Quadra - Sepultura
- Release date:
- February 07, 2020
- Nuclear Blast
It is a worn truism, but the quartet sounds like they have been born again. During the writing process they have tried to frame the classic, five terms from the Beneath The Remains and Arise, but they are at the same time, gone to the task with modern-day glasses. It has proven to be a allerhelvedes good recipe for an album, and it's certainly not been worse that the Swedish Jens Bogren again has been responsible for the production and brought out the best in the band. For it does he really! I knew for example, that Andreas Kisser was so thumping skilled a guitarist, but for hulan where the poor spade get a genuine rusketur in his savvy hands more than once. And then there's Derrick Green. He sounds angrier than ever before and at the same time – whether he sings clean vocals or screams like a madman – can match Phil Anselmo in his heyday, is extremely impressive.
Extremely impressive – and quite surprising – it is also, to Sepultura, suddenly have committed one of their best records in a very long time and maybe even in the whole. I know well that we are only in February, but wait me, not the Quadra is to find on various lists of the year's best releases, as we approach the new year. I'm almost sure of it.
The greatest show of strength from Sepultura
The enclosure must be... right here!
It is almost an understatement to say that much has happened with the brazilian Sepultura since their debut Morbid Visions 1986. The saga is long, and it is a utterly intriguing tale, but the whole of the detailed history of the Cavalera brothers, years of internal strife and concert-tragedies should not be made here. Rather, it should focus on the group's latest album, Quadra, and not much else. It is not just album number fifteen from the south american thrashere; it is the best album they have made in many years as well as some of the best groove/thrash metal, the undersigned have heard in a very long time.
Huh the fuck???
The last ten years, has not been Sepulturas strongest purely albummæssigt. After a few less successful slices and a single, which was ok without being flashy, my expectations for this new Sepultura album, not crazy high. Preserved, I have always kept much of them and not least their energy live shows, but it was hardly the rapture I broke out in at home in front of the plant, when the Machine Messiah, Cairo or The Mediator... came in the rotation. But, but... I must edderbroderemig laws, that there are other buns on the soup.
"Isolation" is a crazy solid opening for an, all in all, absolutely awesome album. From here it gets only wilder, with, for example, "Last Time", "Ali" and, not least, the instrumental "The Pentagram". And when you get to the final "Fear; Pain; Chaos; Suffering" sit back with a "what the hell just happened there?"-feeling. The Quadra is not just a fat plate; when it comes to the fandenivoldske groovede thrash is the album as a mix of all the best from Pantera, Testament and Machine Head on the one and the same time – of course added the classic Sepultura-elements and the usual tribalrytmer. And it says damn not so little! It is unmistakably Sepultura, but there is also room for experiments and small detours that clothes the total sound allerhelvedes well. All balanced to perfection.
Quadra is, as the name suggests, anything with the number four, and it is no coincidence that the disc's name landed here; as the knowledgeable listener will be able to hear, is in fact divided into four parts: The first is the raw and five, after which we get the rhythmic inspired by Roots-time. The third part is the experimental and the fourth and last is devoted to the acoustic and melodious. In addition is the "quadra" is also the Portuguese word for a course in sportsmæssig sense of the word; a course which, as a society, have mandatory laws, rules and clearly recorded limits. It is in his usual angry Sepultura-style from here, the theme in the lyrics comes.
>> Check the songs and lyrics here