While performing at mega-festival Rock in Rio last Friday, October 4th, long-running extreme-metal act Sepultura announced they will be releasing their next full-length, a concept album titled Quadra, in early 2020.
“The experience was like no other time in the studio … We were relentless each day giving everything that we had until complete exhaustion of the mind, body, and soul,” said singer Derrick Green in a new statement about the forthcoming follow-up 2017’s Machine Messiah. “This album is the direct result of the sign of times. The music is an evolution needed to push ourselves to go further than we ever have.”
The album’s title, Quadra, refers to the number four, which was central to the theme. It also means “sport court” in Portuguese, which references an area of land or the marked-off area where a game takes place.
“We all come from different Quadras,” elaborated band architect Andres Kisser. “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. 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.”
Along with Quadra‘s announcement, Sepultura also premiered the new song, “Isolation,” at their Rock in Rio performance. Watch that, and see Quadra‘s cover art (created by artist Christiano Menzes), below.