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Sepultura "Arise": A Review of This Great 1991 Album From the Best Brazilian Thrash Metal Band

Updated on June 29, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Sepultura: Front Album Cover

Track Listing for the album Arise

  1. Arise
  2. Dead Embryonic Cells
  3. Desperate Cry
  4. Murder
  5. Subtraction
  6. Altered State
  7. Under Siege
  8. Meaningless Movements
  9. Infected Voice

Introduction To The Album Arise

The 1991 album "Arise" by Brazilian death and thrash metal band Sepultura is one of those albums that has stood the test of time and even in 2018 is recognized as one of the best albums of its kind. The band at this time had front man, vocalist, and guitarist Max Cavalera who was easily the most recognizable member of the band for his harsh vocals even with his accent. Andreas Kisser does the lead guitar work and even shows his tapping skills especially in songs such as Desperate Cry.

The Album Arise And its Lyrical Themes

The opening song of the album Arise showcases what a fast song that is great should be like. The first song is trying to raise awareness about the dangers that warfare can bring upon humanity. As those human beings are displaced from their homes, sometimes they have nowhere to go and are seeking some salvation. If they don’t get that salvation they are at further risk of death and annihilation. Dead Embryonic Cells is about a man that is so angry because he did not ask to be born into a world that is full of disorder, chaos, violence and terrorism. It was Mahatma Gandhi that once said “You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” We must strive for positive change by advocating a policy of peace rather than war. However, I congratulate the band for bringing up the subject for thought. War has been an event that has been too common as humans have shown their aggressive and greedy side. Desperate Cry is a classic Sepultura song that begins with acoustic guitar before getting heavy and repeating a riff or two. The next song is called Murder and this one is a very fast song about the violence that engulfs the world. He wishes that he had never been born. The band Annihilator also has a song called Murder on their 1997 album Remains. Jeff Waters may have found inspiration from this band. Subtraction has a catchy riff in the beginning of the song that has been memorable for me. It has a very impressive bass line in the middle of the song. Subtraction is about someone that is searching for answers and trying to understand themselves in a world where leaders are turning their backs to the people that they were elected to serve.

How Great Is The Album Arise?

Arise is a great album no question about it. But is it Sepultura’s best album? You could make the case that it is their best album along with 1993’s Chaos A.D. The early 1990’s was a time in the heavy metal genre where bands were trying to reinvent themselves or they had already established a massive following. 1991 was a year that was just two years after one of the best decades in music history. By 1991, Sepultura had already established themselves as Brazil’s best metal band. Even though I had not heard any of Sepultura’s material after 1996 at the time of writing this review, the band was at its peak from 1990 through 1994. They could have even been the best metal band to come from South America. With Arise, the band has great riffs, good tapping work, and they cover very controversial yet important themes in their songs. Arise deserves a final score of 95 out of 100 points for its overall outstanding songs. The highlight for me in this album is the very catchy Meaningless Movements.

The Song Arise

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The Song Meaningless Movements

A Map of Belo Horiozonte Brazil and Surrounding Areas Where Sepultura Was Formed

© 2017 Ara Vahanian

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