Sepultura have released their 14th album entitled Machine Messiah, which they promise will re-affirm their status as standard bearers for heavy music.
Guitarist Andreas Kisser says the band chose to find a new producer to work with, which led them to Swedish producer Jens Bogren.
“It was fun working with Jens in Sweden. He was the perfect choice for this. To bring all the details we needed and new ideas,” Kisser says.
“For instance, the violins from this ensemble orchestra in Tunisia really brought new possibilities for the guitar leads in songs. The band and Jens were really connected.”
Lead vocalist, Derrick Green, suggested Bogren because of his work with Moonspell, Kreator and Opeth who all spoke highly of him.
“We’ve worked with great producers like Ross Robinson, Roy Z, Andy Wallace and Steve Evetts, and every single one brought something different to Sepultura and our music,” Kisser says.
“It was the perfect choice for us, we learned so much from him because he is an amazing guy and amazing producer.”
Kisser says Eloy Casagrande had a profound influence over his playing style, helping spur on his creative drive.
“Eloy is an amazing musician, probably the best drummer around. He brought new possibilities to my guitar work, we could really explore more of our musicianship,” Kisser says.
The Sepultura name is always linked to the nasty split in 1998, which saw founding member Max Cavalera leave the band and form Soulfly.
However, Kisser says he feels privileged to have had the opportunity to take the band all over the world – 76 countries over the span of 32 years.
“Thankfully we were busy touring all over the world doing the 30-year celebration tour for Sepultura and touring non-stop since The Mediator (Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart),” Kisser says.
“Every place we go, we meet new people, experience new music and new things that influence our playing,” Kisser says.
Keeping Sepultura active means allowing the music to live on beyond any permanent split, but it also means keeping the negative history too.
Kisser acknowledges criticism of the decision to continue the band after key personnel changes, but believes persevering through struggle sends a better message.
Not making any rash decisions about ending the band, taking the good with the bad, and persevering through hard times is what keeps Sepultura going.
“A horrible moment happened in our career, it was like a door closing, but another ten opened,” Kisser says.
“We thought about changing the name, trying something new or even leaving music all together – Our minds were really in turmoil in those days.
“It’s a learning experience and I thank everything that happens, the good and bad stuff because they are very necessary to grow up.”
No tour dates for Australia are expected to be announced, but Kisser is hopeful there might be something in the second half of the year.