Following their sold out show early last year, the legendary Sepultura returned to Dublin’s, The Academy in support of their 30th Anniversary Tour on Monday August 10th! Fresh off the back of playing to a festival crowd at Bloodstock in the U.K the night before, Sepultura took the time for a more intimate gig with several hundred fans, powering through a mighty two hour set right up until venue curfew. And the audience loved every second of it!
Well, almost every second. Support on the night came from U.K group Black Skies Burn, and Ireland’s own Warpath. Death Metal/Grindcore band Black Skies Burn, left little behind worth remembering on the night. Walking on stage to a wall of feedback that carried on between songs, most of which lasted less than a minute and all of which contained the subject matter of a piss-head adolescent, the audience barely raised their glasses after each song. In total contrast, Brutal Death Metal band Warpath, who have been unstoppable since their formation in 2005,entered to an almost full venue and tore it up, including their upcoming new EP from start to finish as part of their set. Warpath were not afraid to get in your face and demand your attention, and they were worth paying attention to. They left a satisfied audience well warmed up for the evening’s headliners.
Sepultura charged the stage with punctual precision and tore into the full house with opening numbers “Troops of Doom”, swiftly followed by “Kairos”. Two songs in and the crowd were already in the palm of their hands. Front man, Derrick Green masterfully controlled the crowd with back and forth participation and they were well up for it. Burning through “Propaganda, “Breed Apart”, “Inner Self”, “Dead Embryonic Cells”, “Convicted in Life”, the band delivered each song with a punch as heavy as the last, firing into the crowd like a musical six-shooter with “Choke” raising the crowd to an even bigger high.
At this stage, Sepultura were only really getting started, following Choke with a continuously exciting and unpredictable set list. “Cut-Throat”, “Apes of God” and the track made for (and dedicated to) fans, Under my Skin, marked only the half way point of the show.
“From the Past Comes the Storms” and “Territory” brought the show to a rather fun, rare covers section. Titas track, “Policia”, fought to be the fan favorite on the night, but the bands next cover U2‘s, “Bullet the Blue Sky”, unsurprisingly won the Dublin fans crown. The band introduced the song with some humorous head scratching as they tried to remember when exactly they played the track last and if they could remember how it goes. They did not remember when they played it last, however they did remember how it goes and shook the venue with full crowd participation from the floor to the balcony. This was followed by Arise and the classic “Refuse/Resist” before the night’s encore.
Encores are generally a one or two track affair, but not for Sepultura. Re-entering the stage to The Curse, you would have been hard pressed to believe the band had already been on stage an hour and a half. “Bestial Devastation”, “Biotech is Godzilla” and “The Vatican” were all delivered as if they were the first three songs on the set list. A playful reggae jam gave the audience just enough of a chance to catch their breath before the back to back closer that completely turned the classy Academy into a sweat box. An extended “Ratamahatta” and “Roots Bloody Roots” closed the night’s incredible set and sent the Monday blues crowd home feeling like it was Friday night.
Sepultura have suffered greatly over the years over what certain fans perceive them to be instead of being open to what they have to offer. Not everyone enjoys change, especially in regards to something they feel important to them. We’re all guilty of it and of enjoying a little nostalgia. But some people really need to get their heads out of the clouds or out of their own asses! This is not the same Sepultura we once knew, they never claimed to be. They’ve grown, changed, survived and evolved and this contemporary incarnation of Sepultura put on one hell of a great live show, with something familiar and something different on offer, both at the same time. They’re celebrating 30 years in one of the hardest business in the world. And they know how to celebrate! Go join the party if you can.
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