As a member of one of the pioneering bands in the death/thrash scene of the 80’s and 90’s, Brazilian-born, Max Cavalera was the original vocalist and rhythm guitarist in Sepultura from 1984 to 1996; his brother Igor was the original drummer. Throughout Max’s tenure with Sepultura, he would act as one of the predominant creative forces for pushing the band’s musical style to experimental new territories. Their 1993 release, ‘Chaos A.D.,’ with its groundbreaking industrial/tribal sound, is considered by many to be one of the greatest metal albums of all time. As an industrial metal side project, Cavalera recorded another groundbreaking album, ‘Point Blank’ under the monicker, Nailbomb with Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel in 1994. Sepultura’s ‘Roots’ LP, released two years later, would further expand upon tribal elements as well as incorporate nu-metal influences that would contribute to creative differences within the group and ultimately to Cavalera’s departure from the band. His leaving would create a rift between the Cavalera brothers as Igor remained on as drummer for Sepultura. Max would then go on to form the tribal/nu-metal outfit, Soulfly in 1997 and has since released ten albums with the band, and one in the works for 2018. In 2007, Max and his brother Igor reconciled and formed the groove/thrash band Cavalera Conspiracy together, along with guitarist, Marc Rizzo of Soulfly. The band has released four albums to date. As part of another side project, Cavalera co-founded the metal supergroup, Killer Be Killed in 2011 along with Greg Puciatio of The Dillinger Escape Plan. The band released their self-titled LP in 2014.
This week, the legendary metal master, Max Cavalera himself sits down for an in-person rap session with Joshua Toomey on Talk Toomey – The Metal Nexus Podcast. Cavalera discusses the upcoming Soulfly album, which he describes enticingly as “tribal death thrash,” as well as his many other current and past projects – including his recent “Return to Roots” and Nailbomb tours. They talk about the process behind the numerous guest features on past Soulfly albums and get nostalgic about buying vinyl and the ritual of exploring cover art and album booklets. Sharing similar musical tastes, they reminisce about the early days of nu-metal and some of the great bands they both love from the era. Also, shifting gears from music, Max briefly educates us about the Brazilian Candomblé religion. Check out the Podcast with the complete Max Cavalera interview from the link below.