Igor Cavalera is ‘very proud’ that early Sepultura albums are ‘still relevant to a lot of people’

Ancient BURIAL members Max Cavalera and Igor “Iggor” Cavalera will perform pieces chosen from the group’s flagship songs “Under the Remains” and “Arise” albums touring the US this spring/summer. Join Max and igor on the trek will be mike leon of SOULFLY and Daniel Gonzalez of POSSESSES. In a new interview with Ghost Cult magazine, igor said of how he planned to prepare for the tour: “Of course it’s a pretty physical tour. The drumming is pretty extreme compared to those two records, so I have to do a lot of practice. Thankfully , I have a workshop here [home] in London that I can come and play drums and try stuff. And of course we will be do a bit of rehearsal for that with the whole band before the tour starts, but it’s always good to be prepared for something like that. Of course, these are songs that somehow are already ingrained in my brain, but I need them… because I’m also involved in so many projects, sometimes I need to concentrate a bit so I can fully understand all the parts so my hard drive doesn’t explode.”

When asked if he should relearn how to play some of those songs originally written and recorded over 30 years ago, igor said: “I have a few notes that I write, and have been for many years. I don’t really read music professionally, but I have notes that I know where to follow certain things. And those are certain eras where a few songs sound a lot alike — they’re variations of the same song, sort of — so in order not to get confused with certain parts, especially with tempo changes and things like that, I try to keep a little bit from a notepad [so] I can watch and I know exactly where I am with a lead. Because otherwise, of course, we’re all going into some kind of cerebral fart where you’re like, ‘Oh, shit. And after?’ So I try to keep those notes close to me, even when I’m playing live. I have the setlist, but I also have a few little things I write that help put me in that case.”

Reflection on the fact that “Under the Remains” and “Arise” both are over three decades old, igor said, “I’m very proud that these records are still relevant to a lot of people, including myself. I really enjoy these records, and playing them live is such a pleasure because I really love playing music. music with my brother; I really appreciate the connection that we have, the chemistry that we have when we play live. And having a chance to do that, for me, is very special, and I really appreciate that .I know there are many brothers out there who are not even here, like the Abbott brothers of PANTHERor even someone like Eddie Van Halen is gone – now it’s only alexander — so the fact that I have my brother to still do things [with]I feel very lucky to still be able to go out and play with him.”

Max and igor launched a tour celebrating “Under the Remains” and “Arise” in 2018. Early 2020, Max revealed plans to bring the trek to the United States, but no date had been announced before the pandemic.

In a 2018 interview with Wall of sound, Max said to revisit “Under the Remains” and “Arise” material on the most recent series of shows: “I had to relearn those riffs for the tour, and I had to rediscover the albums. It was a really fun process, learning the lyrics again. I fell in love with the albums again. I don’t have a favorite – I love them both together, and I think they’re meant to be together. For some reason, they feel good when you play them together. I was very young when I did them, so it made me very aware of my state of mind at the time. I feel like I’m pretty much the same guy. I’m [52] now, but I’m still a metalhead at heart. I still have the teenage mind. I’m a big metal fan, [a] great supporter of metal. It was like that when these albums were made. It’s a blessing that I can do this with my brother, especially after everything we’ve been through together and haven’t spoken to each other for 10 years. Now that’s good – we’re in a good place, and our brotherhood is really good, and we’re just having fun with this music… There’s an energy and a real anger and a real passion in these songs that are result in people losing their minds when they hear it. I don’t even have to tell them “Circle pit” – they’ll do it themselves. It’s just the power of music.”

In 1996, Max got out BURIAL after the rest of the band split up with Maxthe wife of Gloria as their manager.

igor left BURIAL in June 2006 due to “artistic differences”. His departure from the band came five months after announcing he was taking a break from BURIALto spend time with his second wife and their son (born January 2006).

The flow BURIAL programming – with the guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. next to Derrick Green singing and Eloy Casagrande on drums — released his latest studio album, “Four”in February 2020 via Nuclear explosion.

Max and igor Photo credit: Jim Louveau

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