Sound — 4
It's been a lot of talk about this new Sepultura material A-Lex, specially after Igor Cavalera left, so this is first album with new drummer Jean Dolabella.In several interviews present band members declare that this will be something great, a lot of creativity & good ideas.Well, to me A-Lex was disappointment.The fact is that from year to year every other Sepultura album is worse then previous one.There are just a few ''old'' bands (bands from the 80's) who are still creative, unfortunately Sepultura is not among them. On this new album, they do have a few good ideas but this is all so idle (unaccented), or not used in the right way.As far as style goes it's the same as always, classical death/groove/trash metal.Through album they have 4 intros called Alex 1, 2, 3 & 4 (and that's another thing which is really ridiculous), I've expected something melodic are even acoustic but ''Alex songs'' sounds like bad improvisation on some rehearsal (except beginning and end of A-Lex 4).When you listen through whole album everything becomes so similar.Similar riffs, lack of melody and constant screaming. Positive things about A-Lex is super fast ''Moloko Mesto'' which reminds on ''Policia'', a real (short) singing from Derrick Green in "Sadistic Values", and song "Ludwig Van" which is Sepulturas adaption of Ludwig Van Beethoven and sounds very cool.
Lyrics — 4
A-Lex is based on the 1962 book ''A Clockwork Orange''. The title is a pun on the main character, Alex is Latin for "without law''.Andreas Kisser declare that he is under the influence of Anthony Burgess (writer of ''A Clockwork Orange''), so part of lyrics on this album is based upon Burgess life.The rest of lyrics is classical Sepultura lyrics about hate, pain, agony, suffering, anger, forceful behavior and everything else which is standard in metal.
Overall Impression — 4
Overall, A-Lex has lack of melody, similar riffs, but a few averagely good songs (like "Moloko Mesto","What I Do!","Ludwig Van" and parts of "Sadistic Values" ) makes this album bearable.If you are hardcore Sepultura fan and you like death metal you probably will not be disappointed as I (because the fact is also, album such as this is still better than most other death metal bands).Sepultura which I (long ago) liked is ''Beneath the Remains'' and "Roots Bloody Roots" Sepultura, A-lex is very far from that...