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Sepultura is a Brazilian metal band that formed in 1983 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The band was a major force in the death metal, thrash metal and ultimately groove metal realms during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their name means "grave" in Portuguese, which they chose after Max Cavalera, one of the founding members, was translating the lyrics of the Motörhead song "Dancing on Your Grave".

Sepultura was formed by Max Cavalera (guitars and vocals), his younger brother Igor Cavalera (drums), Paulo Pinto (bass) and Jairo Guedes (guitars). Sepultura signed to Cogumelo Records after a few years of performing, with a sound influenced by their favorite bands such as Ratos de Porão, Discharge, Possessed, GBH and Metallica. Their first EP was Bestial Devastation, a split with Overdose's album on the flipside. Their first LP was Morbid Visions (1986), which included the moderate hit "Troops of Doom" that attracted the band some attention. After Morbid Visions, Jairo Guedes left the band for another death metal venture and Sao Paulo based guitarist Andreas Kisser replaced him. Their second full-length album was Schizophrenia, which was a critical success that led to a contract with Roadrunner Records.

With Roadrunner distributing Schizophrenia worldwide, Sepultura reached new audiences of metal fans, cemented by 1989's Beneath the Remains (1989), which was followed by a long European tour. By the time they released 1991's Arise (1991), Sepultura were located in Phoenix, Arizona and had become one of the most critically-praised metal bands of the 1990s, with Arise going platinum by the end of its supporting tour. Musically, Arise was slightly different from the first three Sepultura albums,slowing down and also experimenting with some groove-laden rhythms. In 1993, Sepultura made the groove hints on Arise into a considerable change in their sound. Changing their original death/thrash style to a more hardcore inspired groove metal sound with Chaos A.D.. 1996's Roots took Sepultura even further from their original sound,the desire to further experiment with the music of Brazil, especially the percussive type played by Salvador, Bahia samba reggae group Olodum. The band further innovated by experimenting with elements from the music of Brazil's indigenous peoples and metal music.

At the height of Sepultura's fame, however, a series of events broke the band apart. Just after the album "Roots" (1996), Sepultura decided to fire their manager, Gloria. Since she was Max's wife, he decided to quit too.

It was rumoured that there was some intra-band tension throughout the latter half of 1996, and at the end of a successful tour of Britain later that year, at Brixton Academy on 16th December 1996, the band told Max they would not renew Gloria's management contract. Max Cavalera left the band, and subsequently formed a new band, Soulfly. The others announced that they would continue under the Sepultura name and were searching for a replacement.

A recording of Max's last show with the band was later released as a live album, 2002's Under A Pale Grey Sky by their former record label Roadrunner Records, against the wishes of the band. Derrick Green from Cleveland and formerly of Outface wound up filling the frontman spot, and the band released Against in 1998. Against was commercially less successful than its two predecessors, as was the follow-up Nation. These releases saw Sepultura move away from their previous approach of the thrash metal sound - a process already in motion in such releases as Roots, and aided by Max's departure - and this led to widespread criticism from the band's original fanbase. Subsequent releases have had a positive effect in returning praise to the band, but opinion is divided on their new direction.

After recording Revolusongs, an EP full of covers in 2002, the band released the album Roorback in 2003, which garnered a lot of positive reviews.

In November 2005 the live Double-DVD and Double-CD Live in São Paulo was released. This was the first official live album from the band.

The release of 'Live In Sao Paulo' marked the first involvement of the new 'Sepularmy' street team in promotion of the bands music. The Sepularmy is unrelated to the bands record label SPV and its members are motivated purely by the desire to share the bands music with as many people as possible. The army is expected to be involved in the promotion of all the bands releases and endeavours for the foreseeable future and anyone is welcome to register and help out.

A new album, called Dante XXI was released on March 14, 2006. It based around Dante's The Divine Comedy. This album has been considered to be the band's best effort with Derrick Green and also carries some thrash influence. Although some areas of the media have criticized the album, fans have received it well.

In a recent interview, Igor stated that the band agreed to retire the Sepultura name at the conclusion of the band's current tour, but bassist Paulo Jr. has denied this report.

In 2007 Max and Igor formed a new band called Cavalera Conspiracy.

In January 2009, Sepultura released A-Lex, being the first album without any Cavalera member. It is a new concept album based on the book A Clockwork Orange. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 5:00PM Sepultura @ Arena Mix in Mogi Das Cruzes, Brazil Mogi Das Cruzes, Brazil
Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ 70000 Tons Of Metal in Miami, FL Miami, FL
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Conne Island in Leipzig, Germany Leipzig, Germany
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Masters Of Rock Cafe in Zlin, Czech Republic Zlin, Czech Republic
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Barba Negra in Budapest, Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Orion Club in Rome, Italy Rome, Italy
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Magazzini Generali in Milano, Italy Milano, Italy
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Explosiv in Graz, Austria Graz, Austria
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Majestic Music Club in Bratislava, Slovakia Bratislava, Slovakia
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Proxima in Warszawa, Poland Warszawa, Poland
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ B90 in Gdansk, Poland Gdansk, Poland
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Columbia Theater in Berlin, Germany Berlin, Germany
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Docks in Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ GARAGE in Saarbrucken, Germany Saarbrucken, Germany
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ LKA Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Backstage in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Tivoli Ronda in Utrecht, Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ SWX in Bristol, United Kingdom Bristol, United Kingdom
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ SWG3 in Glasgow, United Kingdom Glasgow, United Kingdom
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ The Tivoli in Dublin, Ireland Dublin, Ireland
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Hammerfest in Pwllheli, United Kingdom Pwllheli, United Kingdom
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Foundry in Sheffield, United Kingdom Sheffield, United Kingdom
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Koko in London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Elysee Montmartre in Paris, France Paris, France
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Zeche in Bochum, Germany Bochum, Germany
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Hirsch in Nuremberg, Germany Nuremberg, Germany
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Rockhouse in Salzburg, Austria Salzburg, Austria
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Kofmehl in Solothurn, Switzerland Solothurn, Switzerland
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ The Studio in Auckland, New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ San Fran in Wellington, New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ The Foundry in Christchurch, New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ 170 Russell in Melbourne, Australia Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ The Gov in Hindmarsh, Australia Hindmarsh, Australia
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane, Australia Brisbane, Australia
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia Sydney, Australia
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Capitol in Perth, Australia Perth, Australia
Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:00PM Sepultura @ Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany Wacken, Germany
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Alcatraz Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium Kortrijk, Belgium
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Sabaton Open Air Festival in Falun, Sweden Falun, Sweden
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ PStereo Festival in Trondheim, Norway Trondheim, Norway
Friday, August 24, 2018 at 1:00PM Sepultura @ Reload Festival in Sulingen, Germany Sulingen, Germany

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