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Max Cavalera: I should've kept Sepultura name, fired 'two a-holes'

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:22 AM PT / 11,847 views

The history of Sepultura is extensive and well-documented, but can be summarized quickly: Brazilian metal band releases several classic albums (a few of which went Gold), however, frontman quits, and the band begins decline, both in popularity and relevance. Max Cavalera exited Sepultura in 1997. This happened when the band was at its commercial peak, on the heels of their Roots album. The group was never the same, and while some may argue that its current incarnation is still churning out quality metal, there's no denying that from a commercial perspective, the band is a shell of its former self (their last album sold only 1,800 copies in the U.S. in its first week). It should be noted that Sepultura's viability without Max Cavalera was further damaged in 2006, when Max's brother Igor quit the band, leaving guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Jr. to carry on as the heart of Sepultura. Max Cavalera went on to have significant success with Soulfly and, to a lesser degree, several other bands. However, his decision to depart Sepultura probably wasn't the savviest of business moves. That fact isn't lost on Cavalera in 2016. In a recent interview with Metal Insider, Cavalera laments his approach, but explains that the band's 20th anniversary Roots tour with Igor is a "happy ending":
"Well, looking back now, it was a really hard time in my life, a very difficult period, because I never thought I was going to leave the band. For the first month I didn't even want to play anymore, I was like, 'I'm done with this.' I just wanted to get high and get drunk and not give a fuck. But then, little by little I started writing some stuff and it started coming out again, and it was cool, because it carried the same elements as what I had been doing before. The riffs, structures, choruses, all of that was very similar. But, it was a difficult time and I'm glad it's over – I'd never want to go back to that time. A lot of people really liked the first Soulfly album, a lot of people say it's their favorite. Maybe that's because there was a little bit of desperation on that record (laughs). It's kind of like you lost everything and had to start again with what you have. "Sepultura was really close to my heart, it was like my baby. Now, after all this time passed and I think about it, Iggor and I should have just fired those two assholes and kept the name; why we didn't do that, I don't know. At that time we didn't have the vision to do it, so I just quit. That's why I think this tour is so special, because I get to go back to that time to an album where I was very much involved with the ideas of the album – those were almost all of my own ideas, so Roots is very close to my heart. Now, 20 years later, to go back and do this with Iggor again is amazing – it's the best thing to come out of this story. It's a happy ending, even though we had to go through all that hardship to get to where we are now."
You can read move of the interview with Cavalera here.

21 comments


anonymous 9/21/2016 7:38:04 AM

I have pretty high hopes for the Magnificent Seven as I really enjoyed the Hateful Eight.


anonymous 9/21/2016 7:46:13 AM

Koonta Kintay hired on as roadie for the "Roots revisited" tour-dont you call the guy "Toby" either, White Devils.


willy_wanker 9/21/2016 8:20:00 AM

andreas kisser is a way better and severely underrated guitarist


anonymous 9/21/2016 9:52:25 AM

" I just wanted to get high and get drunk and not give a fck. " "Iggor" He's obviously still high and drunk if he can't even spell his brother's name right.


anonymous 9/21/2016 10:24:30 AM

"He's obviously still high and drunk if he can't even spell his brother's name right" You do realize that this is an interview and it's someone else writing this, not Max writing this, correct? Think before you write.


anonymous 9/21/2016 12:42:12 PM

^ No bruh Max writes his own interview nowadays.


anonymous 9/21/2016 2:38:34 PM

I seent em


anonymous 9/21/2016 2:43:05 PM

I read awhile back that his brother prefers "Iggor" now and has for at least the last few years. I'm pretty sure it happened when he became a DJ.


anonymous 9/21/2016 3:26:05 PM

"He's obviously still high and drunk if he can't even spell his brother's name right" You do realize that this is an interview and it's someone else writing this, not Max writing this, correct? Think before you write. ^ you do realize the amount of sarcasm and humor that goes into 95% of the comments on this website? You inbred


anonymous 9/21/2016 4:52:22 PM

Ignore is an intense dude. 88


anonymous 9/21/2016 6:07:40 PM

>why we didn't do that, I don't know cause you are retarded and don't write music. just jumpdafckup and shut your stupid mouth. cavalera conspiracy is trash.


anonymous 9/21/2016 7:17:04 PM

sageor?


anonymous 9/21/2016 7:18:05 PM

N I g g o r ?


anonymous 9/21/2016 7:46:06 PM

White power


anonymous 9/21/2016 10:36:51 PM

He hasn't done anything worth a shit since Chaos A.D. and he knows it. Maybe its time you start getting drunk and high again, no? Yes.


anonymous 9/22/2016 12:21:06 AM

They're only doing a Roots tour because he can't physically play anything prior to that. He's a hack and a gimmick. Love, Celine


anonymous 9/22/2016 5:56:37 AM

yes, but Celine will be there to towel dry the sweat off of his nut sack with their own tongue.


anonymous 9/22/2016 5:57:52 AM

*white powder*


anonymous 9/22/2016 10:52:15 AM

Igggorr is underrated as a drummer.


anonymous 9/24/2016 11:48:48 PM

I sometimes wonder if i'm the only person that realizes that Sepultura's Against album is incredibly awesome and probably has some of their best song writing.


anonymous 10/5/2019 11:19:53 AM

anonymous moron quotes haha, #fcktards





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