Sepultura-The mediator between the head and hands must be the heart


Another Sepultura album with Derrick Green, another worldwide bundle of screams from unimpressed die-hard fans wishing that Max Cavalera would just hurry up and rejoin the band together as if 1996 never ended. Well, while this may in part be true due to circulating rumours that Cavalera had even considered rejoining the band for a touring cycle, the band’s latest album, the conceptually titled “The mediator between the head and hands must be the heart” basically does exactly what “A-Lex” or “Dante XXI” did, and nothing more. Sepultura’s thirteenth studio album focuses on the concept of Metropolis, a world which would soon become one controlled by robots and heartless machines.

However, as interesting or indeed thought-provoking as this concept may appear, the end product does not prove worthwhile. The solid instrumentation is there in spades on ‘Manipulation of tragedy’, ‘Tsunami’ and ‘Obsessed’, and few would argue that the tribally influenced ‘The bliss of ignorants’ is anything but a noteworthy return to the “Roots”-era of the mid 90s. Yet there are unfortunately a multitude of flaws, perhaps overlooked by the band in their growing ambition to make the concept album of their career, which hinder the album’s overall quality from becoming greater than it actually is. The production is often clouded, making the instrumentation sound unclear and often shrouded in fuzzy, distorted background noise, and Derrick Green’s vocals simply don’t reach the same heights as they did on earlier albums with the same vocalist.

It really is a shame, because without these two problems, songs such as otherwise furious and eccentric opener ‘Trauma of war’ would be pretty much flawless. Even the best songs can’t hide the fact that Green’s voice needs to be more suitable to this style of music. That said, his voice shines through the mellow and laid-back nature of ‘Grief’, a song which shows the band’s often uncovered melodic side, also proving their musical variety to the many naysayers who believe they are a band still living in the past. Again though, these few glorious moments are sadly deterred by songs such as the horribly messy ‘Impending doom’ and unnecessary ‘The Vatican’, the latter of which introduced by an unnecessary two minutes of classical or industrial sounds.

Therefore “The mediator…” is simply another Sepultura album, and however hard the band have tried to make this the best of their career, there’s just too many flaws to stop that. The concept is believable and is strongly brought across in pretty much every song, and solid instrumentation is what Sepultura have naturally always succeeded at, but with an unbalanced and inconsistent side to this album that simply takes half of the album up, the band’s thirteenth album often leaves the listener wanting much more.


1. Trauma of war

2. The Vatican

3. Impending doom

4. Manipulation of tragedy

5. Tsunami

6. The bliss of ignorants

7. Grief

8. The age of atheists

9. Obsessed

10. Da lama o caos






Sepultura Album News


Legendary Brazilian metal band Sepultura have released information about their upcoming album, to be titled The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart.
The album is set for release October 25 via Nuclear Blast, with artwork by Alexandre Wagner.

Guitarist Andreas Kisser comments on the artwork:
“It was an indication of Silvio Bibika, who was my roadie for a long time. He always shows me things in general that Sepultura might need. Alexandre, who is from Belo Horizonte, he showed me a year ago. So before we went to the United States, to record the album, I was at his house, to talk about the cover, tell him the album title, talk about the concept of the film Metropolis, so he could do something original. But when I saw the picture with the drawing, I thought it was all about what we wanted and we did not need something new. I asked him to do a tribal S on the cover style. In case the S made ​​by Alexandre will be on the back cover”

The artist, Wagner, continues on the cover and Sepultura:
“This series of work in charcoal drawing I did when I still lived in Belo Horizonte, were all made there. Are quick drawings without much reference, almost an experimentation that may have came from a desire to use the most basic of basic materials – coal, paper and wood. The cover design was ready, Andreas saw and liked. We talked a little more and I also sent some other pictures for the booklet. I was pleased with the choice of the theme of the album, I like Fritz Lang very much and not to mention only Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse der Spieler is a fucking movie.”
“Impossible being from Belo Horizonte and not know the band. Some of their albums followed me for a long time, especially Chaos A.D. I remember seeing ‘Refuse/Resist’ on TV and think that was wonderful. It’s really cool to work with the guys, being part of something together. It is somehow a shared history”

1. Trauma of War
2. The Vatican
3. Impending Doom
4. Manipulation of Tragedy
5. Tsunami
6. The Bliss of Ignorants
7. Grief
8. The Age of the Atheist
9. Obsessed
10. Da Lama ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover)

Bonus tracks:
11. Stagnate State of Affairs
12. Zombie Ritual (Death cover)