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.
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.