Leaning on their roots and pulling from their original sound, Sepultura’s Quadra is a refined and modern take on their thrash sound with heavily accentuated and native percussion—an aspect they have always been recognized for.
Quadra is Sepultura’s 15th studio record, a milestone for the band as leaders in the thrash genre. Recorded at Fascination Street Studios, Sepultura again recruited Swedish producer Jens Borgen for the curation of Quadra which features twelve very different tracks, each with their own caveat.
“Capital Enslavement” is a track completely inclusive of everything Sepultura aimed to experiment with on the record paired with their tried-and-true techniques. It’s thrashy with bouncing, chuggy riffs, but also inserts classical elements of violin adding a fresh approach.
Speaking of classical elements—the title track is chock full, as in that’s all it is. “Quadra” is a 46-second, instrumental track of sheer, classical, acoustic guitar inserted near the end of the record.
The closer “Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering,” is a song leading with rallying vocal qualities and lyrics performed by featured vocalist Emily Barreto from fellow Brazilian band Far from Alaska. Barreto’s vocals are accompanied by clean guitar elements and lifted by shredding guitar solos, a perfect sing-along anthem.
Quadra is a definite new direction from what die-hard, ’80s Sepultura fans are accustomed to hearing, but it perpetuates the experimental and progressive nature of Sepultura, a path every great artist and band takes eventually, if they are good anyway.