Sepultura Working On "Nation" LP

Brazilian metal band Sepultura is tucked away in a Rio De Janeiro studio recording its latest album, "Nation," the band's second LP with new vocalist Derrick Green.

Producer Steve Evetts told MTV News that the group is expected to finish tracking by the end of the month, and the band is booked to mix the record with Steve Thompson (Korn, Anthrax) in New York starting on November 5.

Sepultura has recorded 17 tracks, including three cover songs. A rendition of Bauhaus' 1979 Goth-punk classic "Bela Lugosi's Dead" is expected to make the record, while covers of Black Flag's "Rise Above" and Crucifix's "Annihilation" likely will surface later as B-sides or soundtrack songs.

A live version of the new track "Sepulnation," recorded during the Tattoo The Earth tour stop at Denver's Red Rocks, has been posted on the band's official Web site.

Evetts, who also has worked on recordings by Hatebreed and

Sick Of It All, described the progressive metal project as incorporating punk elements while being more melodic than past efforts. "We're not going pop on you, though," he added emphatically.

The album is scheduled for release on the Roadrunner label early next year.

The band will also be making an appearance on the live compilation "Tattoo The Earth: The First Crusade," which is due out on October 24 (see "Slipknot, Sevendust, Slayer Churn Out 'Tattoo' Live CD").

In related news, brethren band Soulfly, featuring former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera (the musically estranged brother of Sepultura drummer, Igor), has extended its North American tour to include stops in Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; New Orleans; Austin; Houston; and Albuquerque, wrapping up with a Halloween show in Tempe, Arizona. For full tour information, check out Soulfly's official

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