SEPULTURA – MACHINE MESSIAH
Released: Jan 13, 2017
℗ 2017 Nuclear Blast
- Machine Messiah
- I Am the Enemy
- Phantom Self
- Iceberg Dances
- Sworn Oath
- Resistant Parasites
- Silent Violence
- Vandals Nest
- Cyber God
- Chosen Skin
- Ultraseven No Uta
Set for release on January 13th, 2017 Sepultura are kicking off our year with a monumental release in Machine Messiah.
For me at least, this is the most exciting Sepultura album ever, which I realise is a big statement. Perhaps vastly significant milestones like fourteen albums or a thirty-year Anniversary play a large part for the band in producing an album this amazing. What is abundantly clear from the outset that an incredible amount of work had occurred prior to the studio. The concepts, lyrics and formatting were quite clearly outlined before the Midas touch of Jens Bogren was applied. The result is that every element of this albums is brilliant. From the albums cover art to track sequencing, style diversity to classic Sepultura intensity.
The cover art is a tremendous ‘morbid surrealism’ piece that was created by the brilliant artist Camille Della Rosa. Hailing from the Philippines, Camille has managed to capture the essence of the album to perfection without the benefit of a theme insight. It’s an amazing piece which seems to me representative of humanity surrendered and our catastrophic offering of the natural world on the alter of the Machine Messiah. What essentially did you want the piece to convey? Perhaps remarkable moments in life like this magical collaboration are exactly the humanity that machines will never replicate. Or perhaps I think about shit too much. Either way, this is a must on vinyl for my collection, but not just for the cover art. This album locked in track sequence is a magnificent journey and where the collection assumes an additional dimension.
We are eased into the collection with the title track, and then with every track there is a new element for us to discover. Following this relative calm, I am the Enemy leaves you in no doubt that the Sepultura ferocity will remain a constant throughout the album.
Phantom Self introduces in a middle eastern style and before long we find the track littered throughout with orchestral blasts I can only liken to the channeling of a Mozart on acid. Just incredible. Toward the end of Phantom Self Andreas Kisser is the tussle of a furious duel with the violin.
Andreas provides insight HERE
Then Alethia is introduced with a mechanical whirring perhaps representative of the Machine Messiahs ascendance into being, accompanied by the rhythmic tribal drums and a guitar air of foreboding. I’m presuming this track is based on the disclosure of truth around the principles we have been fed throughout life? Perhaps. It certainly carries all the angst and anger of lies, realised.
Then we discover keyboards and acoustic guitar in the brilliant instrumental Iceberg Dances. This is an amazing journey. It seems to me that it was quite representative of how dialogue doesn’t matter anymore. There no need for words…the machine has taken over. But again…perhaps overly absorbed but this album has the effect of complete envelopment. This collection continues to inspire and an incredible demonstration of diversity and tremendous skill in a kaleidoscope of styles.
Sworn Oath is astounding. Musically I felt like I was lowered from a calm dreamscape into the pits of despair being churned through an alternate reality.
The raw intensity of this collection is truly something to behold.
The finale in Cyber God is brilliant musically and ultimately a mark of defiance to the inevitable.
This really is a sensational way to hail in 2017 for Sepultura fans and newcomers alike. An astounding collection truly representative of the skill acquired through thirty years plus, and for me at least, their very finest.