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Paulo Jr.
Xisto Pinto Jr. at Nova Rock Festival 2014
Xisto Pinto Jr. at Nova Rock Festival 2014
Background information
Birth namePaulo Xisto Pinto Junior
Also known asPaulo Destructor
Born (1969-04-30) 30 April 1969 (age 51)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Years active1983–present
Associated acts

Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. (born 30 April 1969 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is a Brazilian musician/bassist for heavy metal band Sepultura.[1] Pinto joined Sepultura after Roberto Raffan left the band in 1984, becoming Sepultura's second bassist. Although no original members are left in Sepultura, Pinto is the longest remaining member of Sepultura despite never performing on any album until Chaos A.D. (1993).

He received his first bass guitar, a white Giannini, when he was fifteen. His influences include Steve Harris, Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, Cliff Burton and Gene Simmons,[2] though Paulo plays bass with a guitar pick rather than his fingers.



In 1984, Xisto met the Cavalera brothers in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood of Belo Horizonte through a common friend. He joined Sepultura after the departure of the band's previous bass player, Roberto Raffan. Xisto played his first concert at the Ideal Club in Santa Teresa.[3] He is their longest serving member. Despite this, other than appearing on publicity photo shoots and touring with the band in their early years, Paulo had not performed on any Sepultura album until Chaos A.D. (1993); Andreas Kisser did both guitar and bass duties on all albums except Morbid Visions (1986), which featured Jairo Guedz handling both roles.[4][5][6][7][8]

The Unabomber Files[edit]

In 2009, Xisto joined with Alan Wallace and André Márcio of Eminence and Vladimir Korg of Chakal to form the band The Unabomber Files.[9] In 2013, the group released a six-song EP and a teaser for the music video of the song "Buried In My Bunker".[10][11]

Guest work[edit]

In 2007, Xisto played bass guitar on Sayowa's second album.[12] In 2013, he made a guest appearance on Eminence's fourth album, The Stalker, providing extra bass accompaniment.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Xisto grew up with two brothers and a younger sister. His father was a lawyer. In an interview, Xisto commended his parents for supporting the band in its early days.

"The support of the parents was one of the keys to our success. We had an empty room and my parents not only lent the space, but also the car to carry the equipment and made lunch for everyone when we were rehearsing."[15]

His hobbies include jiu jitsu and football. He is an avid supporter of the football club Clube Atlético Mineiro.[16][17] He currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

Charity work[edit]

Since 1999, Xisto has organised a series of annual football charity games between former Brazilian players, television artists, musicians and the band members. The games took place at the Estádio Municipal Castor Cifuentes in Nova Lima, Brazil, near Belo Horizonte. The spectators were asked to donate a pound of food and the gathered donations were given to local charities.[18][19][20]

In April 2008, Xisto was decorated with the Medalha da Inconfidência. This decoration was created in 1952 by the former Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek to pay homage to individuals who contributed in the development of the state of Minas Gerais and the country. The ceremony took place in Ouro Preto, hosted by the then Governor of Minas Gerais, Aécio Neves.[21][22]


Bass guitars[edit]

  • Alembic Essence 5
  • Alembic Spoiler
  • Zon Legacy 5 strings and Sonus 5 strings
  • Fender 5 strings custom Shop

Amplifiers and cabinets[edit]

  • Mesa Boogie Triaxis pre-amps modified for bass
  • Meteoro heads 1600
  • SansAmp RB-1 pre amps
  • SWR heads
  • Rocktron intellifects
  • Meteoro MPX bass drive & direct
  • Crown 2400 power amp
  • Two Ampeg 8x10 cabinets
  • Meteoro 8x10 cabinets
  • Megoliath 8x10 cabinets

Effects and accessories[edit]

  • Cry Baby Bass wah
  • DOD effects
  • Fender and DR strings (050-130 and 045-125)
  • Fender and Tecniforte cables



The Unabomber Files

  • 2013 – The Unabomber Files

Guest session[edit]


  • 2013 – The Stalker


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Sepultura". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 March 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Maragno, Karla (2009). "Entrevista com Paulo Xisto – SEPULTURA".
  3. ^ Renato Faria, João (2011). "Paulo Jr., baixista do Sepultura, fala sobre vontade de voltar a morar em BH". Portal UAI.
  4. ^ "MAX CAVALERA Says PAULO JR. Didn't Play Bass On Any Early SEPULTURA Recordings". December 3, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "MAX CAVALERA Talks About Getting 'Kicked Out' Of SEPULTURA, Hanging Out With OZZY OSBOURNE". April 16, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist: Reunion With MAX CAVALERA Would Have To Happen 'Naturally'". January 31, 2020. Retrieved December 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame Countdown: Sepultura's Arise". Decibel. February 18, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Sepultura – Morbid Visions". Least Worst Opinion. March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist Joins Forces With EMINENCE, THE MIST Members In THE UNABOMBER FILES". Blabbermouth. 2010.
  10. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist's THE UNABOMBER FILES: Teaser For 'Buried In My Bunker' Video". Blabbermouth. 2013.
  11. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist's THE UNABOMBER FILES: Debut EP Available". Blabbermouth. 2013.
  12. ^ "Sepultura's Paulo Xisto Recording with SAYOWA". sayowavideos. YouTube. 2007.
  13. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist To Guest On New EMINENCE Album". Blabbermouth. 2013.
  14. ^ "Paulo Xisto Recording Bass with Eminence". Eminence Brazil. YouTube.
  15. ^ Renato Faria, João (2011). "Paulo Jr., baixista do Sepultura, fala sobre vontade de voltar a morar em BH". Portal UAI.
  16. ^ "Biography of Paulo Jr".
  17. ^ "Bate-bola: Paulo Xisto". tvgaloweb. YouTube. 2010.
  18. ^ "SEPULTURA: Photos From Charity Soccer Game Posted Online". Blabbermouth. 2007.
  19. ^ "Entrevistas jogo das Estrelas TV Alterosa e Grupo Sepultura". momentoonline. YouTube. 2007.
  20. ^ Girotto, Breno (2009). "Sepultura: entrevista com Paulo Xisto no Mondo Metal". Whiplash.Net.
  21. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist Honored". Blabbermouth. 2008.
  22. ^ "Cerimônia traz homenagem aos 20 anos da Assembléia Constituinte". Agência Minas. 2008. Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)