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An endurance test
on 12 April 2014
This is a truly abysmal album.
Whilst Sepultura clearly have technical ability, they appear to occupy a creative desert. There is not one memorable chord or riff and what lyrics can be discerned are asinine.
Every track sounds broadly the same. The guitars and drums compete with each other to be loudest and fastest whilst the vocalist bellows over the top at seemingly arbitrary points.
There is no concession to the verse/chorus structure that has served the rest of the music industry so well over the centuries. The vocals are delivered in a growling bellow, with no light or shade at all.
Bizarrely, the best tracks on the album are the two instrumentals that close it. With these, some pattern and texture emerges in the music without the distraction of the oafish yelling over the top.
If you aspire to listen to the loudest, the fastest or the growliest, then this is the record for you.
Personally, however, I want my music to provide something more than an endurance test.