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Sepultura Against the World
on 17 April 2009
Sepultura have seen a nosedive in popularity since Max left, many fans jumping ship to soulfly instead. I like Soulfly, and this is the first output of post-max Sepultura which I have bought, along with the 2001 release Nation. Against was an enjoyable listen, and I'm glad I got it. Green's vocals work really well for the band, and I don't really think they've lost much from that respect. However, individual songs are perhaps not as strong, or as catchy as their older work, maybe because max wrote a lot of their songs.
On the whole though I really like Against. I actually think, as an album, I'd be more inclined to listen to the whole thing than their earlier work. This is partially because the song lengths on the whole are shorter, but also because they run together nicely - though this could be seen as a fault. What I mean really is that the songs go together well, as an album should.
I'm glad that Sepultura have carried on being experimental in the vein of Chaos A.D. and Roots, which were my favourite two albums of the old band line-up. Some say the guitar has been 'dumbed down' and that is a fair statement for the most part, but for me Sepultura have always been more about the interesting brazilian percussive element than complex guitar lines, and to be honest most of the riffs are still catchy.
This album further distances the band from their death metal origins, which is a plus for me, as I'm not really into ridiculously fast music, I prefer the tribal and complex, but listenable beats, which Sepultura are still producing in abundance. I look forward to seeing them at Hammerfest 09!