Sepultura

Sepultura – 30th Anniversary Tour (w/ Destruction, Arsis & more) Live Review & Photo Gallery

Sepultura

Sepultura

To understand the resurgent popularity of thrash metal among a new generation of fans one need look no further than Brazilian thrash stalwarts Sepultura. Celebrating its 30th anniversary as a band, the quartet unleashed their “bestial” brand of devastation on young and old at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre last Friday with a balanced mix of pre- and post-Cavalera songs (brothers Max and Igor, founding members on vocals/guitar and drums respectively, separately left in 1996 and 2006, replaced by Derrick Green on vocals and drummer Eloy Cassagrande; the band is rounded out by original bassist Paulo Jr. and principal guitarist Andreas Kisser.) Highlights included “Territory” – a song to which Vancouver’s embattled renters can certainly relate – and “Refuse/Resist,” an anthem of youthful rebellion and a poignant protest against oppression.

Local act Medevil, winners of the BC round for Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2015, opened the show with characteristic zeal and treated the earlybird crowd to a rapid-fire cover of Metallica’s “Creeping Death” – a good choice to showcase Liam Collingwood’s classic metal voice, which purrs and snarls somewhere between Ronnie James Dio and Overkill’s Bobby Blitz. Razor-sharp sets of death metal followed from Micawber and Arsis, setting the stage for the surgical-strike precision of Destruction’s subsequent thrash blitzkrieg, which was accompanied by an explosive display of the Rickshaw’s recently upgraded stage lighting.

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Sepultura’s 30th anniversary tour with Destruction, Arsis and Micawber continues through June 14th 2015. Medevil’s campaign for metal mastery encamps at the Wacken Metal Battle finals on June 6th in Toronto.