Metal Wani editor in chief Owais “Vitek” Nabi recently conducted an interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On SEPULTURA‘s latest album, 2013’s “The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart”:
“I think we have two factors on this last album, which are very important. I mean, [producer] Ross [Robinson] is one of them, for sure. And the other one is our new drummer [Eloy Casagrande], [who’s been] four years with us already. And he really brought some new possibilities for our music. He’s an amazing musician; he can play basically anything. [His playing style is] very metal, very powerful, very much with that urge to break limits. So the consequence was ‘Mediator’ — songs that were really… that stretch our possibilities as musicians, which was great for me, Paulo [Xisto Pinto Jr., bass] and Derrick [Green, vocals], to have that kind of push and motivation to do something extra and something new, and really to take SEPULTURA to a different level. And Ross [who previously worked with SEPULTURA on 1996’s ‘Roots’] really enhanced everything, especially with Derrick‘s singing and the performance. It was great. I mean, of course, it was different times and different ideas than ‘Roots’ and stuff, but we have that kind of communication of friends. I mean, we know each other, and we respect each other so much. It was the perfect choice; we’re very happy with everything.”
On whether SEPULTURA has started working on the follow-up to “The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart”:
“Yeah, we started putting… actually, putting the mold on. I mean, I have riffs written… Nowadays it’s very easy to write… I mean, not to write, but to keep the ideas. [With] phones and stuff, you can keep any idea anywhere. So we started to develop and to organize these riffs and ideas. Eloy is writing some drum loops and stuff. Me and Derrick are talking about lyrics and topics and names and stuff… So, [it’s] very early stages, but… Yeah, the plan is to, in February, start really practicing in São Paulo, [where] we have our studio, and then start developing the demos and do the pre-production.”
On when SEPULTURA plans to enter the studio to begin recording the new album:
“[That] depends on the rhythm of the writing and stuff. But hopefully we’ll be in the studio [recording the CD] around May or June… something like that. The idea is to have an album out by the end of the year — before the end of 2016. So let’s see [what happens].”
On people constantly asking about the possibility of a reunion of SEPULTURA‘s classic lineup, featuring guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera and drummer Igor Cavalera: