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Classic Review: Sepultura - Arise

Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 1997
Duration: 59:17
Tracks: 13
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 17, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.32/5 (86.45%) (62 Votes)

Before they started to suck big time (and also losing Max Cavalera who left for Soulfly and proceeded to also suck), Sepultura released a number of great metal albums - Arise is one of those. The first thing that strikes me here is the evidence of the influence by mid-80s Metallica and Slayer. Slayer seems to have the biggest influence here, the guitar work and especially the vocals reminding me of the Seasons of the Abyss era.

Arise is a relentless assault of speed/thrash metal, extremely well done - 100% headbanging material. At times I think I'm listening to what a successor to Master of Puppets could have sounded if Metallica had not decided to concentrate on the MTV public. That's how good this album sounds, by all means a speed/thrash classic. This is one of the best album I've heard of the genre. There's also of cover of one of my favorite Motörhead songs, Orgasmatron and it sounds great, heavy like the original version. Hold on to it because they sure as hell will never release anything like this again (especially now that they're pretty much focusing on the mallcore crowd.) If you don't have it, go for it. Highly recommended.

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