Sepultura
Machine Messiah


3.5
great

Review

by Chamberbelain USER (149 Reviews)
January 13th, 2017 | 130 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A blast from the past with some hope for the future

Numerous bands have gone through stylistic alterations in their musical career, which ultimately leads to fans questioning whether the new material will live up to any music prior to this definitive change of sound.

This bridge between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ may be found after a number of factors: members may depart (like In Flames, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Anthrax), the band might branch out to other genres (Opeth), or the record reflects the era it was released in (Machine Head). For whatever reason, there always seems to be this illusive line in a band’s career that dictates how successful their new music will turn out to be. Doubtless, the question surrounding Sepultura’s 14th album, “Machine Messiah”, will be: “Is it as good as the Max Cavalera era?”

Firstly, this album is easily the best album Sepultura have created that feature Derrick Green’s contributions. The Brazilians cram ample amounts of nostalgia into their 14th album that hearken back to the band’s thrash and death metal roots. ‘Silent Violence’, ‘I Am The Enemy’ and ‘Vandal’s Nest’ are both maelstroms of frantic riffs and Eloy Casagrande’s hyperactive blastbeats. Consequently, the sheer bluntness that each song executes enhances Sepultura’s punk influence, which significantly rose during Green’s enlistment in 1998. Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Kreator, Soilwork) also concocts a broad and crisp production that makes these vicious songs appear all the more monstrous.

However, this album isn’t just some blatant effort to return to the band’s origins. Upon hearing “Machine Messiah”, you can tell that the members of Sepultura are comfortable with the altered appearance they made to the band since 1998 and, presently, continue to explore their stylistic capabilities. So many curveballs are thrown around in this album, signalling that the band is pushing themselves to remain significant. ‘Phantom Self’ is a typically jagged groove metal song, with an infectious chorus, while Eastern, symphonic elements stands parallel to the staccato menace Andreas Kisser simultaneously conjures. At times, this fresh progression occasionally sounds alien. The title track is oddly mellow and generally directionless, ‘Cyber God’ has a suitably mechanic djent method, and the wild instrumental track, ‘Iceberg Dances’, twirls around prancing riffs, jittering acoustics and bubbly keyboards. Call it shocking or call it inventive: this is the sound of Sepultura, once again in their career, wildly expanding their traditional sound.

So, is it as good as the Max Cavalera era? The short answer: No. Primarily, this is because every year that passes is another year for the value of Sepultura’s classic albums, “Arise”, “Chaos A.D” and “Beneath the Remains”, has to mature even further. A more reasonable question: How does this album compare to the post-Max era?

“Machine Messiah” is a revitalising reason to continue caring about a band, who were once irrefutably paramount in metal, that many fans have elected to abandon.



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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2017


10684 Comments


Nice review, I've got one in its infancy too. This album is really cool, that 70s prog sounding stuff on Iceberg Dances surpised me, but it works. First four tracks are a great run too.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
January 13th 2017


3336 Comments


It's decent, probably no more than a 3.5 for me. But that cover of Ultraseven no Uta is a crime.

Cimnele
January 13th 2017


1239 Comments


that Phantom Self video made me laugh. the athlete sawing his leg off felt like the shit version of Tetsuo: The Iron Man and the set up was sheer ego bollocks in the first place

otoh the music sounds pretty good

ShakeSoda
January 13th 2017


146 Comments


For whatever reason, I've found it impossible to care about anything this band has done post Roots; absolutely nothing clicks for me.

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Madbutcher3
January 13th 2017


1862 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Iceberg Dances is sick what happened to this band

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2017


1982 Comments


Loving the colour palette on that artwork

Ebola
January 13th 2017


2811 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

artwork is a solid 4.5

Brewtality91
January 13th 2017


666 Comments


Surprised by the positive response to this album. Perhaps I'll listen to it.
Solid review

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2017


10684 Comments


Wouldn't be nearly as cool without the colour though

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 13th 2017


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is indeed very good.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
January 13th 2017


3336 Comments


Artwork is so 80s

Flugmorph
January 13th 2017


17030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

album rawks. listened to it three times so far. phantom self and iceberg dances are highlights. iceberg is a fantastic instrumental

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2017


10452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Surprisingly good album. Unlike some other thrash legends out there, the songwriting is interesting and it doesn't feel like it lasts a hundred hours.

RunOfTheMill
January 13th 2017


3124 Comments


I'm surprised that this is actually good, considering that Under My Skin single was probably one of the worst songs I've ever heard.

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jkr5001
January 13th 2017


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album. I dig most of their Derrick era material, but this goes many steps beyond. The production is top notch, the songwriting is more interesting, it's diverse, and Derrick sounds better than he's ever sounded (cleans and growls). Outside of the thrash elements, it's hard to hear the 80s, 90s, and even 00s Sepultura, which is fine by me. It's cool that they keep pushing on and experimenting. This is a very modern sounding metal album with orchestral, progressive, and ethnic musical influences. If this is where they're headed, sign me up.

DarkSideOfLucca
January 13th 2017


6309 Comments


Wait, what the fuck? This is supposed to be good?

I've been waiting years for Sepultura to be good again. Please don't lie to me, I don't know if I could take the let down.

RunOfTheMill
January 13th 2017


3124 Comments


Also good revy Mr. Chamberbelain c:

TVC15
January 13th 2017


8430 Comments


So like this would be the best thing they did since Roots?

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zaruyache
January 13th 2017


17516 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

rym doesn't like this so far, so we'll see. I liked the direction of that one track they put out, though.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
January 13th 2017


3336 Comments


Yeah I think after a couple more listens I'm gonna give it a 3.5/5. Just ignore the Ultraseven cover on the deluxe edition cos holy shit that was a mistake.



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