Release Date: Jan 13, 2017
Record label: Nuclear Blast
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
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..
When their endearingly amateurish debut EP Bestial Devastation came out in 1985, you'd have been out of your mind to think that Sepultura would make any kind of splash in their home country of Brazil, let alone go on to become an internationally recognized act. But within five years or so, that's exactly what happened. Originally focused on taking cues from their European and American idols like Metallica, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, and Kreator, Sepultura left an indelible mark on metal with 1993’s Chaos AD, a then-unprecedented fusion of heaviness with the native Latin rhythms the band had consciously avoided up to that point.
If Machine Messiah weren't a Sepultura album, its blend of chugging riffs and zealous guitar solos would qualify it as a passable thrash metal record. But in the context of the band's incredible catalogue and legacy, it just doesn't pass muster.Sepultura's latest fails to replicate the same tone and momentum that their previous album, The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart, established, perhaps due to the absence of previous producer Ross Robinson. Overall, the album is substantially slower than the last, which, while not a bad thing on its own, results in a lack of energy and emphasis.