I have heard Roorback and Dante XXI, and had mixed views about those albums so was really in 2 minds with Nation. However to my pleasure i was happily suprised with the end result. It is recoignisable as a Sepultura album, but its a different kind of Sepultura album. From listening to the Max Cavalera albums and being taken on board the Sepultura plain with them i have got used to the deep angry growls of Max's vocals. With Derrick Green on vocals the whole atmosphere of the album seems to change. Yes the strong powerful riffs and melodies are present in great volume, but there also seems to be a slightly more relaxed and, dare i say, softer feell to the songs in general. This might have somthing to do with the fact that now the main song writing duties have been taken over by guitarist Andreas Kisser and drummer Igor Cavalera, whereas in the Max days most of the music was dealt with my Max, with additions from the rest of the band.
Dont get me wrong it is a very good album! It caught me by surpirse being a big Sepultura fan and listening to the other albums is great sucession. But this album is really a new phase in the on-going reign of Sepultura, a new sound which, in some cases incapsulating the listener, in some cases making the listener think, and some cases allowing the listener to learn some memorable new lines to sing at the concerts. Song such as the opener Sepulnation, Border Wars and the interesting sounding Uma Cura really show how good Sepultura can be with this new line up.
If ur asking me whether or not to get this album i would say definately, but if ur expecting something similar to that of Chaos AD or Arise, then be prepared for something different.