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Formed: 1984
From: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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Sepultura Frontman Posts Fourth Indian Update

SEPULTURA frontman Derrick Green has posted the fourth entry in an ongoing tour diary covering the band's first-ever appearance in India. It reads as follows:

"We have a long travel day ahead of us to Shillong and we check out of the hotel at 5 in the morning and head to the airport. We will have a layover in Kolkata (Calcutta) then go to Guwahati and when arrive there we will have a four-hour drive because of road construction to Shillong.

"The landscape flying into Guwahati is very different than Delhi. There is much more green and mountains in the area. We are close to Burma, Nepal.

"We land and file into 5 different cars. I already start to notice that people look different. There is more of an Asian element mixed with the people that I notice and less traffic. The roads don't seem that bad at first but there are cows lying casual all over the two-lane highway. The landscape is beautiful and as we slowly drive upwards into the mountains the poverty level seems to be rising. I start to notice shacks as houses and poorly naked malnourished kids on the side of the road.

"The road was hardly a road and we weaved are way around trucks that were hauling everything that you can imagine. I'm nervous and speechless the entire ride and it continues to get worse. The road at times turns into almost a dirt road with rocks used to fill the potholes. Cars are racing past us and we are passing trucks without truly seeing what's coming towards us. It's a deadly game of cat-and-mouse which is what makes everyone nervous.

"The sun sets early over here this time of the year and we make it into the city just at sunset. There is a massive billboard for the show in the midst of crumbling shanty houses.

"I'm relieved to arrive because I felt that anyone of us could have been in a horrible accident and it was all extremely nerve-racking, but I'm happy to arrive.

"The town reminds of a scene from an Indiana Jones movie and the city is functioning with the bare minimum.

"I'm at a loss of words — I have never been to a place like this before but I stay optimistic: We have survived and we will be able to play for people that never expected us to ever play there and feel that they will appreciate every minute of it.

"There are many problems with everyone's rooms but I'm so exhausted that I really don't care I just need to lay down and close my eyes and not be in motion."

In a recent interview with Romania's Metalhead TV, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser stated about the band's current touring/recording plans, "Our intention, really, is to play as much as we can to prepare this band to start writing new material. So we're gonna start writing a new album at the end of the year, hopefully to release next year, sometime in the second [half of 2008]."

Back in March, SEPULTURA filmed the second video from their "Dante XXI" album, for the song "Ostia". The clip was shot at a studio in São Paulo prior to the band's departure for their European tour. During the following week, the video crew and the main actor shot the outdoor scenes in downtown São Paulo. The script, which adapts the story from the book "The Divine Comedy" to the modern days, was directed by Geraldo Moraes.

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Ex-Sepultura Drummer Performs At SKOL Beats

Video footage of former SEPULTURA drummer Igor "Iggor" Cavalera laying down drum beats along to a track by MIXHELL — the DJ/hip hop/electro project featuring Igor and his wife Laima Leyton — at the Skol Beats 2007 electronic music festival, which took place May 4-5, 2007 in São Paulo, Brazil, can be viewed below.

Igor Cavalera left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." He has since been replaced by Jean Dolabella (ex-UDORA). Igor's departure from SEPULTURA came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from the group's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006). Filling in on drums during the band's spring 2006 European tour with IN FLAMES was Roy Mayorga, who played with Igor's brother Max in SOULFLY for several years in the late '90s and again in 2001-2003.

Igor is the second Cavalera to leave SEPULTURA. In 1996, Max Cavalera exited the group after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as SEPULTURA's manager.

Igor and Max Cavalera are currently collaborating on a new project called CAVALERA CONSPIRACY. The group's debut album will be released in early 2008 via Roadrunner Records. More...

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Sepultura Frontman Issues Another Tour Report

SEPULTURA frontman Derrick Green has posted the third entry in an ongoing tour diary covering the band's first-ever appearance in India. It reads as follows:

"Day 3 - October 28, 2007 New Delhi: It's show day and there is some time before soundcheck to see another landmark in New Delhi history. We decide to go to a place call the Red Fort which is close to the hotel and we can go from there straight to soundcheck.

"It's Sunday and traffic is not too bad we make are way to the Red Fort where there is a huge line of men and a separate line with women. There is always heavy security at historical monuments due to fear of terrorist attacks. The metal detector is made of wood and it looks like it might have been made in a 6th grade science competition. I'm not sure it really works but they pat everyone down and place all bags through an x-ray machine.

"The fort is enormous and is laid out along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon built of red sandstone. It was completed in 1648 and the Mughal king at the time transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi, Agra is the city here the Taj Mahal is located and we plan on going the next day.

"We walk around taking pictures and bargaining in the market area which is located inside the fort. We don't have a guide this time but there are signs that are explaining a little bit the history of the place.

"Time passes quickly and we have to get on our way to the soundcheck, shows start early in India due to a noise curfew.
"The area we are are performing is outside and is surrounded many different places. There is a kids museum with a large missile propped up on top of the building and a banquet hall for weddings and parties.

"I'm not too worried about our soundcheck. Stanley, our sound engineer, assures us that he will make it work. The waiting around is the worst part — I want to play, I want to see the crowd and feel their energy.

"There is something very special about playing a place for the first time. It's a show that you and the fans will never forget and I have no idea what to expect.

"The dressing room has two air conditioners pumping freezing cold air and outside the room there are millions of mosquito's ready to feed. I stretch and listening to the opening band keep the power of the cow bell alive.

"It's showtime and I have a wonderful energy flowing through me we came a long way to play and I don't want to let anyone down. The crowd are absolutely fantastic there energy is insane and the barricades begin to break down. There are various mosh pits breaking out and extra people are called to reinforce the barricades. People are singing along to old and new songs and from looking into the eyes of the crowd you can see that the show is fully appreciated, it's an unbelievable feeling for all of us.

"Once we are off the stage we are put into a car heading back to the hotel and I feel doped up with a super natural high plus a feeling of absolute exhaustion. I can't help but thinking over and over in my head we did it we finally played India our first show and two more to go, it's surreal and I'm in love with this place.

"Day 4 - October 29, 2007 Agra: Today is our day trip to the Taj Mahal and we are told that it will take over four hours. We pile into a bus early in the morning and slam right into a wall of traffic.

"The hardest part is getting out of the city. It's an overload of sights, smells and sound that I have never seen before in my life.

"The road to Agra is a two-lane highway with people traveling by trucks, bus, bicycle it doesn't matter people are everywhere.

"We encounter snake charmers on the way and people with monkeys who make them do tricks on a stick. People do what ever they can to make money for food for survival.

"Once we arrive in the city Of Agra there is even more chaos on the way to the Taj Mahal. When ever the bus stops people instantly run to the side of the bus tasking for money or to sell items or just staring intensely.

"There are many children on the streets and there ability to survive is crucial. There are some that have taught themselves to speak a little bit in different languages in order to be more effective at selling there product. Some of them wear bright colored shirts and give themselves easy to remember names in English to help remind you when you come back from the the Taj Mahal that you do not for get them and buy from them.

"There are people entering from all over the world and many have come from a long way like us. The mood of everyone seems to be of joy and happiness

"It's so overwhelming walking into area of the Taj, I even have goosebumps! The view looks like a huge mirage it's fascinating there is nothing that exist or will exist like this ever again. If there is such a thing as true perfection this is it and we are all drawn to walk towards it. The energy pulls you in.

"We have a guide who explains the history of the Taj Mahal which is a love story filled with tragedy and romance. To walk on the marble part of the Taj and to enter it your shoes must be taken off or covered with this shoe cloth they provide. It's dark inside and hot because the cross ventilation was sealed with glass to prevent pigeons from entering and destroying the inside which is preserved as it was back when it was constructed. There is a mosque to left of the Taj Mahal and you can hear the praying over the mosque speakers. People are sitting all around everywhere enjoying the atmosphere of the area and then there are some people who are asking for photographs of me because I look like a freak to them ahah! It's not a problem for me — the people are very friendly and then a group of people approach us and the one girl has a SEPULTURA tattoo on her leg. The girl is shaking and asks to take a picture of all of us. She and her friends are from Australia. There were a few more people who recognized us after that, which is insane; I never would have guessed this could happen at the Taj Mahal of all places.

"We leave to head back to New Delhi and the final question that was put to the guide which he didn't say much about was what happened to the workers. 1,000 of the workers after the completion of the Taj Mahal had there hands cut off along with their eyes blinded and tongues cut off by the Mughal ruler who had the Taj Mahal built. The reason why was to prevent them from every rebuilding a duplicate of the Taj Mahal or even speaking of it, I knew there had to be dark side to this story."

In a recent interview with Romania's Metalhead TV, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser stated about the band's current touring/recording plans, "Our intention, really, is to play as much as we can to prepare this band to start writing new material. So we're gonna start writing a new album at the end of the year, hopefully to release next year, sometime in the second [half of 2008]."

Back in March, SEPULTURA filmed the second video from their "Dante XXI" album, for the song "Ostia". The clip was shot at a studio in São Paulo prior to the band's departure for their European tour. During the following week, the video crew and the main actor shot the outdoor scenes in downtown São Paulo. The script, which adapts the story from the book "The Divine Comedy" to the modern days, was directed by Geraldo Moraes.

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Sepultura Frontman Shouts Out For Vegeterianism

While India prepares to be "invaded' by world-renowned Brazilian metal-hardcore band SEPULTURA, petaDishoom — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India's youth division — is getting a jump on the rest of the country. That's because the band's lead singer, Derrick Green — who long ago went vegetarian after learning about the suffering of animals raised and killed for food — jumped at the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with petaDishoom.com. As an added bonus, three lucky fans who visit the site will win a free SEPULTURA CD. Visitors to the site can also read an exclusive interview with METAKIX, who opened for SEPULTURA in Delhi on October 28, 2007.

In the interview, Green, who joined SEPULTURA in 1998, explains why he refuses to eat meat and the importance of respecting animals and fellow humans. He also discusses the band's graphic video for the song "Convicted in Life", which contains real footage of animal abuse, and depicts — in a twist of karma — pig slaughterers who turn into pigs, and chicken harvesters who get their brains eaten by hens.

"You can really tell how civilized a society is by the way that it treats its animals — everything is connected," says Green, who kicked the meat habit 23 years ago after reading Upton Sinclair's book "The Jungle", which recounts the cruelty of abattoirs. "Even at a young age, it's important to learn to have compassion for [others] … to have that respect and knowledge about other animals and other people as well."

SEPULTURA and METAKIX join a growing list of stars — including INXS' JD Fortune, Moby, THE BLACK EYED PEAS, RAZORLIGHT, BOMBAY ROCKERS and THE SONIK GURUS — who have teamed up with petaDishoom to inspire kids to challenge outdated, cruel attitudes about animals.

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Sepultura Issue Another Update From India

SEPULTURA frontman Derrick Green has posted the second entry in an ongoing tour diary covering the band's first-ever appearance in India. It reads as follows:

"I awoke very early at least for me 9:00 am and descended downstairs for breakfast. I was hungry and I was looking forward to having something typical for an Indian breakfast. I proceeded experimenting with various spicy dishes and continued going back for more, it was all extremely delicious."

"I was anxious to see New Delhi and only a few people who were up and ready to go. I called Jean [Dolabella, drums] because I know that he mentioned the day before that he wanted to go anywhere at anytime. Caio, our lighting engineer, and his brother Albert, who is filming our entire trip in India, were also ready to go so we set out to place called Qutub Minar." More...

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Sepultura Frontman Checks In From India

SEPULTURA frontman Derrick Green has posted the first entry in an ongoing tour diary covering the band's first-ever appearance in India. It reads as follows:

"Our journey is a long voyage starting from Sao Paulo, Brazil with a quick layover in London then straight to New Delhi."

"The expectations are running high for everyone because this will be our first time in India for all of us. I have always had a desire to come to India since I was a young boy so this happens to be a very important trip personally."

"We descend into New Delhi 11:30 at night and the city is covered in a soft blanket of smog. The only images that can be made out are the offset yellow street lights and the glowing white headlights of traffic coming to and leaving the airport." More...

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Sepultura Reveal More Indian Tour Details

Brazilian metallers SEPULTURA have confirmed live dates in India that will begin at the end of this month. Venue details have been revealed. The dates are as follows:

28 - Delhi, India - Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan
31 - Shillong, India - Polo Stadium

3 - Bangalore, India - Palace Grounds

Tickets can be purchased here. Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser stated recently that the band will commence work on a new album next month and it will be released worldwide through SPV Records sometime in 2008.

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Original Sepultura Guitarist Joins Band Onstage

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser checks in with the following update:

"Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Thursday I played in Sao Paulo, in a small music bar called AO Vivo Groove Bar, with Daniel La Torre (Hammond) and Vasco Fae (Drums, Vocals and Harmonica).

Joao Gordo (R.D.P Singer, VJ MTV Brazil) was there too and we did a blues version of an old Brazilian song very known by all. It was great jamming.

On Friday, at the same stage, I was invited by Marina De La Riva to play at her show. She also sang a song at my show, we did 'Since I've Been Loving You' from LED ZEPPELIN. A Spectacular voice, soft, full of feelings and emotions, performing the song in a unique way. Wonderful! At her gig I did a Cuban song called 'Juramento', where I played a guitar lead. Gracias por todo De La Riva!

After that I went to Belo Horizonte to jam with Sepultura. It was the best show we did in BH. I think it was the first time we actually played songs from every album. The high point on the set was when we called Jairo Guedz (TORMENTOR), first Sepultura guitar player (1984-1987), to play two songs with us, songs that he was a writer too. 'Necromancer' from Bestial Devastation and 'Troops Of Doom' from Morbid Visions.

The crowd went mad, they were singing and screaming, enjoying every minute of it. I dedicated the show to Joao Dollabella, second child from Jean who was born on September 21st. Great vibes with all Jean's parents and relatives around together with our old friends. Unforgettable! Thanks a lot to all in Belo Horizonte for this great night!"

The setlist for Sepultura's September 22nd date in Belo Horizonte was as follows: 'Dark Wood Of Error', 'Refuse/Resist', 'Convicted In Life', 'False', 'Dead Embrionic Cells', 'Sepulnation', 'Ostia', 'Crown & Mitter', 'Desperate Cry/Escape To The Void', 'Spit', 'Boycott', 'Buried Words', 'Bullet The Blue Sky', 'Orgasmatron/Inner Self', 'Beneath The Remains', 'Slave New World', 'Territory', 'Arise', 'Kayowas', 'Biotech Is Godzilla', 'Troops Of Doom', 'Necromancer', 'Come Back Alive', 'Roots Bloody Roots'.

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Sepultura Guitarist Talks About New Album Process

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued the following update:

"I've been very busy since we came back from the European tour. I jammed with many Brazilian artisits including, ORQUESTRA IMPERIAL (RJ), Blues with Vasco Fae in the Northeast, Marina De La Riva, Irmandade do Blues, recording with different styles of musicians and I will finish my solo album, Hubris by the end of the year.

Next month after Jean's kid is born, we will start a new album which will be released worldwide trough SPV Records. We will start practice in Belo Horizonte at Jean's studio.

Since Beneath The Remains we (haven't written) songs in BH. It will be another great deal of motivation to do that after so long. I'll keep you posted about the evolution of our work!"

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Cavalera Conspiracy Announce Album Details

Brazilian metal titans Max and Igor Cavalera have written and recorded new material together for the first time in 12 years. It is their first outing since recording their former band, SEPULTURA's colossal landmark album, "Roots" in 1995. The new project named CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, features the Cavalera brothers (Max on vocals and rhythm guitar and Igor on drums), SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo and GOJIRA's Joe Duplantier on bass. Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) makes a cameo bass appearance on one track. Another track features a collaboration with Max, Joe and Richie Cavalera (INCITE) on vocals.

Monte Conner, Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R recently visited the band in the studio. "Having stopped by the studio, I can tell you the magic between Max and Igor is still there. When these brothers play together, it's like the planets align," he says. "Igor's playing is simply on fire and as always, Max continues to have one of the most recognizable and powerful voices in all of metal. It was great to see both Max and Igor with such big smiles on their faces."

This long-anticipated reunion between the Cavalera brothers is something fans across the globe have been waiting for since SEPULTURA's last gig at Brixton Academy in December 1996. Hailing from Belo Horizonte in central Brazil, SEPULTURA gained a legendary reputation as the one of the most highly regarded and successful death/thrash metal bands of all time, with two gold albums under their belts both in the UK and the USA — "Chaos A.D." (1994) and "Roots" (1996).

"When Igor and I met at the 10th annual D-Low Memorial Show [in 2006] and got the instruments in our hands, it was like we had never been separated. The metal was flowing in our veins," comments Max. "It was the same in the studio."

Recording took place this past July at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with rising production star Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist). Mixing at Undercity is currently underway. The still-untitled record is tentatively slated for a February 2008 release. Among the 11 songs set to appear are "Inflikted", "Bloodbrawl", "Holy Poison", "The Doom of All Fires", "Ultra-Violent" and "My Sanctuary". A b-side cover of the POSSESSED death/thrash classic "The Exorcist" was also recorded.

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Sepultura To Begin Work On New Album Next Month

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued the following update:

"I've very busy, since we came back from the European tour. I jammed with many Brazilian artisits including, ORQUESTRA IMPERIAL (RJ), blues with VASCO FAE in the Northeast, MARINA DE LA RIVA, IRMANDADE DO BLUES, recording with different styles of musicians and I will finish my solo album, 'Hubris', by the end of the year.

"Next month after Jean's [Dolabella, drums] kid is born, we will start a new album which will be released worldwide trough SPV Records. We will start practice in Belo Horizonte at Jean's studio. Since 'Beneath the Remains' [1989] we don't write songs in Belo Horizonte. It will be another great deal of motivation to do that after so long. I'll keep you posted about the evolution of our work!"

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Watch Video Footage From Guitar Institute Event

Some post-show video coverage of the Metal Hammer-sponsored Guitar Institute (part of London, England's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) event that took place August 18-19 is now online here, including SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser's exclusive clinic and footage of Pin & Dan of Sikth. You can view the footage online here.

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Max Cavalera Contemplating Calling Sepultura

SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera spoke to Björn Gieseler of the German radio station Radio T on Sunday, August 19 about his current project with his younger brother (and former SEPULTURA bandmate) Igor (tentatively dubbed THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) and the possibility of a reunion of the classic SEPULTURA lineup in the not-too-distant future.

When asked if he would be willing to reconnect with the SEPULTURA members Andreas Kisser (guitar) and Paul Xisto Pinto Jr. (bass) if they tried to reach out to him after all these years of not talking to each other, Max said, "I've been thinking about this a lot and I think that maybe I should do that with them like Igor did with me — just call them [out of the blue one day] and surprise them. Maybe that's the real way to fix the things between SEPULTURA and maybe there'll be some kind of cool reunion… put all the bullshit aside. Let's see [what happens]… because, you know, I regard Andreas and Paulo and Igor as more than just friends. Igor is my brother, but Andreas and Paulo are very close and they share very big, strong moments with me that many people have not shared."

On whether a reunion of the classic SEPULTURA lineup is possible, Max said, "I think it's possible — nothing is impossible — but I say that it's something that's not gonna [happen] so quick[ly]. In terms of music, [the rest of] this year is gonna be [taken up by] finishing the [SOULFLY] tours, finishing [the project with Igor] so fans can hear this kick-ass record, next year make a new SOULFLY [album], and then hopefully sometime after that a reunion, sure. Of course everybody knows I like the idea."

When asked if he would ever consider moving back to Brazil after living in Phoenix, Arizona for the past 16 years, Max said, "I like where I live, but I miss Brazil as well. I'm not a very selfish guy, so where I live is not really for me, it's more for my family, especially my sons. I live there so they can have a better shot in life, get better things in life than the choices I had. After they're [all grown up], yeah. I like the PINK FLOYD [way of doing things] — put an album out every couple of years and live in a faraway part of the world — yeah, that sounds cool. Maybe Brazil — north of Brazil would be nice. But always keep making music — never stop making music."

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Video Interview With Sepultura Guitarist Online

Brian Morrison of Vibrations magazine conducted an interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser on August 18, 2007 prior to the band's show at Rio's in Leeds, England. Watch the first part of the interview below.

The 10th episode of Romania's Metalhead TV includes a video interview with guitarist Andreas Kisser, conducted before SEPULTURA's July 12, 2007 concert in Bucharest, and performance footage of three songs from the same show.

Commenting on SEPULTURA's current touring/recording plans, Kisser said, "Our intention, really, is to play as much as we can to prepare this band to start writing new material. So we're gonna start writing a new album at the end of the year, hopefully to release next year, sometime in the second [half of 2008]." More...

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Cavalera Project Changes Name

The new project featuring SEPULTURA founding members Max (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) alongside vocalist Joe Duplantier (bass) of the French progressive death metallers GOJIRA and SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo has tentatively changed its name to THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY from the previously announced INFLIKTED (the latter moniker was dropped due to legal reasons).

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Sepultura Guitarist Updates From England

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued the following update:

"August 17: The [European] tour is almost finished; four more shows and then we are going home. It was a long tour but a very good one. We play for many people around Europe and now we feel ready to start new music for a new album.


"We came from Bulgaria — it was the first time there. Too bad we stayed less than 24 hours in the country, but it was worth it. We flew from Barcelona to Varna and then to Albena — a beautiful place with beaches at the Black Sea and a very hot sun. We played at the city of Kavarna in a football stadium, full of Bulgarian headbangers. The show was great and the whole production was amazing, one of the very best in Europe... all very organized, done with a lot of passion and respect.

"I hope to be back soon to Bulgaria and have more time to explore the country.

"Thank you all very much, Bulgaria!!

"We are now in England on the last stage of the tour. We are a little tired but we're very happy with the job done.

"I would like to send a special thanks to our crew that makes the best effort every night so we have everything ready to jam on stage. Valeu!
"Rumors, rumors, rumors...

"August 18, 2007, Leeds, England: Today I did my first guitar clinic ever in Europe. It was at the Guitar Institute (The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) in London. I didn't have with me all the stuff I usually use in my clinics in Brazil but it was really cool. It was a conversation with 20 students from the school and it was sponsored by the Metal Hammer magazine. It will be a whole weekend talking and playing metal! I played many riffs from the history of SEPULTURA and they asked me about everything: techniques, composition, influences and stories about SEPULTURA. Also, I improvise over some blues playbacks but I couldn't play the classical guitar 'cause I didn't have my instrument.

"I hope to come back soon to do the full clinic.

"Thanks a lot, GI!

"Afterwards I took the train to Leeds and we've just left the stage. DESTROY!!!!

"Only two more shows to go, time to go home..."

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Sepultura To Play First Bulgarian Show

SofiaEcho.com reports that the musicians from the Brazilian thrash metal group SEPULTURA arrived at the airport in Varna, Bulgaria earlier today.

The band will perform tonight (Wednesday, August 15) as part of the thrash metal festival in the Black Sea coastal town of Kavarna.

Kavarna's mayor Tsonko Tsonev said that between 3,000 and 5,000 people are expected to attend the concert.

"I like SEPULTURA very much and I am glad that their first concert in Bulgaria will take place namely in Kavarna," Tsonev said.

It will be the first performance of SEPULTURA in Bulgaria, Focus news agency reported.

Tsonev said that he expected a very good festival. Groups from Romania and Sweden will also take part in the event.

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Sepultura Hopes To Release New Album In Spring

Vassil Varbanov of Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock recently conducted an interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Tangra Mega Rock: How has the tour been so far?

Andreas: Great! This is the third time we're in Europe for the "Dante XXI" album and the reactions have been amazing. We also have a new drummer — Jean Dolabella — who's been together with us for a year now. He's doing a great job, and we're already planning a new album for next year. Now we're at the end of the touring for our current CD and everything's been great so far.

Tangra Mega Rock: Mentioning "Dante XXI", this is the fifth album you recorded with Derrick Green on vocals, and it's definitely the best one. How come?

Andreas: You know, it only takes time to reach a certain level. I think "Chaos A.D." and "Roots" are the best albums we did with Max, so back then it took time, too — I joined SEPULTURA in 1987, and we did "Roots" in 1995-96. As for Derrick, he joined us in 1997 or 1998, and we're doing "Dante XXI" now. It takes time to know each other, to play in a lot of different situations, on different stages and tours, to work in various studios with various producers... Now we're starting another new chapter with Jean, so... I mean, it's something very natural.

Tangra Mega Rock: This sounds a bit like the situation in a football team, where you can have superb players, but it takes time for them to match together well.

Andreas: Of course. Let's take the Brazilian national team on the last World Cup — we had the best players since Pele, but I think we didn't have team. All the training and stuff were done in a wrong way. You need some time and self respect to build a real team. It's the same thing within a band — you need to have a team spirit to work together.

Tangra Mega Rock: Now it seems that everything in the SEPULTURA camp is going fine, but I can't escape asking you about Max and Igor who left the band. Do you feel better today, without any Cavaleras around?

Andreas: Well, everything is alright. They made their choice, and I'm glad that right now we're having everybody in the band that we want to be here. The four of us are putting a 100% of effort and energy and enjoy what we're doing, which is the most important thing. Lately Igor was not really enjoying being on the road and on tour, he wanted to be in Brazil and wasn't playing the best way he could... Anyway, now everything's fine, and we're very excited to write new material and look forward to the future. It's a new challenge, and the whole SEPULTURA story was built on challenges.

Tangra Mega Rock: Let's talk about your new drummer, too. Jean Dolabella used to play in a Brazilian band, UDORA, that's from your hometown, Belo Horizonte. Did you know him since your early days?

Andreas: Not really. I know Jean for some years now. UDORA moved to the USA to try to get a contract some 5-6 years ago — like we did back then, although they're not metal, but more of some sort of a pop-rock style — and then Jean left them at the same time when we needed a drummer, so the timing was perfect. We didn't force anything, it just happened. Now UDORA are going on with a new drummer, and so do we. I actually met Jean only once at a SEPULTURA gig in Los Angeles.

Tangra Mega Rock: Finally, when should we expect SEPULTURA's new album?

Andreas: We'll go back to Brazil in the end of August and start writing songs immediately. Depending on how fast we work, we'll start recording the album by the end of the year or in early 2008, so hopefully we'll have in out by April or May next year.

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Sepultura Guitarist Checks In From Spain

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has posted this message on his MySpace page:

"Ola. After the gig in Belgium we went to Holland. The two shows were really good; they were the only gigs we did on those countries, all sold out! We left Holland to a long trip till Spain, more precisely in Huesca, Aragon. We arrived a day before the show, had the day off and I went for a walk. I found a little church, Santa Maria de Salas, away from the city. It's a church many pilgrims visit when they follow the Santigo's Way, which is very close. The little road was very calm and I walked and observed all the beautiful nature around, in peace with myself, meditating and reflecting on life. It was a awesome meditation away from the urban chaos.

The next day we had the Sepularmy party with the soccer game. They had nice uniforms for both teams and a field with artificial grass, very nice! It was a great game where SEPULTURA won 6 to 5 against the Sepularmies. Later on the day we had the concert where everybody singed and screamed with us, great show.

Thank you very much Javier, Pedro, Portuga, Gorka and family, KSK and all at the Sepularmy who made this day very special for us. RISE, RISE, SEPULNATION!



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Artists Pay Tribute To Max Cavalera

Brazil's Roadie Crew and Argentina's Jedbangers magazines recently collaborated on a very special story on SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera. In addition to arranging a lengthy interview with Max conducted by Thiago Sarkis and Fernando Ibáñez, the two publications invited several world-renowned musicians who witnessed and/or toured with Cavalera in the early years of his career to talk about his importance to the heavy metal scene and to reveal interesting stories about him and SEPULTURA. This ultimate tribute to the most important and influential South American metal musician and band ever is the cover story in the brand new issue of Roadie Crew (which is out on the newsstands right now) and will be a highlight in Jedbangers' next issue, which will be released in two weeks (featuring MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine on the cover).

Here is what some of heavy metal's most renowned musicians have had to say about Max Cavalera and SEPULTURA:

Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD):

"Max Cavalera is a very important man. He with the rest of SEPULTURA were the first Brazilian band to play outside of Brazil, and gain a large, fanatical following. We met them in 1991 when we played together, and we soon realized they were arrogant sons of bitches same as we were! Since then we've played with Max, SEPULTURA, then SOULFLY, and with SEPULTURA featuring Derrick, the big lad. They always put on a great show, the fans go crazy, and they keep pushing the odds. Luck to them."


"Max is metal! We had the pleasure of having both SEPUTURA and SOULFLY touring with PANTERA and every night they gave us a run for the money. Max writes intense lyrics and delivers them with conviction and passion. His riffs are crushing and he has always had a great metal guitar sound. In short, Max is a metal god and he lives and breathes it every day. He and his bands put Brazil on the heavy metal map and brought a new tribal feel to the scene. So, here's to Max: 'dente preto my brother!!!'"

Mille Petrozza (KREATOR):

"I've known Max since '85. He was my first penpal from Brazil. Back then his name was Max Possessed and his brother Igor drew a self-made SEPULTURA t-shirt for me. Max is still a good friend who hasn't changed a bit over the years. If we run into each other on festivals nowadays it's always cool and relaxed. Max is one of metal's most creative and down-to-earth characters. A living legend!"


"Max Cavalera is a fucking living legend, easily one of the most influential characters to ever play metal. When we first met years ago during the recording of 'Beneath the Remains', I was fortunate enough to work with him on a tune called 'Stronger Than Hate'. I wrote some lyrics, and helped him with his pronunciations, etc., because at that point he was not speaking English nearly as well as he does today. When I first heard the finished product, I was blown away at the quality of the music of SEPULTURA: they had great riffs, massive drumming, and it was quite memorable. I think since then, he has influenced many, many bands, and many in today's metal scene owe him a great deal of gratitude. I have maximum respect for Max, and all his work including SOULFLY. I tip my metal hat to you Max, you're a bad-ass mutherfucker!!!"

L.G. Petrov (ENTOMBED):

"Max and SEPULTURA were the ones that opened the doors for many bands from South America, and they got the rest of the world's attention with their full on thrash metal! I love Max's aggressive and energetic vocals. Personally he is one of my favorite singers of all time."

David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL):

"I've always had good thoughts of Max. I'm not only a contemporary and a friend, but also a fan. From SEPULTURA's 'Morbid Vision' death metal days to the innovation of SOULFLY, Max forged a path that in my opinion has given tremendously to the world of music. His early successes helped introduce the world to many new Brazilian artists who may not have had the same opportunities previously. I've seen the 'drink 'till you drop' days of the early 1990s and now the balanced, spiritual plateau he has achieved today, and Max remains a true star. From myself and the rest of MORBID ANGEL: 'Obrigado meu Amigo'!"

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