Sepultura
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart


3.0
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Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (63 Reviews)
October 27th, 2013 | 30 replies | 7,765 views


Release Date: 10/22/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sepultura make the important steps out of their state of stagnation, finally arriving upon some creativity that has helped them to not live entirely in the shadow of the Max-era.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

It's fair to say that Sepultura is possibly one of the bands that have had one of the worst runs since their glory days in the 90s. It's not as though those glory days were always particularly good anyway; Roots certainly lacked the sophistication of their earlier works and was a move towards a more nu-metally sound, and thus the step down in quality to that of Against, while disappointing, wasn't too jarring. Since then the band hasn't really made too much progress, pretty much only managing to release acceptable quality releases at best, with Dante XXI and Kairos being their most notable, which is inherently sad since both of those releases were completely uninteresting outside of the former's concept. It thus comes as a surprise to see the band make a large step towards their prior form and release an album that is easily superior to Roots, if still not their earlier releases.

A lot of what made Sepultura's prior releases since Roots less than desirable lay in a lack of the prior thrashy aggression, or often instead a tendency to linger very heavily on repetitive riffs that really didn't serve to the band's favour. In many ways, that has been rectified here. The band sound as heavy and groovy as ever, but they've finally managed to return to faster tempo riffing, even bordering on the death metal styles that they've shied away from for a long time; the band also sounds far more aggressive here than even some of their work before Roots, thanks to a rather loose sounding production job that is either a bit of a turn off or something that furthers the much more desirable sound of the album.

Of course, these changes could have been executed terribly, and here's where the point of contention will most likely lie in regards to the quality of this album. A notable issue with their more recent releases was that the aggression used usually came down to the band sounding simply rather dumb, instead of malevolent and uncontrollable like their earlier releases. This is something that is mostly dealt with here. Despite a lot of moments more akin to groove metal on the album, such as The Bliss Of Ignorants, the band manages to make it sound a lot more focused and effective than for a long time before. The continued use of some of the more recent experimental aspects of the band doesn't benefit the sound too much, but it doesn't really detract from the quality present, and the more direct, thrashy numbers such as The Vatican and Obsessed help to keep the energy up.

Sepultura still have a lot of work to do if they intend to match their classic efforts that ended with Chaos A.D., but those seeking something different from their last few albums will be pleased with the greater offering of thrash aggression here, and those who doubted the band since Roots might finally find themselves forced to reconsider their judgement of Sepultura's capabilities.



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Madbutcher3
October 27th 2013



1102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Soulfly's newest album may be better in some ways, but this is probably far more significant.

Wizard
October 27th 2013



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I find it funny how everybody rips on Roots yet the guitar tone and overall feel on this album sounds very similar to Roots (minus the over use of tribal drumming and guest appearances). Plus Ross Robinson produced this piece of shit so there's no surprise. Good review, album sucks a lot though.

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Madbutcher3
October 27th 2013



1102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Fair enough bro, I kind of like a lot of bits of this album. I personally find that this isn't nearly
as dumbed down and monotonous as Roots (I mean this has varied tempos whoa dawg that's something
Root's ain't got), but eh.

BigPleb
October 27th 2013



35940 Comments


This guitar tone is fucking terrible.

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TheNotrap
October 27th 2013



8035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lost track after Roots.
Might check this out.

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Madbutcher3
October 27th 2013



1102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The tone is eh but it's at least got attack unlike the tone on Roots

Wizard
October 27th 2013



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Roots is still better but hey, opinions are opinions. You write some damn good reviews when you want to. Keep it up!!!

That machine-gun riffing they use constantly throughout the album is so fucking dated. I also take back my comment about the tone sounding like Roots. It kind of sounds like a mix of late 90s Slayer with a hint of Roots drop-D tuning in areas.

Madbutcher3
October 27th 2013



1102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Thanks broski. I do agree that the riff style is kind of outdated, but it's not actually BAD. I'd say the tone is very reminiscent of Slayer, with the kind of trebly attack that's similar to Seasons In The Abyss. Fair enough anyway though.

Thanks for the troll neg btw, whoever that was.

Greeny86
October 27th 2013



25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album and one of their best with derrick green. Alot more interesting than new soulfly for me

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Madbutcher3
October 27th 2013



1102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

New Soulfly is more consistent, this is a bit more surprising though.

trainofconsequence
October 27th 2013



1433 Comments


Absolute shit


Greeny86
October 27th 2013



25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The new guy on drums is awesome. He really stands out

KILL
October 27th 2013



71402 Comments


20 years since their last good album crazi

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trainofconsequence
October 27th 2013



1433 Comments


lollll

Wizard
October 27th 2013



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the troll neg btw, whoever that was.

Fuck em, this was a well written review! Ask the mods to get rid of the negs.

As for the record, I've gone through this album a bunch of times today and it's not as bad as I initially thought. It's the best thing they've done in a very long, long time!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2013



20783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i was pleasantly surprised with this

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ScuroFantasma
October 28th 2013



1527 Comments


I prefer the old stuff, but this isn't too bad.

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Madbutcher3
October 28th 2013



1102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah I obviously prefer Arise and so on but this isn't too bad

Tyrael
October 28th 2013



20824 Comments


album sucks 3/5 - Wizard 2013

TheNotrap
October 29th 2013



8035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not a fan of Derrick's vocals, but the album has some nice tracks like The Vatican or Manipulation of Tragedy.



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