Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA played the first show with new drummer Eloy Casagrande (GLRIA, ANDR MATOS) this past Friday, November 25 in Lichtenfels, Germany. The group followed it up with a concert last night (Saturday, November 26) in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.Fan-filmed video footage of both gigs can be viewed below. Casagrande joined SEPULTURA as the replacement for Jean Dolabella, who left the band because he could no longer handle being away from home for long periods of time. Eloy is a 20-year-old drum prodigy from So Paulo, Brazil who won the Modern Drummer "Undiscovered Drummer" contest as a teenager in 2006. "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 left SEPULTURA after a five-year run of relentless touring and two studio albums.
"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 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)