For 30 years, Max Cavalera has given us metal in all shapes and forms. From the thrash and death metal of early Sepultura records Morbid Visions (1986), Beneath the Remains (1989) and Arise (1991), to the groove metal of Chaos A.D. (1993), to even nu-metal on Roots (1996). Then with Soulfly, he gave listeners a tribal metal soundscape with albums like Primitive (2000) and Prophecy (2004), all the way to extreme metal on Enslaved (2012), while Savages (2013) was a potpourri of all things rock and metal. And now with Soulfly’s new album, Archangel (Aug. 14, 2015, Nuclear Blast Entertainment), he’s gone to Biblical proportions—literally.
Inspired by The Old Testament, which Max describes as “bloody and brutal and perfect for metal,” Archangel is yet another different direction for Soulfly, though still a metal one. And that’s the common denominator with the body of Max’s work: metal. Max lives for metal. Not only does he play metal, but he’s a huge fan of it, both old and new. As I’ve written before, it’s like he is a prophet sent here by the metal gods. He wants to play metal forever, he shows no signs of slowing down and his spirit for metal will never die. His legacy now stands at an astonishing 21 studio albums between Sepultura (six), Nailbomb (one), Soulfly (10), Cavalera Conspiracy (three) and Killer Be Killed (one).
Days before Soulfly was about to hit the road with Soilwork, Decapitated and Shattered Sun for a U.S. tour (view tour dates), we talked with Max at length about Archangel and its Biblical inspiration, his albums standing the test of time and … “Maxfest?” (more…)