Sepultura @ The Limelight, Belfast

12th August 2012
Review by Mark Dean
Photography by Paul Verner

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte,Brazil Sepultura went on to become one of the most successful Brazilian heavy metal band in history. Over a ten year period the band grew from strength to strength, transforming itself from a primitive death metal ensemble into one of the leading creative trendsetters of the international aggressive music scene.

Unfortunately a bitter internal crisis almost destroyed the band, and Sepultura struggled to recover their previous momentum. In 1996 after the release of their most ambitious album”Roots” the bands creative leader vocalist Max Cavelera departed. Many then expected his departure to spell the end of the band, but it announced that it would carry on and soon began looking for a replacement. Cleveland native Derrick Green then was recruited into the ranks.
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In recent years Sepultura have returned to play Belfast several times, but I had never witnessed them with Derrick singing. Promoting 2011’s “Kairos” release I decided to overcome personal prejudice, and on a Sunday evening in August I went along to see them live.

My predicted “sweatbox” when the venue was announced proved correct. Kicking off with the title track from 1989,s “Beneath the Remains”proved an instant winner. I was already converted.
Derrick Greens vocals captured all the nuances of the original tune and also proves to be a charismatic frontman. Conjuring passion and genuine enthusiasm for all the tunes which successfully traversed the bands back catalogue.

Trademark elements of Andreas Kisser’s guitar and Paulo Jr’s bass remain to create the classic Sepultura sound. Plaudits also should be awarded to drummer Jean Dolabella who did a solid job in laying down a strong backbeat to the tunes. It was certainly no mean achievement filling the shoes of his predecessor Igor Cavelera.

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The setlist fused successfully all eras of the bands history.
From anthems such as Territory, Arise, Inner self and Dead Embryonic cells, ‘Ministry’s’”Just one fix” cover,to tunes from the latest release such as “Kairios”and “Relentless”

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A hot sweaty night of both classic and modern thrash which was appreciately received by a packed audience. Personal prejudice firmly put to rest and now I’m off to check out the bands modern releases with Derrick Green at the helm.