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Iggor Cavalera Cites Korn, Deftones & More As Influences On Sepultura’s “Roots”


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Ex-Sepultura drummer Iggor Cavalera (now of Cavalera Conspiracy) recently appeared on the ‘Do You Know Jack? Radio Show‘ and elaborated a bit on the influence Korn and Deftones had on Sepultura‘s 1996 gold selling album, “Roots“. Speaking of Korn inspiring the album, he said:

“I think they did. 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] 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, there’s a lot of things going on on the record.”

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis recently spoke about how he initially felt “Roots” was a ‘blatant rip off’ of his band. His statement was somewhat odd however, given that he also guested on the album, appearing alongside Faith No More, etc. vocalist Mike Patton and DJ Lethal (House Of Pain/ex-Limp Bizkit) on “Lookaway“. Both Iggor and his brother Max are currently on tour in support of the 20th anniversary of “Roots“, performing the album in full at these dates.

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