Formed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1984 by brothers Igor (4 September 1970, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; drums) and Max Cavalera (b. Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera, 4 August 1969, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; vocals/guitar), with Paulo Jnr. (b. 30 April 1969, Brazil; bass) and guitarist Jairo T, who was replaced in April 1987 by Andreas Kisser (b. 24 August 1968) of fellow Brazilian metal act Pestilence. Sepultura is the Portuguese word for grave, and this is a strong clue as to the nature of a music that deals with themes of death and destruction, originally influenced by bands such as Slayer and Venom. In 1985, Sepultura recorded an album with Brazilian band Overdose (whom Sepultura had supported on their first gig), but this debut, Bestial Devastation, was of poor quality and had limited circulation. Their first solo effort, Morbid Visions, was released in 1986, followed a year later by Schizophrenia. The music on both was typified by speed, aggression and anger, much of...
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