SEPULTURA Frontman Derrick Green - "We Will Always Have The Name, And We Will Always Fight For It"

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Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 04:17:19 EST

US-born vocalist for Brazil's SEPULTURA, Derrick Green, is featured in a new interview with An excerpt is available below: I kind of feel like a double agent because I actually interviewed Max (Cavalera) a couple of weeks ago and he had some pretty strong comments. I honestly just asked him what he thought about you guys working with Ross Robinson again, thinking that maybe he'd be interested or maybe he would have said it was cool that you guys were reconnecting again. But I got the exact opposite response, with him saying he "didn't give a fuck" about what you guys were doing, Ross hadn't done anything good in a long time and that the band shouldn't even be called Sepultura. Do you have any response to this or would you rather not go there?

Derrick: "I usually don't like to talk bad about people, especially in interviews. It doesn't really come out professional, I think. And it doesn't really change anything. For me, I prefer not to. I don't have any problems with anybody. I think the situation I was in when I joined the band, I heard a lot of the same stuff even with (drummer) Igor in the band--and he's a Cavalera. With Igor, Andreas, (bassist) Paulo (Pinto Jr.) and I, people said we should change the name, but I got to see a different side to what people are seeing.

I'm seeing from the inside where A) Igor played drums on all the Sepultura albums, up until he left. So he was just as much as part of the band as Max. B) Andreas played all the solos, played the lead guitar on all the Sepultura albums that people were talking about, and Paulo, as well.

So I think they were really hurt when fans were implementing that Max had written everything. But he was the front person, so you could understand why people would think that he did mostly everything. But in the band situation and what made everything so powerful and connecting at that time was they were playing together. And the fact that the combination of those people together created Sepultura and that's what Sepultura was--it was a group. It wasn't like one person writing everything and that was it.

Once you have that understanding, you see that those guys didn't quit. Andreas, Igor and Paulo wanted to continue. So they have been in the band for so many years and have done so many things together that they have the right to keep the name and continue on. At the same time, with me being in the band at that time and playing and them asking me to be a part of Sepultura, they said, 'This is the band, and this is what we've been doing.' It meant that I had to move my life to Brazil, learn Portuguese, travel the world, play and do everything, putting everything into it.

Once Igor left, he decided to leave freely. He wasn't kicked out or anything like that or anything dramatic. He just didn't want to play anymore. He wanted to move on in his life and do other things, different things. And so for us, we believed in the band. We didn't want to walk away from anything that we had been doing. We truly love and enjoy what we're doing, and we always fought for the name and for the respect. And we've always had a good representation of presenting the band live. It's extremely important for people to see us and that we're capable to play the songs correctly. For us, it's always in our hearts--the idea of the band and that we still believe, of course, legally and morally, and anyway you want to look at it. We will always have that name, and we will always fight for it. That's who we truly believe that we are, and we've been representing for the past 16 years, and Paulo and Andreas for even longer."

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Samples of six tracks from Sepultura's new album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, are now streaming. Listen to clips of the tracks 'The Bliss of Ignorants', 'Trauma Of War', 'The Vatican', 'Grief', 'Manipulation Of Tragedy' and 'Obsessed' in the YouTube clip below:

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart is set for European release on October 25th and in North America on October 29th via Nuclear Blast. The artwork for The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner. The album was recorded with renowned producer Ross Robinson (MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY), who worked with Sepultura on their landmark 1996 release Roots, and co-produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X, INCANTATION), who previously worked on Sepultura's Roorback (2003), the Revolusongs EP (2002), and Nation (2001).


'Trauma Of War'
'The Vatican'
'Impending Doom'
'Manipulation Of Tragedy'
'The Bliss Of Ignorants'
'The Age Of The Atheist'
'Da Lama Ao Caos' (CHICO SCIENCE & NAÇÃO ZUMBI cover)

Bonus tracks:
'Stagnate State Of Affairs'
'Zombie Ritual' (DEATH cover)

Album trailers:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Sepultura performed two tracks from The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart on October 10th on Brazil network TV Cultura's Metrópolis Show. Footage of the band performing 'The Age Of The Atheist' and their cover of CHICO SCIENCE & NAÇÃO ZUMBI's 'Da Lama ao Caos' below:

Sepultura will be headlining a North American tour this fall in support of The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart. Joining the Tsunami Of Metal Tour will be UNEARTH, KATAKLYSM, SCAR THE MARTYR (select dates), ANCIIENTS (select dates), and DARK SERMON from Florida.

Tsunami Of Metal North American Tour dates:

1 - House Of Blues - Hollywood, CA**
2 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA**
3 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA**
4 - Neumos - Seattle, WA**
7 - Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN**
8 - Pops Nightclub - Sauget, IL#
9 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI#
10 - Wolstein Center - Cleveland, OH#
11 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL#
13 - Empire - Springfield, VA#
14 - Palladium - Worcester, MA#
15 - Phoenix Theater - Toronto, ON – CANADA#
16 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC – CANADA#
17 - Reverb - Reading, PA#
18 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY#
20 - Beacham Theater - Orlando, FL#
21 - Grand Central - Miami, FL#
23 - Queen City Music Hall – Ft. Worth, TX#
24 - Emo's East - Austin, TX#

** with Scar The Martyr, Dark Sermon
# with Anciients & Dark Sermon

Sepultura will embark on a European headlining tour in February 2014 with support from LEGION OF THE DAMNED, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and MORTILLERY.

Tour dates include:

7 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
8 - München, Germany - Backstage /w Suicidal Angels, Fueled by Fire, Lost Society
9 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
10 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
11 - Esbjerg, Germany - Tobakken
12 - Osnabrück, Germany - Rosenhof
13 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
14 - Katowice, Poland - Megaclub
15 - Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei
16 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Club
18 - Zilina, Slovakia - Smerr Club
19 - Wien, Austria - Arena
20 - Salzburg, Austria Rockhouse
21 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z 7
23 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
24 - Lyon, France - CCO Villeurbonne
25 - Toulouse, France - Bikini
26 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
27 - Madrid, Spain - Arena
28 - Lisbon, Portugal - Paradise Garage

1 - Pamplona, Spain - Totem
3 - Caen, France - Cargo
4 - Rennes, France - L´Antipode
5 - Paris, France - Trabendo
6 - Den Haag, Netherlands - Paard
7 - Enschede, Netherlands - Atak
8 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
9 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar