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CD SEPULCHURA THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS CD REVIEW

SEPULTURA

THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS MUST BE THE HEART

2013

 

 

HEAVY AND STRAIGHT TO THE POINT

 

 

The 13th studio album by legendary Brazilian metal band Sepultura is quite a unique album and also happens to be one of their heaviest yet which is something that still surprised me after a few listens to this album. Titled "The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart", this is a more straight to the point album than some of their more recent efforts and so that is exactly what I will try to do here in describing this album.

 

It should be noted that this is the first album with new drummer Eloy Casagrande who does a fantastic job behind the kit laying down some truly brilliant drumtracks. As much as a lot of hardcore Sepultura fans will undeniably argue that this band is not the same without Igor Cavalera on drums which in essence will always be true, the fact is the drum tracks on this album sound great for what it is and should in no way be dismissed. The other interesting bit is the fact that Ross Robinson produced the album, who last worked with Sepultura on the 1996 epic "Roots" album. The combination of these 2 features may not seem like much on paper but the end result is truly an awesome one.

 

The album begins with distorted white noise which quickly turns into the brutal fast opener "Trauma Of War", a fitting title that certaintly envokes the scarrings of war and turmoil. "Vatican" opens with an obvious operatic religious-sounding intro that is a little overly lengthy but then rewards the listener with a thrashy and dark brooding noise that in some parts almost borders on death metal. This alone is about the most brutal that I have ever heard Sepultura get and this is coming from a band known for putting out "Schizophrenia" and "Arise". "Impending Doom" lives up to it's name with drops of doom-laden grooves, while "Manipulation Of Tragedy" harks back to old Sepultura with riffs resembling something off the "Arise" album. The progressive nature that Sepultura have been going down with on recent albums pops it's head in here and there especially on "Tsunami" while typical tribal jam type riffs and more mellower type stuff are also showcased on tracks "The Bliss Of Ignorants" and "Grief". "The Age Of The Atheist" caught my attention fairly quickly with it's obvious song title but musically was slightly a let down and didn't have the chaotic heaviness of other tracks on the album. Still, it's not a bad song but I would have to put it as the weakest link on the album. On the opposite spectrum however and probably the standout track on the album, also helped by the obsessively talented Dave Lombardo as guest on drums, "Obsessed" pretty much sums up the entire album combining elements of thrash, progressive and tribal grooves which is really what this album is all about. Finally capping off the album for good measure is a wonderful cover of "Da Lama ao Caos" originally by Brazilian musical group Nação Zumbi. A little bit different from the rest of the brutal assault that the rest of the album forces onto the listener but not a bad way to end what I think is one of their better albums in the last decade.

 

After their last effort "Kairos" in 2011 which I thought was one of the best Sepultura album's of all time, I certaintly think "The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart" while not quite up there, is still one of the better albums with vocalist Derrick Green who's vocals really takes a backseat on this album. It's this that gives it a more instrumental sound but at the same time, where the vocals do kick in only makes it that more powerful. Like the old saying, the less is more and I think this works effectively where before maybe on previous albums his vocals were a little overpowering or not utilised better. Old or new fans, give this one a try. The mix of some of Sepultura's best qualities can be found on this album so it's worth a shot!

 

aAndrew Schizodeluxe

 

CD SEPULCHURA THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS CD REVIEW 2013