SEPULTURA WITH LES TAMBOURS DU BRONX
A CD companion to the simultaneously released DVD/Blu-ray of Sepultura's performance at last year's Rock in Rio with Les Tambours Du Bronx, 'Metal Veins - Alive at Rock in Rio' shines as much in this purely audio medium as it does through the full-on visual/audio experience. Of course, the marvellous spectacle of fourteen Frenchman literally bashing the crap out of their 225 litre Monostress drums is lost, although when the focus becomes a solely aural one, the rhythmic prowess of the percussion is a much more emphatically engaging experience for the ears. The rhythmic grooves of Sepultura's metal assault has always been an integral part of their modus operandi so the pairing of these two forces is, expectedly, a potently invigorating one. American frontman Derrick Green's between-song ramblings in Portuguese are, of course, lost on those who are unfamiliar with the language (the DVD does include subtitles), although that's a minor niggle. And addressing a predominantly Brazilian crowd, of course he was going to be using Portuguese. So this is purely about the music, and the music is refreshingly hard-hitting in tracks both old and new (and with the inventive Prodigy cover they also include in their set). I shall not engage in any divergent Sepultura discourse as I've already shared my views on their relevance in 2014 in my review of the DVD (see link below), although I'll reiterate that this innovative metal act are as relevant today as they were in their inception. And here's the evidence. Metal still runs through their veins in the most exhilarating of ways, as it does in the countless bands this seminal act have inspired and influenced over the years. Amazing stuff.
METAL VEINS - ALIVE AT ROCK IN RIO
Review by Mark Holmes
15th Sept 2014
1) Kaiowas; 2) Spectrum
3) Refuse/Resist; 4) Sepulnation
5) Delirium; 6) Fever
7) We've Lost You
10) Structure Violence
12) Big Hands
13) Roots Bloody Roots
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
"The rhythmic grooves of Sepultura's metal assault has always been an integral part of their modus operandi so the pairing of these two forces is, expectedly, a potently invigorating one."