Fan-filmed video footage of former SEPULTURA members Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) performing on August 3 at Dynamo Grosser Saal in Zurich, Switzerland can be seen below.
Igor and Max‘s “Return To Roots” tour sees them celebrating the twentieth anniversary of SEPULTURA‘s “Roots” album by performing the LP in its entirety. They are joined by Marc Rizzo (guitar; SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ILL NIÑO) and Tony Campos (bass; SOULFLY, STATIC-X, MINISTRY, FEAR FACTORY).
“Roots”, along with 1993’s “Chaos A.D.”, is considered SEPULTURA‘s most commercially successful release, having been certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.
Asked why the “Roots” album still so important to him Max told Full Metal Jackie: “I think it was a one-of-a-kind record. It was really unusual. A lot of things were unusual on this record. We were really showing the world a new way of making metal. I think it was cool, even the mixing with the tribe elements. The heaviness of ‘Roots’ — ‘Roots’ is a very heavy album; stuff like ‘Spit’ and ‘Cut-Throat’, ‘Endangered Species’, ‘Straighthate’. So it’s a very exciting album. It also has a lot of dynamics, you know, with stuff like ‘Lookaway’, which is a little bit slower, and ‘Itsári’, which is the tribal song we did with the tribe. And then you have the classics — ‘Roots Bloody Roots’, that everybody sings along [to]; it’s a huge song — and ‘Attitude’ and ‘Ratamahatta’. So it’s a full-on package; it’s great. I think this album really has stood the test of time. This record, especially ‘Roots’, it is one of my favorite ones I’ve done with SEPULTURA, and it probably will be one of my favorite albums I ever was involved with. And it’s so great to play it, especially now twenty years later. It’s even more special now than even when we did the [original ‘Roots’] tour. It feels there’s something different about it. I think the album has aged with time, and there’s a special flavor by performing the songs now than it even had twenty years ago.”
In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Max‘s wife Gloria as their manager.
Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to “artistic differences.” His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA‘s touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006).
The current SEPULTURA lineup — featuring guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. alongside Derrick Green on vocals and Eloy Casagrande on drums — released its new studio album, “Machine Messiah”, in January via Nuclear Blast.