On October 5, Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED, SEPULTURA). You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On "Pandemonium", the upcoming third album from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max and Igor Cavalera:
Max: "It's pretty good, man. It was fun to play with [Igor] and make a fast record. We decided to just go for it like we used to play before. When we first started this thing, we loved playing fast and throwing down very aggressive stuff. And this record, 'Pandemonium', was based on that — raw energy and adrenaline of the brothers playing metal. And it's cool that we found that after, I don't know, 30 years, we can still go back to that metal place and take that energy out and put it into a record. So I think people are gonna be stoked when they 'Pandemonium', because I think it's, for sure, the heaviest and most aggressive out of the CAVALERA stuff. But it's [also] probably some of the most aggressive stuff I've done in my whole life."
On what it was like to have no contact with Igor for 10 years following Max's departure from SEPULTURA:
Max: "It was hard, those 10 years that we didn't speak. It was really depressing for us. I hid it from the world, but inside I was very sad that I didn't speak with my own brother. And people were always asking about that, and I would always say, 'I don't know. He's doing his thing, and I'm doing thing. We're living in separate worlds.' So when we got back together, it was awesome, it was a great feeling. It was like a black cloud had [been] lifted. And then we decided to give it a go at playing music [together] again, which is another cool thing — create CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which was started in '07, I think, and has not stopped. But we do very things very differently [from SOULFLY]. SOULFLY tours a lot more — we play everywhere and every shithole. SOULFLY is relentless [when it comes to touring], Igor doesn't like that. And I don't blame him. He's got more of a slowed down lifestyle. He lives in London now and he's got [his] family there. I respect that, so we do CAVALERA tours a little bit moderate. But there will be some tours. I think in January we'll do an American tour."
"Pandemonium", on November 4 (one day earlier internationally) via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY.
Max Cavalera's original home-made demo version of the SEPULTURA classic "Roots Bloody Roots" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The song eventually became the opening track of the band's sixth studio album, 1996's "Roots", which was SEPULTURA's last studio CD to feature Max on vocals and guitar.
Asked in a December 2013 interview with DeadRhetoric.com if he was a proponent of the down-tuned guitar approach, like Max was, around the time when bands like KORN and the DEFTONES were just beginning to take off in terms of popularity, SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser said: "At the beginning, not much. I was skeptical of the low tuning because bands like KORN or the DEFTONES, they don't have the fast pace of SEPULTURA's music. I was concerned to lose that kind of fast ability and the picking, the heavy picking on sloppy, low strings. But there are so many possibilities of using heavier-gauge strings, which give that kind of tension, and you don't lose that ability to play fast. 'Trauma Of War', the song that opens the [new SEPULTURA] album ['The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart'], it's in low tuning, but it's a very fast song, but we don't lose that kind of ability. I learned how to do deal with that, and you open a lot of worlds in music, but yeah, at the beginning I was a little skeptical."
Speaking to Live-Metal.net in 2009, Max admitted that he drew inspiration from some of the so-called early "nu metal" bands during the songwriting process for "Roots". He explained: "SEPULTURA did [take] a little bit of an influence from KORN and DEFTONES in some areas. And the funny thing is that we influenced those bands from when they started out. I talked to the KORN guys and they said they listened to 'Chaos A.D.' religiously when they started — it was like one of their favorite records. So it's kind of a 360 degrees kind of influence — back and forth."
"Roots" was certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.
Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA, KILLER BE KILLED) joined SUICIDE SILENCE on stage last night (Wednesday, April 23) at the Revolver Golden Gods awards show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles to perform the SEPULTURA classic "Roots Bloody Roots". Professionally filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
SUICIDE SILENCE will release "You Can't Stop Me", their first album to feature new vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida (ex-ALL SHALL PERISH) and their first since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker, on July 11 in Europe (except in the U.K., where it will arrive on July 14) and July 15 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
"You Can't Stop Me" was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), who worked with the band not only on "The Black Crown", but also on some instrumental demos for the new CD just prior to Lucker's death in the fall of 2012.
SOULFY's ninth album, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013 via SOULFLY's new label home, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others. Guest vocal appearances on "Savages" include SOULFLY bass player Tony Campos, CLUTCH's Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH's Mitch Harris, Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR and SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's son Igor Cavalera (of LODY KONG).
Guitar World magazine's January 2014 issue includes a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature on SEPULTURA's Andreas Kisser, who discusses the band's lengthy new album title, filling in for ANTHRAX's Scott Ian during the "Big Four"'s European tour dates, and his experience auditioning for METALLICA as James Hetfleld's temporary replacement (on guitar only) while James recovered from being burned onstage back in 1992.
Thomas Stanley Orwat Jr. of RockMusicStar recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
RockMusicStar: You have recently written an autobiography. When will it be released?
Max: Yes, it's coming out in February in America. It's called "My Bloody Roots", and it's out in Brazil already and Poland, and it's going to come out in America in February. I've been working on this book for the last three years. I did thousands of interviews, and Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA] did the introduction of the book. He wrote a really cool introduction; it's really funny. It's a great book; it's got a lot of cool people in it, like Mike Patton [FAITH NO MORE], David Vincent [MORBID ANGEL], Sharon Osbourne. It's an amazing book. It's gonna tell my whole story. It's gonna tell about the split; I finally tell the truth about why I left SEPULTURA. All the stuff that happened, all the tragedies that happened, and then there's some funny stuff, like puking on Eddie Vedder [PEARL JAM], and shit that happened in my career and my life. They're all crazy stuff. Everything's gonna be in the book, and it's going to be great for people to read that.
RockMusicStar: Wow, I can't wait. That's awesome. How is it doing in Brazil?
Max: It's doing really good, man. It's gonna probably make the best-selling list of the Brazilian books, and we're very excited about that. People in Brazil are very excited, they are reading the shit out of it. I get a lot of comments on Facebook, from my wife, she does Facebook, and gets a lot of people talking about how much they love the book, and has really, really great reviews. A lot of people especially like the part when I talk about the split from SEPULTURA, because I really explains my side of the story, about how I really felt, and why I left my own band. And a lot of people, after they read that, they will understand. And, for them, it makes sense that I did what I did, that I left SEPULTURA. They would have done the same. After they read it, they understand why I did it, and it makes sense after you read what I said about the split, you'd think that it was the rational thing to do, for me, was to leave them, you know. Even though it was my own band from the beginning, it was kind of like, all of my integrity, you know, and that's why I decided to leave. It's going to be great. It tells all of those stories, and puts kind of a final stamp on the whole "SEPULTURA split" shit, and talks about SOULFLY and how it was created, and how cool SOULFLY was building over the years, and the cool people I worked with. Sean Lennon is in the book, Corey Taylor [SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR] is in the book, all talking about how it was to work with me, and I think it's going to be great. I can't wait for people in America to read it. It's going to come out through a company called Jawbone. They're going to distribute the book in America.
RockMusicStar: I always wondered about the SEPULTURA thing. I always thought to myself, I mean, I don't know the all the little nuances about the spilt. That's why I'm looking forward to reading your book, but, I always wondered why you didn't just fire everyone from SEPULTURA, keep the name, and find replacements.