Sepultura reveal artwork and tracklisting for new album

Brazilian metal icons Sepultura have unveiled the artwork (see above), title and tracklisting for their new album; which is to be titled The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart. Bit of a mouthful, eh? Anyway, the new album is set for release on 28th October via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner who specialises in charcoal drawing techniques.

In preparing the statements below, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and artist Alexandre Wagner collaborated with Brazilian journalist Emanuel Leite, Jr. to gather their thoughts.

In this statement, Kisser reveals how he discovered Alexandre:

It was an indication of Silvio Bibika, who was my roadie for a long time. He always shows me things in general that Sepulutra might need. He told me about Alexandre – who is from Belo Horizonte [in Brazil, where Sepulutra was founded] – 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, and 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 also asked him to do a tribal ‘S’ in the cover’s style, which will be on the back cover.

Album artist Alexandre Wagner comments on his creation:

This series of work in charcoal drawing [for the album] I did when I still lived in Belo Horizonte. They were all made there and are quick drawings without much reference, almost an experimentation that may have come from a desire to use the most basic of basic materials – coal, paper and wood. The cover design was ready, Andreas saw and liked it. 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 [Austrian filmmaker] Fritz Lang very much and not to mention only Metropolis, but Dr. Mabuse der Spieler [Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, Lang’s 1922 film] is a fucking movie!

To see more of Alexandre Wagner’s work, visit this location.

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart will be released as a Limited Edition Digipak CD/DVD and on Double Vinyl.

The  tracklisting for the album is:

  • 01. Trauma Of War
  • 02. The Vatican
  • 03. Impending Doom
  • 04. Manipulation of Tragedy
  • 05. Tsunami
  • 06. The Bliss Of Ignorants
  • 07. Grief
  • 08. The Age Of The Atheist
  • 09. Obsessed
  • 10. Da Lama Ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover)

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart was recorded with renowned producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Machine Head, Fear Factory), who worked with Sepultura on their landmark 1996 release Roots, and co-produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X, Incantation), who previously worked on Sepultura’s Roorback (2003), the Revolusongs EP (2002), and Nation (2001).

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