SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera recently spoke to Holland's Toazted about his new project with his brother Igor (tentatively dubbed THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) and the much-rumored reunion of the classic SEPULTURA lineup. Asked for his thoughts on the possibility of him playing with his former SEPULTURA bandmates again, Max said, "My approach [to the reunion idea] hasn't really changed from… let's say now… two or three years since this thing kind [the rumors] of started. So it's not really up to me. Everybody knows my position is I'd like to do it for many reasons, but the best reason is music — I'm a fan of music, I love music, and for me to do SOULFLY, to do [THE CAVALERA] CONSPIRACY, to do SEPULTURA, it's always music things. As long as I'm doing music, I'm happy, I'm doing what I like to do — everything else I suck at. I'd like to do the reunion, I've said that, but [I'd like to take] a little bit of a different approach. The other guys, I think — especially, I think, Andreas [Kisser, guitar] and Paulo [Xisto Pinto Jr., bass] — wanna only do the four-guy reunion. I'm against that idea — I think it should be the entire reunion of even the older members, the guys from back in the death metal days [presumably referring to guitarist Jairo 'Tormentor' Guedz (who never played with the band outside Brazil) and guitarist/vocalist Wagner 'Antichrist' Lamounier (who never appeared on a single SEPULTURA release) — Ed.]. To me it's more fair — more like a real reunion. SEPULTURA was not only four guys — it's been more than four people. If I had my way, it would be a reunion with the old members, the classic lineup… yeah, inviting everybody [for] a big jam."
Asked if he would consider quitting SOULFLY in favor of a SEPULTURA reunion, Max said, "No. 'Cause SOULFLY is something completely different from everything else I'm doing. I like all of them very much, but SOULFLY is really my way of expression that I use for anything — positive or negative. So, no, there's no reason to… That's actually insane, 'cause SOULFLY is getting more and more popular but with more integrity all the time because we get heavier — 'Dark Ages' [the latest SOULFLY album] was heavier, so we got more credibility, I like it more, so why quit SOULFLY? That [would be] stupid. If I can do all of them, yeah, it's alright. Fuck, I'll rest when I'm dead. [Laughs]"
Watch Max Cavalera's interview with Toazted in three parts:
THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY will perform at the 11th annual D-Low Memorial concert, set to take place tonight (Friday, August 31) at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.
The D-Low show is held every year in memory of Max Cavalera's stepson Dana "D-Low" Wells who was killed in a 1996 car wreck (article). It is SOULFLY's biggest show of the year and draws fans from all over the United States. In 2004, SOULFLY filmed portions of its "The Song Remains Insane" DVD at the event.
THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is currently putting the finishing touches on its debut album in Los Angeles with producers Dirty Icon (Logan Mader [ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY] and Lucas Banker). An early 2008 release via Roadrunner Records is expected.