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  • Audio CD (21 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B00000C2GJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Whats the best way to put this? Everybody is wrong. Sadly this world is full of people who are afraid of progression. This sort of person does not like anything but albums such as Kill 'Em All, Reign In Blood and so on. Some people would only be happy if a band kept releasing albums with crap production forever, full of songs they could probably write themselves considering how many times they've listened to whichever band they're into's first four albums. No more is such a stereotype found than amongst fans of metal. So-called Sepultura fans have been unfairly harsh on this album. These are the people who followed Max Cavalera into the mainstream and never looked back. Back on the home front, his former bandmates delved into obscurity and unearthed a gem, and released a masterpiece.

Reputation is a curse. A band releases an album: at first it is just well liked, but soon word travels and after a few years it becomes a classic. No album is this more true of than Against's direct predecessor, 1996's Roots. Like so many "classics", Roots holds more importance for its contribution to the genre, for its influence, than it does for its actual quality of music. Many people forget than when it was released it saw mixed reviews; only when a few years had passed did people identify imitation, and label it the band's Magnum Opus, as they had done for Chaos A.D., Arise and Beneath The Remains before it. Had Against been released by another band it probably would have favoured better critically. Unfortunately, it fell victim to that most unnecessary of musical traditions, comparison. Furthermore, the band defied expectation by expanding their sound drastically in several directions, rather than wrapping up another easily-defined Sepultura-by-numbers record for Roadrunner to sell.
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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!
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The first album with new vocalist Derrick Green is certainly a different slice of the Sepultura pie that the die hard fans will be used to. Compared to Max's harsh vocals is a strong clear singing voice that can cope with both the heavy chrouses and the melodic verses, which in some cases, can remove some of the power from the songs.

The songs themselves keep the power and energy as you would expect from Sepultura, but some sound a bit too rushed and a bit weak compared to that of songs from Arise and Chaos AD. This may be down to the fact that nearly all of the musical creation is now on the shoulders of guitarist Andreas Kisser and drummer Igor Cavalera, whereas 'in the olden days' most of the work was handled by Max. The tracks are still recoigniseable as Sepultura tracks but something just seems to be missing, they dont have as much impact as that of tracks from 'the Max days'.

Id say that standout tracks on the album include Choke, Rumors and Hatred Aside (featuring Jason Newstead and Andreas Kisser on vocals). Of course all the songs on this album are winner in their own right, but as they go collectively on an album, there are a few low points.

I know i seem to be running the album down quite a bit but dont get me wrong this is a good album! The only thing is, as it is the first album with a new vocalist and with writing duties left to other individuals something different has been created, not necessarily better, not necessarily worse, but different, so if ur asking whether or not to get the album, i would say definately! Just dont expect to hear a album equal to Chaos AD or Arise.
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This for me rates as their worst effort. Coming off the inventive tribal-esque direction of Roots with a new singer this album lacks any immediate tracks and comes across as a dull jam. Derek Green is an imposing figure no doubt who fits well into the image of the band with long flowing dreads, he also has a powerful voice but the songs are so half baked and experimental he rarely gets to shine. I prefer the Seps when they are brutally heavy and fast. Their next effort delivers the goods but this just doesn't cut it for me.
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