Sepultura
Against


3.0
good

Review

by sinnersparadice USER (14 Reviews)
January 31st, 2009 | 11 replies | 11,691 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Against was the beginning of what I like to call the "Sepultura in Name Only" era. Max Cavalera had left the band following the death of his stepson and a dispute with the band, and soon formed Soulfly. Replacing Max is punk vocalist Derrick Green, with members Igor Cavalera, Andreas Kisser and Paulo Jr. remaining. If you don't look at this as a Sepultura album, there are some impressive moments to be found here.

Continuing where Roots left off, Against is the most hardcore punk-influenced of Sepultura's discography. As opposed to the Brazilian tribal experimentation of the previous LP, some of the more interesting moments on Against turn up in the form of elements influenced by the music of Japan -- once again with emphasis on the vocalization and percussion of these musical styles, with, again, a strong focus on politically-oriented lyrics.

Beginning the album is the hardcore punk-influenced title track. "Old Earth" fuses groove metal with tribal influences. "Floaters in Mud" opens with Taiko drumming before fading into groove, crossing into thrash, into world music, and back to groove again. "Tribus" is largely percussion-oriented. "Common Bonds" begins with a strong focus on percussion, crosses into groove before jumping firmly into hardcore territory. Ratos de Porão vocalist João Gordo turns up on "Reza". "Kamaitachi" incorporates flute melodies and the performance of Japanese Taiko group Kodo. Metallica's Jason Newsted appears on "Hatred Aside". The violin-fused "T3rcermillennium" concludes the album.

While some listeners might be tempted to disregard Against simply because of Cavalera's departure, I have to say that it's not nearly as bad as you might think. While it is not as good as Sepultura's best albums, such as Chaos A.D. or Beneath the Remains, it is as intriguing as Roots, and it does turn up some worthy moments. Against is a flawed album, no doubt -- the production here is not as good as that of Roots, and some of the headbangers don't seem nearly as interesting as the group's interest in world music, but if you found Roots interesting, you might feel the same way about this one. Green is a strong vocalist, even if he doesn't have the leadership skills that Cavalera had (this is apparent by listening to Nation, which is quite poor).

Overall, Against is fairly inoffensive. It is not the disaster that I had feared, and it actually does contain some interesting moments. There are far better albums in Sepultura's discography, but it's not the worst album the band has put out.



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bastard
January 31st 2009



3435 Comments


i don't care for this band, but you're certainly persuasive.

Diarrhea
January 31st 2009



56 Comments


well gas

Wizard
February 1st 2009



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think calling this hardcore punk is stretch but you back your word up well otherwise. Have a vote. Album is terrible.

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Hawks
February 1st 2009



33363 Comments


They have a hardcore punk influence, but they're mainly groove/thrash metal on later albums.

Wizard
February 1st 2009



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kind of true but still more modern thrash then anything else.

Hawks
February 1st 2009



33363 Comments


Yeah true.

kygermo
February 2nd 2009



994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Theres some very punk-ish moments on here such as the title track and drowned out. I really dig Against and always have. I think i like it so much because of its flaws. either or, good review sir and its about time somebody reviewed this overlooked album.

ConorMichaelJoseph
March 19th 2009



1870 Comments


Good Sepultura ended with Max's departure, but I still give post-Max albums a spin every now and then

Willie
Moderator
March 19th 2009



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good Sepultura ended after Chaos A.D. - Roots was barely average Sepultura with a few bright spots.

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ConorMichaelJoseph
March 19th 2009



1870 Comments


I have a soft spot for Roots, it was the first Sepultura album I owned and at the time I heard it, towards the end of my Nu Metal phase, I thought it was awesome. Not saying its anything close to Nu Metal, just I heard it at the right time.This Message Edited On 03.19.09

Willie
Moderator
March 19th 2009



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you had called it Nu-Metal back in the day I'm sure Max would have loved you since that was obviously the direction he was trying to go.



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