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Sepultura - A-Lex

Darren Sadler
Darren Sadler 26 January 2009 at 18.01

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The ethos of Sepultura has always been about playing by their rules outside existing boundaries...

The ethos of Sepultura has always been about playing by their rules outside existing boundaries and having no limits, whether that means recording album tracks in Welsh castles (‘Chaos A.D.’), taking inspiration from Brazilian tribes (‘Roots’), Japanese drummers (‘Against’), or classical works of art (‘Dante XXI’). So, it comes as no surprise that the Brazilian metallers have, once again, pulled something unique out of the bag. This time it’s a 60-minute, four-part concept album based around the book (not the film) of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. However, does literary appreciation and interpretation transcend into the realms of metal? Of course it does, and Sepultura have a firm grasp of how to achieve the same level of musical peaks, troughs and moods as you’d expect from reading a good book. ‘Moloko Mesto’ is a neck brace hardcore thrash attack, ‘We’ve Lost You’ sees vocalist Derrick Green’s guttural rage ooze over a backbone of moody heavy riffs, and ‘Ludwig Van’ sees the quartet interpret Beethoven with an accompanying orchestra from Sao Paulo. In keeping with the storyline, each part of ‘A-Lex’ reflects the story’s disposition, making it an album that displays anger, rage, pity, claustrophobia and euphoria along the way. It’s also an album that shows Sepultura are still creating exciting and ambitious metal.

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