Brazilian death metal pioneers Sepultura changed the course of the genre with the albums “Beneath the Remains” in 1989 and “Arise” in 1991. Now, more than 25 years after frontman Max Cavalera left the band, he’s revisiting those albums alongside his brother, original Sepultura drummer Iggor Cavalera, for the North American run of the Return Beneath Arise Tour.
The tour, which hits Gramercy Theatre on Tuesday, May 31, finds the Cavaleras performing a hybrid setlist made up exclusively of songs from those two classic albums. Their band is rounded out by Mike Leon of Soulfly and Dan Gonazlez of Possessed, and the support acts are Warbringer and Healing Magic, which features Max’s son Igor.
We recently chatted with Max Cavalera about the tour, the impact “Beneath the Remains” and “Arise” had on the band, the genre and its fans, how the songs he wrote so long ago are still relevant in Brazil and beyond, and his various other projects, which include Soulfly, Go Ahead and Die, Killer Be Killed and Cavalera Conspiracy, his band with his brother.
Photo by Jim Louvau