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 Arise Arise

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

Every song on the album is worth listening to.

The masterpiece.. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust..

I love every song on here. Great instrumentals and good vocals.

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2 Beneath the Remains Beneath the Remains

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.

This album is a masterpiece! Their playing in this album is fast & tight

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3 Chaos A.D. Chaos A.D.

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

Just getting into the tribal sound but still holding onto the thrash as well. Creative but still heavy. No filler, excellent and outstanding tracks.

The heaviness is so real.

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4 Roots Roots

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.

Lower, slower and louder rhythm in my humble opinion. I especially loves the bass on this album! M/

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5 Schizophrenia Schizophrenia

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.

The add of Andreas work changed their pace forever

The best album by far with a twisted intro

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6 Dante XXI Dante XXI

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

Some people prefer the Max era, I prefer Derrick's. This is my favourite Sepultura album.

This is the best album with Derrick Green on vocals

7 The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart 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

8 Morbid Visions Morbid Visions

Dark and morbid.

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

Darkest Album. Hail the Spirit of angry Youngsters!

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

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9 Kairos 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!

10 Roorback Roorback

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

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The Contenders


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.

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12 Against Against

Most under-rated Sepultura album ever

13 Bestial Devastation Bestial Devastation

Bestial devastation and morbid visions are the best sepultura albums

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15 Machine Messiah Machine Messiah

From start to finish, this album just pummles you with great instrumentation, hard shredding riffs, and outstanding vocal. I typically only like Max albums, but wow this really feels amazing to listen to. to all you max-only fans, please give it a try. its absolutely amazing.

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