Although a lot of people still associate Sepultura with Max Cavalera, the Brazilian band has been on a long and interesting journey since his departure at the beginning of 1997. Replacing a much-loved vocalist is always hard, but the band worked tirelessly to keep a high profile and bring their blend of thrash and groove metal to the masses.
The first clutch of albums recorded with Derrick Green may not be as well known as the career defining ‘Chaos AD’ and ‘Roots’ but each one contains several Sepultura classics, and although their Roadrunner Records swansong, ‘Nation’ (released in 2001) sold poorly in relation to previous albums, it captured an angry band still giving their all, and still masters of a tightly wound riff. It might just be one of the era’s most underrated metal discs. It’s definitely worth re-evaluating, especially if you haven’t heard it in a long while.
On October 22nd, this great period in Sepultura’s history will be celebrated with a 5CD/8LP box set, covering the albums released between 1998-2009. A modestly priced set, the CD edition ultimate collection filler for anyone who missed any (or all) of these albums the first time around. For the vinyl fetishist, the 8LP edition provides a cool and easy way to pick up some superb albums on black wax, and looks very smart.
Various tracks can be streamed via a Sepultura curated playlist here.
Check out the promo clip below:
More details can be found in the press release below.
SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE ‘SEPULNATION –
THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1998 – 2009’
8 LP BOX SET AND 5 CD BOXSET TO BE RELEASED
VIA BMG ON OCTOBER 22
LISTEN TO A NEW BAND CURATED PLAYLIST FROM ‘SEPULNATION’ ON SPOTIFY HERE
WATCH NEW VINYL UNBOXING VIDEO HERE
Despite being arguably Brazil’s biggest ever music export, when extreme metal legends Sepultura lost their original frontman and founder (alongside brother and drummer Iggor Cavalera) Max Cavalera in 1996 after their hugely influential ‘Roots’ album, many thought the band would not recover from his departure. However, in Cleveland, Ohio punk and hardcore scene veteran Derrick Green, Sepultura found a formidable, towering force that would lead the band with power and conviction through this new era of their career.
‘Sepulnation – The Studio Albums 1998 – 2009’, released through BMG on October 22nd, celebrates the bands seconds phase, and this five-album boxset (across eight slabs of vinyl or five CDs) contains the albums; Against, Nation, Roorback, Dante XXI and A-Lex, all of which are half speed cut, remastered and back on 180g vinyl for the first time in a decade and also as a collector’s CD box.
In addition, the ‘Roorback’ album features the rare ‘Revolusongs’ EP, which is available for the first time digitally and saw the band celebrate their influences with covers of bands as musically broad as Devo, Exodus, U2 and Massive Attack!
Serving as a guided tour of the boxset, Derrick, Andreas and Paulo have curated a Spotify playlist of their favourite tracks from these albums which you can listen to HERE and to further wet your appetites, you can view a new vinyl unboxing video of ‘Sepulnation’ HERE:
‘Sepulnation – The Studio Albums 1998-2009’ brings the focus back on a period of the band that may have been missed by early supporters and shows that the fire continued to burn bright throughout.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of Sepultura’s history,” states frontman Derrick Green.
“I’m proud of all the work we have done together and it only makes sense to have this box set format released for the fans to have the complete history of Sepultura. Long live the Sepulnation!”
Pre-order ‘Sepulnation’ HERE:
‘Sepulnation – The Studio Albums 1998-2009’ track listing:
Floaters in Mud
One Man Army
The Ways of Faith
Who Must Die?
Tribe to a Nation
ROORBACK (inc Revolusongs – Disc 2)
Come Back Alive
Apes of God
More of the Same
As It Is
Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
Bullet the Blue Sky
Dark Wood of Error
Convicted in Life
City of Dis
Repeating the Horror
Crown and Miter
Primium Mobile (Intro)
We’ve Lost You!
What I Do!