Sepultura have announced that they’ve parted ways with drummer Jean Dolabella, with Eloy Casagrande coming in as his replacement. You can see him in action below.
Speaking with Blabbermouth, the bands long standing guitarist, Andreas Kisser commented on Casagrande’s inclusion. “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.”
At just 20 years of age Casagrande has already proven himself to be a world-class drummer; back in ’06 he took home the ‘Undiscovered Drummer’ contest award, and has only improved in his abilities since. Unsurprisingly, he is more than a little happy to get the call up. “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,” Casagrande said.
Casagrande joins Sepultura following Dolebella’s decision to focus on other projects. Kisser thanked Dolebella for his five years of service. “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.”
Sepultura is currently home in Brazil preparing for a European run with Exodus and Destruction, which will kick off later this month. The band is touring in support of its 12th studio album, and Nuclear Blast Records debut, ‘Kairos,’ which hit stores in July.