Genre: Thrash
Country: Brazil
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year: 2021

“In the cage, in the cage you will remain, they lock you down for life”

Sepultura remains the biggest metal export from Latin America and after 3 decades of pure hate, exploring new territories and expanding their horizons, its members are just like animals trapped in a cage. The lyrics above are from the single “Isolation” taken from their last studio effort “Quadra” (2020) which was a great album reminding us all how important band Sepultura is. Probably it was a reminder for the band too…Enitled “SepulQuarta”, the upcoming album from the Brazilian thrash titans is their brand new live album and scheduled to be released in Friday the 13th, this August via Nuclear Blast Records. “SepulQuarta was born at the very beginning of the pandemic when everything was halted,” guitarist Andreas Kisser remembers. “We had a new album out, but we couldn’t tour for it. Therefore, we created this recurring event where we could talk with our fans around the world, play our music and exchange ideas, it was a blast! SepulQuarta kept us alive and strong throughout one of the most difficult times in human history.” The upcoming live album features a plethora of guests from across the heavy metal universe. From the safety of their homes, international stars like David Ellefson, Scott Ian, Danko Jones, Devin Townsend, Matt Heafy, and many more recorded a track together with the band, which have now been mixed and mastered by Conrado Ruther. “We invited our amazingly talented friends to be a part of our project, either jamming with us or as a guest in the many Q&A’s we promoted,” Andreas explains. “We talked about our history, music, politics, sports, philosophy, depression and the environment among other things. We learned a lot with specialist guests and many of the great minds of today. Here you will find unique performances of SEPULTURA’s music from the many phases of our career, with amazing guest musicians that lent us their talent and energy to record these historical versions!” “Doing Sepulquarta during this period allowed me to stay in contact with music. Playing my instrument was the only thing left to do in this pandemic,” adds drummer Eloy Casagrande, and as the covid nightmare is always a scenario for our lives music seems to be a good way of coping with the never-ending lockdown and fear of loss and isolation that haunts people worldwide. As there are no drastic changes to any of their songs, even though we are dealing with a collection of classics still many (please count me in) would like to hear a different version or a bit more progressive or alternate version of these songs. Of course the final result is awesome despite the conservative pattern the band chose.