Under a Pale Grey Sky

Under a Pale Grey Sky

by Sepultura
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Under a Pale Grey Sky

To combat the sales backlash that began when Derrick Green took singer/guitarist Max Cavalera's spot in the group, Roadrunner Records released the live document Under a Pale Grey Sky. Recorded in the very short period between the death of his stepson and his exit from the group, Cavalera's performance is nothing short of breathtaking. His venomous roar has rarely sounded this raw and heartfelt, he screams with a fury that comes deep from within, and he delivers a performance that pulls the listener uncomfortably close. Guitarist Andreas Kisser is also in fine form, offering an eerie, melodic counterpoint to Cavalera's pounding riffs. One only needs to look to "Endangered Species" to see why the two guitarists were a masterful pairing, with Kisser pasting blistering and shrill leads over Cavalera's abrasive chug in a tense battle of aggression. The track selection may leave a little to be desired; while they take most of the songs from Chaos A.D. and Roots, they barely cover their catalog before that point. What is here is awesome, but it would have been nice to hear "Inquisition Symphony" or "Under Seige" as performed by the group (arguably) at its peak. Toward the end of the performance, the band is strikingly lucid, launching into its two most distinct and awe-inspiring tracks with the last of its energies. First, the acoustic jam "Kaiowas" is a brilliant display of technical skill that showcases the beauty and joy the band finds in its native Brazilian music. Then comes the true monster, "Ratamahatta," a percussion-based masterpiece that plows over the audience with its tribal throb and cathartic build. A massive cover of Motörhead's "Orgasmatron" puts an end to the proceedings and satisfies the encore desires of the audience, but it is a brief coda to an otherwise brutal show. The band was on top of its game professionally and deeply wounded emotionally, making its music as sharp and poignant as it has ever been. Where most live metal albums tend to come off thin and sloppy, Under a Pale Grey Sky does the opposite. Through crystal-clear production, an airtight performance, and a top-notch selection of songs, the album paints a picture of a larger-than-life band throwing its massive bulk around for two hours of sheer hatred. And really, what else would any self-respecting metal fan want out of a live album?

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Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Roadrunner Records
UPC: 0016861843625
catalogNumber: 618436
Rank: 66289

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Under a Pale Grey Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a live ablum from Seplutura. It's about time the fans of the classic age enjoy different material from Sepultura+Max. A great record through out, a real breath of air from the swill that is nu metal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is just a reminder of the energy and passion these guys had for heavy music.I've been a Sepultura fan since 8 years old, I grew up idolizing these guys.All I have to say,is that there will be none better than the sepultura of old.D. Green is a great vocalist for another band but Max belongs with Sepultura and this cd shows you why.I've seen Sepultura live a few times but unfortunately it was after Max left.I still buy their cds and i think there music is still great, but it's is not untouchable like it used to be.