Continuing the series of articles regarding metal rock as a musical genre and lifestyle, this page will cover the impressive rise of Brazilian Heavy Metal, a phenomenon which came as breath of fresh air for all metal fans from Brazil, which were lacking any proper band themselves. Also receiving critical acclaim overseas, the Brazilian Heavy Metal’s rise as a musical genre and cult in Brazil coincided with a period of liberation for all metal fans.
Some of the most common occurrences in Brazilian Heavy Metal date back to 1980s’, when the phenomenon was considered as one of the most important in the heavy metal scene, but with a lesser impact as the ones present in the European and North-American scenes. However, since it manages to make the connection between the death metal and trash metal genres in the 1980s’ the occurrence of heavy metal in Brazil was seen as a positive event in rock’s evolution.
When going back to the early origins of Brazilian rock, one can remember the 1960s’ period, when the Jovem Guarda movement was seeing its emerging stages of progressive rock, which eventually migrated completely to heavy metal.
By far one of the most prominent heavy metal bands in Brazil, Sepultura made a huge impact over metal music fans all over the world, through their distinctive, percussion-based style that incorporated numerous tribal and traditional motifs and themes in almost all of their tracks and albums. Having great success overseas, the band’s most impressive albums include “Roots Bloody Roots”, “Arise” or “Chaos A.D.”, all being remarkably interesting for the genre, through their high-speed pace and outstanding percussion.
Having traversed numerous periods in their lifetime, Sepultura as a band has seen considerable influence from other musical genres, such as alternative rock, nu metal, hardcore punk or even industrial metal, which all helped shape their unique footprint in the world of heavy metal.