Sepultura Welcome New Drummer Eloy Casagrande
Brazilian metal icons Sepultura have a brand new kit minder. The band has replaced drummer Jean Dolabella with Eloy Casagrande. Casagrande is just 20-years-old and he hails from São Paulo, Brazil, so he will fit right in among the Sepultura ranks.
A little history on Casagrande: He was anointed "Undiscovered Drummer" in a Modern Drummer contest in 2006, so he is a young and hungry talent.
According to Blabbermouth, Casagrande said, "When I got the invitation to join Sepultura, I was in shock. I'm a fan of the band for years; it'll be an honor to play with them." It's worth noting that Casagrande was born in 1991, the same year that the Seps released their revered album 'Arise.'
This young turk doesn't appear daunted by the generation gap. Longtime Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser said, "I'm sure Eloy will do a great job with Sepultura. He's already a musician who shows a lot of strength and technique, although he's young. We did a rehearsal with him and it was fantastic; he played the old and new material as if he was in the band for a long time. Sepultura will show the world another Brazilian talent on the drums."
Dolabella is bouncing to focus on personal projects. Kisser commented on Dolabella's exit, saying. "The period we spent with Jean in the band was very positive. We've recorded two great albums together and did a lot of concerts which will be in Sepultura's history. We only have reasons to thank him for his contribution and energy all these years."
Dolabella replaced original drummer Iggor Cavalera behind the kit in 2006. At that time, many metal fans felt that a completely Cavalera-less Sepultura didn't exactly feel like Sepultura at all; remember, singer/guitarist (and Iggor's brother) Max Cavalera bolted in 1996. Despite such sentiments, the band soldiers on. We look forward to hearing what Sepultura and Casagrande do on record.