"Sepultura is 'Sepultura metal'": Andreas Kisser on his new Jackson signature and imminent return to Oz

Andreas Kisser of Sepultura
(Image credit: Rodrigo Simas)

Having spent the last forty years as a key creator of the iron-clad metal riffs that put his native Brazil on the global metal map, Sepultura’s longtime guitarist Andreas Kisser has one hell of a backstory. After joining the now-legendary group at the age of nineteen, Kisser contributed his mighty axe chops to every Sepultura album apart from their 1986 debut full-length Morbid Visions. The seminal thrash epics Beneath The Remains and Arise were propelled by Kisser’s guitar work, who spent seven years studying classical guitar before crossing over to the dark side. 

In the early-to-mid 90s, Kisser was there to help steer the group through the percussive tribal bounce of Chaos A.D. and Roots before co-founding member Max Cavalera left in 1996. Since 1997, after enlisting new vocalist Derrick Green, Kisser became Sepultura’s third longest remaining member alongside co-founding drummer Igor Cavalera (who departed in 2006), and bassist Paulo Jr. Their current fourth drummer Eloy Casagrande would join in 2011 to form the current lineup of Sepultura, who are returning to Australia for December’s Good Things festival. 

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Editor-at-large - Australian Guitar

Corin Shearston is editor-at-large for Australian Guitar magazine. He has contributed to Happy Mag, Hot Metal and The Sydney Sentinel, while also working as a rock drummer for over sixteen years. Corin has additional experience as a radio presenter and small business owner.