I.N.R.I. (Sarcófago album)

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Studio album by Sarcófago
Released July 1987
Recorded July 1987 at J.G. Studio in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Genre Black metal, Death metal
Length 28:16 (original)
45:28 (reissue)
Label Cogumelo
Producer Gauguin, Tarso Senra, João Guimarães
Sarcófago chronology
I.N.R.I - demo tape
The I.N.R.I. demo tape
The I.N.R.I. demo tape
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]

I.N.R.I. is the debut album by the Brazilian extreme metal band Sarcófago. It was recorded and released in July 1987.

Originally self-released as a cassette with photocopied covers. This album was re-released numerous times, with three different covers: orange (classic), blue and brown skeleton. The 2002 CD re-release by Cogumelo Records has 15 tracks.

Musical style[edit]

Since their inception, Sarcófago's aim was to make the most aggressive music ever.[3] Early musical blueprints included extreme metal stalwarts Celtic Frost, Bathory and Slayer,[4] along with Finnish hardcore punk bands Terveet Kädet and Rattus. The extensive use of blast beats on this album by drummer "D.D. Crazy" made him a pioneer in the metal world.[5] I.N.R.I.'s release has been considered a milestone in the evolution of black metal,[6] although band bassist Geraldo "Incubus" Minelli continues to consider Sarcófago, to this date, a death metal band.[7]


I.N.R.I. influenced black metal circles worldwide, particularly the Scandinavian portion of the so-called "second wave" of the genre. "It is sobering," claimed Terrorizer magazine, "to think of what wouldn't have happened had 'I.N.R.I.' not been released."[6]

Fenriz, drummer of Darkthrone, included a Sarcófago track ("Satanic Lust") in his The Best of Old-School Black Metal compilation, released by Peaceville Records.[8] Of Sarcófago's I.N.R.I., he said it was an "album" that "you buy or die."[9] Euronymous, the deceased guitarist of Mayhem and erstwhile leader of the so-called "Inner Circle", traded correspondence with Lamounier in the early days of Norway's scene.[10] According to the Lords of Chaos book, Euronymous was "obsessed" with Sarcófago's early image, and wanted all black metal bands to be modelled after it.[11] Satyricon covered Sarcófago's "I.N.R.I." on their Intermezzo II EP,[12] also featured on the Tribute to Sarcófago album, released by Cogumelo Records in 2001.[13]

Notable black metal groups from neighbouring Finland were also affected by Sarcófago's early output. Mika Luttinen from Impaled Nazarene said that "nothing tops Slayer's Reign in Blood or Sarcófago's I.N.R.I., you know."[14] Their version of "The Black Vomit" was included in Tribute to Sarcófago.[15]

In 2009, IGN included I.N.R.I. in their "10 Great Black Metal Albums" list.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Satanic Lust" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 3:10
2. "Desecration of Virgin" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 1:59
3. "Nightmare" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 5:38
4. "I.N.R.I." (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 2:07
5. "Christ's Death" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 3:37
6. "Satanas" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 2:05
7. "Ready to Fuck" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 3:27
8. "Deathrash" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 1:36
9. "The Last Slaughter" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 4:37
10. "Recrucify" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 2:29
11. "The Black Vomit" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 2:23
12. "Satanas" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 2:02
13. "Nightmare - Live Version" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 6:05
14. "The Black Vomit - Live Version" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 2:22
15. "Satanas - Live Version" (Antichrist, Sarcófago) 2:03

Tracks 10-12 were taken from the Warfare Noise split album with Chakal, Holocausto and Mutilator, while tracks 13-15 are live from a tour in Argentina. The backcover says that the album has 14 tracks, number 10 being "Recrucify / The Black Vomit", but in fact it has 15.



  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "((( I.N.R.I. > Overview )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2007-12-18.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Sarcofago - I.N.R.I. (staff review)". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  3. ^ Nemitz (1994), p. 58.
  4. ^ Cagni, André; Fonseca, Marco (1990). "Sarcófago: Ame ou Odeie". Rock Brigade. Retrieved 2009-01-22.  External link in |work= (help) Archived at www.metalpesado.com.br.
  5. ^ Ricardo (2008), p. 55.
  6. ^ a b "The First Wave", 2005, p. 42.
  7. ^ Sartoreto, Filipe (Director) (2009-09-19). Ruído das Minas: A Origem do Heavy Metal em Belo Horizonte (television). Brazil: MTV. 
  8. ^ Sarcófago, 2004, track 2.
  9. ^ Fenriz (2004). "Sarcófago: Satanic Lust". Fenriz Presents... The Best of Old-School Black Metal (CD booklet). Sarcófago. Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire: Peaceville Records. p. 3. 
  10. ^ Franzin (1997), p. 18.
  11. ^ Moynihan & Søderlind, 2003, p. 36.
  12. ^ Sephiroth (2003-01-10). "Satyricon - Intermezzo (EP)". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2009-01-23.  External link in |work= (help)
  13. ^ Satyricon, "I.N.R.I." Tribute to Sarcófago, Cogumelo Records, 2001.
  14. ^ Oliveira, Elimar. "ENTREVISTA: IMPALED NAZARENE (Em Inglês)". THUNDERGOD ZINE (Versão on Line). Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  External link in |work= (help)
  15. ^ Impaled Nazarene, "The Black Vomit". Tribute to Sarcófago, Cogumelo Records, 2001.
  16. ^ Ramirez, Carlos (2009-01-06). "10 Great Black Metal Albums – IGN". ign.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 


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