Live in Sao Paulo is the first live set from Sepultura featuring singer Derrick Green, the replacement for the iconic Max Cavalera after he left the band to form Soulfy. While Max's solid rhythm guitar work and trademark vocal delivery are missed, Green more than holds his own through 2 CD's of classic and newer Sepultura favorites. Those new to the Sepultura sound can expect a brutal mix of thrash, death metal, and hardcore, mixed with some Brazilian instrumentation. The band sure know how to pummel the listener into submission-take one listen to the rampaging brutality of "Escape to the Void", a song that contains blistering guitar riffs, monolithic vocals, and the manic drum work of Igor Cavalera. Fans of the band will be happy to know that killer tracks like "Slave New World", 'Chaos AD", "Territory", and "Arise" are featured here, given a slightly new flavor due to Green's alternate vocal style which leans more towards the hardcore/thrash end than Max Cavalera's death metal grunt. As always, the guitar mastery of Andreas Kisser is in fine form throughout this set, as he lays down plenty of speedy yet thick riffs, as well as the occasional nimble guitar solo.
There is also a companion DVD set that is available as well, and while it can be argued whether they should have put both in one set or not, depending on your preference for audio or video (or both!) you have 2 great choices for some prime Sepultura.
2. Apes Of God
3. Slave New World
7. Inner Self / Beneath The Remains
8. Escape To The Void
10. Troops Of Doom - (with Jairo Guedz)
11. Necromancer - (with Jairo Guedz/Alex Kolesne)
4. Black Steel In the Hour Of Chaos - (with Ze Gonzales/B-Negao)
5. Bullet The Blue Sky
6. Reza - (with Joao Gordo)
7. Biotech Is Godzila - (with Joao Gordo)
8. Arise / Dead Embryonic Cells
9. Come Back Alive
10. Roots Bloody Roots