TITLE: Morbid Visions
YEAR RELEASED: 1986
CHART ACTION: Nope
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None, unless you’re a death metal freak and then maybe Troops of Doom
LINEUP: Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Jairo Guedes, Paulo Jr.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Brazilian teenagers try to be the South American version of Venom, and fail, but succeed at starting a band that was one of the best metal bands of the 90’s.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I don’t really mean to be harsh, especially since Sepultra’s 90’s records are so vital, but, oof, this was a hard slog to listen to. They were just kids that were only together for a year. They didn’t really know English well and they had to borrow equipment just to record. The sound is bad – but they didn’t have much money at all.
It’s really far removed from the great sound they had in the 90’s. This is just generic death metal that has a lot of technical flaws. Some glimmers were there in a few songs, but they didn’t take off until they stopped aping groups and started to create their own sound and legacy.
NOTES & MINUTAE: In fact, Max Cavalera said that they didn’t tune their guitars for the session. Oh.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Kind of. The release has their 1985 EP Bestial Devastation appended to it. It was a split release with another Brazilian band.
GRADE: D+ – If you’re really into Sepultura and need EVERYTHING. Otherwise, no.