Sepultura have celebrated twenty years with front man Derrick Green with an incendiary show at Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre on Thursday night (15th March 2018). The Brazilian four-piece took to the stage of the cramped theatre as part of their ‘Machine Messiah’ world tour. Centering on their most recent release – 2017’s ‘Machine Messiah’, the gig also saw the band focus on ‘Against’; the 1998 release that introduced Green and a new line-up of Sepultura to the world.
Kicking off with a brace of tracks from their dystopian latest in the ferocious ‘I Am The Enemy’ and video track ‘Phantom Self’, the band’s faith in their new material shone. Following with the title track from 2011 release ‘Kairos’, it was with the first oldie, 1993 classic ‘Territory’, that the crowd really ignited.
Going on to play a selection of tracks from across their catalogue including a mania-enducing ‘Refuse / Resist’, it was in the middle of the set that guitarist Andreas Kisser announced that the band would be looking back to 1998, with a special nod to ‘Against’, and the rebirth of the band. Adding the explosive title track and rarely heard ‘Boycott’ to the familiar tones of ‘Choke’, the tracks revealed the vitality in the album that helped cement the band’s comeback after their ugly split with former front man Max Cavalera.
With the crammed venue and tribal metal literally proving an incendiary mix - with one crowd surfer bizarrely doing so with his wallet on fire – Green said; “This is turning out to be one of the best shows of the tour”.
Wrapping up with a duo of tracks from 1996’s ‘Roots’ in the rhythmic ‘Ratamahatta’ and an explosive ‘Roots Bloody Roots’, the band took their bows to a chorus of hard-earned cheers.
Ahead of the show, Eonmusic caught up with Andreas Kisser to chat evolution, revolution, and whole lot more. Click HERE to read our exclusive interview.
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