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Interview: Andreas Kisser from SEPULTURA!

Apr. 16, 2012
Andreas Kisser

On April 10th, 2012, The Cobra Metal Crew had the opportunity to sit down with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser before their co-headlining show with DEATH ANGEL at The Yost Theater! So you just finished your Eastern European tour, how did it go?

ANDREAS KISSER: It was great. It was the first time we spent so much time over there, almost 3 weeks… a little more actually. We went to Russia, Siberia, places that we’ve never been before. It’s a huge country. Different…very different in general. But it was great! The crowd was amazing and we came straight here for the first date of our tour in the United States and it’s good to be here. (laughs) It was very cold in Russia but it was a nice experience to be there. How have fans been reacting to the new album?

AK: Great! Fucking great man. Since the album came out last year, everything was very positive. Great reviews and we’ve been playing at least 5 songs in our set including the MINISTRY cover (“Just One Fix”). People are relating to the new lyrics very strongly; singing together and stuff. It’s great. I wish we could play more but slowly we’ll put in some extra songs. We have Eloy, our drummer, who just joined the band last December pretty much to do the tour in Europe, and we only did old stuff (up to the Chaos A.D. album). So it was really cool to play all the old stuff but now we’re playing the new material and slowly we’ll change the songs up so it’s cool. It’s been great to jam the new stuff live. Kairos is the first album released by Nuclear Blast. How is the relationship between you guys and your new label?

AK: It’s great. I think Nuclear Blast has a lot to do with the success of the new album. The support and the belief that they have in SEPULTURA and the record Kairos and the momentum of the band. They are a part of that concept and they are like a metal bunch of guys. They are fans and they know the music and they are very happy to have SEPULTURA with them and we feel the same. We are very lucky to have such opportunities and we are very lucky to have a such a label with open arms. It’s been working out fantastic. The past couple of SEPULTURA albums have been concept albums. Dante XXI was based on Dante Alghieri’s The Divine Comedy, and A-Lex was based on the classic film A Clockwork Orange. Fill us in on the concept behind Kairos.

AK: It’s almost like we picked up our own biography [book] and did an album based on ourselves. But more or less what it is…we talk about [in the lyrics] our family, our fans, traveling, labels and managers you know. Everything is there. Musically also, a little bit of everything that we ever did; all the thrash, all the death metal stuff, with the percussion and Brazilian influence. A little bit of everything is there. We worked with Japanese groups and now we’re working with a French percussive group which is amazing and totally different and stuff. I guess the concept is SEPULTURA itself and what we are today. The momentum and what matters. We respect our past, it’s a very rich history you know? 28 years, then coming from Brazil and doing such crazy things (laughs) that we always dreamed! And we’re still here. Regardless of the changes inside the band like members leaving or different labels and managers. Also the outside, technological changes that in this last 28 years brought us from vinyl to CD to Download so quick! (laughs) From Fax Machines to fucking IPHONES! (laughs) And we’re still here. So that’s the parallel with what we are as a band. We respect our history but we are here now and that’s what matters and it’s cool to have so many songs to choose from. SEPULTURA is in its 28th year of existence. Derrick has been in the band for 15 years now. Is the concept behind the new album a statement, “this is SEPULTURA, and there’s no need to reunite with Max or Igor”?

AK: People have a very hard time to understand that there’s nothing dead growing. Like a reunion. We’re going down a totally different path. That’s what SEPULTURA is all about. That’s our spirit. We started that way and we are keeping it that way. We’re going after new things and enjoying learning new things. Kairos has a very old school feel compared to other albums of the “Derrick Green” era. Was this a conscious effort or was it just a natural evolution from the last album?

AK: A little bit, yeah. Once we decided to talk about ourselves, obviously you go back and start really remembering where we came from and how things happened. You go places that you don’t usually go in your memories and stuff. So we tried to remember the way we made albums and all the limitations of vinyl, we couldn’t have too much space. That’s why the classic albums have only 8 or 9 songs, which is fucking amazing, so that kind of concept came back. The way we did it with equipment was to use everything on stage and don’t go crazy. Just use the sound that we know how to make on stage because the stage really works great and that’s the place that we like to be the most. We tried to reproduce that in the studio. The thrash feeling is there as an attitude, not trying to copy riffs and stuff like that. Just trying to bring that vibe back and write with that in mind. What do you guys have in mind for the next album? Have you already started writing for the next album?

AK: Well, we always have something going on. (laughs) But not really a plan. We’re still pretty much doing a lot of the Kairos stuff because the album came out last year. We’re still gonna play a lot for this album; at least for rest of the year. So we’ll see. Ideas are always flowing but once we stop and start to think about the next step, we’ll put the riffs together and ideas together and start doing pre-production. It’s cool because we have Eloy as our new drummer and he’s doing an amazing job. He’s really an amazing musician so we might start writing sooner. You guys are scheduled to play the Orion Music + More festival. How did you guys end up getting billed? Are you excited to play the newly created festival?

AK: YES! Dude, it’s fucking great just to be a part of such a unique event. We’ve known the METALLICA guys for so many years and we played with them many times every where in the world. We’re very happy to be a part of it. I know they chose the bands themselves so it’s great to be a part of this huge metal family. It’s such an important festival, especially in the states. They want to bring all of the experiences that we have like in Europe and South America with the great festivals that are a tradition and bring that to here. It’s great…only METALLICA can do that kind of stuff. We’re very happy to be a part of it and it’s going be amazing. We’re going to be in Europe, come to the States and play the show and go back for the tour there. It’s going to be good.

SEPULTURA are currently on tour!


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