What is the reason, why SEPULTURA’s "Morbid Visions" album is an underground classic and other similar Brazilian Thrash/Death/Black Metal formations are not? Definitely not the sound, because it is just as shitty as the one of HOLOCAUSTO, SARCÓFAGO, VULCANO... Neither the relative incompetence on the instruments that is made up with possessed passion, as they acted on the same level as the already mentioned bands.
So what is the difference? IMO it is the bigger hit ratio. Without trying to diminish the other bands’ performance (I love this primitive style), SEPULTURA back then already had a good hand for writing catchy songs. Often the album has been mercifully smiled at, but why? Sure, musicianship is far from stellar, the drummer loses track here and there, but that was the same with genre greats such as POSSESSED.
Anyways, even though the music seems to be stolen from SLAYER, VENOM and HELLHAMMER, the album has magic. And with the original version of "Troops Of Doom" we even get an all-time classic with the other songs not being far off. Especially the title song and “Crucifixion” are enthusing. 8 points.
As additional bonus this CD also contains the only album of American Thrashers METAL ONSLAUGHT. "Cease To Exist" originally was released in 1987 and offers Punk-influenced blasting. Speed, speed and more speed is the creed here, few, short breaks within the songs, but the pedal to the metal and a damn dirty vocalist are the key elements. The whole thing has got something of NUCLEAR ASSAULT, just a lot rawer and heavier. I can listen to this without any problems and some songs, such as "Victims Of The Axe" or "Buttfuck" are even pretty damn catchy. The production is ok as well. (Online March 4, 2006)