20 Nov 2019
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Roots: Iggor Cavalera Of Sepultura & Petbrick's Favourite LPs
Iggor Cavalera guides Louise Brown through the records that shaped his drumming with Sepultura and new work with Petbrick, from AFX to Black Flag and Discharge, Nyege Nyege's Nihiloxica, Devo, New Kingdom, Dr Octagon and more
The well-heeled suburb of North London that Iggor Cavalera now lives in is a far-cry from impoverished Belo Horizonte. It was in this Brazilian city where he and his brother would form legendary thrash/death band Sepultura in 1984, inspired by the Venom and Hellhammer albums they found on their many trips to a record shop in nearby Sao Paulo.
Sepultura are now rightly placed in the halls of heavy metal legend and every rivethead worth their salt knows the myth of how the brothers would paint spent AA batteries to recreate the bullet belts of their thrash heroes. They know too how Iggor and his brother Max would test the heavy metal world's appetite for the otherworldly by combining their own Brazilian tempos and instrumentation with industrial and electronic elements to create a game-changing and head-spinning collision of sounds through world-beating classics of the genre Chaos AD and the aptly-titled Roots.
In his home studio there are few clues that you're in the midst of extreme metal royalty. There’s only a tapestry blanket, thrown over a chair and emblazoned with band logos from Slayer to Iron Maiden to Manowar and inexplicably Stryper, that would reflect its owner's former musical obsessions. "Isn't it great?," he beams, coming in and seeing how enamoured tQ are with the textile. "Sepultura is on there somewhere. Laima got it for me from a shop in Shoreditch."
The room is otherwise the expected domain of an eclectic and music-hungry, well-travelled, playful collector. There's a coffee table book on Devo, instruments and gadgets and production tools, signs that a Morricone soundtrack LP was being played just before we arrived and a huge television/sound system that we later learn is key to Iggor's many forays into a YouTube or Bandcamp wormhole. As we get to business in one room, Laima is in the kitchen, answering emails regarding upcoming Soulwax shows, a band she frequently collaborates with as a performer...
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