Sepultura Albums Ranked

Sepultura (Portuguese: [ˌsepuɫˈtuɾɐ], “grave”) is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a major force in the groove metal, thrash metal, and death metal genres during the late 1980s and early 1990s,[4] with their later experiments drawing influence from alternative metal, world music, nu-metal, hardcore punk, and industrial metal. Sepultura has also been credited as one of the second waves of thrash metal acts from the late 1980s to early-to-mid-1990s, along with bands like Pantera, Testament, Sacred Reich, Dark Angel, Vio-lence, Forbidden, Death Angel, and Machine Head. Sepultura has released fifteen studio albums to date, the latest being Quadra (2020). Their most successful records are Beneath the Remains (1989), Arise (1991), Chaos A.D. (1993), and Roots (1996). Sepultura has sold over three million units in the United States and almost 20 million worldwide, gaining multiple gold and platinum records around the globe, including in countries as diverse as France,  Australia, Indonesia, the United States, Cyprus, and their native Brazil. Here are all of Sepultra albums ranked.

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10. Morbid Visions (1986)

“The album starts with Morbid Visions,a very early death metal album with poor production & their guitars out of tune. But that’s why so many of us enjoy it,the power is something like Venom or Bathory but better. Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation was recorded with original guitarist Tormentor(before Andreas Kisser joined) the sound is raw and abrasive,best played loud with bass-booster to tweak it.”

9. Dante XXI (2006)

“his is most definitely the best Derrick era release, featuring Andreas making some very technical chug patterns in songs like “Dark wood of Error”(has a very dominating Meshuggah-ish style to it) and “Fighting On”(2 of my favorites). The record tends to get more melodic as it continues on, with the lyrics following the passage of each of the 7 layers with songs like “Ostia”. Other releases seam like they masked Paulo and Igor’s playing, but on this record it’s definitely all equal in the mix with Andreas.”

8. Nation (2001)

“NATION is my favorite Sepultura album followed closely by MACHINE MESSIAH (2017). Like several of their Green-era discs, NATION is a concept album that crosses the band’s death/thrash/groove metal with power/prog. There are several top cuts: The catchy opener “Sepulnation”; “One Man Army” where Derrick displays his great singing voice mixed with gruff vox; the ambient “The Ways of Faith,” which eventually picks up and goes groove; the great “Saga” with its Brazilian percussion, inspiring lyrics and mid-Eastern part; “Politiks,” which features a guest singer; the melodic “Water” with its tribal drums at the close; and the semi-symphonic instrumental “Valitio.”

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7. Machine Messiah (2017)

“This album is epic and sure to be considered one of Sepultura’s finest releases ever! “Machine Messiah” sounds like nothing Sepultura has ever done before, elevating their songwriting to another level. Nonetheless, it’s full of all the things we all love from Sepultura: Andreas Kisser’s guitar wizardry, Derrick Green’s fiery growls (plus clean singing as well), Eloy Casagrande’s thrashy, Latin-infused polyrhythms, Paulo’s bass grooves… the lyrics that touch on spiritual, socio-political, and philosophical themes. “

6. Quadra (2020)

“I put this album up there with Sepultura’s best. It has a lot of the thrash from earlier days mixed in with everything they have been doing since. It’s not all hard, but the softer, acoustic parts blend in extremely well. The first hit off the disc should give you a good idea what to expect, but in reality there are some really great tunes on here.”

5. Schizophrenia (1987)

“This album has impeccable trashy guitars,brutal vocals blistering drums and thick laid bass. The Intro is beautifully melodic and leads into From the Past Comes the Storms which has some sick guitar work and brutal harsh vocals,superb drumming from Igor & Max’ vocals and lyrics are killer. You also get a demo version of the song which is awesome.”

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4. Beneath The Remains (1989)

“This album epitomizes the golden age of THRASH , where the riffs changed about once every few seconds, and we all just grabbed ahold of whatever was within reach and held on for dear life, of course Sepultura is no stranger to using more than one tempo in each of their songs, it’s practically a requirement for all thrash metal bands”

3. Chaos A.D. (1993)

“Classic metal album and really one of the best albums of Sepultura’s long and amazing career. This album has the band shift from a being Death/Thrash Metal to incorporating a more Groove metal sound. This is also where this band really started to experiment with tribal sounds and industrial aspects which would dominate the sound of their next masterpiece, Roots. Classic tracks include Territory and Refuse/Resist.”

2. Arise (1991)

“Arise” is one of the best Death Metal albums ever created by any band! Absolutely Heavy and Ferocious, Every song is better than average and will either leave you with your mouth hanging open in “awe” or banging your head until your neck hurts Or both! The only other Sepultura album that comes close to this is it’s predecessor “Beneath the Remains” which comes close……But Arise is flat out Brilliant! “

1. Roots (1996)

“To review the album ROOTS would be to carry owls to Athens, because every friend of the hard sound art knows very well about the band and their music. But since in 2017 a reissue of the 1996 album was released, I would like to give my impression of the repressing, since everything from sledgehammer to pipe wrenches was packed on it.”