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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
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 Nürnberg, Germany Nürnberg, 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, April 13, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ SESC Birigui in Birigui, Brazil Birigui, Brazil
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ SESC Santos in Santos, Brazil Santos, Brazil
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Barretos Motorcycles in Barretos, Brazil Barretos, Brazil
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ FRONTERIZO FEST in Tijuana, Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
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
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8:00PM Sepultura @ The Northern in Byron Bay Nsw, Australia Byron Bay Nsw, 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
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Duo Music Exchange in Tokyo, Japan Tokyo, Japan
Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:00PM Sepultura @ Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany Wacken, Germany
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Metal for Emergency in Filago, Italy Filago, Italy
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Sylak Open Air in Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans, France Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans, France
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Leyendas Del Rock in Villena, Spain Villena, Spain
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ PICTURE ON FESTIVAL in Bildein, Austria Bildein, Austria
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Alcatraz Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium Kortrijk, Belgium
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
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
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Motocultor Festival in Séné, France Séné, France
Friday, August 24, 2018 at 1:00PM Sepultura @ Reload Festival in Sulingen, Germany Sulingen, Germany
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 7:00PM Sepultura @ Metalacker in Schramberg, Germany Schramberg, Germany

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