Brazilian metal band, SEPULTURA, have released, Machine Messiah, their fourteenth studio album in 2017. Producer Jens Bogren turns in an impressive collection of well put together songs that kicks off with the powerful self titled track, followed next by the even more explosive “I Am The Enemy”. However, the following cut, “Phantom Self”, is off the charts good. Singer Derrick Green’s crazy roaring vocals are on full display once again. Up next is the cranking “Alethea”, followed by the insane instrumental “Iceberg Dances”. While there are certainly more progressive moments (with orchestral string accompaniment), they still deliver their combustible combination of groove, thrash and hardcore.

Guitarist Andreas Kisser is one of my favorite shredders, and he throws down some ass kicking solos over the tribal-like pounding rhythm section of Paulo Jr. on bass and Eloy Casagrande on drums. The heaviest material, however, comes next in the form of track seven’s “Resistant Parasites”. This is a slamming pit starter no doubt. The album concludes with the furious “Silent Violence”, super fast “Vandals Nest”, and ends with “Cyber God”, which features probably Green’s best vocal performance on the record. I think there is something here for all metal fans to enjoy, and yes, that includes the old school fans who think this band should not exist any longer without the Cavalera brothers.

4 stars
SEPULTURA – “Machine Messiah” (CD)

(Nuclear Blast Records/2017)

1. Machine Messiah
2. I Am the Enemy
3. Phantom Self
4. Alethea
5. Iceberg Dances
6. Sworn Oath
7. Resistant Parasites
8. Silent Violence
9. Vandals Nest
10. Cyber God

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