Review and Photography : Stephen Brophy for MPM
When this show was originally announced way back in 2020 I picked up a ticket straight away, the lineup sold itself, Sepultura have never let me down live and adding in support of Sacred Reich and Crowbar really made this one not to miss.
As with many other shows the Pandemic got in the way a bit and 2 years later here, we are finally at the night of the show and thankfully the excitement was still there to get to see the bands,
Tonight arriving in the venue, and not surprisingly there was a larger than average crowd in the venue before an opening band hit the stage, a lot larger, the atmosphere was already there and it was great to see.The amount of people in early was an indication of the quality of the lineup..
When Kirk Windstein and Crowbar hit the stage to open the show there was a palpable excitement coming from both the crowd on the floor and the band on stage, you already knew it was going to be a cracking night.
Settling into the crowd I managed to stay up near the front, behind a massive Crowbar fan, and he made the set even better for me, that kind of infectious enthusiasm that brings you along with you, not that Ii needed it, really cracking set and Kirk and the guys were clearly happy to be in Dublin.
Top class sludge and one hell of a way to kick off any gig and “Like Broken Glass” closing the set makes it hard for anyone to follow..
Getting to catch Sacred Reich live is always a real pleasure, watching Phil Rind do his thing with a massive smile on his face is enough fun, but this band has had a massive injection of energy again since the return of Dave McClain (Drums) and the young blood of Joey Radziwill (Guitar).
Great to hear tracks from the latest “Awakening” album tonight alongside some absolute classics. Phil still has the perfect vocal delivery for the style of Thrash they play and these guys really are a force to be reckoned with again, absolutely storming set with “Who’s To Blame” and “Awakening” standing out for me alongside an absolutely pummelling version of “Death Squad”.
As great as it was to see them here again it would be even better if they come back soon and play a headline show. Great night and we are far from done.
As the crowd volume turned up a few notches singing along to the Sepultura intro track Policia the place was ready to take off, something that was great to feel physically from the Photo Pit, getting the power on one side from the excited crowd and from the band on the stage it was great, when the band play Dublin it’s always a great show and there are always plenty of Brazilian countryfolk in the crowd, which I always think adds to the event.
Kicking straight into “Isolation” the room starts moving from the off, but it’s smashed up a level by “Territory” most of the photographers including myself were singing along while shooting, it’s a smash in the face type of song and lifts the energy in the room.
From then on it’s a pretty relentless ride, interrupted briefly by Derrick and Andreas showing their appreciation for Dublin shows and the fact that this was the first sold out show on the Tour. Each song seems to be pushing to try and outdo the previous one. and the mix in of a healthy chunk of the latest Quadra album didn’t unbalance the set.
With Sepultura you know you are going to get a powerful set, but the guys really look like they are loving playing on stage, having fun and yet pushing the aggression levels.
Most people are waiting for “Roots Bloody Roots” the set closer, but honestly I think you can pck from half a dozen tracks tonight, “Arise” was crushing, but it doesn’t matter, all that counts is that this has been a great show as everyone disaptes into the night you can argue about what was your favourite song, but you won’t argue about it being a great show.
Once again many thanks to DMEPromotions for bringing this show to Ireland.
If you are ever in doubt about going to see Sepultura, or in fact any of the bands on this lineup just knock a bit of sense into yourself and grab a ticket, you won’t be disappointed.
Sepultura Setlist –
Means To An End
Guardians Of Earth
Dead Embryonic Cells
Agony Of Defeat
Refuse / Resist
Roots Bloody Roots
Andreas Kisser | guitars
Derrick Green| vocals
Eloy Casagrande | drums
Paulo Jr.| bass