Album Review: Sepultura – The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart
The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart is the lengthy title of Sepultura’s 13th studio album. They have added yet, another new band member to the mix – drummer Eloy Casagrande who was able to add to the actual writing and recording process. The album was also produced by Ross Robinson who previously produced the very tribal-sounding Roots album; one that I am very fond of. So, before I even had a chance to listen to the album I had a couple of reasons to be optimistic that Sepultura would be fresh and brutal as they continue to churn out albums.
It started off in a quite pleasing fashion, one that was laced with a fresh level of brutality with some classic tribal elements embedded in there if you listen close enough. The first four tracks carry the album off to a promising start. I like the middle section of the fourth track, Manipulation of Tragedy. It has a great build up and thrashy cadence in the beginning. During the middle to latter part, an aggressive rhythm is accompanied with bongos (or it sounds like bongos) giving it a bit of a tribal, but headbanging feel.
Unfortunately, the album loses a bit of luster after a fairly strong beginning. Though the beats still hit hard and the aggression is there it just falls a bit flat and fails to regain the steam the album started off with. Bliss of Ignorance shined in the middle section of the album and Obsessed was thoroughly brutal and also features Dave Lombardo on drums.
Overall the album stalls, but when you look at the history of Sepultura in recent years, The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be The Heart is a strong collection of songs in package of about 47 minutes of music. If you have been disappointed since the departure of Max oh so long ago, this album might open that door for you a bit. And, if you happen to catch the one with bonus tracks there is a cover of Death’s Zombie Ritual. I haven’t heard it yet, but I need to.