Brazilian thrashing heavy metal icons SEPULTURA have released a music video for "Phantom Self", a track from their upcoming album, "Machine Messiah", to be released on January 13th via Nuclear Blast Records. Watch the new clip below.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser about "Phantom Self": " "Phantom Self" starts with a short intro based on the Brazilian rhythm "Maracatú", originally from the Northeast region of Brazil. We mixed this very Brazilian sound with violins performed by a Tunisian violin ensemble, the Myriad Orchestra. This was a suggestion from Jens Bogren, the producer of the album, who worked with this orchestra before and he thought it could be a nice combination. We used the violins on different parts of the song and that opened a lot of new possibilities, especially for my guitar parts. It was great to have that conversation between guitar and violins, making the part even more special. It's a very heavy song, with a lot of groove, one of the most complete songs we ever worked with, and it's taking SEPULTURA to a new level!"
The album was produced by the band and Jens Borgen (Soilwork, Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth) of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The cover artwork for "Machine Messiah" was created by artist Camille Della Rosa.
"I found the work of Camille Della Rosa during some research I was doing to look for alternative artists to work on the cover of our new album," states Andreas Kisser. "I had the concept in my mind and the name of the album, "Machine Messiah", but that didn’t matter much since I was looking for different styles and ideas, different artists. When I saw her paintings I was really impressed by her style, full of colors and meaning, very unique, and alive! She comes from the Philippines, a place where we performed some years ago and we could feel the intensity of their culture, very powerful! She has that power in her paintings and drawings!
"The main inspiration around "Machine Messiah" is the robotization of our society nowadays. The concept of a God Machine who created humanity and now it seems that this cycle is closing itself, returning to the starting point. We came from machines and we are going back to where we came from. The messiah, when he returns, will be a robot, or a humanoid, our bio-mechanical savior.
"The painting "Deus Ex-Machina" is a masterpiece! I was really shocked to see how her concept of the painting was a perfect fit to our concept! The cover was done 6 years ago for our new album and she didn’t know it! Neither did I but I’m glad we crossed each others paths. Camille’s work is intense and in your face. We are lucky to have such a great artist working with us, she’s kind and very talented. She brings something new and exciting to a career of 32 years during which amazing artists have created memorable and iconic album covers.
"I’m very happy with everything about "Machine Messiah", it is a SEPULTURA album but with a new direction and intensity, a new musical challenge, a step forward! Can’t wait to show the world our music for the new Messiah coming."
"Machine Messiah" track listing:
- Machine Messiah
- I Am the Enemy
- Phantom Self
- Iceberg Dances
- Sworn Oath
- Resistant Parasites
- Silent Violence
- Vandals Nest
- Cyber God