At San Antonio show, Sepultura's Max and Iggor Cavalera proved why they're metal icons

Divebombs and chugging breakdowns spawned mosh pits and flying beer cans.

click to enlarge And the crowd instantly went apeshit. - Garrett T. Capps
Garrett T. Capps
And the crowd instantly went apeshit.
A packed house at San Antonio's Rock Box welcomed Max and Iggor Cavalera's Return Beneath Arise Tour with a rowdy enthusiasm befitting thrash metal legends.

The brothers who founded seminal Brazilian band Sepultura have joined forces again for a string of dates celebrating the thrash pioneers' classic albums Beneath the Remains (1989) and Arise (1991).

Cephalic Carnage, the Denver-based opening act, brought great energy with their weed-grind-party-tech-sludge sound. They even dedicated a song to iconic Alamo City band SA Slayer and also got the crowd to chant "Weed, beer and Slayer!" Good times.

The Cavalera brothers took the stage with the acoustic guitar intro to Sepultura's "Beneath the Remains" flowing through the PA. They wasted no time jumping into their former band's high-intensity thrash. And the crowd instantly went apeshit.

Iggor Cavalera bashed the shit out of the drums with precision while Max  commanded the crowd's fury, often turning around to face his brother and jam. They performed as a four-piece, joined by members of Possessed and Soulfly, one of Max's other well-known projects.

The set list included most of the cuts from both albums over a span of 90 minutes. Divebombs and chugging breakdowns spawned mosh pits and flying beer cans. The crowd of a thousand plus chanted along to the masterfully written thrash anthems.

It was a top-notch performance from true legends of the genre — and a hell of a night for the "Heavy Metal Capital of the World."

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.
Scroll to read more Concert Reviews articles
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join SA Current Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.