1987: Enter Andreas Kisser the new lead guitarist for Sepultura and Jairo T.’s Replacement. This lineup change would lead Sepultura in the direction that would lead them out of the jungles of Brazil and onto the map as one of the best Thrash bands around. Sepultura grew up somewhat from their primitive Death Metal albums Bestial Devastation and Morbid Visions and released Schizophrenia which officially transferred them over into the realm of Thrash. This is a drastic change from the previous albums. It has better production while still having that low production feel to it, courtesy of Cogumelo records. Though the “Intro” is obviously ripped from the classic Psycho movie theme but when From the Past Comes the Storms Kicks in, you know you are in for one hell of a ride. Each track is more punishing than the next. The two instrumentals are excellent with Inquisition Symphony being a 7 Minute piece of perfection and the Abyss being a simple one minute song on acoustic guitar.
The lyrics content has matured; instead of songs about the antichrist we have songs about being taken advantage of by cops in To The Wall; which contains the best drum solo section on the album. Speaking of the drums, Igor has definitely improved and only got better with each album. Schizophrenia has a weird production to it that affects the tom drums in the most unusual manner. It sounds like Igor had left and briefly joined the blue man group only to return with a drum set made out of plastic pipes. Don’t worry, it sounds awesome and it is one of the things that really stands out on the album.
While Sepultura showed some growth they we’re still rather young, so the rather immature ending to album R.I.P. (Rest In Pain) has one of the most comical ways to end an album and brings a smile to my face every time I hear it. Then we are given their redone version of Troops of Doom, which was not included on the original version. Let’s just say it beats the original to the ground and then slices its head off. Yeah, it’s that good.
Then we have the three bonus tracks. A weird demo of From the Past Comes the Storms featuring poor English and two rough mixes featuring no vocals, bass or solos. All three of them are a real treat to listen to, and the rough mixes actually let you relax a little bit because they are instrumentals despite the fact that they are extremely fast.
Schizophrenia is always overlooked for some reason. It isn’t Beneath the Remains, Arise or Chaos A.D. or Roots but it manages to stand out on its own and it is easily worth the five stars. This album is difficult to find though so if you do find it in stores, then buy it immediately, if not then click the buy button now, you will not regret it.