SEPULTURA‘s “Asian Relentless Tour 2012”, which was scheduled to kick off on February 3, has been postponed until October. According to a statement that was posted on the band’s official web site, the trek was called off after tragedy struck Shirazdeen Karim, owner and head of Malaysian promoter Netzah Productions, who was instrumental in convincing SEPULTURA to go on tour in Indonesia and Malaysia. Shiraz‘s grandmother, who raised him to adulthood and was a pillar of her extended family, died on Monday, January 16 after suffering a heart attack last week.
SEPULTURA was scheduled to return to Indonesia for the first time in 20 years to perform in five cities in February. The band was slated to play in Medan, North Sumatra, on Feb. 3; Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Feb. 4; Jakarta on Feb. 9; Surabaya, East Java on Feb.11; and finally in Bali on Feb. 12 as part of the “Asian Relentless Tour 2012”. SEPULTURA was then set to continue its tour in the Malaysian cities of Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.
SEPULTURA played its first show with new drummer Eloy Casagrande (GLÓRIA, ANDRÉ MATOS) on November 25 in Lichtenfels, Germany.
Casagrande joined SEPULTURA as the replacement for Jean Dolabella, who left the band because he could no longer handle being away from home for long periods of time.
Eloy is a 20-year-old drum prodigy from São Paulo, Brazil who won the Modern Drummer “Undiscovered Drummer” contest as a teenager in 2006.
Dolabella left SEPULTURA after a five-year run of relentless touring and two studio albums. He joined SEPULTURA in 2006 following the departure of the band’s original drummer, Igor Cavalera.
SEPULTURA is touring in support of its 12th studio album, and Nuclear Blast Records debut, “Kairos”, which hit stores in July 2011.