Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA have announced the addition of drummer Eloy Casagrande (GLRIA, ANDR MATOS) to their arsenal of world-class musicians, replacing Jean Dolabella as the band's full-time percussionist.
The 20-year-old drum prodigy from So Paulo, Brazil, who won the Modern Drummer "Undiscovered Drummer" contest as a teenager in 2006, is more than eager to begin his career with the veteran metal icons.
"When I got the invitation to join SEPULTURA, I was in shock," said Casagrande, who was born in Santo Andr, So Paulo, Brazil on January 29, 1991, the same year SEPULTURA's classic fourth album, "Arise", was released. "I'm a fan of the band for years; it'll be an honor to play with them."
Commented guitarist Andreas Kisser: "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, who leaves SEPULTURA after a five-year run of relentless touring and two studio albums, will depart to focus on personal projects.
"The period we spent with Jean in the band was very positive," added Kisser. "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 joined SEPULTURA in 2006 following the departure of the band's original drummer, Igor Cavalera.
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.
Pictured below is the new SEPULTURA lineup (from left to right): Andreas Kisser (guitar), Derrick Green (vocals), Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. (bass) and Eloy Casagrande (drums)