Eloy Casagrande joined Sepultura two years ago, and only recently stepped into the studio with the band for the first time to record the new album, 'The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must Be the Heart.' Casagrande sat down recently with Paiste to discuss the drum setup he used in the studio.

At only 22 years old, Casagrande is relatively new to the mainstream metal scene. But he's coming out swinging, delivering the hard-hitting, pulsing beats that one would expect from Sepultura's rhythm section. The young drummer spent seven days recording his drum parts before the other band members began recording guitars and vocals. He said he worked on the new material for three or four months before the band went into the studio to begin recording.

The kit he used in the studio was the same as his live kit, except for one additional ride cymbal. His cymbal setup includes an 18-inch Paiste Rude China cymbal, a 10-inch Paiste Rude splash, two Sound Edge hi-hats, and a 20-inch Rude crash. He admitted that his bandmates complained, saying his cymbals were too loud. But he feels they fit in perfectly when they're playing live on a big stage. Casagrande also stated that, while his Rude cymbals are really loud, they have great tone that cuts clearly through the sound of the guitars.

Back in 2006, while still a teenager, Casagrande won the title of “Undiscovered Drummer” in a Modern Drummer contest. He was asked to join Sepultura in 2011. One interesting fact: Casagrande was born in 1991, which is the same year Sepultura released their legendary album 'Arise.'

Sepultura's new album is expected to hit shelves later next month.

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