Igor Cavalera Talks About How Sepultura Influenced Gojira

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During a recent conversation with the Brutally Delicious podcast, Igor Cavalera reflected on the Sepultura album Roots, as well as how he can hear some Sepultura influence within the music of Gojira.

At one point during Igor’s conversation with the podcast, one of the interviewers brings up how Sepultura were one of the first bands to bring Indigenous Peoples to the forefront and how the instrumentation the band used was groundbreaking; for context, the Sepultura album Roots features sonic elements associated with the music of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples.

The interviewer then brings up Gojira and their efforts to spread awareness regarding the struggles that the Indigenous Communities of the Amazon endure. The interviewer then asks if Igor and Max are connected to Gojira in anyway. This is what Igor had to say:

“We know the guys, we are friends with them. I can just see a huge influence on things that we did and I look at that as a very groundbreaking thing. Because at the time, I don’t even remember this whole thing with metal bands going back to their roots. Even Norwegian bands doing Viking stuff, that wasn’t a thing back then. Later that became, like, ‘Oh, shit.

We can look into our past and bring some of that stuff that it totally makes sense to the music that we do today.’ And that’s something that we did. And I find myself sometimes very, very proud of that. Because that’s one of the legacies, I think, of Roots.

“Some people look at Roots as our biggest-selling record, which is fine, but I like to look at Roots the other way around, where we were trying things that, at the time, they were very risky. They were not the typical thing that every metal band was doing. We were pushing the limits of things that could go completely wrong. It was a risk at the time.

We didn’t know how it would work out. By doing the thing with the [Brazilian] Xavante tribe, recording with them and bringing all those elements, it could go completely wrong. We didn’t know at the time.

“It was just we had this gut feeling that it was the correct thing to do. And to see a band like Gojira doing this nowadays, it totally relates to the work that we did 30 years ago. And we are a hundred percent very proud of it. Not only Gojira, but there’s a lot of people going back to ideas.

There’s a lot of black metal bands nowadays that they do a lot of things with their roots, especially with the American Indian roots. And those things back then, they were not common. So I feel very proud of it, that we kind of launched this idea, and nowadays it kind of became a thing.”

What are your thoughts regarding what Igor has shared? Can you personally hear some Sepultura (sonically speaking) in the music of Gojira?

If you are interested in seeing Igor and his brother Max Cavalera live, the brothers are currently on the road as part of their Return Beneath Arise Tour. You can find all the upcoming North American dates and locations associated with that tour below. You can also check out the full video interview with Igor, via the Brutally Delicious podcast, below.

10/6 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/8 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
10/9 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
10/11 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
10/12 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/13 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
10/14 – Reading, PA – Reverb
10/15 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
10/16 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
10/17 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
10/19 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
10/20 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
10/21 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
10/22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/25 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
10/27 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/28 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
10/29 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory