If there was ever a prophecy written that one man would arise from Brazil to lead two bands into the metal promised land, then Max Cavalera has fulfilled it.
Not to take anything away from Soulfly, but I’ll always remember Max Cavalera as the guitarist/frontman for the Brazilian metal band Sepultura. Beneath the Remains was one of the first death metal records I ever heard, and I became a huge fan of the band. During their long run, thanks to albums like Arise and Chaos A.D., Sepultura became one of the most popular and well-known metal acts of the ’90s. Of course, all good things must end, so after the groundbreaking Roots album, Max had a controversial split from Sepultura and then formed his new primitive, tribal-metal-machine, Soulfly. In 1997, Soulfly picked up where Roots left off and Max has since traveled the world for music and inspiration, taking the aggression and tribal world fusion to all new territories over the course of six Soulfly releases. The last two Soulfly albums have seen even more of a return to Max’s thrash metal roots, and as Soulfly VII is in its early stages of development, fans expect heavier still.
During a fall 2009 tour with Cattle Decapitation and Prong, Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki boarded Soulfly’s tour bus at the Recher Theatre in Towson, Md., for an interview with Cavalera. Max talks about his metal legacy, the history of Sepultura and Soulfly, and his other projects, Nailbomb and Cavalera Conspiracy. (more…)