Let it be known, Sepultura owns!
While it is hard to imagine than in the two plus decades Wacken Open Air has been around Sepultura has never performed the prestigious festival, it’s easy to imagine the carnage they’d leave behind. And so it was this day, August 6, 2011, Sepultura came, they played, they destroyed!
From their intro into “Arise” and “Refuse/Resist” it is clear Sepultura A.C. means to make an indelible statement to the 70,000+ metalheads at this years event.
Next up the quartet went into a couple of tracks from the new album Kairos, including the title cut, and a brutal cover of Ministry’s “Just One Fix”. Then they dropped back to 2006’s Dante XXI for “Convicted in Life” then all the way back to 1998 for “Choke” from the Against album.
From 2009’s A-Lex they cranked up “What I Do!” then back to Kairos for “Relentless” before going all the way back to 1988’s Schizophrenia for “Troops of Doom.”
The band did an incredible job of blending classic and modern Sepultura in the hour long set which was rounded out with “Inner Self”, “Territory”, “Ratamahatta” and the show closer, “Roots Bloody Roots”.
Jean Dolabella was crushing behind the kit and Paulo Jr’s throbbing bass filled the holes in all the right places, leaving Andreas Kisser’s guitar to catapult the cacophony along between six string war cries. Vocalist Derrick Green roamed the stage like a man possessed of maniacal intent, a gleam in his eye and a roar in his throat.
It has been a long time coming, but Sepultura‘s Wacken debut was a beast, pure and simple.