SEPULTURA: New Touring Drummer Revealed?

According to Brazil's 89 FM, SEPULTURA are rumored to have selected Jean Dolabella (ex-UDORA) as their new touring drummer following Roy Mayorga's (ex-SOULFLY) decision to join STONE SOUR as a full-time member.

SEPULTURA founding member and drummer Igor Cavalera announced earlier in the year that he was taking a break from the group's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January). Filling in on drums during the band's European tour with IN FLAMES was Mayorga, who played with Igor's brother Max in SOULFLY for several years in the late '90s and again in 2001-2003.

Dolabella's former band UDORA was originally formed in 1997 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (also the former hometown of Max and Igor Cavalera) under the name DIESEL and was one of the biggest names in the Belo Horizonte underground music scene, according to Wikipedia. In 2001, the band gained nationwide exposure after winning, through a "battle of the bands"-style contest, a spot on the main stage of the Rock in Rio 3 festival. They opened the last day of the festival, performing alongside world-famous bands like SILVERCHAIR and the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.

In 2003, the band decided to move to Los Angeles in an attempt to break into the U.S. market. The name DIESEL was dropped to avoid conflict with Diesel Jeans. After playing several shows in small local clubs, they were signed to the J Records label and went into the studio with producer Matt Wallace to record their first album as UDORA. However, after a lengthy tour of the U.S. supporting former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, J Records merged with RCA. The change in management was not well-received by the band and they chose to sever their ties with the label.

In 2006, UDORA singer/guitarist Gustavo Drummond announced that Dolabella was leaving the band, citing "irreconcilable differences, both personal and musical" as the motive of his departure.

For more information on UDORA and audio/video samples of Dolabella's playing, visit


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