Despite being arguably Brazil’s biggest ever music export, when extreme metal legends Sepultura lost their original frontman and founder (alongside brother and drummer Iggor Cavalera) Max Cavalera in 1996 after their hugely influential ‘Roots’ album, many thought the band would not recover from his departure. However, in Cleveland, Ohio punk and hardcore scene veteran Derrick Green, Sepultura found a formidable, towering force that would lead the band with power and conviction through this new era of their career.
‘Sepulnation – The Studio Albums 1998 – 2009’, released through BMG on October 22nd, celebrates the bands seconds phase, and this five-album boxset (across eight slabs of vinyl or five CDs) contains the albums; Against, Nation, Roorback, Dante XXI and A-Lex, all of which are half speed cut, remastered and back on 180g vinyl for the first time in a decade and also as a collector’s CD box.
In addition, the ‘Roorback’ album features the rare ‘Revolusongs’ EP, which is available for the first time digitally and saw the band celebrate their influences with covers of bands as musically broad as Devo, Exodus, U2 and Massive Attack!
Any fans who feared that this new line-up of Sepultura would see the band taming their intense and heavy approach were not left disappointed when ‘Against’ came out of the traps in 1998. With the powerhouse that is Iggor Cavalera still on drums (he remained for four of the five albums), Andreas Kisser’s grinding guitars and bassist Paula Jr’s heavy bottom end powered behind Derrick Green’s guttural roar and Sepultura sounded heavier and more forceful than ever. This period would see the band continue to push their sound forward and challenge new sounds and styles, but they never lost sight of what was the core of the band. The righteous, rebellious nature remained with the 1998 album ‘Nation’ calling for ‘one nation, Sepulnation,’ – a rallying cry that stayed with the band throughout their long and challenging career.
‘Sepulnation – The Studio Albums 1998-2009’ brings the focus back on a period of the band that may have been missed by early supporters and shows that the fire continued to burn bright throughout.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of Sepultura’s history,” states frontman Derrick Green.
“I’m proud of all the work we have done together and it only makes sense to have this box set format released for the fans to have the complete history of Sepultura. Long live the Sepulnation!”
‘Sepulnation – The Studio Albums 1998-2009’ track listing:
AGAINST SIDE A Against Choke Rumors Old Earth Floaters in Mud Boycott Tribus Common Bonds
SIDE B F.O.E. Reza Unconscious Kamaitachi Drowned Out Hatred Aside T3rcermillennium
NATION SIDE A Sepulnation Revolt Border Wars One Man Army
SIDE B Vox Populi The Ways of Faith Uma Cura Who Must Die?
SIDE C Saga Tribe to a Nation Politricks Human Cause
SIDE D Reject Water Valtio
ROORBACK (inc Revolusongs – Disc 2) SIDE A Come Back Alive Godless Apes of God More of the Same Urge Corrupted
SIDE B As It Is Mind War Leech The Rift Bottomed Out Activist Outro
SIDE C Messiah Angel Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
SIDE D Mongoloid Mountain Song Bullet the Blue Sky Piranha
DANTE XXI SIDE A Lost (Intro) Dark Wood of Error Convicted in Life City of Dis False Fighting On
SIDE B Limbo (Intro) Ostia Buried Words Nuclear Seven Repeating the Horror Eunoe (Intro) Crown and Miter Primium Mobile (Intro) Still Flame
A-LEX SIDE A A-Lex I Moloko Mesto Filthy Rot We’ve Lost You! What I Do!
SIDE B A-Lex II The Treatment Metamorphosis Sadistic Values
SIDE C Forceful Behavior Conform A-Lex III The Experiment Strike