Listening to the Sepultura albums chronologically, I was initially surprised by how Against held it’s own – especially after how much I’d read the first transition to a Max-less world (lol) was recieved. Against held its own, allowing the band to continue as a three-piece but also begin flexing their new 4th member. I expected Nation to be more of this, but unfortunately it doesn’t even compare. Nation is just bad nu metal to the absolute core and is the sound of a band at their absolute nadir.
That is not to say that there are not some good moments here or there, this is Sepultura after all and I have the most immense respect for Derrick Green. This album though, is exactly what I thought Against would be, but the delayed reaction of that initial release being half decent caught me off guard. This album belongs in 2001, and it needs to stay there, I’m afraid.