Arise is the fourth studio album by Sepultura, released in 1991 by Roadrunner Records. Upon its release, the album received top reviews from heavy metal magazines such as Rock Hard, Kerrang! and Metal Forces. Arise is considered Sepultura's finest hour among longtime fans.
The album presented their first incursions with industrial music, hardcore punk and Latin percussion. The tour (1991–1992) that supported the album was the group's longest at that time, totalling 220 shows in 39 different countries. During this trek, the album went gold in Indonesia—the band's first music industry certification. By the tour's end, Arise had achieved platinum sales worldwide.
In August 1990, the band travelled to Florida to work on the album. Scott Burns reprised his role as producer and audio engineer, and now with a major advantage: Sepultura were at his home studio, Morrisound, a studio properly equipped to record their music style. Their label Roadrunner granted a $40,000 budget, which helped explain the album's improved production values. That allowed Igor and Burns, for example, to spend a whole week just testing the drum kit's tunings and experimenting with microphone practice.
Although lead guitarist Andreas Kisser stated that Arise "took a lot of the same direction" as their previous LP, Beneath the Remains, it was clear that their music had somehow changed. Sepultura's usual breakneck pace became toned down a bit; drummer Igor Cavalera started using groove-laden rhythms. According to metal specialist Don Kaye, the album "represented the band taking their initial death/thrash sound to its logical conclusion."
Arise also found the band opening up to non-metal influences. Bands such as Einstürzende Neubauten, The Young Gods and Ministry were already part of Sepultura's listening habits, and slight touches of industrial music can be traced through the use of samples and sound effects. A trademark of a later phase—Latin percussion and "tribal" drumming—made its first appearance on the song "Altered State". The band's old love for hardcore punk is evident on "Subtraction" and "Desperate Cry".
Arise is fast, heavy riffs, and a vocalist who sounds like the perfect bridge between death and thrash metal.
Sepultura had grabbed international attention with Beneath the Remains and they had gone faster than ever when doing so.
Many of Sepultura's most notable songs are on this album, Desperate cry, Arise, Dead embryonic cells, Subtraction... I think that all the tracks are classics in a way!
The mix and sound of the album is quite unique, even if you listen now a unreleased track recorded during those sessions, you instantly will know that comes from that days!