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Album Review

Never let it be said that Sepultura are not ambitious. A-Lex is a concept album whose lyrics were inspired by Anthony Burgess' book A Clockwork Orange, which was the basis for the Stanley Kubrick film. And the impressive thing is that Sepultura pull this off without sounding either geeky or pretentious. For all its intellect, this early-2009 release doesn't sacrifice anything when it comes to intensity; this is a vicious, loud sledgehammer of an album, and the kids in the mosh pit will have no problem connecting with alternative metal scorchers like "Filthy Rot," "The Treatment," "Paradox," and "Forceful Behavior" on a gut level. The Clockwork Orange angle is intriguing if one has either read Burgess' book or seen Kubrick's 1971 film, but for metalheads, the bottom line is that Sepultura have no problem bringing the noise — and Derrick Green's angry lead vocals are an important part of A-Lex's intensity. There was a time when the idea of Sepultura recording without Max Cavalera (their former lead singer) seemed unthinkable; Cavalera played a vital role on pre-Green albums such as 1991's Arise and 1993's Chaos A.D. But the incendiary Green turned out to be a fine replacement after Cavalera left Sepultura to form Soulfly in 1996, and he certainly helps bassist Paulo Jr., guitarist Andreas Kisser, and drummer Jean Dolabella get the job done nicely on A-Lex. Paulo, it should be noted, is the only remaining member of Sepultura's original 1984 lineup. Personnel changes can have a very negative effect on a band, but Sepultura have maintained their vitality all these years — and that vitality is alive and well on the superb A-Lex.

Customer Reviews

Viddy well, oh my brothers......

Let's face facts, Dante XXI was a crushing disappointment by Sepultura and an album that is best avoided by even the most devout metalhead. But now with the release of A-lex, the Brazillian thrash-metal titans are back with an incendiary bang. Taking concept inspiration from the controversial novel-turned cult film A Clockwork Orange, the band rage with blistering intensity that endeared them to their loyal fanbase.

New drummer Jean Dolabella does a great job of filling Igor Cavalera's shoes, while Derrick Green simply rages with white-hot anger. A superb return to form.

Clockwork Carnage

This is a blistering new addition to the Sepultura catalogue, now entierly Cavalera free. Initially for me this was seen as the imploading of Sepultura as he was a vital part of their power. However Jean Dollabella proves his worth on this album yet he is not as good a Drummer as Iggor but carries on with the odd tribal drumming. Lyrically the concept on this record is based on A Clockwork Orange. It's a stronger concept than the previous album with Dante's The Divine Comedy being rather obtuse and hard to relate to. Overall a thrashing album and one that should see Sepultura be accepted by the masses once again but it's unlikely to happen. C

speachless...

Being a diehard fan of Sepultura i have everything i possible can get hold of theirs and after the disappointment of Dante XXI i was hoping this album was going to be a bit different... Sadly i am totally gutted again...

Biography

Formed: 1984 in Brazil

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura went on to become 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,...
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