Sepultura - "Live in Sao Paulo" (2-CD Set)
"Live in Sao Paulo" track listing:
2. Apes Of God
3. Slave New World
7. Innerself / Beneath The Remains
8. Escape To The Void
10. Troops Of Doom (feat. Jairo Guedz)
2. Refuse / Resist
4. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (feat. Zé Gonzáles, B- Negao)
5. Bullet The Blue Sky
6. Reza (feat. João Gordo)
7. Biotech Is Godzila (feat. João Gordo)
8. Arise / Dead Embrionic Cells
9. Come Back Alive
10. Roots Bloody Roots
Reviewed by Raw on April 19, 2007
Along with Sepultura's double-DVD release, "Live in Sao Paulo," came a matching double-CD release by the same name. However, while the DVD at least gives a little taste of a live Sepultura concert, the CD’s simply don’t measure up that well when compared to the studio versions of each song. While the audio is crisp and clear, there isn't anything offered here that warrants a purchase.
The tracks are standard Sepultura, but with Derek Green handling vocals. The song selection for the Sao Paulo concert is a mixed bag of old Max Cavelera tracks combined with the more recent stuff (prior to Dante XXI). Beginning with “Apes of God” and ending with “Roots Bloody Roots,” Green does a decent job dealing with the Sepultura catalogue. Unfortunately, Green's live act, which is bolstered by his daunting stage presence, doesn't necessarily translate all that well into an audio-only package.
While the "Live in Sao Paulo" DVD set is at least average due to its presentation and extras, the double-CD release just doesn't measure up. The DVD version is the better overall package, and the audio-only version does not warrant a purchase, even for the Sepultura faithful.
Highs: Decent catalogue of Sepultura songs
Lows: You might as well be listening to the studio versions of these tracks
Bottom line: If you are a fan of Sepultura, consider the DVD release, but skip on this double-CD offering
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