Brazilian thrash pioneers and innovators Sepultura are slated to release their 13th studio album, titled 'The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart.' The record is slated for an Oct. 25 release in Europe and Oct. 29 in the United States via Nuclear Blast.

The artwork for the highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed 'Kairos' was created by the Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner. The charcoal drawing style of the artist works incredibly well to suit the band's native twist on their brand of metal. The more abstract, primitive-looking drawing seems to juxtapose the philosophical nature of the album title, giving the album quite a bit of depth before we have even heard any of the music.

The artist, excited about his work with Sepultura and a common bond, exclaims:

“This series of work in charcoal drawing [for the album] I did when I still lived in Belo Horizonte. They were all made there and are quick drawings without much reference, almost an experimentation that may have come from a desire to use the most basic of basic materials - coal, paper and wood. The cover design was ready, Andreas saw and liked it. We talked a little more and I also sent some other pictures for the booklet. I was pleased with the choice of the theme of the album; I like [Austrian filmmaker] Fritz Lang very much and not to mention only 'Metropolis,' but 'Dr. Mabuse der Spieler' ['Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler,' Lang’s 1922 film] is a f-king movie!"

On the other side of the symbiotic relationship, guitarist Andreas Kisser offered some insight as to how the band discovered the artist:

"It was an indication of Silvio Bibika, who was my roadie for a long time. He always shows me things in general that Sepultura might need. He told me about Alexandre - who is from Belo Horizonte [in Brazil, where Sepultura was founded] - a year ago. So before we went to the United States to record the album, I was at his house to talk about the cover, tell him the album title, and talk about the concept of the film 'Metropolis' so he could do something original. But when I saw the picture with the drawing, I thought it was all about what we wanted and we did not need something new.  I also asked him to do a tribal ‘S’ in the cover’s style, which will be on the back cover.”

Sepultura, 'The Mediator Between Head and Hand Must Be the Heart' Track List:

1. 'Trauma Of War'
2. 'The Vatican'
3. 'Impending Doom'
4. 'Manipulation of Tragedy'
5. 'Tsunami'
6. 'The Bliss of Ignorants'
7. 'Grief'
8. 'The Age of The Atheist'
9. 'Obsessed'
10. 'Da Lama Ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover)'

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