Brazil’s Sepultura is back with their latest effort, the elaborately titled “The Mediator Between Head and Hand Must Be the Heart.” If you are anything like me, then you are extremely curious about each and every Sepultura release. Each of their releases are always met with a ton of curiosity to see if there is a chance that the thrash metal veterans will return to their early form, whether it be their classic thrash metal sound of the pre-1993 albums or the groove metal sounds of albums like “Chaos A.D.”
Vocalist Derrick Green, while still considered by many to be the new guy, has been in Sepultura’s ranks for 15 years now. I love Green, but there is no denying that he is no Max Cavalera, but truth be told, Cavalera has not fared all that well since his departure from Sepultura either.
As far as “The Mediator Between Head and Hand Must Be the Heart” goes, the album is pretty straight forward with its aggression hitting the listener like a ton of bricks without so much as an apology. The opening track, Trauma of War, starts off innocently enough, but hits the gas and never lets up.
Fans familiar with the 1927 film “Metropolis” will undoubtedly relate to the song titles and lyrical content of the album as this is a concept album which follows that classic film.
The Vatican is a song that was just released as a single and seems to be a pretty good song mixing aggression with complexity. It is a layered song that has a lot to offer and almost calls back to “Chaos A.D.” era Sepultura.
I am on the fence with Impending Doom. I like a lot of what the song does, but never have a desire to listen to it when enjoying the album. Another similar song in sound is Tsunami, but I am thoroughly enjoying that one. Manipulation of Tragedy mixes in some great drum work that only Sepultura can bring to metal with that Brazilian flare.
Andreas Kisser and Paulo Jr. have more of a muddy, downtuned sound than I would like, but they are still a stellar team. The drums, as awesome as they are, have too clean of a sound to them to match the guitars. There feels like a disconnect on that front. As far as being a concept album, “The Mediator Between Head and Hand Must Be the Heart” portrays the feelings of “Metropolis” very well and could very well be a soundtrack to the film had they recorded this 90 years ago (LOL).
Overall, this is a solid comeback album for the thrash legends, but not a comeback to a sound that the fans have been asking for. If you are looking for old Sepultura. With all of that being said, “The Mediator Between Head and Hand Must Be the Heart” is not a bad release at all.
The Mediator Between Head and Hand Must Be the Heart Track Listing:
01. Trauma of War
02. The Vatican
03. Impending Doom
04. Manipulation of Tragedy
06. The Bliss of Ignorants
08. The Age of the Atheist
10. Da Lama ao Caos