Andreas Kisser

Andreas Kisser ( born August 24, 1968 in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil as Andreas Rudolf Kisser ) is the lead guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter at Sepultura and De La Tierra. In addition, he is involved as a guitarist, composer and producer on other projects, including the film industry.

  • 5.1 With other artists

Life and Music

Kisser was born 24 August 1968 in São Bernardo do Campo, a municipality in the state of São Paulo. His father, of German descent, worked as a mechanical engineer for Mercedes -Benz and his mother, a gebürtigte Slovenian, was a German teacher and amateur artist. Kisser showed an early interest in music. At age ten he began the record of the Beatles, Roberto Carlos and Tonico & Tinoco, who belonged to his parents to hear. He received his first acoustic guitar from his grandmother and later won a second guitar at a bingo game. First Kisser began the basic chords of Brazilian popular music and to learn classical pieces later. Later Kisser discovered through a friend, the hard rock bands like Queen and Kiss the had a great influence on him and in 1983 he saw Kiss live in São Paulo. Kisser finally got an electric guitar, a Giannini Super Sonic, and an overdrive pedal. The most important influences he names guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Page and Randy Rhoads.

Esfinge / Pestilence

1984 Kisser began to play and sing in three-piece band Esfinge which he had formed with school friends. The band played mostly cover songs by heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Venom. Two years later, the band renamed Pestilence and 1987 took a demo called Slaves of Pain. The songs on the demo were then reused by Sepultura in their albums Schizophrenia and Beneath The Remains. Pestilence was short lived however and the members parted ultimately.


Mid-1980s was Kisser Sepultura guitar roadie of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Max Cavalera. In 1987 he replaced the lead guitarist Jairo Guedz, as he left the band. By Kisser was a more progressive element in the band, this is to hear, among others, on the album Schizophrenia from the same year.

Kisser was in the period up to the Chaos AD album along with Max Cavalera of Sepultura and songwriter is also next to Paulo Jr. one of the two remaining members of the "classic" lineup. So he wrote with Max Cavalera the texts on Schizophrenia, Beneath the Remains and Arise about half, on Chaos AD the texts of Territory and Nomad. After Max Cavalera's exit, he advanced with Igor Cavalera to the main songwriter in the band: On Against, Nation and Roorback he has worked on most of the songs. On the Dante XXI album, a concept album about Dante's Divine Comedy, he took with singer Derrick Green, the composition activity.

Side projects

In addition to his main job with Sepultura Kisser was a composer engaged in some Brazilian movie soundtracks, these include No Coração dos Deuses (1999, among others, along with Igor Cavalera and Mike Patton ) and Bellini ea Esfinge (2001, English: Bellini and the Sphynx ).

He also contributed to the Roadrunner United project and the project band Asesino ( Dino Cazares founded by whose pseudonym in Brujeria " Asesino " was ), with whom he Album Cristo Satanico grossed 2006. Another side project in 1995 was the Quarteto da Pinga together with Rob Flynn of Machine Head, Jason Newsted ( Metallica back then ) and Tom Hunting of Exodus. He was also on the 1994 album Point Blank by Max Cavalera's Nailbomb project and in 1995 at the only live performance of the project. He also has a guest appearance on the album Uncivilization of Biohazard (with Derrick Green).

As a guest musician he has been active in Brazilian pop bands and works as a producer of various bands and projects. He performs with other musicians under the name Andreas Kisser trio and is connected to the projects Embromation Society, Brazil rockstars and guitar workshops employed.

In 1992 he played for Metallica before, to temporarily take over the position of rhythm guitarist James Hetfield because he had suffered at the hand during a live show burns. However, he did not get the position. From 1993 to 2001 he lived among other things, in the U.S., since again in Brazil.

In 2008 he played with the Scorpions and other Brazilian guest musicians on a tour of Brazil and Mexico. He has long been a fan of the Scorpions and has previously often replayed songs of the band.

In June 2009 appeared users double solo album Hubris I & II in Europe by Mascot Records.

In July 2011, Andreas Kisser helped out with Anthrax as Scott Ian's wife was expecting a child. Among other things, he also played at the Big 4 concert at the Veltins - Arena in Gelsenkirchen. Here, Anthrax played with Kisser also Refuse / Resist Chaos AD of.

Style and equipment

His melodic solos and the characteristic guitar sound, not least the many fast passages played were made ​​known to a recognition sign for the thrash sound of the albums that Sepultura in Metal sector. At first he used this mainly Charvel and Jackson guitars. Currently, he is endorser for Fender guitars and mainly used a Stratocaster model.

Private life

Private Kisser is married to Patricia Perissinotto Kisser, and has three children: Giulia ( born 1995), Yohan ( born 1997) and Enzo ( born 2005). He is a football fan and an ardent supporter of São Paulo Futebol Clube. In addition to his musical career, Kisser busy with other music-related activities. In 2010 he wrote a weekly column for Yahoo! Music Brasil and since January 2013 he has his own radio show he hosted with his son Yohan. The show is called Pegadas de Andreas Kisser ( "Songs of Andreas Kisser " ) and will be broadcast on the Brazilian radio station 89fm Rádio skirt.




Quarteto da Pinga


Solo album

  • 2009 - Hubris I & II

With other artists


  • 2006 - Cristo Satánico


  • 2009 - End Ever


  • 2001 - Uncivilization

Burning in Hell

  • 2006 - Believe


  • 2005 - Fulminant


  • 2004 - Ties of Blood


  • 2009 - Angus



  • 2001 - Checkmate

Ratos de Porão

Roadrunner United

  • 2005 - The All- Star Sessions