The Info List - Beneath The Remains

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Beneath the Remains is the third studio album and major label debut by Brazilian thrash metal band Sepultura, released on April 7, 1989. It was their first release by Roadrunner Records.


1 Overview 2 Cover art 3 Production 4 Track listing 5 Personnel 6 Chart positions 7 References

Overview[edit] Beneath the Remains had improved production and songwriting compared to the band's previous albums.[3] In time it would be acclaimed as a classic in the thrash metal genre.[1][4] According to vocalist Max Cavalera, Sepultura had "really found [their] style" on that album.[3] Cover art[edit] This was their first album to feature a Michael Whelan cover art. There was a bit of controversy surrounding the cover art used for this album. Sepultura had initially planned on using another Michael Whelan cover art, Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre. Igor Cavalera had even gone so far as to get part of the painting tattooed on his arm. However, Roadrunner Records convinced Sepultura to use Nightmare in Red[5] as they felt it was better suited for Beneath the Remains. Monte Conner of Roadrunner later sent the original artwork to Obituary, who used it on their album, Cause of Death, which was released a year after Beneath the Remains.[6] For years after the incident, Igor Cavalera was upset with Monte Conner for giving away their album cover. Production[edit] Max Cavalera travelled to New York in February 1988 and spent a whole week negotiating with the Roadrunner label.[7] Although they offered a 7-record deal to Sepultura, the label was unsure of the band's sale potential.[7] The album's budget was a small amount by the label's standards ($8,000), but in the end the cost was almost twice its original budget.[8] Scott Burns, who had previously engineered records by Florida death metal acts Obituary, Death, and Morbid Angel, was the chosen producer. Burns agreed to work for a low fee ($2,000) because he was curious about Brazil.[9] Sepultura spent the last half of December 1988 recording the album at Nas Nuvens Studio in Rio de Janeiro, from 8 pm to 5 am.[10] Burns had brought some drum equipement and Mesa Boogie amps to Brazil (A rare item for production standards at the time) which helped to improve the sound quality. [11] Track listing[edit] All lyrics written by Max Cavalera and Andreas Kisser, except where noted; all music composed by Sepultura, except where noted.

No. Title Length

1. "Beneath the Remains" 5:11

2. "Inner Self" 5:07

3. "Stronger Than Hate" (Lyrics by Kelly Shaefer) 5:50

4. "Mass Hypnosis" 4:22

5. "Sarcastic Existence" 4:43

6. "Slaves of Pain" 4:00

7. "Lobotomy" 4:55

8. "Hungry" 4:28

9. "Primitive Future" 3:08

1997 Remaster

No. Title Length

10. "A Hora e a Vez do Cabelo Nascer" (Os Mutantes cover for the 1989 tribute album Sanguinho Novo... Arnaldo Baptista Revisitado; lyrics by Arnolpho Lima Filho) 2:23

11. "Inner Self (Drum tracks)" 5:11

12. "Mass Hypnosis (Drum tracks)" 4:22



Max Cavalera – vocals, rhythm guitar, mixing Igor Cavalera – drums, percussion Paulo Jr. – bass guitar Andreas Kisser – lead guitar

Guest musicians

Kelly Shaefer (Atheist) – background vocals on "Stronger Than Hate" John Tardy (Obituary) – background vocals on "Stronger Than Hate" Scott Latour – background vocals on "Stronger Than Hate" Francis Howard – background vocals on "Stronger Than Hate" Henrique Portugal – synthesizers


Scott Burns – producer, engineer, mixing Sepultura – production Monte Conner – executive producer Antoine Midani – assistant engineer Tom Morris – mixing at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, January 1989 Jeff Daniel – producer (reissue) George Marino – Remastering (Reissue) at Sterling Sound, New York City Don Kaye – liner notes (Reissue)


Michael Whelan – front cover illustration ("Nightmare in Red") Wesley H. Raffan – photography Mark Weiss – photography Eric de Haas – photography Twelve Point Rule, NYC – album redesign

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak position

UK Indie Chart[12] 9


^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Beneath the Remains - Sepultura". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 December 2008.  ^ "Sepultura - Beneath the Remains CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 3 December 2012.  ^ a b Kay (1997), from the liner notes of Beneath the Remains. ^ Terrorizer #109 (2003), page 35 (author unknown). ^ Barcinski & Gomes 1999, page 69, ^ Mudrian 2009, page 104. ^ a b Barcinski & Gomes 1999, page 60. ^ Barcinski & Gomes 1999, page 67. ^ Barcinski & Gomes 1999, page 64. ^ Barcinski & Gomes 1999, pages 64 & 66. ^ Andreas Kisser e Lobão em Kaza! (Projeto "A Chamada"). "Andreas Kisser talks about production of Beneath the Remains".  ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

Works cited

Anonymous (2003). A Megaton Hit Parade: The All-Time Thrash Top 20. Terrorizer, 109: 34-55. Barcinski, André & Gomes, Silvio (1999). Sepultura: Toda a História. São Paulo: Ed. 34. ISBN 85-7326-156-0 Mudrian, Albert (2009). Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces, 104. Harris, Keith (2000). Roots?: the relationship between the global and the local within the Extreme Metal scene. Popular Music, 19: 13-30. Sepultura (1989). Beneath the Remains. [CD]. New York, NY: Roadrunner Records. The Sepultura Remasters (1997).

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Paulo Jr. Andreas Kisser Derrick Green Eloy Casagrande

Max Cavalera Igor Cavalera Cássio Wagner Lamounier Roberto Raffan Beto Pinga Roberto UFO Julio Cesar Vieira Franco Jairo Guedz Jean Dolabella

Studio albums

Morbid Visions Schizophrenia Beneath the Remains Arise Chaos A.D. Roots Against Nation Roorback Dante XXI A-Lex Kairos The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart Machine Messiah

Live albums

Under a Pale Grey Sky Live in São Paulo Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio

Extended plays

Bestial Devastation Revolusongs


The Roots of Sepultura Blood-Rooted The Best of Sepultura

Soundtrack albums

Minissérie Dupla Identidade

Box sets

The Complete Max Cavalera Collection 1987-1996

Video albums

Under Siege (Live in Barcelona) Third World Chaos We Are What We Are Live in São Paulo Metal Veins – Alive at Rock in Rio Sepultura Endurance


"Arise" "Dead Embryonic Cells" "Under Siege (Regnum Irae)" "Refuse/Resist" "Slave New World" "Territory" "Roots Bloody Roots" "Attitude" "Ratamahatta" "Choke" "Tribus"

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