One of the highlights of last year’s Orion Fest was watching Sepultura‘s set.  Derrick Green has gotten slagged because he’s not Max Cavalera, but they’re still a vital band with an amazing back catalogue. And now they have arguably the most famous metal drummer of the last 30 years helping out on their album. Andreas Kisser let the news fly via a lengthy studio diary entry:

Next morning we were preparing to record the second guitar when Ross received a message on his phone, he was really excited about it so he stopped everything to tell us what was going on: Dave Lombardo, the one and only ex-drummer from Slayer, also plays with Mike Patton on Phantomas, was real close to the studio with his kids and his dog enjoying some time at the beach, Ross asked if he would like to come to the studio and jam something on our album and he said YES! We were so excited, we could not believe that one of our great idols was ready to be a part of our new album.

He came and it was so nice, so special, so awesome! He is one of the nicest guys in business and he enjoyed the idea a lot. Ross and Mike prepared two drum sets on the living room, facing each other, no cymbals, just tribal drums! When the mics were all ready and running Eloy and Dave started playing and the magic was on, so great! The part they recorded will be a special part on the middle of one of the songs, it came out crazy!

We just have to thank Mr. Lombardo and his family for this opportunity. Thank you Dave, we will never forget this, it’s a real honor to have you on the album!

Let’s see, Dave Lombardo of Slayer/Fantomas on drums for a Sepultura album that was produced by Ross Robinson? It’s like the late ’90s all over again! Unfortunately, it’s only tribal drums and it’s only for one song, but that still makes the next album something worth listening to. The album, which is untitled, will be released later this year on Nuclear Blast, their second release for the label.

[via Metal Sucks]