Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carlstadt's Rizzo and the Cavaleras Return to Their 'Roots'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carlstadt's Rizzo and the Cavaleras Return to Their 'Roots'

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Marc Rizzo was an 18-year-old aspiring Meadowlands metal guitarist when he heard Sepultura's 1996 "Roots" album.

"It's an amazing album that was really unique and heavily influenced me because of the Brazilian influence," Rizzo said of the record. "Roots" had Sepultura, then led by brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera, veer from the pure thrash of previous efforts to a new, pioneering take that infused the sounds of the band's homeland into its music.

Now, Rizzo is touring with the Cavalera brothers on the "Return to Roots" 20th anniversary tour, which includes a stop on Feb. 21 in Manhattan. Rizzo also performs with singer-guitarist Max in his post- Sepultura band Soulfly, and with Max and Iggor (drums) in Cavalera Conspiracy.

"I was a big fan and already playing Sepultura songs with my band Crankcase when 'Roots' came out," Rizzo, a Carlstadt native and Sussex County resident said.

"The tribal percussion and classical acoustic guitar on 'Roots' really struck me and gave me a new appreciation for how you could play heavy metal," he added. "It was a huge achievement. It's incredible to now be playing with the Cavalera brothers."

Sepultura was already known for breaking boundaries when they unleashed "Roots" upon an unsuspecting metal world. They were the first, and remain the only, Brazilian metal band to gain a sizable following in America. "Roots," the band's sixth album, sparked a movement known as global metal, leading fans to explore other country's heavy music exports. Sepultura continues today with no original members.

"Roots" also influenced American bands to explore their musical and cultural heritage. Rizzo's first professional band, Hoboken- based Ill Nino, is known for its use of Latin percussion and rhythms. He said the band was directly influenced by Sepultura and "Roots."

The Cavaleras, Rizzo and bassist Johnny Chow will perform "Roots" in its entirety. The show also features a tribal drum jam by the Cavaleras.

Rizzo formed his first band, Crankcase, while he was a student at Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford. The band performed in the then-thriving North Jersey club scene, at such now defunct venues as The Pipeline and Studio One in Newark, Connections in Clifton, and Love Sexy in Hoboken. …

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