Beneath the Remains

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Beneath the Remains
Sepultura - Beneath the Remains.jpg
Studio album by Sepultura
Released April 7, 1989
Recorded December 15–28, 1988 at Nas Nuvens Studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genre Thrash metal, death metal
Length 42:14
54:12 (1997 remaster)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Scott Burns, Sepultura
Sepultura chronology
Beneath the Remains
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 3/5 stars[2]

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.


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.


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]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Max Cavalera and Andreas Kisser, 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



Chart (1989) Peak
UK Indie Chart[11] 9


  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Beneath the Remains - Sepultura". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Sepultura - Beneath the Remains CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kay (1997), from the liner notes of Beneath the Remains.
  4. ^ Terrorizer #109 (2003), page 35 (author unknown).
  5. ^ Barcinski & Gomes 1999, page 69,
  6. ^ Mudrian 2009, page 104.
  7. ^ a b Barcinski & Gomes 1999, page 60.
  8. ^ Barcinski & Gomes 1999, page 67.
  9. ^ Barcinski & Gomes 1999, page 64.
  10. ^ Barcinski & Gomes 1999, pages 64 & 66.
  11. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 


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