Igor Cavalera (SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) spoke to the “Do You Know Jack?” radio show about the “Return To Roots” North American tour with his brother Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) during which they are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of SEPULTURA’s classic album “Roots” by performing the LP in its entirety.
Here’s an excerpt regarding the KORN influence on “Roots”:
Igor: “I think they did [influence us]. Not only them, but them with DEFTONES at the time, they had a particular sound that was quite interesting for us, and that’s also one of the reasons that Ross [Robinson, producer] came into the picture — ’cause he could capture that raw sound at that time, and that was really cool. Those bands, they influenced us at the time of ‘Roots’, but I think there was a lot more going on than just that. So I think it’s all part of a whole combination of elements. When we had someone like Carlinhos Brown, a massive percussionist from Brazil, or even someone like Mike Patton [FAITH NO MORE], there’s a lot of things going on on the record.”
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis recently admitted that he thought the sound of the “Roots” album was too close to his band for comfort. He told Metal Hammer: “One that I thought was a big compliment, but I also thought was fucked up, was SEPULTURA’s ‘Roots’ album. That was just a blatant KORN rip-off, and I had it out with producer Ross Robinson about that, because he just took our sound and gave it to SEPULTURA.” He added: “My young brain couldn’t handle it. But they were one of our biggest influences, so I guess they get a pass. And that’s a classic album, so it’s all good.”