Power of Metal.dk Review

The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
Style: Thrash Metal
Release date: 25 October, 2013
Playing time: 47:07

If you had hoped for a return to the 'Roots' era  because of producer Ross Robinson your hope is in vain. With Derrick Green the band will never musically return to those days. This new album is a logical follow up to 'Kairos'. This time a long title and if you are into philosophic lyrics, you do surely have something to dive into with this new album.

This 13th album is probably one of the heaviest and most aggressive one to date. Does that make it an extraordinary album? No, sometimes the vocals of Green are to over the top and there are some songs that are just not good enough for a band by the name Sepultura. In between there is a lot to like for sure, I especially like the Slayer riffs in several songs. Just listen to "Impending Doom" where these influences lay on top. Another trademark, their tribal rhythms, also come along in several songs and that makes this album again a typical Sepultura album.

Although I don't like the album from start to finish, heavy thrash songs like "Manipulation of Tragedy", "Obsessed" (with Dave Lombardo) or the opener "Trauma of War" are a real pleasure, but that can't compensate for inferior tracks like "Grief" and "Da Lama Ao Caos" completely.

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
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 October, 2013
Website: www.facebook.com/sepultura