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Sepultura Announce New Concept Album 'Quadra'

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 Written by Jon Stickler

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Sepultura have announced details of their upcoming studio album.

The Brazilian metal icons shared the news during their performance at Rock In Rio on October 4, revealing that the follow-up to 2017's 'Machine Messiah' will be a concept record called 'Quadra', scheduled to arrive in early 2020 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The Latin American quartet worked with producer Jens Borgen again, recording at Sweden's Fascination Street Studios. Lead guitarist Andreas Kisser explained the idea behind the album's cover art, as well as its concept revolving around the meaning of the number four:

"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."

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