Recently, Sea of Tranquility's Scott Ward had the opportunity to chat with Andreas Kisser of Sepultura to discuss the band's new album A-Lex. Sepultura is back with a vengeance and they are ready to take A-Lex across the globe. "I can hardly wait for them to get to Michigan!" says Scott-read on for the full interview!
SoT: Thank you for your time Andreas, I have to say I am really impressed with the new album A-Lex, can you tell me about it?
Andreas: I really enjoy the book A Clockwork Orange and the idea of doing an album to it. The movie leaves out the ending and changes the whole story, we wanted to make sure that we did it so that it would be as powerful a message as the book.
SoT: What made you choose that story?
Andreas: A Clockwork Orange is so powerful. We didn't want to do a soundtrack for the book, we wanted to capture the idea behind it. The Kubrick movie leaves out the ending which changes the whole meaning. We wanted to bring Burgesses' version to life.
SoT: How is the album being received?
Andreas: Very well! We have had all positive response to the music and the idea.
SoT: This is your second concept album in a row. Is this a trend for you?
Andreas: It might be, if I can find the right story.
SoT: Is it harder writing a concept piece?
Andreas: Actually it is easy. You have the characters and the story. The limitations make you try things differently and come up with new ideas on how to make the music, you have to do more with less. It was much easier than The Divine Comedy. We are very happy with the results.
SoT: Is there plans for a tour of the USA?
Andreas: Yes, we will be there sometime around April/May.
SoT: You have a solo album coming out?
Andreas: Yes. It is quite different, a double CD that will have some electric, some acoustic. Nothing like what I do with Sepultura. It is called Hubris I & II
SoT: Is that the music that we can hear on your Myspace page?
Andreas: Yes, that is from my solo work. The album should be out soon.
SoT: Where do you think Sepultura fits into history?
Andreas: I don't know for sure but it has been 25 years now and it is really great to hear from new bands how we have influenced them. We have a unique sound. It doesn't sound like European or American bands. I really like to think that we have been able to bring something new to music. Sepultura is about freedom and we try to carve a new way to express our music.
SoT: Andreas, I want to thank you for your time. Can we talk when you get to Michigan?
Andreas: For sure. See you then!
Click here for our review of A-Lex