Ahead of their show at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin, guitarist and anchor Andreas Kisser of the legendary Sepultura took some time out to sit down and talk with Metal Wani’s Carl O’Rourke about ‘Machine Messiah’, touring and ushering in a new era of Sepultura.
On how the touring cycle has been so far, Kisser said: “Amazing man, it is more a complete show compared to what we did last year because we started to present the new songs slowly, the new stuff you know? Coz we played with Kreator last year and we had like a fifty minute set, an hour set, not too much room. And then Testament in the states.” Kisser continued by adding “Finally we’re representing a headline show, a complete show, we’re representing the song Machine Messiah for the first time and the Iceberg Dances which is the instrumental stuff which is great. So it feels great to be here now.”
The Machine Messiah tour also marks twenty years of Derrick Green in the band. Kisser makes sure this is reflected in the set.
“We’re also celebrating twenty years of Against and Derrick Green in the band. We have a special place in the show to celebrate that as well. So it’s going great. It’s a very 2018 Sepultura concert!”
When asked about Max Cavalera’s recent public comments stating that his only regret was not fighting to keep the Sepultura name, Andreas said:
“All I can say is regret is something very bad to feel.” He began. “I have no regrets, I just have moment of learning [laughs]. If you have regret somewhere in 1996 you’re not gonna leave that place… it’s bad for your health, it’s bad for your spirit, it’s bad for everything, really. You’re relationships with people and everything. So I prefer to see it as you said, regret doesn’t exist it it’s a way of learning, a lesson. Not pleasant, but that’s where we learn.”
When pressed about the idea that Machine Messiah could usher in a new ear of Sepultura,
“I think so. I think Machine Messiah is a new beginning for Sepultura, a new face.” Referring to the bands thirty year celebration, Kisser added “It felt like we were closing a volume of many chapters of our history and Machine Messiah seems to be a new beginning, a new start… I feel that we are ready to embrace this new face, this new challenge, let’s say a new future for us… It’s great to feel as musician, as an artist we can do anything! [laughs]