There are only so many bands in this glorious genre known as metal that really — and I mean really — break through. When it comes to making absolute oodles of money, only bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath can really lay claim to having cashed in. Many bands have gotten to a point of comfort, but very few can seriously say metal made them rich.
One band that — back in the day — was on or near the cusp of making bank was Sepultura. Brazil’s greatest export, those four dudes blazed quite a path with their super intense music and impressive stage show.
They’ll go down as one of the biggest influences on the genre and their flag bearer, Max Cavalera, is definitely a major metal figurehead.
Max’s songwriting has been top notch for so many years and mostly, all his projects have turned out audible gold: Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Nailbomb, Killer Be Killed…that’s quite an impressive roster.
When I was 15-years-old, Sepultura was the band I held in very high regard. If anyone ever asked me, I would tell them Sepultura were the quintessential metal band; they’re the antithesis of heavy.
Now, I’m 25 and still shitting my proverbial pants over having met and gotten the chance to interview the one and only Max Cavalera.
Max, who celebrated his 45th birthday two days ago, has been an idol of mine for a decade and to even be in the man’s presence was mind-blowing. Sitting on his tour bus and chatting about “Donkey Kong Country” and Napalm Death with Max was otherworldly.
I must say, for how legendary he is, dude is super cool. Very down to Earth and personable. No ego exists with him, as all he really cares about is three things: His family, metal and his fans.
What more could you possibly ask for?
Please enjoy my interview with Max; I hope its as fun to listen to as it was conducting.
Thank fuck I wore Depends for it.
Sean Harris Meets Max Cavalera
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