Dante XXI

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Dante XXI
Studio album by Sepultura
Released March 14, 2006
Recorded 2005
Genre Thrash metal, hardcore punk, groove metal
Length 39:06
Label SPV
Producer André Moraes, Sepultura, Stanley Soares
Sepultura chronology
Live in São Paulo
(2005)
Dante XXI
(2006)
The Best of Sepultura
(2006)

Dante XXI is the tenth studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura, released in 2006 through SPV Records. It is a concept album based on the three sections of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy; Inferno (hell), Purgatorio (purgatory) and Paradiso (paradise). This is the last album to feature Igor Cavalera on drums.

Album information[edit]

Dante XXI was originally titled "Dante 05", but was changed when it became clear that the album would not be released by the end of 2005. The first single from the album was "Convicted in Life". A video for the song was released in 2006, and it won the MTV VMB Best Editing in a Video Award that year.[1] In January 2008 the band released a music video for the song "Ostia". The album artwork was done by Stephan Doitschinoff, whom the band commissioned to do 10 paintings based on the Divine Comedy.

Covers of Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance" and Sick of It All's "Scratch the Surface" have been recorded as B-sides. "Screaming for Vengeance" was added as a Japanese bonus track, while "Scratch the Surface" is included on the SOIA tribute album Our Impact Will Be Felt. The Brazilian edition (Krako records), contains two bonus tracks: "Mindwar" (recorded live from Stanley Soares's mixing desk in Ehfurt/Germany, December 3, 2004 on tour with Motorhead) and "False" (demo recorded at High Five Studio São Paulo, during pre production for Dante XXI July 2005).

Initial ideas for the album included a symphonic metal album (like Metallica's S&M album), and a concept album based on the novel A Clockwork Orange, which was applied to their next studio album A-Lex.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[2]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth.net (7/10)[5]
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (8.5/10)[6]
Metal Storm (8.5/10)[7]
Stylus Magazine C−[8]

Upon the album's release, many critics stated that it was the best Derrick Green-era Sepultura album thus far. Chad Bowar from About.com praised the album for its intensity and commented that it "brings the thrash at full blast". He also highlighted Green's vocal performance, as well as the album's overall concept.[2] AllMusic's Steve Huey noted that much of the elements that made Sepultura "stand out from the metal pack" are still present on this record, and that this was one of Sepultura's strongest releases with Green on vocals.[3]

Alternative Press reviewer Phil Freeman stated that with this album, Sepultura are "finally back at full strength", giving the listener "exactly what he hopes to get from pioneers in the art of skull-crushing".[4] In a mixed review for Stylus Magazine, Cosmo Lee said that the riffs were "unmemorable" and the songs lacked "tension and release". He also criticized the album's artwork, describing it as a "weak, mild-mannered font worthy of indie rock".[8]

However, sales of the album were disappointing and continued the decrease in sales of Sepultura's albums since Against, selling only 2,300 copies its first week of release in the US.[9] Dante XXI has sold 120,000+ copies worldwide as of January 2, 2008 and went Gold in Brazil and Cyprus (their first music industry certification outside of Brazil since Roots).[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Lost (Intro)"   (instrumental) Kisser, Green, Cavalera 0:59
2. "Dark Wood of Error"   Kisser Kisser, Green, Cavalera 2:18
3. "Convicted in Life"   Kisser, Green Kisser, Green, Cavalera 3:09
4. "City of Dis"   Green Kisser, Green, Cavalera 3:27
5. "False"   Kisser Kisser, Green, Cavalera 3:34
6. "Fighting On"   Green Kisser, Green, Cavalera 4:29
7. "Limbo (Intro)"   (instrumental) Kisser, Green, Cavalera 0:44
8. "Ostia"   Kisser Kisser, Green, Cavalera 3:07
9. "Buried Words"   Green Kisser, Green, Cavalera 2:35
10. "Nuclear Seven"   Kisser Kisser, Green, Cavalera 3:44
11. "Repeating the Horror"   Green Kisser, Green, Cavalera 3:11
12. "Eunoé (Intro)"   (instrumental) Kisser, Green, Cavalera 0:13
13. "Crown and Miter"   Green Kisser, Green, Cavalera, Paulo Jr. 2:12
14. "Primium Mobile (Intro)"   (instrumental) Kisser, Green, Cavalera 0:29
15. "Still Flame"   Kisser Kisser, Moraes 4:51
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
16. "Screaming for Vengeance" (Judas Priest cover) Halford Downing, Tipton [10] 3:31
Brazilian bonus tracks
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
16. "Mind War (Live)"   Kisser, Green Kisser, Green, Cavalera, Paulo Jr. 3:01
17. "False (Demo)"   Kisser Kisser, Green, Cavalera 3:15
Our Impact Will Be Felt track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
11. "Scratch The Surface" (Sick of It All cover) Koller Koller, Setari, Majidi 2:35

Chart performance[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2006 Top Independent Albums 45

Album - Music recording sales certifications

Year Country Award Number sold
2006 Cyprus Gold 5,000 copies[6]
2007 Brazil Gold 50,000 copies

Credits[edit]

Sepultura

  • Derrick Green - vocals
  • Andreas Kisser - lead/ rhythm guitars, horns arrangements, strings arrangements
  • Paulo Jr. - bass
  • Igor Cavalera - drums
  • Luiz Linhares Garcia - horns
  • Samuel Hamzem - horns
  • Andre Moraes - percussion, piano, programming, sitar, fender rhodes, horns arrangements, strings arrangements, introduction, mini moog, producer,
  • Fabio Presgrave - cello
  • Bia Rebello - cello
  • Guilherme Cersosimo - crew
  • Estevam Romera - crew
  • Rogerinho Motorhead - crew
  • Pedro Verdone - crew
  • Stephan Doitschinoff - paintings
  • Mauricio Cersosimo - pre-production
  • Susanne Kammer - design
  • Fragata - assistant
  • Helio Leite - assistant
  • Stanley Soares - producer, engineer, mixing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pitty faz a festa no VMB 2006 - Diversão e Cultura". Bonde.com.br. 29 September 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Bowar, Chad. "Sepultura - Dante XXI". About.com. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Sepultura: Dante XXI". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Freeman, Phil. "Sepultura - Dante XXI". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kaye, Don. "Sepultura: Dante XXI". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Popoff, Martin. "Sepultura: Dante XXI". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ Collin. "Sepultura - Dante XXI". Metal Storm. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Lee, Cosmo. "Sepultura: Dante XXI". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "SEPULTURA: 'A-Lex' First-Week Sales Revealed". 
  10. ^ "Dante XXI Sepultura [CD]". Cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 

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