Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA kicked off their European tour with KREATOR last night (Wednesday, February 1) at La Bam in Metz, France. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert can be seen below.
Speaking about the songwriting process for SEPULTURA's new studio album, "Machine Messiah", guitarist Andreas Kisser told the "Heavy Metal Wanaka" podcast: "Well, it has a little bit of everything. Of course, I have so many riffs and ideas, Eloy [Casagrande, drums] has a lot of drum loops and different parts here and there, and that's how we started. But you have to have a direction, you have to have a type of a concept."
He continued: "The name 'Machine Messiah' was there very early on. I passed all the concept to the band, and we all agreed that we could go that direction and really talk about what we see today. It's not like a sci-fi futuristic idea, but rather what we see of our dependency on robots and smartphones, computers, Google glasses and virtual reality, GPS, and all that. And regardless of where we live in the world, we can relate to that — it's something very real and very influential in our daily life. And 'Machine Messiah' talks about this balance."
Kisser added: "Especially me and Derrick [Green, vocals], we discuss topics and talk about different lyrics, suggestions for names for songs and stuff, and as soon as we find that, I think it's much better to find the best sound and the best rhythm to represent what we try to say there. So with a concept, everything is easier, because it's kind of stupid just to do things just to make them, just because we have to do an album. I think we call it a 'new' album, because we have something new to say; it's not only that we're trying to copy stuff that we did so many years ago, or somehow we're locked in our past, trying to repeat something that is not there anymore. I mean, we have that very clear in our mind and in our heads, and that helps at the time of writing."
"Machine Messiah" was released on January 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by the band and Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH) of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The CD's cover artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa.