Sepultura – The Mediator Between Head and Hands must be the Heart – Available October 25th – Nuclear Blast Records.
Sepultura is a phenomenon. For over twenty-five years, the band from Brazil has been delivering a brutal mix of metal, hardcore, thrash, punk and tribal that could hardly be more intense or more passionate. What had begun in Belo Horizonte in 1984 soon turned into a metal hurricane of threatening proportions and has taken on undreamt-of dimensions since the enlistment of American vocalist Derrick Green in 1998. You have to experience this band live on stage to understand the fascination that this South-American act holds. And Sepultura’s current songs always indicate the future of heavy metal.
Andreas Kisser – Guitars
Derrick Green – Vocals
Eloy Casagrande – Drums
Paulo Jr. – Bass
The Mediator Between Head and Hands must be the Heart
Sepultura are back and have unleashed a furious beast upon the unsuspecting metal masses. The album title is a bit of a mouthful but once you hit play then it all makes sense. I really don’t know where to begin in trying to describe the intensity of The Mediator as this is an album that you feel with such a range of emotions that it is beyond description. I will not do a song by song analysis as this album has to be heard in its entirity to be appreciated fully, but outstanding tracks for me are ‘The Vatican’, ‘The Bliss of Ignorants’, ‘The Age of the Atheist’, and ‘Grief’.
‘Grief’ has to be given a brief description as it is so different to the rest of the album, it stands out! Green sings cleanly while swimming in a sea of despair which transcends into a pulsating blistering attack before mellowing out as we drown in his feelings of grief. The song does exactly
what it says and is a powerful, emotive release of deep sadness. An experimental venture that really works on this album and well worth checking out.
This album sees Sepultura return to their roots, it is a disjointed, unrepentant offering that has choirs, bells, thundering tribal drums, amazing guitar solos and vocals that roar from the bowels of Hell. ‘The Mediator Between The Head and the Hands Must be the Heart’ is a total mind fuck of an album and is not one for the weak minded or the faint hearted.
I loved it from the first listen and I can’t get enough of it..I highly recommend you add this to your collection, you won’t be sorry.
Text – Regina Mitchell