Andreas Kisser has responded to Max Cavalera's recent comment that he wishes he had been able to keep the SEPULTURA name after the band's classic lineup fell apart more than two decades ago.
SEPULTURA's most commercially successful period ended in 1996 with the exit of Max after the rest of the band fired his wife Gloria as their manager. His brother, drummer Igor Cavalera, stuck around with the group for another 10 years before leaving SEPULTURA and re-teaming with Max in CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
With only Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. remaining from the classic SEPULTURA lineup, the band has continued making albums and touring the world amid constant calls from fans for a reunion with the Cavalera brothers.
In a recent interview with Broken Neck Radio, Max said that "the one thing" that he would do differently is he would have held on to the SEPULTURA name and never lost it. "'Cause it was ours; we created it," Max said, referring to himself and his brother. "That'd be one thing that probably would be smart — be smarter with your own stuff. Don't let people take it over, like how it happened."
Asked by Metal Wani's Carl O'Rourke if he has "any thoughts or perspectives" on Max's comments, Andreas said (hear audio below): "No, not at all. That's his opinion. What can I say? We did what we did, and he chose the path to go, and we chose ours. All I can say [is] regret is something very — how can I put it? — very bad to feel. I see stuff that we might have a different opinion, or, 'Ten years ago, if I [had not gone] A, I should [have gone] CD,' and stuff. It's not a regret. I think it's a lesson. You have to learn from it, and not be crying out about, 'Oh, I should do this,' 'I should do that,' and think about why things are [as] they are now, and learn from mistakes, let's say. In that sense, I have no regrets; I have just moments of learning. [Laughs] Because if you have regret, you're always gonna be there, I don't know, somewhere in 1996 — you're not gonna leave that place. Because you're always gonna be thinking about that: 'I should do that,' 'I'm supposed to do this and that.' That's very bad for your health, it's bad for your spirit, it's bad for everything — relationships with people and everything. So I prefer to see it as, as I just said, regret doesn't exist. It's just a way of learning. It's a lesson. [It's] not pleasant, but that's where we learn."
The current SEPULTURA lineup released its latest studio album, "Machine Messiah", in January 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
Max and Igor have spent much of the last two years celebrating the 20th anniversary of SEPULTURA's "Roots" album by performing the LP in its entirety all over the world.