Sepultura – Machine Messiah (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]
Sepultura – Machine Messiah (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 50:44 minutes | 684 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Nuclear Blast
“Machine Messiah” is the fourteenth studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura. The band recorded Machine Messiah in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren. Machine Messiah is the band’s first studio album in over three years, marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career. The band stated the concept of the album, saying, “The main inspiration around Machine Messiah is the robotization of our society nowadays. The concept of a God Machine who created humanity and now it seems that this cycle is closing itself, returning to the starting point. We came from machines and we are going back to where we came from. The messiah, when he returns, will be a robot, or an humanoid, our biomechanical savior”.
Fourteen albums in, Sepultura have no one’s expectations to live up to but their own. The Cavalera brothers are long gone and songwriter/guitarist Andreas Kisser has remade this band in his own musical image. Machine Messiah continues to build on the diverse proggish elements displayed on Dante XXI, A-lex, and Kairos, while re-engaging with the thrash and hardcore that made 2013’s The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart so compelling. From painter Camille Dela Rosa’s amazing cover artwork on, this conceptual set is all of a piece. Kisser claims her painting inspired him to finish a story for the record he’d been working on for years. It illustrates a holistic (and apocalyptic) vision consistent through its sonic architecture (with help from producer Jens Bogren), plotting, pace, songs, and dynamics.
Kisser explores society’s cult-like religious devotion to technological advancement with the idea of a savior God returning to greet humanity, but as a cyborg. This intense conceptual journey is illuminated musically through explorations of flamenco, Brazilian chorro, thrash, power metal, neo-psych, and edgy prog. Vocalist Derrick Green’s balance of dirty and clean vocals allows him to inhabit narrative roles seamlessly to get the story across (and firmly put him beyond any comparison to Phil Anselmo once and for all). Check his brooding intro on the opening title track that evolves to anguished intensity halfway through. His rhythmic growl on “Phantom Self” underscores drummer Eloy Casagrande’s slamming grooves. The latter’s playing forces all members to up their instrumental acumen. His fluidity is an ingenious combination of jazz syncopation, grooving breaks, blastbeats, Afro-Cuban tumbaos, exploding aggression, and improvisation. Bassist Paulo Jr. acts as his anchor, the centering place for the set’s entire instrumental attack – check the riff-driven “Alethtea” and the charging instrumental labyrinth “Iceberg Dances.” “Sworn Oath,” the set’s longest track, is also one of its best, displaying the wide scope of Kisser’s writing (and inventive playing). Commencing with a dark, doomy overture, the guitarist’s meld of minor and major key chordal shards gives way to a slamming prog vamp, triple-timed by Casagrande. Inside of two minutes it shifts again to a death metal chug as Green’s vocal is introduced. By its midpoint, a majestic crescendo – complete with harmonic horn sounds and thematic variations – winds through before the crunching riff returns and builds toward a thunderous climax. The knotty throb of “Silent Violence” is pure mayhem while “Cyber God” displays a slow tempo, dissonant tones, and clean vocals during the first half – recalling the best moments of Dante XXI – and is almost experimental before morphing into a squalling, filthy-throated groover complete with razor-wire riffing and a fuzzed-out wah-wah guitar solo to close.
Machine Messiah is an ambitious, angry, hungry outing. Sepultura remain vital in their creativity; they expand their palette dramatically while fully integrating the sounds that brought them here.
01 – Machine Messiah
02 – I Am the Enemy
03 – Phantom Self
04 – Alethea
05 – Iceberg Dances
06 – Sworn Oath
07 – Resistant Parasites
08 – Silent Violence
09 – Vandals Nest
10 – Cyber God
11 – Chosen Skin
12 – Ultraseven No Uta
Produced & Mixed by Jens Bogren.
Recorded at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden.
Mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios.
Derrick Green – vocals
Andreas Kisser – guitars
Paulo Jr. – bass
Eloy Casagrande – drums, percussion