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Sepultura - "Live in Sao Paulo" (2-CD Set)

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"Live in Sao Paulo" track listing:

CD1
1. Intro
2. Apes Of God
3. Slave New World
4. Propaganda
5. Attitude
6. Choke
7. Innerself / Beneath The Remains
8. Escape To The Void
9. Mindwar
10. Troops Of Doom (feat. Jairo Guedz)

CD2
1. Sepulnation
2. Refuse / Resist
3. Territory
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 on April 19, 2007

"Green's live act, which is bolstered by his daunting stage presence, doesn't necessarily translate all that well into an audio-only package."

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

Rated 2.0 out of 5 skulls
2.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)