South American scum.

Former LCD Soundsystem man James Murphy has convinced two former members of Brazilian metal band Sepultura to form “a metal version of the White Stripes”.

Drummer Igor Cavalera left Sepultura in 2006, ten years after the departure of his singer-guitarist brother Max (who later formed spiritualist metallers Soulfly), and the two had in recent years been playing together as part of four-piece band Cavalera Conspiracy.

However, when Murphy came onboard to produce the group’s new EP and album, the in-demand producer persuaded the brothers to downsize the band to a duo.

“To start with, he wants only the two of us in the studio, like a metal version of the White Stripes. He also wants nothing but the two of us on stage,” Igor told The Guardian.

“He basically asked me to get rid of the rest of the band. Cavalera Conspiracy has four members and two records. Murphy asked us to start from scratch as a duo. According to him, ‘this will come to be the heaviest record of our careers’. He promised me that.”

No news yet on a release date for the promised EP and album, but in the meantime the Cavaleras will be reacquainting themselves with the practice room. “The last time my brother and I played together as a duo was back home, when we were still teenagers learning how to play in our bedrooms,” said Igor. “I had some pieces of an old drum and he had his guitar. This new project feels as though my brother and I are coming back home, 30 years later.”

The project is the latest in a string of diverse activities Murphy has been pursuing lately, including building a 50,000W soundsystem, producing the new Arcade Fire album and  composing the music for a Broadway show.



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