Posts Tagged ‘Beneath the Remains’

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs

In our interview with Max Cavalera (read here), we discussed his astonishing 30 year career in metal, starting with his first album in Sepultura, Morbid Visions, all the way to his 2015 Soulfly album, Archangel. Here are my Top 10 Max Cavalera Songs spanning his 21 studio albums with Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed.

max-beneath#3: Sepultura – “Beneath the Remains”
(Beneath the Remains, April 7, 1989, Roadrunner Records)

The No. 3 slot of this list turned out to be the most difficult. Do I include “Troops of Doom” from Schizophrenia? “Territory” from Chaos A. D., or fan favorite, “Inner Self” (also from Beneath the Remains)? Ultimately, I chose the opening title track, as this was the first song I ever heard from Max Cavalera and Sepultura. I bought the album without ever hearing a lick of Sepultura’s music after reading a review in a magazine called Metal Maniacs (this was the way it used to be done in the early ’90’s). Walking the fine line between thrash and death metal, Beneath the Remains was Sepultura’s third album and first for Roadrunner Records. At the time, the band had to translate its native Portuguese language to compose the lyrics. Beneath the Remains went on to establish the band as one of the leading underground metal acts for years to come.


Max Cavalera

For 30 years, Max Cavalera has given us metal in all shapes and forms. From the thrash and death metal of early Sepultura records Morbid Visions (1986), Beneath the Remains (1989) and Arise (1991), to the groove metal of Chaos A.D. (1993), to even nu-metal on Roots (1996). Then with Soulfly, he gave listeners a tribal metal soundscape with albums like Primitive (2000) and Prophecy (2004), all the way to extreme metal on Enslaved (2012), while Savages (2013) was a potpourri of all things rock and metal. And now with Soulfly’s new album, Archangel (Aug. 14, 2015, Nuclear Blast Entertainment), he’s gone to Biblical proportions—literally.

Inspired by The Old Testament, which Max describes as “bloody and brutal and perfect for metal,” Archangel is yet another different direction for Soulfly, though still a metal one. And that’s the common denominator with the body of Max’s work: metal. Max lives for metal. Not only does he play metal, but he’s a huge fan of it, both old and new. As I’ve written before, it’s like he is a prophet sent here by the metal gods. He wants to play metal forever, he shows no signs of slowing down and his spirit for metal will never die. His legacy now stands at an astonishing 21 studio albums between Sepultura (six), Nailbomb (one), Soulfly (10), Cavalera Conspiracy (three) and Killer Be Killed (one).

Days before Soulfly was about to hit the road with Soilwork, Decapitated and Shattered Sun for a U.S. tour (view tour dates), we talked with Max at length about Archangel and its Biblical inspiration, his albums standing the test of time and … “Maxfest?” (more…)

Derrick Green: "The mediator between old and new"

Derrick Green: “The mediator between old and new”

Want to feel old? Derrick Green has been the vocalist of legendary Brazilian metal band Sepultura for 16 years and released seven albums. That’s five years longer than Max Cavalera’s tenure as vocalist of the band (1985-1996), and one more album. I remember picking up my first death/thrash metal album in 1989, which just happened to be the cassette tape of Beneath the Remains. You think that sounds old? Chaos A.D. is 20 years old, and Roots is 17.

My point is, maybe it’s time the metal community as a whole accepts Green as Sepultura’s frontman–maybe it’s way past time. (more…)

Sepultura "Roar back" with 'Kairos'

Sepultura “Roar back” with ‘Kairos’

After interviewing former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera in 2009 and now the man who has been successfully carrying on the band’s legacy—guitarist Andreas Kisser—perhaps my life is complete. OK, I hope not, but in all seriousness, Sepultura was a huge part of my youth and still is to this day. Their 1989 album, Beneath the Remains, was the  first extreme metal album I ever heard, Arise (1991) was a permanent fixture in my tape deck, venting my frustrations during my teenage years, and I lost count of how many copies of Chaos A.D. (1993) I’ve had to buy from wearing it out.

And it’s not only the Max Cavalera Sepultura era I’ve been a fan of. I’ve closely followed the band since Derrick Green became vocalist in 1997, and was particularly a fan of 2006’s concept album Dante XXI.

So long story short:Getting to chat with Andreas Kisser for nearly 30 minutes was a huge deal for me. In one of our longer and more in-depth interviews on, Kisser talked with about the history of Sepultura, all the way from Bestial Devastation (1985) to their 2011 album, Kairos, which many are calling the band’s best since Chaos A.D. He defends the current formation of the band and gives his honest opinion on Max Cavalera’s post-Sepultura bands, Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy. (more…)

album-chaosadOne can make the argument that any of the Max Cavalera-fronted Sepultura releases (1984-1996) are now heralded as classics.

Beneath the Remains (1989) was the Brazilian band’s first major breakthrough, a lethal combination of raw and primitive thrash and death metal. Arise (1991) was more straightforward death metal—faster, heavier and even more bleak. But 1993’s Chaos A.D. is the band’s pinnacle album of their career. (more…)