From14 December 2018to06 October 2019


Hailing from Belo Horizonte, Brazil and forming in 1984, Sepultura is arguably the most successful and influential heavy metal band ever to hail from South America. They came to prominence with the rise of Death and Thrash Metal in the late 80s and early 90s

Sepultura has the kind of origins that one would never believe if it wasn’t true. The band was formed by the brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, sons of a well to do Italian diplomat whose tragic death left his family in financial ruin. However, the very same day that his father died, Max heard Black Sabbath Vol. 4 for the first time. The combination of events sparked an obsession with heavy metal and both brothers conspired to form a band soon after that.

They settled on the name Sepultura, the Portuguese word for “grave”, when Max translated the lyrics to the Motörhead song “Dancing On Your Grave”. However, the final and most crucial influence that the brothers discovered was Newcastle’s very own Venom, considered by many to be the worlds first black metal band. By 1984, both brothers dropped out of school to make the band work and were signed to Cogumelo Records by 1985.

1986 saw the release of their debut album “Morbid Visions”, whose song “Troops Of Doom” gained the band national attention. The band relocated to the larger city of São Paulo to capitalize and the follow-up album, 1987’s “Schizophrenia” did just that. It was the first record to make a name for the band in the United Kingdom and the States due to the radio play it received and critical notices it was getting in the metal press.

Crucially, it secured the band a deal with metal titans Roadrunner Records without the label ever seeing them perform live. Everything was set up in the band’s favor, and with 1989’s “Beneath The Remains”, they knocked it out of the park. It was immediately hailed as a classic to rival Slayer’s “Reign In Blood” L.P and was the ticket they needed for their first shows outside of South America. Inside of South America, they were massive on a barely comprehensible scale, their set at the 1991 Rock In Rio Festival attracted a reported 100’000 spectators.

After that, the band had a creative run of three albums that most bands in general, let alone metal bands, haven’t been able to touch before or since. “Arise”, “Chaos A.D” and “Roots” were all massively critically acclaimed and sold buckets but, as with all good things, it had to come to an end. Max Cavalera left the band in 1997 with some seriously bad blood left between him and the rest of the band and while the band has continued without him, they’ve never quite reached the acclaim they had while he was still in their ranks. Then again, few bands ever reach that level of acclaim so it’s unfair to compare.

The band are still an unmissable live act, with tracks like “Refuse/Resist”, “Arise” and “Roots Bloody Roots” still able to cause as ungodly a ruckus as they were always able to. Any metal fan would do well to catch them the next chance they get.

Friday 14 December 2018


SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil


Saturday 20 April 2019


Podzemka, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation


Monday 22 April 2019


Hard Rock Café – Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Tuesday 23 April 2019


Asanbai Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


Thursday 03 October 2019 – Sunday 06 October 2019


Rock In Rio 2019

Cidade do Rock, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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