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Sepultura - Dante XXI,
This review is from: Dante Xxi (Audio CD)
`Dante XXI` is SEPULTURA's 4th offering since their fallout with figurehead Max Cavalera back in the late 1990's. The album follows 2003's `Roorback`, a strong record that showed SEPULTURA still had something left in the locker. The question is, can SEPULTURA keep up the good form?
`Dante XXI' is a concept albuminfluenced by the epic poetic masterpiece "The Divine Comedy" written by Italian author Dante Alighieri in the early 14th Century. The three main components of "The Divine Comedy" are Dante's descriptions of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
The frist 2 tracks act pretty much as an intro. The 1st is actually called `Intro` while the second track `Dark Wood of Error' comes in at under 2 minutes, most of which are fileld by a powerful drum intro from Igor Cavalera. The first real track is `Convicted in Life', a scorching thrasher to set the ball rolling style, a blueprint follwed by next song `City of Dis'.
News has recently spread that there would be orchestration on the album, certainly a first for SEPULTURA. Although prominent in the 3 `intros' on the album, the first hint of orchestration in a fully fledged song is on 5th cut `False` before it is used to wonderful effect on the album's strongest moment `Ostia'. This one may not sound too much like the SEPULTURA we know, but the orchestration is used delicately and adds a great feel to a great song.
Stuck in between the 2 aforementioned tracks is another standout. `Fighting On' is a straight ahead thrasher, but has a strong chrous to boot and acts as a new anthem for SEPULTURA who quite rightly are still fighting on despite all the bad press they have recieved since the departure of Cavalera.
`Buried Words' and `Nuclear Seven` are the highlights of the 2nd half, with the latter having the nihilistic feeling so brilliantly pulled off in the band's early days, along with similar thrash pioneers SLAYER.
Hardly worthy of mention is the albums closing number `Still Flame' which is 99% instrumental, 99% soft and unfortunately a 99% poor end to what was otherwise a tremendous album.
SEPULTURA have now reached their Derek Green era peak. `Dante XXI' is overall a very good album and matches the qualities shown on `Roorback`, whilst taking the sound of SEPULTURA to new avenues along the way.