Best Sepultura Albums

Sepultura is a Brazilian metal band from Belo Horizonte, formed in 1984. The band was a major force in the death metal, thrash metal and ultimately groove metal realms during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their later experiments melding nu metal, hardcore punk, industrial music and extreme metal.

They have released eleven studio albums. Their most successful records are Arise (1991), Chaos A.D. (1993), and Roots (1996). They have sold over 3 million units in the USA and almost 20 million worldwide.

Personally, I think they are one the greatest thrash/death/groove metal bands; and the greatest Brazilian band. Also, the 'new' Sepultura (with Derrick Green) is very bad compared with the 'old' Sepultura (with Max Cavalera)

The Top Ten

1 Beneath the Remains

Raw and fast while also displaying stellar musicianship. Schizophrenia and Morbid Visions may be faster, but they lack the same musicianship that Beneath has, while Arise lacks the ferocity, speed, and aggression of Beneath the Remains.

All killer, no filler, unlike Arise, Chaos AD, and Roots. The riffs and drumming in particular stand out on this album. The lyrics serve as a bold statement of individualism and a critique of a hypocritical society.

An album that I'd put as the fourth best thrash metal album of all time, behind Bonded by Blood (#3), Master of Puppets (#2), and Rust in Peace (#1).

Rating: 100/100 - FacUtGaudeam

This is the definitive Sepultura album for me. It's up there with Slayers Reign in Blood and is a defining moment at the end of the'80s metal scene. 1989 was a class year for metal - so many great records released - this topped them all.

Simply Epic, dark sound and power drums. It was the album which made me discover Sepultura, and I'd say is the best by far... Inner Self, Stronger than hate and Slaves of pain are the best samples of the gold age of this band.

While Arise is very good, if we're being honest, Beneath the Remains is head-and-shoulders above Arise. Check out Slaves of Pain from this. A real hidden gem. Not to dis Arise at all. I think Schizophrenia and Arise are pretty well-matched, but Beneath is one of the best thrash albums ever.

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2 Arise

A great album and a classic in its own right, but definitely not Sepultura's best work. It is not as raw or fast as Beneath the Remains or Schizophrenia, yet it's not as original as Chaos AD or Roots (albeit better than the latter).

Arise is a brutal death-thrash record with elements of groove thrown in. In my opinion, these groove elements are what bring the album down. Whereas the groove is what drives the songs on Chaos AD, on Arise, it slows down the momentum the songs have. Beneath the Remains is superior precisely because it doesn't have as many of these moments.

Essentially, if I want to listen to some early Sepultura, this is not the album I put on first, and if I want to hear groovy Sepultura, I don't put on this album on either.

This album does have some outstanding tracks, including, obviously, Arise, Dead Embryonic Cells, and Desperate Cry, but I also like Under Siege (Regnum Irae) for its originality, and Infected Voice, because it is faster. The ...more - FacUtGaudeam

True classic

Great album, the best song is "Arise" and "Dead Embryonic Cells" is the second one

Every song on the album is worth listening to.

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3 Chaos A.D.

A critical transition between the death-thrash of Arise and the tribal nu-metal of Roots. The best way to describe this album would be tribal thrash mixed with tribal groove.

The album is heavily front-loaded, but this is forgivable because Chaos AD is more about the concept of sticking it to the man than the music itself. That said, I thoroughly enjoy it, even more so than Arise, just because Arise feels a bit redundant in places.

This would be my third-favorite Sepultura album, behind Schizophrenia (second) and Beneath the Remains, Sepultura's magnum opus.

Rating: 95/100 - FacUtGaudeam

Absolutely unique album. #1 alongside Arise on my ranking.

Being a thrash and groove metal album (different from their earlier releases that had death metal) is my favorite Sepultura album, it has a really good sound and also awesome songs: "Territory", "Refuse/Resist", "Slave New World", "Manifest"...

Arise, Beneath and Chaos (Roots too) are all awesome but the dramatic shift to a full sound and slower tempo on Chaos A.D. brings it out on top for me. by the way, Sepultura's live recordings are unbelievable! Whether I'm driving or at home, I'm this close to a one-man mosh pit... - LostinSonics

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4 Roots

A controversial album, but one that I thoroughly enjoy. Although many claim they sold out on this record, there are no sappy ballads; the songs are heavy as ****, the only difference being that the style is firmly entrenched in groove and nu metal, and the lyrics continued the more political/personal overtones of Chaos AD.

I'm actually glad Sepultura decided to innovate, as I feel like BTR/Arise again would have been a stale affair. This record is what nu-metal should have been: savage vocals, brutal riffs, and wild atonal solos.

Although there is some filler, the best tracks more than make up for it, and the acoustic/tribal stylings are a welcome continuation of Kaiowas.

Rating: 91/100 - FacUtGaudeam

The Cavalera brothers really pulled it off with this album! The classic thrash that started with Schizophrenia is evolved, with some groove elements and tribal fillings that makes Roots, in my opinion, the best Sepultura album.

I like the way they used musical elements from their homeland to add some originality to their work; love this album!

The most original album they made. An unique formula of thrash/death combined with tribal & ethnic sounds.

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5 Schizophrenia

Best Sepultura Album. Beneath the remains is a close second though but Schizophrenia has the best riffs.

More raw than Beneath the Remains; blends death metal and thrash metal to great effect. My second favorite album by them.

Inquisition Symphony is worth the price of admission, by itself. Add the crunchiest thrash guitar work of all time in Septic Schizo, and the tantalizing rhythm throughout the record, Schizophrenia is the quintessential Sepultura album.

Listen To the Wall what a guitar masterpiece!

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6 Dante XXI

I know most fans won't give the Derrick era a chance, but this is my favorite.

It is very boring to see the narrow minded, infantile, HM fanboys just dismissing everything the band have done post Max out of hand. At least give this a chance and LISTEN to it, and THEN if you don't like it, you can leave it alone - no one is forcing it on you. I personally prefer this to any Max era album. If others listen to this, and think that it is not as good as 'old' Sepultura, then that is fair enough. Opinion by definition is very subjective. There is no need for people to act like they are 6 years old. If you don't like it, then at least respect that there are others who do, and who are glad that Sepultura are still going and making albums.

Combines fast thrash leads with groove riffs near perfectly. Very strong album that drops off a bit at the end of the album, but the start and middle easily make up for it. Best Sepultura album since Chaos A. D

Outstanding flow to the album makes it easy to listen to front to back. Lyrically strong which hasn't been a strong suit since Max left.

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7 Machine Messiah

"First album of the band that I listened and I am already a die-hard fan of them! "

Probably one of the best from the Derrick Green era.

Dante, Against & The Mediator where really good albums but with this one you can't deny the post Max era anymore. If you are still doing it you are a Dinosaur who deserve to die.

A masterpiece I'm absolutely amazed best album since roots well worth listening too

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8 Morbid Visions

Dark and morbid.

Practically is an Extreme Metal/ Black-Death-Thrash Metal Album.

Darkest Album. Hail the Spirit of angry Youngsters!

This below Dante XXI?

This how Sepultura started,this is how they should be remembered.

9 A-LEX

Love this album, for anybody who has read A Clockwork Orange as well it makes it that bit more interesting

Prefer this over Kairosand the mediator by a long shot, Much more exciting and rhythmic album.

The best song Sepultura ever wrote: Sadistic Values...
Very consistent album despite unnecessary instrumental cuts.

Better than Kairos, should be on list right behind dante.

10 Against

Most under-rated Sepultura album ever

The Contenders

11 The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart

This is a very good album. its not the type of music sepultura used to make. but if you like this type of metal sub genre then its nice. the problem with sepultura is tat they are too diversified. a headache for their fans. sometimes trash, sometimes tribal, then groove, then death bla bla bla

12 Kairos

The first great Sepultura album with Derrick Green in my opinion.

Second best Sepultura album in my opinion (second only to Chaos A.D.). Great, great work!

This album is their best with alex greenem bordering on death metal. Epic!

13 Bestial Devastation

Bestial devastation and morbid visions are the best sepultura albums

14 Nation

The best post Max album...check it out again...great album!

15 Roorback

Has my favourite Sepultura song ever 'Apes of God'. A truly ferocious piece of music.

I love this album! Best album since roots!

good riffs!

very loud kick

16 Dupla Identidade

This is a very unknown album. Sepultura recorded the soundtrack for a Brazilian T.V. series called "Dupla Identidade" and the album is available on Spotify. It's only 22 minutes long, but it's perfect. - danielddf

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