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Sepultura

Sepultura were awesome, like Machinehead they were building on that powerbase that had started with the success Pantera were having and they were one of a handful of really good bands that were also unsociably fucking heavy.  Sepultura’s Beneath The Remains was a land mark release but it was clearly built around an international sound and the Cavellera brothers childhood influences of Motorhead, Priest, Sabbath, Zeppelin etc., basically the influences everyone had.  It was only on the release of the absolutely brilliant Arise that they started to chart their own unique course.  They followed Arise with Chaos A.D. and then Roots.  Each album built on the one before and bought in new dimensions of sound and song writing.  Being a Brazilian band they had a whole treasure trove of indigenous cultural music to draw from and it was showcased on Roots which was released in 1996.  Unfortunately that was the same time Max left the band and I always felt they lost their way a bit after that.

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This is a great video, it just shows how big this band are n their home country.  Imagine a SA metal band getting this level of support, sadly it would never happen.  Metal is a cultural phenomenon it doesn’t matter who you are or your racial background if you get it then you are part of the clan and you are metal for life.  watching these scenes of rioting and state crackdowns it always makes me wonder why this kind of music has never come out of places like Tembisa or Diepsloot or Alexandria.  God knows there is enough pain and suffering to be able to channel into something liberating like Sepultura. 

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James Daubeney
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