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Sepultura Biography


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Birth Place: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Years Active: 1984-present
Genres: Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Groove Metal, Alternative Metal


Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte, formed in 1984. The band was a major force in the death metal, thrash metal and ultimately groove metal genres during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their later experiments melding nu metal, hardcore punk and industrial.

Sepultura was formed by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera. After several lineup changes, Paulo Jr. and Jairo Guedz became permanent members for the band's first studio album “Morbid Visions,” released in 1986 through Cogumelo Records. Guitarist Jairo Guedz left Sepultura following the band's first tour and was replaced by Andreas Kisser.

With the new formation, Sepultura recorded “Schizophrenia” in 1987. “Beneath the Remains,” the first album from the band's contract with Roadrunner Records, was released in 1989, followed by “Arise” in 1991 and “Chaos A.D.” in 1993.

Sepultura's best-selling album to date, “Roots,” was released in 1996 and debuted at # 27 on the Billboard 200. In 1997, vocalist Max Cavalera left the band and subsequently formed Soulfly. The other members announced that they would continue under the Sepultura name and were searching for a replacement.

Derrick Green was chosen to replace Cavalera, and with the new vocalist the band released “Against” in 1998. “Nation” was released in 2001, the band's last studio album with Roadrunner Records.

Sepultura resigned with German label SPV and released “Roorback” in 2003. “Dante XXI “was released in 2006 as a concept album inspired by the literary classic “Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri.

Igor Cavalera left the band in 2007 and was replaced by Jean Dolabella. In 2009 Sepultura released “A-Lex,” a concept album inspired by the book/film, “A Clockwork Orange,” to favorable reviews.

The band's 12th studio album, “Kairos” was issued by the independent German label Nuclear Blast Records in 2011. This was the band's first release on the label, marking their first album not released on SPV/Steamhammer since 2001's “Nation.”