Sepultura 

                                                                                                          "Machine Messiah"

                                                                                                           Label Nuclear Blast

                                                                                                           Release Date 13th January 2017

 

Sepultura return with an Album of contrasts, and varied vibes making it an interesting listen that will split opinion ,and further divide the Old Sepultura  fans  and current fans with out a doubt. 

But this is what Sepultura do,  they love to experiment , and no more so than on "Machine Messiah" it really is a mixed bag with the band delving  in to  Hardcore , Thrash, Prog, Folk, Jazz  and Punk infused fusion it really is  an extraordinary mix. 

 

Andreas Kisser states this about the Album:   

“The main inspiration around Machine Messiah is the robotisation of our society nowadays. The concept of a God Machine who created humanity and now it seems that this cycle is closing itself, returning to the starting point. We came from machines and we are going back to where we came from. The messiah, when he returns, will be a robot, or a humanoid, our bio-mechanical Savior.”

 

Derrick Green is an amazing Vocal talent and I think its such a shame he never really gets the recognition he deserves since taking over from Max Cavalera all  those years ago ,the opening song and  title track "Machine Messiah" is intense  as Greens deep and dulcet tones deliver  a doom laden introduction as  the song  builds into a veritable monster , this leads  nicely into "I Am The Enemy"  Andreas Kissers killer thrashing  riffs are accompanied by the Rhythm section of  Paulo Jr on Bass and Eloy Casagrande  and Greens ear splitting screams see an upbeat tempo and savagery emanating into the room.

 

 Then things take a twist on "Phantom Self" opening with  Middle Eastern orchestrations  and then  the Drums  hammer and blow your brain cells as Greens singing and wailing enrapture you, capturing  your imagination as the eastern harmonisations continue , accompanied by the chugging riffs.

The whole concept of the Album and the  different musical vibes continue to beguile and draw you in as  "Aletha" opens with the hypnotic beat of the drums that leads into an instrumental called "Iceberg Dances" which for me personally goes on far too damn long , this song goes from Metal to  flamenco and jazzy moments, this is a song I would skip if I am honest.

 

From the instrumental that kinda bores we move to the excellent  "Sworn Oath"  it is  just over six minutes long ,so of course its a slow burner that builds into a formidable work of art leaning heavily on more orchestration and Greens vocal ferocity it is a truly stand out track , consuming ,  massive , progressive . 

The Brutal "Resistant Parasites" and "Silent Violence"  are  heaviness personified  both are  grooving , neck straining assaults of crushing momentum that the Sepultura naysayers should be made to listen to while strapped down in a chair for a few hours !! 

"Vandals Nest" is a solid track where Casagrandes tribal drumming comes more to the fore on this the penultimate track.

The final song "Cyber God" is an epic number full of shredding and captivating grooves its a immense ending to a stellar release from these Brazilians!

 

This is the first time in many years  I can say I have really enjoyed a Sepultura release,  only let down on here for me is the instrumental which drags on. "Machine Messiah" is  a diverse and interesting listen.

 

 Also  the outstanding Album art work for "Machine Messiah" needs to be mentioned, its Originally a painting by Filipino artist Camille Dela Rosa titled “Deus Ex-Machina,” the artwork fits in  with the compelling concept Andreas Kisser wanted to explore with Machine Messiah. 

 

 

Review: Seb Di Gatto     Score: 9.3/10

 

Reviewed: 7.1.2017

 

Tracklisting:

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

 

Band Line up

Andreas Kisser - Guitars

Derrick Green - Vocals

Eloy Casagrande - Drums

Paulo Jr. - Bass

 

 

 

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