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This is the album I think of when I hear the name Sepultura. Most people, these days, don't even know that they were ever any good and find it difficult to believe that they once released an album such as this. As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the roots of Black Metal. The atmosphere is evil as hell, reminiscent of Slayer's "Hell Awaits" in some ways. This album deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the early recordings from Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Destruction, Sodom, Possessed, Kreator, Sarcofago, Tormentor, etc. I think to say that this album is Death Metal or Thrash Metal really limits it and, of course, ignores the obvious Black Metal qualities of the release...
The guitar tone is perfect and the production is raw. The tempo is, for the most part, very fast but there are several places where it slows down with a Celtic Frost-type vibe. The vocals are absolute demonic evil and fit this sound perfectly. There are plenty of thrash riffs as well, but I still say that this would be best described as 80s Black Metal, considering the dark atmosphere and the lyrical content. This is dark, primitive and filled with hate. The influence that this album had on later bands, such as Mayhem and Beherit, is quite obvious and deserves credit. This is music for Satanic rituals. Listen with darkness, except for the light of black candles. If you like the aforementioned bands, this is a must. If you want something dark, ugly and black as hell...forget the cheesy garbage with keyboards and female vocals. This is all you need...