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Album Reviews : Sepultura – Machine Messiah

By on January 3, 2017

sepulturamachinemessiahcdIt’s hard to believe that in the thirty plus years that Seputlura have been active, the four years between 2013’s “The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart” and the upcoming “Machine Messiah” is the longest gap between records. The band worked with esteemed producer Jens Borgen who’s worked with everyone from Opeth to Australia’s own Ne Obliviscaris and fans know it’ll be well worth the wait.

Guitarist Andreas Kisser and frontman Derrick Green play an almost haunting melody together on the opening track of the album; the title track Machine Messiah. Rounded out by young drummer Eloy Casagrande on just his second album with the band, this track has a very old school metal sound and feel to it. After starting slowly, the song builds into a riff-heavy metal anthem that will go down a treat as an opener to the band’s set and is a solid way to kickstart album number fourteen.

Lead single I Am The Enemy is up next which is two and a half minutes of brutal, in-your-face thrash metal at its finest. Midway through the album, we get the track Iceberg Dances. An almost five minute long instrumental piece showing just how talented this band are with their instruments. It also shows that as good as Green’s vocals are, they don’t need them to make a great song.

Across the second half of the album, we have some more tracks that show thrash is still alive and well. Resistant Parasites and Silent Violence are a thrash fans dream. Riff and drum heavy, head-banging tracks that would send any live crowd into a frenzy.

It’s often said that Sepultura haven’t been the same since frontman Max Cavalera left in 1996. I beg to differ, however. Green proves on Machine Messiah he’s a more than capable frontman and this album proves the band are just as good as they ever were. If thrash metal is your thing then definitely don’t miss out on this one.

Band: Sepultura
Album: Machine Messiah
Year: 2016
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Origin: Brazil


Matt Barton loves all things rock and metal. Everyone from Slipknot to The Living End. He enjoys going to gigs and discovering new music. Matt also writes for Heavy Mag and is currently attempting to write his debut novel.