Andreas Kisser
Andreas Kisser
Musician Info
BornAugust 24, 1968 (age 43)
GenreSepultura, Sexoturica, Anthrax, Hail!, De La Tierra
Notable InstrumentsGuitar, bass, sitar, vocals,
Associated actsPatricia Perissinotto Kisser
WebsiteGiulia, Yohan, Enzo

Andreas Rudolf Kisser (ˈɐ̃dɾjɐs ˈʁudowf ˈkiseɾ) is a Brazilian guitar player, songwriter and producer. He is most known for being the guitar player for the metal band Sepultura. He has been featured on every Sepultura release from Schizophrenia to Kairos. Additionally, Kisser has also been involved in other bands such as the rock Supergroup HAIL!, Sexoturica and, more recently, De La Tierra.


Kisser was born in August 24, 1968 to a Slovene mother, from Maribor, Slovenia, and a Germa father in São Bernardo do Campo, a municipality in the state of São Paulo. His father was a mechanical engineer who worked for Mercedes-Benz Brazil and his mother was a German teacher and amateur artist. At an early age, Kisser showed an interest in music. He was 10 when he started to listen to his parents' records of The Beatles, Roberto Carlos and Tonico & Tinoco.[1] He received his first acoustic guitar from his grandmother and later won a second guitar at a game of Bingo.[2] In his early adolescence Kisser started to play acoustic guitar first learning basic chords from the Brazilian popular music repertoire and later on classical pieces. A friend then introduced Kisser to hard rock with bands like Queen and Kiss which had a great influence on him. In 1983 he went to see Kiss live in São Paulo. Kisser eventually got his first electric guitar, a Giannini-Supersonic, and an overdrive pedal. Some of his major influences consisted then of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page and Randy Rhoads.[3]


Kisser started performing in 1984 in a three-piece band called Esfinge, which he formed with school friends and where he played guitar and sang. The band played essentially covers of heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Venom and Metallica. Two years later the band renamed itself Pestilence and, in 1987, recorded a demo called Slaves of Pain. The songs on the demo were afterwards reused by Sepultura in their albums Schizophrenia and Beneath the Remains. Pestilence was, however, short-lived and ultimately split up.[4]

With SepulturaEdit

Main article Sepultura.

In 1987, Kisser met the members of Sepultura and went to see the band play live while he was on a vacation trip to Belo Horizonte. On the day of the concert he joined the band as a roadie for vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera. He also jammed with the members during the intermissions. Following the departure of original lead guitarist Jairo Guedes, Kisser auditioned for the position of lead guitarist.[5] The same year he performed with the band for the first time in Caruaru, Pernambuco and recorded the album Schizophrenia.[6] His involvement in Sepultura helped shape the band's evolving sound.[7] Max Cavalera said of him: "... he brought new ideas and influences into Sepultura. The result was Schizophrenia." On Schizophrenia and Beneath the Remains, Kisser co-wrote the lyrics with Max whereas the whole band wrote the music in tandem. For Arise and thereafter Kisser began to write songs of his own. Kisser has also occasionally provided backing vocals both live and on the records. He also fronted the band in 1996, at the Castle Donington Monsters of Rock festival, when Max Cavalera was forced to absent himself in order to attend the funeral of his stepson Dana Wells,The band Played the new Album "The mediator Between The eyes Must be the Heart"


Kisser is also a member of the metal tribute band HAIL!. That band's rotating cast of members include Tim "Ripper" Owens, Paul Bostaph, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Jimmy DeGrasso, Phil Demmel and Roy Mayorga. HAIL! Was formed in the late 2008 by Ellefson and music manager Mark Abbattista.[8][9] The band's original lineup, which consisted of DeGrasso, Ellefson, Kisser and Owens, started a series of concerts in 2009 in Chile. The band then toured Europe and played an exclusive concert in Lebanon. In 2010 HAIL! went on a second European tour and played a number of US shows with the following line-up: Andreas Kisser, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Paul Bostaph and James LoMenzo.[10][11][12]

De La TierraEdit

In December 2012 Kisser formed the Latin American supergroup De La Tierra with Alex González of Maná, Andrés Giménez of A.N.I.M.A.L. and Sr. Flavio of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. The Band has in recent times released a teaser and a number of behind-the-scene footages of the recording.[13][14]

Film compositionEdit

Kisser worked on three Brazilian movie soundtracks. For No Coração dos Deuses ("In the Heart of Gods"), a 1999 drama film, he composed the score with Igor Cavalera. The soundtrack was recorded at the Estudio ION in São Paulo in June 1998 and produced by André Moraes.[15] In 2001 Kisser worked alongside Tony Bellotto, Eduardo de Queirós, Charles Gavin on the score of the award winning crime film Bellini e a Esfinge ("Bellini and the Sphynx").[16] Kisser collaborated again on the soundtrack for the 2008 sequel Bellini e o Demônio ("Bellini and the Devil").[17]

Solo workEdit

In August 2009 Kisser released his solo debut album entitled Hubris I & II.[18] When not active with Sepultura Kisser experimented musical ideas, wrote and recorded demo material, some of which had been gestating for 15 years prior to the album's release. In 2007 he uploaded a few short videos of the recording process through his YouTube account. It finally took Kisser 6 years to complete the album during which he handled a great part of the production duties himself.[19][20] In the months following the release Kisser played a few shows in Brazil to promote the album and took part in a music video shoot for the song "Em Busca Do Ouro". The album was eventually nominated at the 2010 Latin Grammys in the "Best Brazilian Rock Album" category.[21]

Guest work and CollaborationsEdit

Kisser worked on various musical projects. Between 1995 and 1996 Kisser recorded a number of demo tracks with Jason Newsted and Tom Hunting under different monikers. For the first project the trio recorded three demo tracks under the name Sexoturica which later became part of the compilation album IR8 vs. Sexoturica.[22] For the second project, called Quarteto da Pinga and which included Robb Flynn, they recorded two tracks and a cover.[23] In 1996 Kisser renewed his collaboration with Newsted on an other project called Godswallop which included Carl Coletti on drums and Sofia Ramos on vocals.[24]

Furthermore Kisser has made multiple guest appearances on other bands' albums, providing additional (lead) guitar and/or vocal accompaniment. He has been featured on the album of bands such as Asesino, Astafix, Biohazard, Burning in Hell, Claustrofobia, Korzus, Krusader, Nailbomb, Ratos de Porão and The AK Corral. In 2005 Kisser took part in the recording of the Roadrunner United album. He played guitar on the tracks "The Enemy", "Baptized in the Redemption", and "No Mas Control". He also played at the 25th Anniversary Concert.[25][26] In 2008 Kisser worked on a Brazilian Beatles tribute album Álbum Branco, which is was recorded at the Bavini Studio in São Paulo. He played guitar on the tracks Piggies and Helter Skelter.[27][28]

Beside his work as musician, Kisser has been involved in projects as producer. In 1992 Kisser co-produced Hammerhead's album Shadow of a Time to Be.[29] In 2004 he recorded three songs for the Brazilian rock band Sayowa which appeared on the band's debut album Treme Terra. The same year he helped produce Necromancia's album Check Mate and provided additional guitar and backing vocal on the album's title track Greed Up To Kill.[30] In 2006 he produced Sayowa's second Album. The album was also co-produced by the band itself and Stanley Soares.[31][32]


In 1992, Kisser unsuccessfully auditioned for the position of rhythm guitarist of Metallica, as a temporary replacement of James Hetfield, who had suffered severe burns on his hand during a live show.

In 2008 He took part to the Scorpions Humanity World Tour in Mexico and Brazil as a guest musician.[33]

In 2011 Kisser replaced Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian for some European tour dates (July 2–16), including the Big 4 Sonisphere Festival shows in Gothenburg, Sweden as well as Knebworth, UK and Amneville, France, as Ian and his wife Pearl Aday were expecting the birth of their first child.[34][35]

Kisser played a few concerts with Brazilian Beatles cover band Clube Big Beatles in The Cavern Club in Liverpool and, in August 2012, was given his own brick in the Cavern Club’s wall of fame. He thus became the first Brazilian to have one, and the first modern metal guitarist to be honoured in that way.[36][37]



Kisser currently uses Fender, Jackson and Seizi guitars. He has been endorsing Fender guitars since 2002 and Seizi guitars since 2011.[38][39] Seizi guitars is currently in the process of releasing a signature model. Throughout his career Kisser has used a number of guitars from different companies. When he started with Sepultura he used an Ibanez guitar. Later he acquired a Charvel Model 2 and Jackson Randy Rhoads which he used extensively and continues to use on recordings. In the 1990s Kisser also used and endorsed ESP and Fernandes guitars.[40] His guitar are tuned to D standard and Bb standard. When touring he takes four guitars with him, two for each tuning. Kisser has a collection of about 40 guitars including:[41]

  • Charvel Model 2
  • ESP Explorer
  • ESP Horizon 3
  • ESP Viper
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Fernandes AFR-150S
  • Ibanez RG440
  • Jackson Soloist
  • Jackson Randy Rhoads
  • Seizi Mosh (custom built)

Amplifiers and cabinetsEdit

For amplification Kisser uses a Mesa Boogie Triaxis preamplifier which he runs through two amplifier heads and two to four 4x12 cabinets. He endorses Mesa Boogie and Meteoro amplifiers, a Brazilian company that released his signature amplifier models.[42] Before switching to Mesa Boogie Kisser used an ADA MP-1 MIDI Preamplifier and Marshall amplifiers.

  • Mesa Boogie Triaxis
  • Mesa Boogie Strategy 500 Power Amp
  • Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
  • Mesa Boogie 4x12 cabinets
  • EVH 5150
  • Marshall JCM 800 2204
  • Marshall 4x12 cabinets
  • Meteoro MAK 3000
  • Orange Rockerverb

Effects and AccessoiresEdit

Kisser uses a MXR Carbon Copy and his signature Cry Baby Wah for effects when playing live.[43]

  • Boss CH-1 Super Chours
  • Dunlop Buddy Guy CryBaby Wah
  • Dunlop Andreas Kisser CryBaby Wah
  • Morley Wah
  • MXR Carbon Copy
  • Rocktron Hush Super C
  • Dunlop Picks 0.88mm and James Hetfield Black Fang 0.96 mm picks
  • SG signature strings (.10-.46 and .13-.56)

Discography Edit


  • 1987 - Slaves of Pain (Demo)


Quarteto da Pinga

  • 1995 - Demo


Solo albums

Guest Session Edit




Burning in Hell

  • 2006 - Believe


  • 2005 - Fulminant


  • 2004 - Ties of Blood


  • 2009 - Angus



  • 2001 - Check Mate

Ratos de Porão

  • 1987 - Cada Dia Mais Sujo e Agressivo / Dirty and Aggressive

Roadrunner United


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  2. Interview with Andreas Kisser, Sepultura guitarist, on the eve of their show supporting Motorhead at Exeter Uni, November 17th. This Month: Sepultura. MCJstyle.
  3. MDuffy (2013). Jackson Q&A: Andreas Kisser. Artist News. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
  4. Band page Pestilence (Bra). The Metal Archives.
  5. Sepultura's History 1984 - 1991 (1991).
  6. Sharpe-Young, Garry (2009). SEPULTURA biography. Rockdetector. Musicdetector Websites.
  7. Phillips, Sepultura ; words by Max Cavalera and Andreas Kisser ; music by Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr. ... [et al.] ; transcribed by Steve Gorenberg, Dale Turner and Mark (1995). Schizophrenia : for 1 stemme og 1-2 guitarer med becifring (med guitargreb), Authorized ed., Port Chester, N.Y.: Cherry Lane, 87. ISBN 0895248743. 
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  9. Hail! The all-star Band – Overview / Interview. LebMetal (2009).
  10. Official Home of Hail!. (2009-04-27). Retrieved on 2012-01-11.
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  13. Cugat, Matias (2013). De La Tierra 2013 Teaser 01. delatierramusic. YouTube.
  14. De La Tierra Desde El Estudio!. delatierramusic. YouTube (2013).
  15. No Coração Dos Deuses. Discogs.
  16. Distribuição BELLINI E A ESFINGE Ficha Técnica. Copacabanafilmes (2002).
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  18. SEPULTURA's ANDREAS KISSER: Six Songs From Solo Album Available For Streaming. Blabbermouth (2009).
  19. Interview with Andreas Kisser (November 2009). (2009).
  20. Willschick, Aaron (2009). Interview with Sepultura guitarist & solo artist Andreas Kisser. PureGrainAudio.
  21. SEPULTURA Guitarist's Solo Debut Nominated For LATIN GRAMMY. Blabbermouth (2010).
  22. Former METALLICA Bassist To Release Much-Circulated Demos. Blabbermouth (2002).
  23. VOIVOD Set Tentative Release Date For Comeback CD. Blabbermouth (2002).
  24. GODSWALLOP: NEWSTED/KISSER Project Posted Online. Blabbermouth (2004).
  25. ROADRUNNER UNITED CONCERT SETLIST. Roadrunner Records (2011).
  26. Full Lineup Announced For ROADRUNNER RECORDS' 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT. Blabbermouth (2005).
  27. Various – Álbum Branco. Discogs.
  28. Andreas Kisser's Lostapes - Helter Skelter (Mar 2008, #1). Youtube.
  29. Hammerhead (13) – Shadow Of A Time To Be. Discogs.
  30. Necromancia – Check Mate. Discogs.
  31. Sayowa band biography.
  32. Andreas Kisser about SAYOWA. sayowavideos. Youtube (2007).
  33. SEPULTURA Guitarist To Tour With SCORPIONS In South America, Mexico. Blabbermouth (2008).
  34. Sepultura's Andreas Kisser On Anthrax. NME.
  35. Teitelman, Bram (2011). I Am The Dad: Scott Ian To Sit Out Anthrax Shows; Andreas Kisser Filling In. Metal Insider.
  36. Brazilian Rocker Andreas Kisser Joins Liverpool's Cavern Club Wall of Fame in Mathew Street Ceremony.
  37. Andreas Kisser e Clube Big Beatles em Liverpool. Keko Sinclair. YouTube (2012).
  38. Artist page. Seizi Guitars.
  39. Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA). (2003).
  40. Biography of Andreas.
  41. Sullivan, Rory (2008). Sepultura's: ANDREAS KISSER!. All Out Guitar.
  42. [Artistas]. Amplificadores Meteoro.
  43. DunlopTV Andreas Kisser/Sepultura. jimdunlopusa. YouTube (2011).

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