I don’t think these early gems receive the credit they deserve. They were influenced more by Bathory and Destruction than anything. I don’t hear SLayer in any of the songs and if they had satanic lyrics, it doesn’t mean they were influenced by them. Just listen to song “Necromancer” deffinate Bathory/hellhammer inspired black metal song. This is early beginning of black metal and anyone who thinks Cradle of filth or Emperor invented Bm is just a clueless idiot. If you don’t have this release you may as well be marilyn manson poser
”We wanted to make music without knowing what to expect and with boundaries left open,” says drummer Scott Rockenfield of SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM. Rockenfield (QUEENSRŸCHE), along with vocalist/guitarist Damon Johnson (BROTHER CANE, ALICE COOPER BAND), guitarist/vocalist Kelly Gray (ex-QUEENSRŸCHE) and bassist Roman Glick (BROTHER CANE), set out to invent a new concept in rock music: music without rules or corporate influence that is not part of ”the system”. On their self-titled Spitfire Records debut the band members combine their various influences and pool their talent to create something that any listener can appreciate. Their sound is both reminiscent of hard rock veterans like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy, as well as a younger breed of music akin to Audioslave and Velvet Revolver. From the powerful buildup of the opening riff on the first single ”Stigmata” to the somber tone of ”Walk The Line”, SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM grabs you by the ears and doesn’t let go. Other powerful songs like ”Cruze Out Of Control”, ”Ruby Wednesday” and the title track make this band a force to be reckoned with.
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This album in my opinion presents the best work from Sepultura. Chaotic and intricate in narrative, these songs make from simple riffs and pure noise an aura of evil that holds reality in suspense. Although some instrumentation is unsteady as a whole drumming and guitar work is creative and deliberate. Dramatic theming to songs make them unique, but raw spirit and concept is what draws these collections of power chords together. Riffs are of the faster Slayer-influenced style or in a minimalist muffled strumming rhythm playing form. Blasphemic lyrics tumble out in a death metal vocal of some sophistication considering the 1984-85 recording date on these albums. For those looking for a underground insight to the passion of this band, this album is great, but if Chaos A.D. is your thing pass it by.
Every Sepultura fan should own this album. It’s a true classic despite the bad production. Max Cavelera’s vocals, and the fast paced guitars on here will drive you insane. The echoing drums are really good especially on Morbid Visions and War. The Bestial Devastation EP which is also on here has better prodution. It also includes a remake of the song Antichrist turned Anitcop which was recorded live at some time earlier in the bands career. All in all, a must have for anyone who loves moshing and headbanging. Sepultura rules.
Before “Schizophrenia”, “Beneath the Remains”, or “Arise”, Sepultura was an angry and determined Brazilian band looking to get noticed, which they did with “Morbid Visions”. This is Sepultura playing heavily Venom-influenced black metal that features all the imagry you’d expect from an old Slayer album, and it must be heard to be believed. The production is beyond shoddy, and the musicianship is hardly as accomplished as it would be on later albums, but the seething attitude and demonic imagry is worth the price of admission alone. Songs like “Troops of Doom”, “Crucifixion”, “Antichrist”, and “Necromancer” are simple and unapologetic, and it’s hard to believe that those songs were written by Max Cavalera; the same guy who has done countless material “dedicated to God” on his Soulfly albums. New Sepultura fans may want to check this out after hearing “Beneath the Remains”, “Arise”, or “Chaos A.D.”, while older fans who have never heard this deserve to pick it up.
this is sep’s best. all black metal fans should buy this. buy this one first. minimal production, max power