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SEPULTURA MELBOURNE 2014 LIVE REVIEW

SEPULTURA MELBOURNE LIVE REVIEW - 170 RUSSELL 3rd OCTOBER 2014

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170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE VIC, AUSTRALIA

OCTOBER 3 2014

It has been a while since Brazilian legends Sepultura were last in Australia, 10 years to be precise so the band were met with huge expectations when they hit the stage for the first time in Melbourne on Friday night.

Before we get into that, the opening bands for the night should be mentioned as they warmed the crowd up just nicely for a top metal night. Melbourne thrashers Desecrator kicked off the night with their killer brand of old school thrash metal which the crowd absolutely loved! I have been fortunate to have caught these guys live several times in various states, cities and venues and no matter where they play or whether they are opening or headlining, they consistently bring their A game everytime. If you love thrash metal, do yourself a favour and check them out. Seriously.


Next up was Elm Street, a more melodic band with thrashy components mixed with old school hard rock. Having heard their debut album sometime ago and loving it, it was a real treat and a surprise to find them on tonights bill. It took most of the set to win the crowd over but they got them in the end with "Barbed Wire Metal" as the set closer.

What's there to say about the headliners? Despite all the changes the band have endured over the years, they still put out quality material and after seeing them tonight, the live show is as powerful as ever. The loyal, hardcore fans know this and the band gave the Aussie crowd a set of rare and classic songs as thanks for the 30 years in the business. Opening with the brutal "Vatican" off their latest album "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart", the song shows the band has not lost any of their heaviness over the years. Ripping straight into the title track from "Kairos" this song is a personal favorite of mine off that album and seeing it live made it even better. "Propaganda" off the 1993 classic "Chaos A.D." album made a surprise entrance early in the set, one of several rarities of the night and immediately got the crowd going.

 

The set continued with tracks jumping from the new album and their more well received older albums like "Arise" and "Roots" as well as later rarities like the brilliant "Convicted In Life" from "Dante XXI". It was good to see the older tracks performed in full as opposed to being chopped and split into medleys like in previous years and as mentioned, the rarities which the real hardcore fans lapped up. "Biotech Is Godzilla", "Attitude", and the always amazing "Dead Enbryonic Cells" were real treats to see and shows how far the band have come since. Frontman Derrick Green stood his ground on the night, 17 years experience in Sepultura notched up and it shows as he got the crowd interacting as much as possible. He may not have the Max Cavalera stage presence but he gets the job done in his way.

New drummer Eloy Casagrande was an absolute machine behind the kit, fills and spills like an acrobat and a perfect addition to the band. The 2 veterans in the band, guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Jr. really gave the crowd their all as if it was their first gig, no doubts about their performance one bit.

 

The set finally ended with the always enjoyable "Roots Bloody Roots" which has become a staple since its inception back in 1995 and a true crowd pleaser. It was great to see Sepultura back in Australia again and we hope it wont be such a long time again before they return.

 

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe - October 2014

 

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