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Max Cavalera on Former Band Sepultura: ‘I Don’t Really Give a F— About What Those Guys Do’

Max Cavalera
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Former Sepultura and current Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera has always been an outspoken musician, especially when it comes to his sonic projects. Cavalera was recently interviewed to promote Soulfly’s upcoming album ‘Savages,’ but when asked about Sepultura’s next album, Cavalera offered some very sharp criticism.

Producer Ross Robinson, who produced Sepultura’s legendary ‘Roots,’ has reunited with the band to create the Brazilian thrash band’s 13th studio album, ‘The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart.’ However, Max Cavalera doesn’t have much faith that Robinson will be able to get something out of Sepultura.

“Ross hasn’t done anything good in a long time,” Cavalera tells Live-Metal.net. “He had spent the last 10 years without anything except Vanilla Ice or some s–t like that, which I was like totally disappointed, you know? It’s like, ‘What is he doing? What the hell is he doing recording with Vanilla Ice, man?’ You know, … that’s not cool.”

Cavalera is referring to Vanilla Ice’s 1998 album, ‘Hard to Swallow.’ The record was critically panned, although Ross Robinson has since manned the board for essential albums such as Glassjaw’s ‘Worship and Tribute’ and Slipknot‘s self-titled and ‘Iowa’ records.

“I don’t know,” continues Cavalera. “I don’t really care for Sepultura. To me, I kind of don’t care what they do. It’s kind of a hard topic because I created the band and still consider that part of my life. And it’s really hard to deal with the fact that they continue with the name without me–without any Cavalera. After my brother [Igor] left, it was even more hard for me to look at them seriously. There’s nobody original in the band. It’s like if Megadeth was playing without Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson, it would be like, ‘Why are they still calling it Megadeth?’”

Cavalera concludes, “That’s how I look at Sepultura, and I think a lot of fans share the same opinion. I talk to a lot of fans, and they don’t take them seriously either. You know, I don’t know, maybe Ross can get something out of them, but nobody else could. But I really don’t care what they do. It’s not important for me. I got all my life, my work, my projects, and that’s what I care about. I’ve been in Soulfly now longer than I was in Sepultura, and I love Soulfly and I love what Soulfly has created. And I’m very busy here, so I don’t really give a f— about what those guys do.”

Soulfly’s upcoming ninth studio album, ‘Savages,’ is set for an Oct. 4 release.

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