Schizophrenia (Sepultura album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 1987
RecordedAugust 1987 at J. G. Estudio, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Sepultura chronology
Morbid Visions
Beneath the Remains
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Schizophrenia is the second studio album by Brazilian thrash metal band Sepultura, released on October 30, 1987 by Cogumelo Records. It is the first album for the band with Andreas Kisser. The album's sound leans more towards the death/thrash metal genre than the previous album Morbid Visions, which is stylistically closer to black metal.[2][1] All songs were recorded during August 1987, except for the bonus track "Troops of Doom" which was recorded during August 26–27, 1990.

In America the band sent radio playlists at the time when they were struggling to book gigs because club owners were afraid to book them due to their style.[3] Roadrunner Records signed them and released Schizophrenia internationally before seeing the band perform in person.[4][5]

Musical style[]

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.[6]

Track listing[]

All lyrics are written by Max Cavalera and Andreas Kisser; all music is composed by Sepultura, except where noted.

2."From the Past Comes the Storms"4:55
3."To the Wall" (lyrics by Vladimir Korg)5:36
4."Escape to the Void"4:38
5."Inquisition Symphony" (instrumental)7:13
6."Screams Behind the Shadows"4:48
7."Septic Schizo"4:31
8."The Abyss" (instrumental)1:01
9."R.I.P. (Rest in Pain)"4:36
1990 reissue
10."Troops of Doom" (re-recorded in 1990, music and lyrics by Igor Cavalera, Jairo Guedz, Max Cavalera and Paulo Jr.)3:17
1997 remaster
11."The Past Reborns the Storms (demo version)"5:08
12."Septic Schizo (rough mix)"4:34
13."To the Wall (rough mix)"5:31



Additional personnel

  • Henrique Portugal – synthesizers
  • Paulo Gordo – violins

Technical personnel

  • Tarso Senra – engineer
  • Gauguim – engineer on track 10
  • Scott Burns – mixing on track 10
  • Fabiana – photography
  • Jeff Daniels – producer (reissue)
  • George Marino – remastering (reissue)
  • Don Kaye – liner notes (reissue)


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Schizophrenia - Sepultura". AllMusic. Retrieved 2005-05-11.
  2. ^ Avelar, Idelber (2011). "Otherwise National: Locality and Power in the Art of Sepultura". In Wallach, Jeremy; Berger, Harris M.; Greene, Paul D. (eds.). Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music Around the World. Duke University Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-8223-4733-0.
  3. ^ Baird, Robert (1993-05-12). "The Boys from Brazil Transplanted to Phoenix, Sepultura Strives for Death Metal with a Conscience". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  4. ^ "Sepultura". MTV. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  5. ^ Colon, Suzan (1991-08-01). "Name That Tomb". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  6. ^ Shapiro, 1993, page 14.

Further reading[]

  • Shapiro, Marc (1993). Andreas Kisser Plays it Weird. Guitar presents Speed Demons of Metal, 12–14, 27.
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