Andreas Kisser has once again ruled out the possibility of a reunion of SEPULTURA's classic lineup, saying that he is not interested in trying "to recreate something that is not there anymore."
SEPULTURA's classic lineup fell apart in 1996 with the exit of frontman Max Cavalera after the rest of the band fired his wife Gloria as their manager. His brother, drummer Igor Cavalera, stuck around with the group for another ten years before leaving SEPULTURA and re-teaming with Max in CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
Although SEPULTURA has maintained a diehard fanbase in all parts of the world throughout the band's three-decade-plus history, Max-era albums "Roots" and "Chaos A.D." were by far SEPULTURA's most commercially successful, having both been certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of five hundred thousand copies.
Asked in a recent interview with Spain's Resurrection Fest if he would be open to the idea of doing at least one more concert or tour with SEPULTURA's classic lineup, Andreas said (see video below), "Why?" After the interviewer responded with a "Why not?", the guitarist continued: "Because there's no meaning [in] anything; it's just trying to recreate a past that is not there anymore. We're in 2017. There's no reason to do that.
"It's a long time ago," he said. "I mean, there are still people that are falling into reality and are really knowing and feeling where we are at. We are in 2017, enjoying a great momentum. We have a great album. We play any SEPULTURA song from any type of any situation. And it's natural that people try to recreate something that is not there anymore. For me, it's kind of melancholic and stupid."
Kisser added: "There are so many reunions that really were fake — very fake and very… I don't know… bad. At least for myself, I see no sense. I respect my past so much. It's a beautiful story, it's a beautiful history, full of ups and downs and everything. But here we are — because of those ups and downs, and because of the changes, we are here. And that's it. Move on.
"It's something that happens in rock and roll so often. How many bands that still have the same lineup today? A few — very few."
The current SEPULTURA lineup — featuring and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. alongside Derrick Green on vocals and Eloy Casagrande on drums — released its new studio album, "Machine Messiah", in January via Nuclear Blast.
Igor told The Salt Lake Tribune earlier in the year that he and Max "believe SEPULTURA doesn't really make sense nowadays, to do what they're doing." The drummer also downplayed the possibility of a reunion of SEPULTURA's classic lineup, saying: "Unless it's something really solid — and we haven't seen that from their part — of doing something totally professional and coming together, trying to do something like that. At the end of the day, it would be special for the fans, so it's not like a closed door, but at the same time, we have no time to spend energy with this kind of thing. So we just move forward."
Max echoed his brother's sentiments, telling The Salt Lake Tribune that he doesn't even think about his former bandmates much. "For a time — for a long time — there was a war in the press, like, 'He'll talk this, I'll talk that,'" he explained. "I got really tired of it, honestly. I'm not gonna do that anymore. So let them go their way and do their thing, and we're gonna do our thing, and I think that's the best for everybody."
While stopping short of completely ruling out a reunion of SEPULTURA's classic lineup, Max said: "Right now, we don't even need it. It's been so much of that kind of bad vibes through the years that I don't even know how that would even really work out. I think what [Igor and I] are doing is the closest thing to that, and it works great, it works like a charm. It's amazing."
Igor and Max have spent the last year celebrating the twentieth anniversary of "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety all over the world.