Blabbermouth claims that Brazilian/American thrash outfit Sepultura has parted ways with Jean Dolabella, replacing him with full-time drummer Eloy Casagrande.

The 20-year-old drum prodigy from São Paulo, Brazil, won the Modern Drummer “Undiscovered Drummer” contest as a teenager in 2006. Casagrande (Bighouse?) is reportedly “more than eager to begin his career with the veteran metal icons,” says Blabbermouth.

“When I got the invitation to join Sepultura, I was in shock,” said Casagrande, who was born in Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil on January 29, 1991, the same year Sepultura’s Arise dropped. “I’m a fan of the band for years; it’ll be an honor to play with them.”

Guitarist Andreas Kisser said the following: “I’m sure Eloy will do a great job with Sepultura. He’s already a musician who shows a lot of strength and technique, although he’s young. We did a rehearsal with him and it was fantastic; he played the old and new material as if he was in the band for a long time. Sepultura will show the world another Brazilian talent on the drums.”

Sounds exciting. A nice development…for Sepultura. Meanwhile, Dolabella exits (probably not on his own) after five years of touring and two studio LPs; he is leaving to focus on personal projects.

Dolabella joined Sepultura in 2006, replacing original drummer Igor Cavalera.

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