In America the band sent radio playlists at a time when they were struggling to book gigs because club owners were afraid to book them due to their style.Roadrunner Records signed them and released Schizophrenia internationally before seeing the band perform in person.
Kisser states that, when he joined Sepultura in '87, he
...brought in some new influences - traditional heavy metal and a more melodic style. It was an immediate meeting of minds. We understood where each other was coming from musically and we knew we could find a way to put all our influences together and make the music work.