Although it's tempting to succumb to retroactive reevaluation, most critics agree that Sepultura's earliest efforts consisted of rather undercooked, unspectacular black metal, hardly foreshadowing their world-conquering output in the death metal field, just a few years ahead. Both 1985's Bestial Devastation EP and the band's first LP, 1986's Morbid Visions, were recorded with minimal time or money, and revealed a band of teenagers more preoccupied with shocking their parents than creating great music, and clearly still learning their craft. In fact, original lead guitarist Jairo T. was the only semi-decent musician of the bunch, but vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera, drummer Igor Cavalera, and bassist Paulo Jr. nevertheless contributed a mighty spirited racket on blackened thrashers like "Antichrist" and "Warriors of Death." Venom would have been proud. And yet Sepultura still showed early flashes of death metal inspiration on "Crucifixion" and "Show Me the Wrath," even though "Troops of Doom" (later re-recorded) is the only obvious standout on hand. Thankfully, Roadrunner has conveniently reissued Morbid Visions and Bestial Devastation on one CD, lowering the price of admission for uncertain metalheads wishing to hear what all the fuss was about.
Performance CreditsSepultura Primary Artist
Igor Cavalera Drums
Max Cavalera Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jairo T. Guitar
Technical CreditsSepultura Lyricist,Producer
Alex Laipeneiks Artwork
Max Cavalera Lyricist
Eduardo Santos Engineer
Zé Luiz Engineer
Jairo T. Producer
Karen Hudson Art Direction
A-Lex Cover Art
Alex Art Direction
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Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Despite the lack of resources, this is one of the best Sepultura albums in my opinion. The work of guitarist Jairo T., now Eminence guitarist, is outsdanding. Some riffs and solos, although simple, are superb in that early, crude death metal feeling. The recording leaves a lot to desire, and the lyrics are somewhat crude, but Max's vocals and screaming add a hellish feeling that isn't present in any other sepultura work. This two-album CD displays all of Jairo's work in Sepultura, which makes it unique.