Sepultura: Dante XXI [2006]

Released 13 March 2006
Recorded 2005
Genre Groove metalthrash metal
Length 39:06
Label Steamhammer
Producer André Moraes
Sepultura
Stanley Soares

Dante XXI is the tenth studio album by Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, released in 2006 through SPV Records. It is aconcept album based on the three sections of Dante Alighieri‘s The Divine ComedyInferno (hell), Purgatorio (purgatory) andParadiso (paradise). This is the last album to feature Igor Cavalera on drums.

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 is Convicted In Life and won the MTV VMB Best Editing in a Video Award in 2006.[1] In January 2008 the band released a music video for the song “Ostia”. A video for “Convicted in Life” was released in 2006. 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). Original 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.

Upon the album’s release, the majority of critics said that this is the best Sepultura album featuring Derrick Green on vocals thus far. Sales of the album were disappointing, though not unexpected, since all Sepultura’s albums since Against have gradually had decreasing sales, selling only 2,300 copies its first week of release in the US.[6]

After much positive feedback in South American markets, mostly Brazil, 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).

Track listing

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. “Lost (Intro)” (instrumental) KisserGreenCavalera 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 [8] 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

Lyrics

1. Lost (Intro)

[Instrumental]

2. Dark Wood Of Error

[Lyrics: Andreas Kisser]

I’ve lost my way
In a dark wood of error
In a crisis, inside deep terror
With fear in my mind, I spot a light
They’re coming after me
Can’t reach the light
Three beasts blocked the path
That leads the way to my life
The beast from the UK
The beast from the us
The un beast was then unleashed
To solve the problems in the world
But they don’t!
Despise their false prophecies
They have no right
I hate what they’re doing to
My life, my life!
Can’t go on thinking
They’ll really change
Keeps going, their way
Detour of my way
Learn I may, what they say

3. Convicted In Life

[Lyrics: Andreas Kisser / Derrick Green]

Abandon all hope he who enter here
Eternal pain that runs among the lost
It’s the fiction of life
What you are is what you live
It never made a fucking difference to you
In the eyes you can see the truth
It’s the fiction of life
I’m going deep, no other way
Lost, who enter here
Nothing seems to go as planned
It makes no difference with the choices I make
I’m convicted in life
Don’t want to make the same mistakes
Lost, who enter here
Can’t live with the faults
There is no remorse for you and me
Convicted in life, fiction in life, victim in life

4. City Of Dis

[Lyrics: Derrick Green]

Symptoms of life, our disbelief
Punished for severed hope
Outcast in life for having an
Opinion of our own
Sometimes things have to be said
No matter what the cost we spend
Can’t force tradition
It won’t come from suffering
Won’t be a victim
In this bloody system
Lost soul you’ll burn for your believe
Cast in the city of dis
I know the world has a way to work out on its own
Don’t need the insanity
Faith must be earned
I can live, with myself
I have faith, in myself
Can’t force your ways of tradition
It won’t come from the suffering of victims
Can’t believe in this filthy bloody system
Fires won’t burn our right to have opinions
I can live, with myself
I have faith, in myself

5. False

[Lyrics: Andreas Kisser]

You think you rule all
You made it all wrong
Creating more frauds
Your mask will soon fall
I will be free from
This grave where you lie
I’m out with my life
Revolting my mind
False – a devil’s vice
False life – the circles lows
False – no Judas cry
False life – crushing my mind
There is no regret – there is no repent
Abusing power
A freezing cloud blurs
Judeca it’s your home
You pay at dis’s terms
No one will mourn you
No cry will be heard
You’ll never see clear
The pain is so near
False – a devil’s vice
False life – the circles lows
False – no Judas cry
False life – crushing my mind
There is no regret – there is no repent
I will not regret – I will not resent – your false
Molebolge – end of hell
You hear the screams of Lucifer
You feel the freeze, the fear, the wings
You hear the Cassius’ regrets
You feel your brain being crushed by teeth
Molebolge – end of hell

6. Fighting On

[Lyrics: Derrick Green]

Weight of the world
Each have to carry their own
Nothing’s for certain
But to carry our own
From the first birth of life
Till our final last breath
You never thought we could make it this far
We don’t stop, we keep fighting on
Wandering in circles
Motivated by fear
Searching for answers
They’re right in front of you
From the first birth of life
Till our final last breath
You never thought that you could make it this far
We don’t stop, we keep fighting on
I can promise you I’ll (carry on)
My time is now
From the first birth of life
Till our final last breath
You never thought that you could make it this far
We don’t stop, we keep fighting on
From the first birth of life
Till our final last breath
You never thought that you could make it
But we carry our own

7. Limbo (Intro)

[Instrumental]

8. Ostia

[Lyrics: Andreas Kisser]

The skies are open before me
The crowd of souls in sudden flight
Hoping for prayers in the world
Late repentant, no stain from hell

I thought the worst had, I thought the worst had past
Traitors of the people, they have no face
I will not trust what I can not see
None will have the time to strike a blow – the final blow
Hell – no stain from hell
Those fools are the ones we vote for
The kings and rules of negligence
Taking a nation to lead in decay
A shade announcing another law
Cannot believe I couldn’t escape
No chance to leave this plague
I have to be cleansed, from all the blame
The final blow!

9. Buried Words

[Lyrics: Derrick Green]

It started with lessons with ho I should hate
Listening to everything spoken to me
Now there is a chance that you were just using me
Innocents turned to see your way of life
It’s ripping through me everyday
My head keep spinning with the shit that you said
You even had me get down on my knees
Praying for something that I never believed

Your words are dead; I buried them, there dead

Living with promises that couldn’t be kept,
But I wasn’t convinced
Many things you didn’t want me to see,
Now I’m standing in disbelief
Different voices speaking of you
Planting darkness in the hearts of men,
You never thought it would come back again

Your words are dead; I buried them, there dead

You’re not the king of the world
You let your ego get the best of you
You’re not the king of my world

10. Nuclear Seven

[Lyrics: Andreas Kisser]

Living with the sin, a dirty world all around
Another missile speech, as they preach with no leash
Seven nations threatening the world with a bomb
Seven sins creating a world from the whomb
Show me a way, I can live and I’ll grow
There is a way, that we can learn for ourselves
Written in your eyes the answer is ill
The anger builds a fire within
Every lie the system is stained
A minefield of egos, opinions and words… no more
Show me the way, I can change, I’ll grow
Show me a road, where I can reach, where I can reach the light
Light at the end of the road
In this new world, painted black
Sloth and pride and envious anger
In this new world, another mark
Excess and lust with arrogance
In this new world, without a past
Atomic shit to fuck with our heads
In this new world, that’s full of crack
Our children cry, they’re lost and mad
We’re lost!
Show me the way – I need to know – show me the road

11. Repeating The Horror

[Lyrics: Derrick Green]

What is this sickness
That sits here down inside
Walking in bullshit
Nothing seems quite right
I want redemption!
I know this darkness around me
I’ve felt it before
The dark has the power
To bring me down to the floor
Standing still, open doors
Feeling pain, can not move
Feeling scared, standing still
Better start something
Better than nothing
Can’t go on seeing
All of these horrors
Eyes wide open can’t keep them shut
From this horror of the shame
Can feel the pain, life’s fucked up
When we witness our horrors
Real close up
Better start something
Better than nothing
Can’t go on seeing
All of these horrors

12. Euno (Intro)

[Instrumental]

13. Crown And Miter

[Lyrics: Derrick Green]

There is a way out
There is a way out
It took a long time to get where we are
It wasn’t easy but it never is
Big steps keep moving on
I have my own two feet don’t need
You to walk for me
There is a way out
There is a way out
There were differences between you and me
There are things that I am just starting to see
Powerless! what does that mean?
Who has control over everything?
I had to learn, salvation
To find my place in the world we live
I had to have, compassion
To understand that I have to give
There is a way out
There is a way out
Salvation!!

14. Primium Mobile (Intro)

[Instrumental]

15. Still Flame

[Lyrics: Andreas Kisser]

Opia – lympia

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