For the 3rd time in their 30 year career, Sepultura has returned with a live album but this time it’s in their native Brazil and is meant to celebrate their major anniversary as a band. Accompanying them on this record is the French industrial group, Les Tambours Du Bronx, to add some oomph to their signature tribal theme.

Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio is a much different outing than either of the previous live records that Sepultura has offered. 2002’s Under A Pale Grey Sky served as time piece that captured the last ever performance of the band with founding frontman/guitarist, Max Cavalera. For many this was the last hoorah for the band’s best era of their career. It was as straight forward as you could get. It was the last show of the Root’s Euro tour and while produced very well, captured all the mistakes and candid moments on stage that night at the Bristol Academy. 2005’s Live In Sao Paulo, was meant to show the world that Sepultura was a strong as ever with a live album that featured a lot of current vocalist, Derrick Green, doing the Max-era songs. For what it was, it was an excellent sounding live record and the accompanying DVD was professionally edited with multi cams.

So after 2005, we had both versions of the band record in a live setting. I’m not quite sure why exactly the band felt we needed another live record other than to brag about their accomplishment of being a band for 30 years. I also don’t fully understand their reasoning in recording a live record with a French percussion group that beats on barrels and trashcans. Personally I feel that if they wanted to collaborate, it should have been done in a studio session and billed as such. Well regardless of my feelings, this live album exists. The album consists of 13 songs and only half of them are actually Sepultura tracks, the other half are Les Tambours Du Bronx, and there is a cover of Prodigy’s Firestarter in there for good measure. I will say this; atleast Sepultura was smart enough to only include songs that have a more tribal foundation for their setlist. While having the massively increased percussion sound for songs like Territory, Refuse/Resist, and Roots Bloody Roots worked out beautifully and really added some extra value to the songs, I couldn’t imagine how this would have worked if they chose songs like Necromancer, Troops Of Doom, or Beneath The Remains. As for the Les Tambours Du Bronx original songs that Sepultura participated in, well, for me, they are what they are. They were interested enough for a one time listen but I’m personally not running out to buy an album of theirs anytime soon. It reminds me a lot of the Broadway show Stomp, if done by metalheads. Interesting, but no lasting appeal.

The only saving grace about this release is being able to see the 17 members of the percussion group on stage with Sepultura. It looks a lot more impressive visually than it sounded audibly but much like the album side of the release, it’s really only worth a one-time view just to see the spectacle on stage. This is a completely skippable release by a band that is definitely in the twilight of their storied career.