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Also known as  Paulo Destructor
Role  Bass guitarist
Name  Paulo Jr.

Years active  1985–present
Music group  Sepultura
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Birth name  Paulo Xisto Pinto Junior
Born  30 April 1969 (age 46) Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1969-04-30)
Instruments  Bass guitar, percussion
Labels  Cogumelo, New Renaissance, Roadrunner, Steamhammer, Nuclear Blast
Genres  Groove metal, Thrash metal, Death metal, Alternative metal
Albums  Chaos AD, Arise, Beneath the Remains, Schizophrenia, The Mediator Between

Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter

Paulo Jr.(Sepultura) uses his "Impending Doom" TonePrint for Corona Chorus

Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. (born 30 April 1969, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is a Brazilian musician who is best known for being the bassist for heavy metal band Sepultura. He has been in the band since 1985, making him the longest remaining member of Sepultura. 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.


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In 1984, Xisto met the Cavalera brothers in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood of Belo Horizonte through a common friend. In 1985, 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. He is the longest serving member, and only member to appear on all studio albums.

The Unabomber Files

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

Guest work

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

Personal life

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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."

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

Charity work

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.

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.

Bass guitars

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

  • 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

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


  • 1985 – Bestial Devastation
  • 1986 – Morbid Visions
  • 1987 – Schizophrenia
  • 1989 – Beneath the Remains
  • 1991 – Arise
  • 1993 – Chaos A.D.
  • 1996 – Roots
  • 1998 – Against
  • 2001 – Nation
  • 2002 – Revolusongs
  • 2003 – Roorback
  • 2006 – Dante XXI
  • 2009 – A-Lex
  • 2011 – Kairos
  • 2013 – The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
  • 2017 – Machine Messiah
  • The Unabomber Files

  • 2013 – The Unabomber Files
  • Guest session


  • 2013 – The Stalker
  • References

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