Podcast Episode 126 – Classic Albums – Sepultura – Arise

Episode 126 focuses on Sepultura’s Arise. The podcast features Andreas Kisser of Sepultura, and former lead singer/guitarist Max Cavalera discussing the album. The episode also contains Sharlee D’Angelo of Arch Enemy, along with some of the usual suspects that have joined us during the recent album series episodes, metal historian Martin Popoff, journalist Mitch Lafon, Alan Tecchio of Level Fields, the guys from Corners Of Sanctuary, Dave Reffett, Josh Christian of Toxik, Stu Marshall and Jeff Martin of Blasted To Static, Dark Angel drummer Gene Hoglan, Jason McMaster of Broken Teeth, and Count William from Witchcross and Ravensthorn.

You will find the podcast at the bottom of this post. You will also find links to the album on Spotify, or you can purchase the album from here.

Remember that you can go here index page to find out further details on everyone involved in the column.

Jon Leon – Along with the previous mentioned Far beyond driven…metal saviours of the 90’s This was the finest hour of Sepultura.

Erik Kluiber – Loved the live vhs from a club in brazil that came out soon after this was released.

Phil Rind – An awesome record. Heavy and brutal. I got to see them play it live every night for four months. A fantastic experience.

Seth Thacker – Aside from Roots, Arise is my favorite Sepultura record. Dead Embryonic Cells and Meaningless Movements are my two favorite songs on that record. I could listen to those two songs over and over again. I can’t even begin to express how much of an influence Max Cavalera has been on me. I think he is one of the best riff writers ever, not to mention the groove that comes with it. Great record to bang your head to!!

JL – Every time a classmate of mine would pass his headphone off and play Beneath The Remains, it would scare the crap out of me. Up until then I only really listened to Aerosmith, Guns N Roses and AC/DC. This album arrived, and I kept feeling the same vibes, the videos off of the album did not help. A friend gave me a copy of Vulgar Display Of Power on cassette, and copied Arise on the other side without me knowing. I started listening to the album, and really enjoying it. This album made me a fan of Sepultura.

Fer Fukyea – Sepultura had already begun their amazing musical journey, although the sound up until Arise was somewhat shotty. Arise was a mixture of thrash and death metal, done in the band’s own way. The album didn’t receive the attention, or take them to the next level like an album like Chaos A.D. did. It did not create a new style like Roots, but it is an album that is full of great songs, heavy and punishing from start to finish. Arise was the start of the band’s golden age. I remember listening to the title track for the first time, I have always loved it from the first time I heard the notes come out of my speakers. I had never heard anything like it. Thanks to this album I began listening to bands like Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, and Dominus. I remember watching the DVD (VHS actually), and having my mind blown with the footage, with the amount of people at the show (at that time I was not allowed into any shows).

Jandro Storm – The first time I heard Arise, the thing that came to mind was the Street Fighter II character Banka. A mutant beast that was straight from the Brazilian jungle, with killer claws and teeth. In my opinion the character embodies Arise perfectly.

Ted Aguilar – A classic thrash record. Probably the last great thrash record to come out before thrash disappeared (for a long while). A lot of people will argue that Beneath the Remains was a better record (vice versa), but I think both BTR & Arise are “sister” albums. Just like Ride the Lightning & Master of Puppets. Both amazing albums, but hard to choose which is better. All boils down to personal preference. BTR, broke them into the underground, but it was Arise that pushed them further up the ladder. The songs on Arise were fast, intense & had a very brutal groove. Igor’s drumming is AMAZING, Andreas solos are very unique & eering sounding & the riffs are pummeling. My stand out tracks would be “Subtraction” and “Meaningless Movements”. Great record from start to finish.

David Ellefson – Sepultura was one of the most buzzed about bands in the entire global metal community, largely because of the odds against them to get out of South America in a time that no one else hailed from there. Nick Menza was a HUGE Sepul fan and used to play “Arise” for me on the “Rust In Peace” tour….I was hooked by his enthusiasm and their sheer brutality.

Dani Perez – Sepultura han sido uno de los pilares más importantes sobre los que descansa la música del Thrash Metal. De hecho a nivel personal es uno de los grupos que más me influyeron, allá por los años 90.

Debo decir que no soy muy seguidor de la segunda etapa del grupo, aquella que comienza con el Roots, y es que el cambio en sus composiciones fue bastante notable. No quiero que me malinterpretéis, no quiero decir que este cambio fuese a peor, sino que simplemente apostaron por un camino que no llamó mi atención.

A pesar de ello toda su discografía hasta dicho disco es una auténtica obra maestra para mí. Ya sus primeros discos apuntaban a unas composiciones altamente agresivas pero con unas estructuras muy coherentes y una frescura propia de unos años 80 cruciales para el sonido Metal.

“Arise” no se concibe sin el disco que le precede, “Beneath the remains”, que sin llegar a estar en términos generales a la altura del inmenso “Arise”, en muchos momentos llega a estar a la misma altura. Es en “Beneath the remains” donde se gesta el estilo y alto nivel compositivo que tendrán Sepultura en “Arise”…

Ya hablando del propio “Arise”, el disco abre con un auténtico temazo y el que fue el primer single del disco, el tema que da título al disco. Sin duda fue una apuesta muy valiente ya que es un tema con una alta dosis de agresividad y no es de los más “abiertos” del disco, pero sí es cierto que tiene una altísima personalidad y la esencia del grupo se ve plasmada plenamente en ese tema. El segundo tema del disco, “Dead Embryonic Cells”, es también un clásico donde se ve la fuerza del grupo, con un comienzo instrumental de más de un minuto en el que se combinan riffs demoledores y una gran agilidad para pasar de una estructura a otra con una fluidez que dirige al oyente de forma magistral. El siguiente tema, “Desperate Cry”, abre con unas guitarras limpias para dar paso a una sucesión de riffs cuya personalidad es aplastante, y es que una de las principales señas de identidad del disco es que ningun riff tiene desperdicio, ni siquiera los que se utilizan como puentes para pasar de una estructura a otra. Sin querer profundizar en el resto de los temas (ya sabéis que no me gusta hacer una crítica desgranando tema a tema), decir que mantienen muy bien la línea de estos tres primeros, completando un listado de canciones que pasó a la historia como uno de los mejores discos de Thrash Metal.

En el plano instrumental sin duda hay que destacar a Andreas Kisser, que para la época y el estilo sin duda fue un magnífico guitarrista y compositor (la mitad de las letras del disco son exclusivamente suyas), y a Igor Cavalera, cuya técnica, rapidez y composición en la batería fue sobresaliente, dando una personalidad al disco única.

La producción, teniendo en cuenta que hablamos de un disco de 1991, es realmente buena, captando muy bien la fuerza que quiere transmitir el grupo con cada una de las canciones.

Hagan lo que hagan Sepultura siempre serán recordados, al menos, por hacer uno de los mejores discos de Metal de la historia, y es que “Arise” supuso un antes y un después…

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