Sepultura singer on Roadrunner
Blastwave recently interviewed Sepultura frontman Derrick Green, here’s what he said about no longer being with roadrunner records:
Blastwave: I’ve heard “Dante XXI” referred to as a comeback album. As far as I can see, this line up has produced three quality albums anyway, so why does this one in particular feel like a comeback?
Derrick Green: “I don’t know if it’s a comeback because we’ve been really fighting for so long with a lot of different things; the changes that have been happening. That’s not just the singer leaving but also the record label [Roadrunner] kind of turning their backs, along with booking agents and a lot of people that made up the structure of Sepultura, so it’s pretty much building and evolving. And I think we’ve pretty much been evolving from that point, just starting from scratch and I think that ‘Dante XXI’ is part of that evolution, along with all the other albums that we did. They were necessary in order to grow and be where we are right now.”
Blastwave: It seemed like Roadrunner gave up on Sepultura pretty unfairly when you joined as the vocalist. When ‘Nation’ was released, I remember there really wasn’t a lot of promotion for it and it seemed to almost pass by under the radar.
Derrick Green: “Yeah, it was kind of ridiculous since they were under contract to put that record out and they’d spent the money but didn’t want to try to get some of their money back. That’s when it was evident that we had to leave them as soon as possible because it would’ve been a shame to release another album and have it pushed back and just really not taken seriously. But I think, with SPV, it’s a smaller company but we definitely have more flexibility and they’re able to show that they believe in SEPULTURA now and they’re not trying to capitalise on the things that have already been done before in the old catalogue. So that was the biggest change for me, a 100% change, to really break into our own as far as becoming more comfortable and more secure. I think that really adds a lot to the music as well.”
There is no better place to be on the 12th June 2006 than celebrating metal with Metal Hammer at the annual Golden Gods Awards, this year at Koko in Camden.