Sepultura
Dante XXI


4.0
excellent

Review

by lostforwords USER (36 Reviews)
October 21st, 2010 | 23 replies | 10,407 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Since the day Derrick Green joined Sepultura, or maybe more accurately, since the day Andreas Kisser became the leader of the group, Sepultura’s more intellectual side started to shine. Sure, Chaos AD and Roots evolved around certain themes like social injustice and politics, but both lyrically and musically the band had chosen very direct, straightforward ways to get their messages through. It wasn’t until Max Cavalera’s departure though that the band started experimenting with unconventional instruments, different cultures (check the Japanese influence on Against), displaying ideas about utopian nations on the verge of anarchy, ecology and a brighter view on politics and war. Clearly Sepultura was becoming a thinking (thrasher’s) man’s band.

In that vein Dante XXI is Sepultura at their most ambitious, not only because they choose Dante’s Divine Comedy as an inspiration for this concept album, but because they decide to adapt it into a modern, 21st-century context. Challenging job to say the least, only here Sepultura deliver, not just lyrically (Green has done a great job here) but also musically.

What is also important to be said is that up until Dante XXI the general consensus appeared to be that even though an intellectual side of Sepultura emerged with the departure of Max Cavalera, he seemed to have taken with him the more aggressive side of the group. A simple comparison between Seupultura and Soulfly proves that vividly. With this record the band reaches a balance rarely seen in a thrash album in general; the band’s arsenal includes cruel thrashers once again, many years since the last time they wrote a fast song that didn’t sound like hardcore. In that sense Dark wood of error, Burried Words and especially Crown and Miter are jaw dropping in their furious tempos, and their smart use of one or two short beatdowns .On the other hand, over the years mid tempo tracks that focus on heaviness have become the band’s specialty and this record is no exception; In fact Convicted in Life and Nuclear Seven are among the greatest cuts Green-era Sepultura have offered, while City of Dis starts off with a threatening intro and rapidly becomes Dante XXI’s most brutal track. And of course as it is expected from post-Max Sepultura, there is also room for a lot of experimentation here; Ostia, the most impressive song of the album includes horns and a string solo, and one can’t easily get past Still Flame, a trip hop Massive Attack sound-alike.

It is clear that Dante XXI is based on an ambitious, very demanding idea. For Sepultura ambition is a matter of mentality , the very same mentality that suffocated them 3 years later with A-Lex. Thankfully with this one the band managed to deliver a multi dimensional record with many successful experiments and an unexpected consistency, probably the best one since Derrick Green joined them



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ThePalestMexican
October 21st 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A tad short, but I like it
and I thought I was the only person who liked Sepultura after Max left.

LepreCon
October 21st 2010



3841 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This review >>>> The album

Digging: Overkill - White Devil Armory

Jesuslaves
October 21st 2010



4655 Comments


gross

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2010



5979 Comments


A simple comparison between Seupultura

Sepuptura

is based on an ambitious very demanding idea

you should probably erase very demanding


to be brutally honest, i lost this band right after Roots.




Η κριτική σου στο Parallels από Fates Warning ήταν τρομερή φίλε!

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

lostforwords
October 22nd 2010



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"you should probably erase very demanding"

Actually I should add a coma.


"to be brutally honest, i lost this band right after Roots."

You should give them another chance, all their post-Max albums are full of interesting ideas. Personally I would prefer any record from the Green era to any Soulfly record.

Α και ευχαριστώ για το σχολιο, βοήθησε και το Parallels που είναι δισκάρα από μόνο του!!Χεχε

ThePalestMexican
October 22nd 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Soulfly is hella inconsistent
Sepultura with Green however has only slacked off on Nation and A-Lex otherwise they do a great bit of thrashy goodness.

lostforwords
October 22nd 2010



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aggreed, even though I kind of liked Nation, it only seemed to me that it dragged a little towards the end. I just don't like A-Lex, at least not yet.

omgraptors
October 22nd 2010



813 Comments


Accurate review. The current sepultura is one of the better metal bands out there.

south_of_heaven 11
October 22nd 2010



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

band seriously died after arise. seriously. this is awful.

omgraptors
October 23rd 2010



813 Comments


This can't be, because roots is their best album

south_of_heaven 11
October 23rd 2010



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

because roots is their best album


please tell me youre joking.

FadeToBlack
October 23rd 2010



10913 Comments


lol roots is so bad

Pyosisified
October 23rd 2010



2450 Comments


roots may be their worst album

Jesuslaves
October 23rd 2010



4655 Comments


roots would be the worst thing i've ever heard if i hadn't decided to listen to the fratellis for some reason

tylerdurdenpt
October 17th 2011



96 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

40 minutes of metal music with not one good guitar riff... not one, ffs. I guess this is a decent
album if you're into hardcore or something.

Tyrael
October 17th 2011



20797 Comments


What does thrash metal have to do with hardcore?

tylerdurdenpt
October 18th 2011



96 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good question. I'm not sure which one this album is, though. The guitar and vocals in this have little
to do with thrash metal, at least as I understand it.

Apostrophee
April 25th 2012



49 Comments


hmmm

lostforwords
November 7th 2012



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"one of their best efforts. honestly dont get what the problem with derrick is. also is A-Lex worth getting?"

Honestly, I think that A-Lex is by far the worst record they ever made.


skoik
April 25th 2013



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

beneath the remains, arise,chaos AD, roots- very good fucking albums, all of them including roots.
against and dante XXI are the ones i like from the green era. soulfly i don't really like at all



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