YEAR RELEASED: 1987
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None unless you were a death metal head in the 80’s
LINEUP: Max Cavalera, Igor Vacalera, Paulo Jr. , Andreas Kisser
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A lineup change, better songs, and a better studio coalesces the band into a tight, taught unit.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Andreas Kisser joined Sepultura as the new lead guitarist, and almost immediately the results showed. The change moved them into more of a traditional thrash metal, which suited them greatly. The songs became tighter and more controlled. The vocals also were more suited to this style. It was a change for the better.
This record was recorded in a better studio than the previous record, and that also helped the band form its sound and vision far beyond their debut. It’s a great leap forward.
There are still some issues, though, with the songs sometimes blending together and the ideas outreaching their execution, but this album showed that path forward for Sepultura.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Kisser’s parents were European (Slovene and German), though he is a Brazilian native.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A few bonus cuts and demos
GRADE B: Much better, more focused, and the groundwork for the band going forward.