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[ALBUM REVIEW] SEPULTURA – Machine Messiah

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After reading our review of Sepultura’s upcoming album, “Machine Messiah”, head over to the latest edition of HEAVY Digi-Mag #19 and read our exclusive interview with Andreas Kisser.

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Sepultura – “Machine Messiah”
NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS
OUT JANUARY 13

Machine Messiah is the album Sepultura fans have been waiting 20 years for.

Ever since the departure of Max Cavalera in 1996 debate has raged over
his replacement Derrick Green, with many Sepultura purists, believing the band has not been the same since.

While Green is a more than worthy successor and the comparisons simply unfair, it was always going to be a case of the band’s career being split into two distinct eras.

After delivering promise on “Roorback” and more recently “The Mediator Between Head” and “Hands Must Be the Heart”, Green has finally cast off the shackles of being the new guy after two decades as frontman and along with his band mates has delivered an album that is, pardon the cliché, all killer, no filler.

Starting with the slow, brooding title track, which offers no hint of the ferocity to come, Machine Messiah bursts into life with the thrash personified track I Am the Enemy and doesn’t relent for the remaining eight tracks which spit venom and malevolence with every word.

Eloy Casagrande has settled into his role behind the drum kit on his second release and Andreas Kisser shreds on numerous solos that take you back to the early years of thrash.

Phantom Self and Alethia both feature strong Brazilian percussive intros while album closer Cyber God sees Kisser produce perhaps his finest guitar work to date.

Even the instrumental track, ‘Iceberg Dances’ has enough in the way of musical precision to lose nothing in comparison with the vocal tracks and the double punch of thrash metal mayhem on ‘Silent Violence’ and ‘Vandals Nest’ shows that there is more than a little life left in the band.

Sepultura are back with an album that should finally silence the detractors and rightfully return them to the high profile that they earned back in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Thrash is back ladies and gentlemen, and on the back of “Machine Messiah”, it is back with a vengeance.

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