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A true metal classic
on 11 September 2003
Sometimes its a chore reviewing old CDs. You have to find 'em in your collection, dust them off, stick them in the CD player and get reminded of how sad you were when you listened to them. Then again, sometimes its an absolute pleasure. This is one of those cases.
Writing this review gave me the excuse to blast out this album on my stereo at an extremely high volume (nothing beats the opening track for pissing your neighbours off something chronic), and I was instantly transported back to the summer of '92. I remember being absolutely blown away by the sheer ferocity of this album then and nothing has changed now.
Considered by many to be mere Slayer clones when they first emerged from Brazil, Sepultura proved on this and later albums that they were anything but, incorporating tribal and industrial influences into their sound and carving a niche all of their own. To be fair, the tribal influence is not exactly pushed to the fore on this album (that came later), but for sheer riffs, 'Arise' is probably one of the top five metal albums of all time.
The aforementioned opener, title track 'Arise' starts off with some industrial percussion which rapidly gives way to a thunderous opening riff. When the drums kick in, you start to wonder whether Igor Cavelra has two pairs of feet and hands!
There is no let up in quality on the album at all - each track is an absolute gem. Its therefore hard to pick out highlights, but if you're looking for a few pointers, the drumming at the beginning of 'Altered State' is absolutely superb, the whole of 'Desperate Cry' is fantastic, 'Under Siege (Regnum Irae)' is a nice change of pace and the last track 'Infected Voice' is the best closer since 'Damage Inc'
In short, if you haven't heard this for a long time, give it a play. If you've NEVER heard it, go buy it and discover what REAL metal is.