Alcatraz Line up: 2018
Formed in 1984 by the Cavalera brothers, Sepultura rose to prominence with the albums ‘Beneath the Remains’ and ‘Arise’. From the late 80s onwards they were one of the flagbearers of the thrash and groove metal scenes. They are widely viewed as worthy ambassadors to their home country of Brazil and on some of their releases incorporated traditional Brazilian music, most notably on ‘Roots’ (1994). Sepultura imploded in 1996 and subsequent outings met with declining commercial success .Still, the new line-up eventually found its feet with more hardcore-oriented material and industrial and alternative metal influences without abandoning the band’s intricate groove sound. With influences ranging from death, thrash, groove, industrial and nu-metal to hardcore and more, their most recent effort ‘Machine Messiah’ takes the best of Sepultura’s rich catalogue to forge a consistently heavy and catchy yet uncompromising album with an innovative drive. In an age when metal is often accused of a lack of innovation and experimentation, Sepultura are a well-oiled machine that continues to broaden its horizons.