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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2002
Wow, what a classic album! I didn't think I'd like this one as good as Beneath The Remains before I got it, but I do. In fact sometimes I like it better. A little slower than BTR, but it has more variety and rocks just as hard (and STILL plenty fast). Every track is a standout IMO, but my favorites are, 'Arise' 'Dead Embryonic Cells' 'Subtraction' and 'Desperate Cry'. The gold remastered disk that I have has four bonus tracks; Orgasmatron (Motorhead cover), Intro, C.I.U. (Criminals In Uniform), and Desperate Cry [Scott Burns Mix]. In fact C.I.U. is one of my favorites as well, and it is ashame it was left off the original release. Well, what else do I have to say to make you buy this? I'm horrible at reviewing stuff, so just buy the [...] out of this, NOW!
Oh yeah, in the liner notes Max talks about his experience while recording Orgasmatron. " I remember recording it completely f'ed up," he says, laughing. "I drank half a bottle of rum before we even started. All I remember is singing the first lines, then waking up the next morning and going on tour. I asked the guys, 'did we finish the song?' and they said, 'yeah, you did the whole thing.' And I was like, 'wow, I finished the whole song?' And they kept saying, 'yeah, you did!' Then we listened and it was pretty good!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2015
"Arise" is one of the best Death Metal albums ever created by any band! Absolutely Heavy and Ferocious, Every song is better than average and will either leave you with your mouth hanging open in "awe" or banging your head until your neck hurts, Or both! The only other Sepultura album that comes close to this is it's predecessor "Beneath the Remains" which comes close......But Arise is flat out Brilliant! " Even today over 25 years later "it doesn't get the recognition it truly deserves"......It will hold up against any other Thrash/Death Metal album from any other band you can think of! I can go on and on about this album......But Hey, you be the JUDGE!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2009
Arise is the 4th studio album by Sepultura and their 1991 release and was hailed by critics and it is not hard to understand why. On this album mixes thrash metal and death metal with great lyrics and melodies. The booklet is quite nice with great photographs of the band and contains all the lyrics. The booklet also contains well-written linernotes written by Don Kaye. The cover is very strange and I have no idea what it is supposed to represent. We also get a list of the brand of instruments that the band uses which is quite rare to be included. Allmusic gave the album 4.5/5. I give it a 5. 5/5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2009
Arise is one of the greatest thrash metal records ever made. Max screams insane lyrics while Andreas destroys your neighbours brains with heavy guitars riffs. Igor is one of the greatest drummers of all time. In my opinion, Arise was the best album from Sepultura. If you like thrash metal you will love Arise. Try Chaos A.D, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2006
I first heard "Dead Embryonic Cells" when I saw the video on MTV, when I was in the military. At the time everyone was hailing the brilliance of Metallica's black album. Even though I enjoyed "Enter Sandman", I felt that Metallica had lost their fire and abandoned the path of producing sweet, crunchy riffs behind. Unfortunately I was right. *sigh*

Upon hearing the adreneline-pumping riffs of Sepultura's "Dead Embryonic Cells" I immediately sensed that I'd found a successor to the killer riff throne. I quickly purchased "Arise" and it didn't dissappoint.

First, my only criticism is that some of the solos are too piercing and played too fast for my taste, but that is the thrash influence on the band (see: early Slayer).

Otherwise, every other aspect of this album is amazing. You will never hear better drumming - particularly double bass drums - than you'll hear on on this album. They are tight, crisp, complex, groovy, and devastating.

The riffs on this album chug, churn, burn, slay, thud, and crush. Remember how we learned about the density of black stars in school? That's how heavy these riffs are. Word to the wanna-be-wise metal guitarists out there: Riffs need not be played at top speed to hit you like a ton of bricks. That's the genius of Sepultura.

Then there's the lyrics. They don't always rhyme, but you know that Sepultura means everything they say. They're telling it like it is because Brazil was being enslaved by "globalization" long before it started impacting us here in America. And by globalization I mean the reality of it, not what its promoters would have us believe it is.

In short, if you like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, etc., this is a recording you must have. And if there's a revolution going on somewhere, this album must be played right alongside Rage Against the Machine's first disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2005
I first got into Sepultura when a friend lent me "Chaos A.D." It was pretty good, but my estimation was that the band wasn't in the same league as Metallica, Testament, etc. One day, Amazon recommended "Arise", and I figured, "Why not buy it? It can't be bad."

To use a cliched phrase: it blew me away. The band brings an energy to "Arise" that was lacking in "Chaos A.D.", and it's that energy that elevates this album to the level of metal masterpiece. All four members kick some serious ass on this album - Max Cavalera's voice is at its best here, and damn, can he play a guitar. Lead guitarist Andreas Kisser flawlessly executes solo after jaw-dropping solo. Bassist Paulo Jr. gallops along, easily keeping pace with both guitarists. And drummer Igor, Max's brother, tears it up like his American thrash comtemporaries only wish they could.

And it's not just the band, the songs themselves are awesome. Standouts for me include the title track, "Dead Embryonic Cells", "Desperate Cry", and "Subtraction". But each person has their own favorites, mostly because every single track is awesome. There is truly no filler here. The bonus tracks also rule, especially their cover of Motorhead's "Orgasmatron".

To sum it all up, I guarantee that if you love thrash metal, you will love this album. If you haven't heard of the band, or if you're staying away because you've only heard their modern material and want to see what they sounded like before the change in vocalists, then start right here. And take it from me, you WILL be headbanging to this album years after you bought it. It's just that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2011
I'd first heard of Sepultura in some rock magazine and thought they were from LA. Somehow I compared the name with Sepulveda as in the Sepulveda flood control dam, but soon learned Sepulveda and "Sepultra" (as I thought it was spelled) wasn't even close. "Sepultura" was the Brazilian Portuguese word for grave and it wasn't long before I heard their song Dead Embryonic Cells on MTV. I loved the video and the song. It was a friend that gave me this cassette, no cover, no box, but I played it quite a bit and almost wore it out. I haven't played it for decades but finally dug it out and burned it to CD. It has a few rough spots on it but the best songs still play fine. My favorites are the first three songs, Arise, Dead Embryonic Cells and Desperate Cry. While the others are also good, those first three strike the strongest memories for me.

This album may rate as primitive by their own standards compared to their later work such as Roots, but I think as with a lot of bands, their earlier work, while being more crude, was also their most creative. I have one of their later live albums right before they broke up and they do several songs off this album. They just don't sound as good. Live and much later in their lives, these songs seemed rushed and kind of half-baked. Of course, I'm sure they were pretty sick of playing them and were also at each other's throats by that point.

Anyway... this is classic thrash and holds up with the best of the era. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2002
Arise was Sepultura's breakthrough in America, after building a strong fan base through touring and receiving substantial airplay on headbanger's ball. Many rank this as their magnum opus, and while it is a solid display of chugging midpace riffs, there is very little diversity between songs, and many of them run together. Sepultura's 'black album'? Not quite, that honor belongs to Chaos A.D. This is not to say that Arise is a commerical copout or anything short of metal, but the aggression and intensity of Beneath the Remains and Schitzophrenia is less prevalent.
Arise benefits from an ace production job, and one of the best opening tracks in metal history: the title track, a thrashterpiece through and through. Dead Embryonic Cells (check out that breakdown... yeah!) and Desperate Cry (my personal favorite) follow up admirably, but the remainder is more or less the same song 6 times over. It does seem that they had exhausted their formula and were running out of riffs.
The historical importance of Arise as Sepultura's final stand before incorporating industrial and tribal elements into their music magnifies the music's worth, and I suppose it carries a nostalgic vibe for those who were there. I still pull it out (mainly for those crucial first 3 tracks) every now and then and it gets the head bangin.
The bonus tracks are fairly good, especially the cover of Orgasmatron and CIU
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2003
The thrash era came to a close at the beginning of the 90's, with this album being perhaps that last true, classic thrash album released. Fortunately, Sepultura ensured that thrash would go out with a bang.
Though I still consider this a classic thrash album, this isn't quite a fully traditional work. Sepultura is generally classified as death-thrash, as it is generally heavier and more frequently detuned and bottom heavy than straight thrash, with much harsher vocals as well. Speaking of which, Max gives a truly killer performance here, full of rage and power with out overdoing it. He's particularly strong on the Motorhead cover, Orgasmatron. Igor gives a rather straight forward, but still remarkably pummeling and impressive performance on the drums, which provides an outstanding base for the grinding but still lightning fast rhythm work. Surprisingly, despite the intensity and general lack of melody, the work here is frequently somewhat catchy, with most of the tracks having a memorable vocal line, which generally found in the chorus. Many excellent metal albums blur by with out leaving a real impression on the first listen. Not so for Arise. Not to imply that this is an overly simplistic and thus quickly forgotten work. Tracks like Desperate Cry and Altered State are lengthy and complex and demand attention. Still this isn't, overall, nearly as complex as latter era Metallica or Death, which I feel can be a good thing, sometimes. As much as enjoy the progressive elements, the straight-up raging intensity of tracks like Murder, Arise and Infected Voice is refreshing. Aside from the aforementioned tracks there are still a number of medium length tracks which smoothly alternate from relatively slow, behemoth riffs to staccato Slayer-esque speed. I haven't heard the original recordings, so I can't compare them, but the production here is nicely done. No you can't here the bass much, and it isn't that clear, but the guitars have got tons of power,(Something missing from some later thrash) and the mix gives each part the prominence,(or relative lack of) that each deserves.
After the calm, atmospheric intro, the title track kicks in to a death-thrash fury which lets up. This first track is one of the strongest on the album, with a simply devastating main riff, and the classic (and perfectly delivered) line, "Under a pale grey sky we shall arise."
Dead Embryonic Cells is a slower, less thrashy but still brutally intense piece with a wealth of great riffage. Desperate cry is epic and devastating with some nice leads and good, (but minimal) use of acoustics. Murder is a return to the straight-up thrash of the title track, with some great results. Subtraction is another standout, with a fantastic chorus. The next 3 tracks are the closest this album comes to having filler. (This album simply doesn't have any filler.) Each of them is well written and enjoyable, but they don't stand out like the other songs. The original tracks close with the fantastic Infected Voice. This is my personal favorite from this album. It's short and sweet, and Max's shouting "Infected Voice!!" over the synchronized guitars at the end of the chorus is just about the most memorable moment I've ever heard on a metal album. This song is simply the epitome of thrash metal. (That doesn't mean it's the greatest thrash song ever; it isn't, but I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about.)
The Bonus tracks are of greater worth than they are on most albums. Despite there being 4 bonus tracks there are only really 2 new songs. The Motorhead cover is outstanding, and the original, C.I.U. is nicely done, even if it isn't as strong as the material originally released.
All in all, this is an outstanding and essential metal album. Buy it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Jungle Boys, also known as Seputura have done it again with Arise. I just get a rush whenever I listen to these guys. Like Morbid Visions, Schizophrenia, and Beneath The Remains, Arise is just a pure total slamming, headbanging death/thrash metal assault that is just loaded with brutal guitar riffs, insane solos, and bobbing drums that makes you wanna thrash in your room whenever you're not in the mood for any happy ass, everything's going to be okay bullsh**. Max Cavelera's vocals get more angrier every time, and his rhythm guitarwork is just fast and superb, while lead guitarist Andreas Kisser rips out solos that are just art like. Igor Cavelera is one of the best drummers in metal, and he give out a strong performance as usual, talk about sheer brilliance. Arise, Subtraction, Desperate Cry, Murder, Dead Embryonic Cells, and the cover of Orgasmatron (originally performed by Motorhead, another one of my favorite metal bands) are the best songs. If you want to start a Sepultura album collection, I suggest you start with this album and Beneath The Remains. Happy Headbangin! The Metalbeast.
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