Brazilian metal veterans Sepultura are gearing up for the release of their thirteenth studio album, entitled ‘The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart’. The track-listing and artwork for the full-length have now been revealed.


The cover artwork was created by Belo Horizontean artist Alexandre Wagner, an expert in charcoal. Guitarist Andreas Kisser explains how their collaboration came to be:


“It was an indication of Silvio Bibika, who was my roadie for a long time. He always shows me things in general that SEPULTURA might need. He told me about Alexandre – who is from Belo Horizonte [in Brazil, where SEPULTURA 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.”


Wagner himself described his work on the cover as follows:


“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!”


Wagner also considers himself a bit of a Sepultura fan:

“It’s impossible being from Belo Horizonte and not know the band, some of their albums followed me for a long time, especially [1993’s] Chaos A.D. I remember seeing ‘Refuse/Resist’ on TV and thinking that was wonderful. It’s really cool to work with the guys, being part of something together. It is somehow a shared history.”


‘The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart’ is out on October 28th via Nuclear Blast


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)

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