ARTIST:

SEPULTURA

(BRAZIL)
TITLE:

MACHINE MESSIAH

(2017)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

THRASH

TAGS:
Hovering, Low vocals, Melancholic, Rasping vocals
"Sepultura at the top of his 30-year career has transcended himself and offers us his best album in many years. Although it does involve a certain amount of risk in view of its variety, this opus deserves to be a great success."
NOISE (13.01.2017)  
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It has been 20 years since Max Cavalera left Sepultura, leaving the band in the hands of Paulo Jr. and Andrea Kisser. Since that time the scar is still very much alive, as Max still can't admit that his baby could have survived without him. Sepultura continued on their way by giving us good albums like "A-Lex", "Nation" or the newest one. In spite of everything, the band struggles to regain the audience of the glory years. For their fourteenth album, "Machine Messiah", the Brazilian group offer us their most open record. Showing an intriguing cover, this record evokes man's relationship with technology, a theme which is not very original but still relevant today.

From the outset, 'Machine Messiah' is surprising: where many people launch their record with a missile, the band signs a slow and melancholic title. Derrick sings in a clear voice with a deep tone and a great sensibility emerges close to post-rock and progressive. After that, Sepultura comes back to its habits with 'I Am The Enemy', a strong hardcore thrash track.

The rest of the record continue with an impressive variety and a huge technical ease. It starts with a 'Phantom Self' that mixes oriental sounds with a Fear Factory-style industrial tone. This is followed by 'Alethea', 'Sworn Oath' and 'Resistant Parasites', a triptych that takes the listener into another dimension. 

The basic thrash mixes technical guitar passages close to progressive, latino influences and keyboards largely put forward with even symphonic aspects. The result is remarkable with a divine airy side blending perfectly with the strength of thrash. The climax comes with 'Iceberg Dances'. This instrumental is just incredible, between djent, thrash and progressive, with a Hammond organ and a flamenco passage. Andrea Kisser and his colleagues delight us with such virtuosity. The end of the album sounds like an echo of the beginning, with the punchy 'Vandals Nest' that honours the extraordinary drummer that is Eloy Casagrande, and finally 'Cyber God' that sees Derrick return to clear vocals in a heavy title.

Sepultura at the top of his 30-year career has transcended himself and offers us his best album in many years. Although it does involve a certain amount of risk in view of its variety, this opus deserves to be a great success.


More informations on https://www.sepultura.com.br/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Machine Messiah
02. I Am The Enemy
03. Phantom Self
04. Alethea
05. Iceberg Dances
06. Sworn Oath
07. Resistant Parasites
08. Silent Violence
09. Vandals Nest
10. Cyber God

LINEUP:
Andreas Kisser: Guitares
Derrick Green: Chant
Eloy Casagrande: Batterie
Paulo Jr.: Basse
   
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