Sepultura are one of those bands that never quite reached the success that many people feel they deserved. Consistently brilliant on record and with a back catalogue that makes most bands weep, the band has somewhat been left to their own devices over the last few years with many critics wondering if the band had lost their magic touch, well if they have nobody told them.
As the band takes to the Ronnie James Dio stage and launches itself into a gargantuan sounding ‘Beneath the Remains,’ we are quickly reminded of what made them so fucking amazing in the first place. Before you’ve even had a chance to catch your breath we are already onto ‘Refuse/Resist,’ a track that sounds as vital now as it did nearly 20 years ago.
I’m not sure if playing with Anthrax last year gave guitarist Andreas Kisser some kind of energy boost but today his riffs feel sharp enough to rip out your throat, he sounds as precise and unflinchingly fast as he did when the band was exploding out of the underground, he always appears to have not aged as well.
Frontman Derrick Green is as terrifying and ferocious as anyone in the game right now, he brings a sense of renewed power to the band. They run through hits from their now legendary career, through choice cuts from new album “Kairos” in the form of the title track, ‘Mask’ and ‘Dialog.’ Sepultura manage to just lay waste to all that stands before them. Even managing to rope good friend Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens into joining them for a heavier than usual ‘Territory,’ which is a nice precursor to the obligatory set closer of ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ which brings things to a thundering close.
Over the years, there was a fear that Sepultura may end up becoming a band that time forgot and whilst figuratively they may not be the same band they once were in, the spirit of Sepultura is very much alive and well. You had better have a damn good reason for not having seen this absolute beast of a set that will stand up as one of the best performances of Bloodstock 2012.
Photos taken by Sabrina Ramdoyal