
In 1996 the band's watershed sixth album Roots was released. It was simpler, and in some ways heavier, than their previous albums, yet ripe with Brazilian influences from the cover image to the collaborations with Carlinhos Brown and the Xavanté Indian tribe. The album also features guest appearances by Mike Patton and Jonathan Davis. But at their absolute peak in popularity, Max Cavalera departed the tribe, marking the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Gatefold 180g 2LP reissue from Roadrunner.
Sepultura Roots Track Listing:
1. Roots Bloody Roots
5. Breed Apart
2. Born Stubborn
6. Endangered Species