Sepultura Dante XXI
By Marcus Pan
Sepultura have become one of the few thrash
metal bands that have built at least something of a following out of the purely
thrash-metal underground scene. Theyve done this for the past ten years
by continuously providing endless adrenaline-fueled metal, and not relying
simply on the fast-playing techniques of their brethren. While fast and
smashingly brutal, their work remains as something that others outside of the
distinct thrash genre can grasp due to their talents and techniques. Dante
XXI is very chunky, powerful and tight.
Here Come the Trumpets sounds both namewise and
aurally as a threat. I can see the trumpets destroying the world now. A really
annoying track. Immigrant Song has an interesting (guitar?) strumming
vibe, but gets much too repetitive for my taste. The closing 300 White
Rabbits is just blaring noise, really, without anywhere to go so Ill
have to give this one a thumbs down.
Dante XXI, due out this year from Sepultura, is a
brilliant musical rendition of Divina Comedia by Dante Alighieri. With
moving introductions that lead you into each land visited by Dante in this well
known and brilliant comedic tragedy, the band will take you from Hell to
Purgatory and on to Paradise, where the chosen reside while simultaneously
distinguishing themselves as a chosen line-up of the classic thrash metal
genre. Dark Wood of Error is blisteringly fast and thrashy proving
Sepultura's capabilities in the thrash genre as a staple of the movement and
style. The opening double bass drums of Convicted in Life is brilliant.
The fast moving guitars and bass are tied tightly together and shows the
maturity you'd expect from such a long standing act like Sepultura. The guitar
work from City of Dis is wonderful, showcasing Sepultura's talent
outside of the pure fast-riff work. Breaks into one of the fastest thrash songs
I've heard in a while and doesn't lose any tightness or reeks of amateurishness
as I've noticed with a lot of the crowd today showing that it is possible to
play fast because you're good at it, and not because you need to hide the fact
that you're not.
False includes solo work that defies the thrash
metalheads and is one of the reasons why Sepultura enjoy a following outside of
the otherwise closely knit genres underground. Fans of other metal music,
from Maiden to Megadeth, would enjoy this type of work and its a
testament to the talented playing of the band as a whole. By Ostia on
track 8 weve passed from Hell into Limbo (Purgatory) as we continue to
walk the worlds of Alghieri.
Buried Words walks the line between classic heavy
metal and thrash, being fast enough to qualify for the latter but not driven
solely by speed. Nuclear Seven is similar in that its slower than
your typical thrash fare, but just as powerful. The subject matter here treads
both on the thoughts of Dante Alighieris day as well as the constant
threat of todays world by power hungry nations of the planet Earth now.
Check out the twiddly solos here to prove my point on Sepulturas
Sepultura continue to astound and improve, their maturity as
a musical outfit proven not only in their style but their choice of subject
matter. Whether or not your standard high school thrasher will even care to
know that Dante XXI is a concept album built on the writings of a
philospiher who lived in the 12 and 1300s is unknown, but even if they
dont the songs themselves are rivetingly strong enough to please even the
most boorish of powerhungry fans. The more astute will realize the potential
here and embrace the latest to the Sepultura catalogue with enjoyment.
Post: 48 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ, 07701, USA
Phone: (732) 741-2666
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