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Sepultura — Machine Messiah

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ This is one weird album, and unlike anything I’ve heard Sepultura do before (which is a very good thing). You’ve got elements from all possible constituent influences (old Sep! more recent Sep! punk! thrash!), as well as rando sounds I never would have pulled for them (vaguely Persian root music! Euro-symphonic metal! prog!) It’s an uneven mash for the first half of the album, but the second half pays dividends, and herein lies a glimpse of a new band, finally doing something they haven’t done in a long time: exceeding expectations.