Sepultura has announced a new concept album for 2020 dubbed Qudra, releasing on their long-time label Nuclear Blast Records. During their performance at Rock in Rio Festival last Friday, the Brazilian metal icons shared the first details of their new album. They also played a new song live, Isolation. You can also see the new artwork below.
Recorded again at Fascination Street Studios and with producer Jens Bogren, Derrick Green explains about the experience of making the new album:
“The experience was like no other time in the studio. I felt the preparation was key in making the recording process go as smoothly as possible. We were relentless each day giving everything that we had until complete exhaustion of the mind, body, and soul. This album is a direct result of the sign of the times. The music is an evolution needed to push ourselves to go further than we ever have.”
Today, the band also unveils the cover of this 15th studio piece, created by Christiano Menezes for Darkside Books. Revolving around the meaning of the number 4, the concept goes much deeper and the band’s mastermind Andreas Kisser explains the idea behind the depicted coin:
“Quadra, among other meanings, is the Portuguese word for “sport court” that by definition is a “limited area of land, with regulatory demarcations, where according to a set of rules the game takes place.
We all come from different Quadras. 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.”
The release date, pre-order and first single from Quadra will soon be revealed, so stay tuned for further details.