Sepultura
Quadra


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheNotrap USER (44 Reviews)
February 8th, 2020 | 139 replies


Release Date: 02/07/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sepultura enters the new decade in the best possible way.

Let me start by saying I've never been a Derrick Green-era enthusiast, as a matter of fact I've stopped following the band with interest since Chaos A.D. Sepultura's tribalistic approach, while artistically understandable, never convinced me. By this I do not mean Andreas, Paulo & Co didn't have their moments along the journey, nor can I forget that they kept the ship going without the Cavalera brothers at the helm, against all odds. The hard truth, however, is that the band simply ceased to be relevant. Which brings me to the question of whether relevance is everything, especially in a musical genre whose main core is energy and rock attitude. Well, artistically, relevance is indeed everything, but in the entertainment sphere it's no longer a fundamental value. It is through this perspective that we should analyze Sepultura's fifteenth album Quadra.

Quadra is a concept album revolving around the meaning of number 4 embedded in Quadrivium, the four liberal arts of arithmetic, geometry, music and cosmology, studied from Antiquity to Renaissance in order to perceive the nature of reality. Andreas combines these metaphysical syntheses with the meaning that Brazilians attribute to "Quadra", a sport court with a set of specific rules that distinguishes it from all others, such as countries with their own borders and traditions. Unlike its predecessor Machine Messiah, which took shape in a very short time, Quadra had enough time to mature, evolving from a previous concept, thus strengthening its substance and its aesthetic diversity. Let's take for example the opener 'Isolation' and 'Agony of Defeat', the first a thrash killer, the latter a remarkably accessible song that fit in any mainstream metal playlist. They're both sides of the same coin, but substantially different from each other. It's this kind of balanced contrast that we find in Quadra. The album flows quite well, never making us feel like we're in loop mode. Even more generic songs like 'Last Time', 'Ali' or 'Raging Void' have all their strong moments, whether it's Derrick's powerful delivery or the ever-present contagious groove. However it's tracks like 'Isolation', 'Means to an End', 'Capital Enslavement', 'Guardians of Earth' or the contagious 'Agony of Defeat' that take Quadra to another level, not seen in this band for many years. The squad is more confident than ever. The whole machine is well-oiled and highly focused, with special emphasis on Andreas Kisser who delivers his best performance since Chaos A.D. Don't get me wrong, Quadra isn't Beneath the Remains 2.0, nor does it pretend to be, but it's certainly a quality product, which shouldn't be ignored.

Sepultura enters the new decade in the best possible way. Much more than just a new chapter, Quadra is a demonstration of confidence and vitality, an unexpectedly vibrant testimony towards a new cycle. And judging by what I've just heard, the future is promising.



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TheNotrap
February 8th 2020


13194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Decimal rating: 3.8



An unexpected nice surprise. Their best album since Roots, great jam.

Album is available on Spotify.

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Willie
Moderator
February 8th 2020


18440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

That first paragraph describes me and my relation with this band completely. This also totally surprised me. The musicianship on this album, I don't think Max could even play the songs on the album.

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Pikazilla
February 8th 2020


7827 Comments


Wtf this doesn't suck

Let me start by saying I've never been a Derrick Green-era enthusiast, as a matter of fact I've stopped following the band with interest since Chaos A.D. Sepultura's tribalistic approach

Same

TheNotrap
February 8th 2020


13194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I don't think Max could even play the songs on the album"

Most definitely. Max could never sing Agony of Defeat.



Cheers Pika ;) this doesn't suck at all

Pikazilla
February 8th 2020


7827 Comments


Cheers Pika ;)

I sincerely hope you realise that "Wtf this doesn't suck" wasn't directed at your review but at the album in question xD

Pikazilla
February 8th 2020


7827 Comments


And my ass just got ninja'd

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2020


11521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No this doesn't suck. It's actually quite nice considering the usually slump of constant middling, unexciting, yet weirdly almost passable affairs they've dropped the last 15-20 years.



"don't think Max could even play the songs on the album."



Explain please? : )

I met the guy once and I'll agree his fingers don't play the way they used to but it's a hard sell to say he wouldn't have the chops for this...

TheNotrap
February 8th 2020


13194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahah sure Pika mate

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2020


11521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't mate me like you know me from the next wombat who walks past you.



Mate.

Pikazilla
February 8th 2020


7827 Comments


Yes fam

Willie
Moderator
February 8th 2020


18440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

The dynamics and complexity on a lot of these songs... I just don't think he's capable based on everything I've ever heard him play.

DoofDoof
February 8th 2020


7346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounded like the sort of album Machine Head should be releasing in 2020.



I still want a bit more from Sepultura but it’s a solid enough 3 out of 5

TheNotrap
February 8th 2020


13194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Derrick Green-era has always been Machine Head-esque, so what you're saying makes sense to me.

ChaoticVortex
February 8th 2020


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really glad how the Derrick Green-Sepu has been finally finding its footing. Dante XXI or Kairos had some solid songs, but ever since they started incorporate this diversive often proggy approach to the usual groove/thrash formula they've been really making strong albums. Like Machine Messiah this one also has loads of atmosphere. And Andreas Kisser remains one of the most stylish metal guitarists out there, his solos have such a unique flow to them.

TheNotrap
February 8th 2020


13194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've always liked Andreas, he's on fire here. The instrumental The Pentagram is one of my personal highlights.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 8th 2020


50979 Comments


why does everyone constantly bring up Max in relation to Sepultura? Hasn't he been gone for like... over 20 fucking years?

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2020


11521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's a too easy comparison point.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 8th 2020


50979 Comments


just seems a bit unfair to both parties tbqh, not to mention kind of irrelevant at this point

sonictheplumber
February 8th 2020


10953 Comments


bloody poooooops

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sonictheplumber
February 8th 2020


10953 Comments


i really only jam morbid visions, thats a black thrash classic



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