Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA will release their new album, "Quadra", on February 7, 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records. The official music video for the disc's opening track, "Isolation", can now be seen below. The song can best be described as a punishing, experimental thrash slap in the face.
SEPULTURA debuted the song live at Rock In Rio festival last month. The performance was recorded and turned into an impressive clip, so the band's fanbase worldwide can also experience the explosive live energy and charisma of "Isolation".
Guitarist Andreas Kisser comments: "The video was created by using the footage of the performance we did at the Rock In Rio festival last October. It was the world premiere of the song 'Isolation', which is a straight-forward trash track with an epic intro. Also we presented the new cover and the name of the album 'Quadra' to an amazing crowd of 100,000 people, a magical and historical moment in our career. I'm so glad we had filmed the performance and now we are ready to show the world. The 'Quadra' cycle begins!"
With "Isolation", SEPULTURA comes up with a highly sociocritical issue as singer Derrick Green explains: "'Isolation' is a song that was written about the U.S. prison system. The inhuman practice of solitary confinement changes the mental stability of prisoners. They are not being rehabilitated but are transformed to become worst. Once they are released back into society, we all pay the price for what has been done to them."
After relentless touring for its previous opus, 2017's "Machine Messiah", SEPULTURA returned to Sweden's Fascination Street Studios to once again work with producer Jens Bogren. "Quadra" saw the bandmembers pushing their own mental and physical boundaries and has been one of the group's hardest albums to complete.
Green explains: "The experience was like no other time in the studio. I felt the preparation was key in making the recording process go as smooth as possible. We were relentless each day giving everything that we had until complete exhaustion of the mind, body, and soul. This album is a direct result of the sign of times. The music is an evolution needed to push ourselves to go further than we ever have."
The cover for "Quadra" was created by Christiano Menezes for Darkside Books. Revolving around the meaning of the number 4, the concept goes much deeper, as Kisser explains. "Quadra, among other meanings, is the Portuguese word for 'sport court' that by definition is a limited area of land, with regulatory demarcations, where according to a set of rules the game takes place," he says.
"We all come from different Quadras. The countries, all nations with their borders and traditions; culture, religions, laws, education and a set of rules where life takes place. Our personalities, what we believe, how we live, how we build societies and relationships, all depends on these set of rules that we grew up with. Concepts of creation, gods, death and ethics.
"Money, we are enslaved by this concept," he continues. "Who's poor and who's rich, that's how we measure people and material goods. Regardless of your Quadra, you need money to survive, the prime rule to play this game called life. Hence the coin.
"The coin is forged with the senator skull, who represents the set of rules and laws we live by; the world map on his head delimiting the borders of all nations, imaginary lines separating people by concepts of race and the sacred."
"Machine Messiah" was SEPULTURA's fourteenth studio album and the eighth since Green joined the ranks. Lyrically, the disc tackled the metaphorical robotization of society and the need to follow and worship someone.
SEPULTURA was formed in 1984 in Belo Horizonte by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, who are no longer with the band.