Sepultura - Arise review


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Band: Sepultura
Album: Arise
Release date: March 1991

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]

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.

Max is at his potent best here with his screams of frustration at religion and third world despair and despite his limitations with the English language it actually adds to the songs in hammering home their message through the use of clear and concise phrases lacking any over-complex subtlety.

Igor really comes into his own behind the drum kit on this record and proves that he really is the heartbeat of the band as his unique style does a lot to propel the riffs along. There are numerous breaks throughout the album where the drumming takes centre stage and drives the album forward with complete fluidity. You get the feeling that a few of these riffs were written to the beat rather than the other way around.

Every single song on this album is utter class and stands up alone just as easily as they do in the context of the album. It is not very often you hear a band sounding this tight and it is not only due to the excellent production but because Max and Igor Cavalera have a unique musical understanding of each other like only two brothers who grew up learning music together can share. Over their strong rhythm section Andreas Kisser layers the album with powerful and memorable guitar solos and Paulo Jnr does the necessary in his bass duties.

There are some strange intros to a few of these songs and for the very first time we are exposed to the tribal edge they developed, with the intro to "Altered State", which sounds as though it comes straight out of the jungle.

The song "Arise" has become an anthem and this album will definitely stand test of time. It is one Sepultura's best, if not the best, and its sheer quality gained them a lot of respect in the metal world, it lifted them beyond simply being that pretty good Brazilian band to being just a pretty damn good band.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 10

Written by Stuart | 16.04.2008


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16.04.2008 - 21:20
Angel of Lust
Masterpiece of Death Metal, I love old Sepultura albums!

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear,
and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
16.04.2008 - 21:26
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Katatronik on 16.04.2008 at 21:20

Masterpiece of Death Metal, I love old Sepultura albums!

Thrash metal actually
Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

16.04.2008 - 21:34
Mr. Doctor
Their last masterpiece. The first 4 albums contain some of my favorite thrash. I think that this one is my least favorite... But don't get me wrong! This shit is still awesome and kicks ass. It's just that I like the raw and not so talented albums [for example "Morbid Vision].
I think Im gonna buy this one anyway...

Ok... I'm listening to this cd right now.This shit... is starting to grown on me VERY FAST.
It won't top my favorite [Schizophrenia] but that's cause I have a personal connection with it. But this is the second best!

Under A Pale Grey Sky

That line.. is soooo metal.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
21.10.2008 - 18:13
Excellent thrash metal, great production, great riffs and insane drumming! To me the lyrics of this album are a must.They are straight and hit flesh!
Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
13.06.2009 - 08:16
Liver Failure
Damn you Sepultura!! When Beneath the Remains seemed unreacheble, you release something equaly perfect. Golden age of Sepultura.

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
19.06.2009 - 10:38

Written by Uirapuru on 13.06.2009 at 08:16

Damn you Sepultura!! When Beneath the Remains seemed unreacheble, you release something equaly perfect. Golden age of Sepultura.

I Agree,Arise is amazing album!!!If only they could do it again:)
Will the ones who live after our end
Worship the goddamn cross again?
18.06.2010 - 14:18

The fourth track, Murder, is a killer!
Li'ed - Prog-Metal from Jerusalem
16.04.2011 - 19:28

This and it's 3 predecessors are apart of the Bible of Thrash Metal. I honest to God wouldn't know where I would be if it wasn't for this landmark album, when I only realised my love for Thrash from Kill 'Em All and Fabulous Disaster, I immediately became almost obsessed when I gave this my first listen, and even after years of listening to it I still love it so much it brings joy to my heart just hearing that pure aggression and speed that music these days cannot come close to (except maybe those from the Thrash revival wave, like my favourite band Evile), the existence of this much talent just keeps me at peace in the late night hours.
- Moosh
16.04.2011 - 21:28
Angelic Storm
This is my fave Seps album, as well as being the first album I heard by them. What I love about it, is the songwriting is more intelligent and thought out than before, while still remaining firmly in the same genre as it's predecessor. It took all that was great about "Beneath The Remains", and just expanded on that sound, without changing like they started doing with "Chaos AD". Although I love the whole album, "Altered State" has always been the song I love most from it. It has an amazingly dark atmosphere, accenuated all the more by the creepy as hell intro/outro which still gives me the chills to this day! Definitely IMO one of metal's most classic albums, and the pinnacle of Sepultura. Just amazing stuff.
14.01.2012 - 19:14
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Panterica on 18.06.2010 at 14:18

The fourth track, Murder, is a killer!

I see what you did there.
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
21.05.2020 - 06:37

I was an innocent teenage when listening to this in 90s... little that i knew, i was listening to the last great thrash metal album.
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25.10.2020 - 03:27

Absolute masterpiece of the genre. Some of the best Thrash Metal classics are here: "Arise", "Dead Embryonic Cells", "Desperate Cry", "Murder", "Altered State", "Under Siege (Regnum Irae)"... Sepultura at it´s best!

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