Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser gets thoughtful about upcoming album “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be the Heart."
Sepultura will kick off a 19-city North American tour in Los Angeles right after the release of their new album, “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be the Heart,” coming Oct. 29 from revered metal label Nuclear Blast.
“The title is something tricky to make you think,” the pioneering Brazilian metal band's guitarist Andreas Kisser explains by phone from his home in Sao Paulo, fresh from two shows at Rock in Rio. “We talk about religion and politics, natural disasters (there is a track called 'Tsunami'), topics that people can relate to anywhere in the world. Of course there’s room for fantasy and excitement, but we have to use our brain a little bit.”
A line from Maria, the robot in the futuristic sci-fi film classic “Metropolis,” gave name to the album, the band’s third concept recording inspired by a well-known work of fiction, after 2006’s “Dante XXI” (“Dante’s Inferno”), and “A-Lex” (“A Clockwork Orange”) from 2009. The band’s most recent album was 2011’s “Kairos.”
“We’re not doing a soundtrack for the movie,” Kisser says of “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must Be the Heart.” “['Metropolis'] shows that if we have information and action without the human part, we’re nothing more than a robot.
“And that’s exactly what we’re seeing nowadays, the robotizing of the world and human beings,” he adds. “We are receiving information and acting, without questioning, without arguing. Without using your brain you’re just like a piece of the machine.”
Ross Robinson, who worked with the band on 1996’s nu-metal milestone “Roots,” produced “The Mediator.”
Listen to the new album’s first single, "The Age of the Atheist":
Sepultura’s “Tsunami of Metal Tour” opens Nov. 1 at Hollywood’s House of Blues. See below for all concert dates.
11/01: Hollywood, Calif. (House Of Blues)
11/02: Ramona, Calif. (Ramona Mainstage)
11/03: San Francisco, Calif. (Regency Ballroom)
11/04: Seattle, Wash. (Neumos)
11/07: Minneapolis, Minn. (Skyway Theater)
11/08: Sauget, Ill. (Pops Nightclub)
11/09: Detroit, Mich. (Harpo’s)
11/10: Cleveland, Ohio (Wolstein Center)
11/11: Chicago, Ill. (House Of Blues)
11/13: Springfield, Va. (Empire)
11/14: Worcester, Mass. (Palladium)
11/15: Toronto, Ontario (Phoenix Theater)
11/16: Montreal, Quebec (Metropolis)
11/17: Reading, Pa. (Reverb)
11/18: New York, N.Y. (Gramercy Theater)
11/20: Orlando, Fla. (Beacham Theater)
11/21: Miami, Fla. (Grand Central)
11/23: Ft. Worth, Texas (Queen City Music Hall)
11/24: Austin, Texas (Emo’s East)