Brian Fischer-Giffin of Australia’s Loud magazine recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ex-SEPULTURA). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s musical approach:
Max: “With CAVALERA we try to create, sonic-wise, maybe the best time of me and Igor [Cavalera; former SEPULTURA and current CAVALERA CONSPIRACY drummer] together, which was the thrash times with SEPULTURA with stuff like ‘Beneath The Remains’ and ‘Arise’ and ‘Third World Posse’ and ‘Chaos A.D.’ I think that era of the sound of me and Igor together was the most energetic and the most aggressive and was like the fire of the brothers. So I wanted to maybe recreate that. But not imitate, but just as a reference, use that kind of sound. So we started… the first record was created with that in mind. Had a lot of thrash-sounding stuff, a lot of hardcore stuff. Then we started the new album, ‘Blunt Force Trauma’, and we even went deeper and heavier, even more hardcore and even did a song with Roger [Miret] from AGNOSTIC FRONT.”
On the differences between CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and SOULFLY:
Max: “SOULFLY‘s always been a little bit more open to different kinds of music and different influence(s)… you know, the world music type of stuff, stuff like that. CAVALERA‘s more metal. It’s really more strictly metal. I don’t let the influences come into the CAVALERA world. They’re not really welcome. It’s kinda precious. I’m not prejudice(d) against other type(s) of music (but) I wanted CAVALERA to stay separate. I did it on purpose. I stand by it and I think it’s something I’m proud of. When me and Igor are together, and we’re playing, we just wanna play metal. We don’t wanna fuck around with other kinds of music. We just wanna do what we do best — in your face, aggressive, always that attitude which people (are) expecting.”
On CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s upcoming Australian tour as part of the Big Day Out festival:
Max: “It’s gonna be kinda hard to do a setlist, but I think we’re gonna come up with something cool that people will like and will get out of the show happy and say, ‘Look, I finally heard this song and heard that song. It was worth it to wait twenty years!’ You know? There’s always classics that people can expect from our shows. We play a lot of CAVALERA stuff from both records, but we still play a lot of SEPULTURA favourites. Stuff like ‘Arise’ and ‘Inner Self’ and ‘Troops Of Doom’ and ‘Roots’ and ‘Refuse/Resist’.”
On CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s upcoming third album:
Max: “When it’s time to do the third record, we’ll get together and we’ll try to prepare a very special record. Most of the time (a band’s) third record is a really special time in the career of a band and in the case of CAVALERA it should be no different. So we gonna treat (the third album) as a very special record and give special treatment to it and put a lot of time on it and write it the right way and record it and get everything done for it the right way.”
Read the entire interview from Loud magazine.