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Sepultura Guitarist Andreas Kisser Discusses 20 Years With Derrick Green, "Machine Messiah"And The Possibility Of A New Solo Album

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The nineties were truly a dark time for metal music, with many bands breaking up, changing their sound or being swept aside after the explosion of grunge music. There were however a few bands who were able to break into public consciousness, such as Pantera, Machine Head, Type O Negative and, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura. Over their thirty plus year career, the group has demonstrated a variety of different metal styles and helped pioneer some of their own, thanks to the experimentation with tribal music on the "Chaos A.D."and "Roots" albums. Co-founder Max Cavalera left the band at the end of 1996 and was replaced by American singer, Derrick Green, who made his recording debut with Sepultura on the 1998 album, "Against."

On the first date of their UK tour in Bristol, England, I was able to meet up with guitarist Andreas Kisser and singer Derrick Green to discuss the long, storied history of the group, as well as progress on the Sepultura documentary, their latest album, "Machine Messiah," why writing concept albums is like MacGuyver and whether Kisser has any plans to record another solo release soon.

On writing concept albums since 2006's, "Dante XXI":

"In a respect, all albums are like this. From The Beatles having love as a concept and "Sgt. Pepper's", which was possibly the first album to have a collection of songs become one thing, to Pink Floyd's, "The Wall" and stuff, to collect songs as a whole rather than just tracks, we like that very much. Even with 'Machine Messiah' some people are calling it prog!"

On 20 years since "Against" and being with Derrick Green for so long:

"I think it shows that we made the right choice. I think 'Against' is the most important album of our career, without 'Against' we wouldn't have been able to continue as Sepultura. We stayed as a trio and then Derrick came in and completed the team. We were missing that extra guy with ideas and input. It was a very difficult time for sure, as we had to start all over again from scratch after losing our singer, manager and producers.

"Now I think we're at our highest momentum, at the time of 'Roots' it was very chaotic, our backstage lives were a mess, we had no more communication so no wonder it happened when it happened, but now we all go out together, we enjoy being with each other and discussing things. We really do love what we do and it's fantastic."

See the full interview below.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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