“Arise” is Sepultura’s first official single, as well as the first of three to be released from the album of the same name. The song is one of Sepultura’s best known songs and is sometimes called a thrash metal masterpiece.
The video was filmed in Death Valley and features footage of the band playing during daylight, mixed with images of a Christ-like figure in a gas mask, hung on a cross. The video was banned by MTV America due to its apocalyptic religious imagery.
Sepultura vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera told Holland edition Aardschok/Metal Hammer in April 1991: “From the musical point of view, this song sounds a lot like the Beneath The Remains album. It has the same speed as most of the songs, but it also shows some more hardcore influences. The lyrics of ‘Arise’ are really up-to-date, because it’s about how people are ready to kill other people just because they believe in a different kind of God. I think that my voice sounds especially aggressive on this song, a lot like on our older albums.”