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From: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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Brazilian metallers SEPULTURA have confirmed live dates in India that will begin at the end of this month. Venue details have been revealed. The dates are as follows:
28 - Delhi, India - Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan
31 - Shillong, India - Polo Stadium
3 - Bangalore, India - Palace Grounds
Tickets can be purchased here. Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser stated recently that the band will commence work on a new album next month and it will be released worldwide through SPV Records sometime in 2008.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser checks in with the following update:
"Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Thursday I played in Sao Paulo, in a small music bar called AO Vivo Groove Bar, with Daniel La Torre (Hammond) and Vasco Fae (Drums, Vocals and Harmonica).
Joao Gordo (R.D.P Singer, VJ MTV Brazil) was there too and we did a blues version of an old Brazilian song very known by all. It was great jamming.
On Friday, at the same stage, I was invited by Marina De La Riva to play at her show. She also sang a song at my show, we did 'Since I've Been Loving You' from LED ZEPPELIN. A Spectacular voice, soft, full of feelings and emotions, performing the song in a unique way. Wonderful! At her gig I did a Cuban song called 'Juramento', where I played a guitar lead. Gracias por todo De La Riva!
After that I went to Belo Horizonte to jam with Sepultura. It was the best show we did in BH. I think it was the first time we actually played songs from every album. The high point on the set was when we called Jairo Guedz (TORMENTOR), first Sepultura guitar player (1984-1987), to play two songs with us, songs that he was a writer too. 'Necromancer' from Bestial Devastation and 'Troops Of Doom' from Morbid Visions.
The crowd went mad, they were singing and screaming, enjoying every minute of it. I dedicated the show to Joao Dollabella, second child from Jean who was born on September 21st. Great vibes with all Jean's parents and relatives around together with our old friends. Unforgettable! Thanks a lot to all in Belo Horizonte for this great night!"
The setlist for Sepultura's September 22nd date in Belo Horizonte was as follows: 'Dark Wood Of Error', 'Refuse/Resist', 'Convicted In Life', 'False', 'Dead Embrionic Cells', 'Sepulnation', 'Ostia', 'Crown & Mitter', 'Desperate Cry/Escape To The Void', 'Spit', 'Boycott', 'Buried Words', 'Bullet The Blue Sky', 'Orgasmatron/Inner Self', 'Beneath The Remains', 'Slave New World', 'Territory', 'Arise', 'Kayowas', 'Biotech Is Godzilla', 'Troops Of Doom', 'Necromancer', 'Come Back Alive', 'Roots Bloody Roots'.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued the following update:
"I've been very busy since we came back from the European tour. I jammed with many Brazilian artisits including, ORQUESTRA IMPERIAL (RJ), Blues with Vasco Fae in the Northeast, Marina De La Riva, Irmandade do Blues, recording with different styles of musicians and I will finish my solo album, Hubris by the end of the year.
Next month after Jean's kid is born, we will start a new album which will be released worldwide trough SPV Records. We will start practice in Belo Horizonte at Jean's studio.
Since Beneath The Remains we (haven't written) songs in BH. It will be another great deal of motivation to do that after so long. I'll keep you posted about the evolution of our work!"
Brazilian metal titans Max and Igor Cavalera have written and recorded new material together for the first time in 12 years. It is their first outing since recording their former band, SEPULTURA's colossal landmark album, "Roots" in 1995. The new project named CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, features the Cavalera brothers (Max on vocals and rhythm guitar and Igor on drums), SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo and GOJIRA's Joe Duplantier on bass. Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) makes a cameo bass appearance on one track. Another track features a collaboration with Max, Joe and Richie Cavalera (INCITE) on vocals.
Monte Conner, Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R recently visited the band in the studio. "Having stopped by the studio, I can tell you the magic between Max and Igor is still there. When these brothers play together, it's like the planets align," he says. "Igor's playing is simply on fire and as always, Max continues to have one of the most recognizable and powerful voices in all of metal. It was great to see both Max and Igor with such big smiles on their faces."
This long-anticipated reunion between the Cavalera brothers is something fans across the globe have been waiting for since SEPULTURA's last gig at Brixton Academy in December 1996. Hailing from Belo Horizonte in central Brazil, SEPULTURA gained a legendary reputation as the one of the most highly regarded and successful death/thrash metal bands of all time, with two gold albums under their belts both in the UK and the USA — "Chaos A.D." (1994) and "Roots" (1996).
"When Igor and I met at the 10th annual D-Low Memorial Show [in 2006] and got the instruments in our hands, it was like we had never been separated. The metal was flowing in our veins," comments Max. "It was the same in the studio."
Recording took place this past July at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with rising production star Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist). Mixing at Undercity is currently underway. The still-untitled record is tentatively slated for a February 2008 release. Among the 11 songs set to appear are "Inflikted", "Bloodbrawl", "Holy Poison", "The Doom of All Fires", "Ultra-Violent" and "My Sanctuary". A b-side cover of the POSSESSED death/thrash classic "The Exorcist" was also recorded.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued the following update:
"I've very busy, since we came back from the European tour. I jammed with many Brazilian artisits including, ORQUESTRA IMPERIAL (RJ), blues with VASCO FAE in the Northeast, MARINA DE LA RIVA, IRMANDADE DO BLUES, recording with different styles of musicians and I will finish my solo album, 'Hubris', by the end of the year.
"Next month after Jean's [Dolabella, drums] kid is born, we will start a new album which will be released worldwide trough SPV Records. We will start practice in Belo Horizonte at Jean's studio. Since 'Beneath the Remains'  we don't write songs in Belo Horizonte. It will be another great deal of motivation to do that after so long. I'll keep you posted about the evolution of our work!"
Some post-show video coverage of the Metal Hammer-sponsored Guitar Institute (part of London, England's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) event that took place August 18-19 is now online here, including SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser's exclusive clinic and footage of Pin & Dan of Sikth. You can view the footage online here.
SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera spoke to Björn Gieseler of the German radio station Radio T on Sunday, August 19 about his current project with his younger brother (and former SEPULTURA bandmate) Igor (tentatively dubbed THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) and the possibility of a reunion of the classic SEPULTURA lineup in the not-too-distant future.
When asked if he would be willing to reconnect with the SEPULTURA members Andreas Kisser (guitar) and Paul Xisto Pinto Jr. (bass) if they tried to reach out to him after all these years of not talking to each other, Max said, "I've been thinking about this a lot and I think that maybe I should do that with them like Igor did with me — just call them [out of the blue one day] and surprise them. Maybe that's the real way to fix the things between SEPULTURA and maybe there'll be some kind of cool reunion… put all the bullshit aside. Let's see [what happens]… because, you know, I regard Andreas and Paulo and Igor as more than just friends. Igor is my brother, but Andreas and Paulo are very close and they share very big, strong moments with me that many people have not shared."
On whether a reunion of the classic SEPULTURA lineup is possible, Max said, "I think it's possible — nothing is impossible — but I say that it's something that's not gonna [happen] so quick[ly]. In terms of music, [the rest of] this year is gonna be [taken up by] finishing the [SOULFLY] tours, finishing [the project with Igor] so fans can hear this kick-ass record, next year make a new SOULFLY [album], and then hopefully sometime after that a reunion, sure. Of course everybody knows I like the idea."
When asked if he would ever consider moving back to Brazil after living in Phoenix, Arizona for the past 16 years, Max said, "I like where I live, but I miss Brazil as well. I'm not a very selfish guy, so where I live is not really for me, it's more for my family, especially my sons. I live there so they can have a better shot in life, get better things in life than the choices I had. After they're [all grown up], yeah. I like the PINK FLOYD [way of doing things] — put an album out every couple of years and live in a faraway part of the world — yeah, that sounds cool. Maybe Brazil — north of Brazil would be nice. But always keep making music — never stop making music."
Brian Morrison of Vibrations magazine conducted an interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser on August 18, 2007 prior to the band's show at Rio's in Leeds, England. Watch the first part of the interview below.
The 10th episode of Romania's Metalhead TV includes a video interview with guitarist Andreas Kisser, conducted before SEPULTURA's July 12, 2007 concert in Bucharest, and performance footage of three songs from the same show.
Commenting on SEPULTURA's current touring/recording plans, Kisser said, "Our intention, really, is to play as much as we can to prepare this band to start writing new material. So we're gonna start writing a new album at the end of the year, hopefully to release next year, sometime in the second [half of 2008]." More...
The new project featuring SEPULTURA founding members Max (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) alongside vocalist Joe Duplantier (bass) of the French progressive death metallers GOJIRA and SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo has tentatively changed its name to THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY from the previously announced INFLIKTED (the latter moniker was dropped due to legal reasons).
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued the following update:
"August 17: The [European] tour is almost finished; four more shows and then we are going home. It was a long tour but a very good one. We play for many people around Europe and now we feel ready to start new music for a new album.
"WE DON'T STOP, WE KEEP FIGHTING ON!
"We came from Bulgaria — it was the first time there. Too bad we stayed less than 24 hours in the country, but it was worth it. We flew from Barcelona to Varna and then to Albena — a beautiful place with beaches at the Black Sea and a very hot sun. We played at the city of Kavarna in a football stadium, full of Bulgarian headbangers. The show was great and the whole production was amazing, one of the very best in Europe... all very organized, done with a lot of passion and respect.
"I hope to be back soon to Bulgaria and have more time to explore the country.
"Thank you all very much, Bulgaria!!
"We are now in England on the last stage of the tour. We are a little tired but we're very happy with the job done.
"I would like to send a special thanks to our crew that makes the best effort every night so we have everything ready to jam on stage. Valeu!
"Rumors, rumors, rumors...
"August 18, 2007, Leeds, England: Today I did my first guitar clinic ever in Europe. It was at the Guitar Institute (The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) in London. I didn't have with me all the stuff I usually use in my clinics in Brazil but it was really cool. It was a conversation with 20 students from the school and it was sponsored by the Metal Hammer magazine. It will be a whole weekend talking and playing metal! I played many riffs from the history of SEPULTURA and they asked me about everything: techniques, composition, influences and stories about SEPULTURA. Also, I improvise over some blues playbacks but I couldn't play the classical guitar 'cause I didn't have my instrument.
"I hope to come back soon to do the full clinic.
"Thanks a lot, GI!
"Afterwards I took the train to Leeds and we've just left the stage. DESTROY!!!!
"Only two more shows to go, time to go home..."
SofiaEcho.com reports that the musicians from the Brazilian thrash metal group SEPULTURA arrived at the airport in Varna, Bulgaria earlier today.
The band will perform tonight (Wednesday, August 15) as part of the thrash metal festival in the Black Sea coastal town of Kavarna.
Kavarna's mayor Tsonko Tsonev said that between 3,000 and 5,000 people are expected to attend the concert.
"I like SEPULTURA very much and I am glad that their first concert in Bulgaria will take place namely in Kavarna," Tsonev said.
It will be the first performance of SEPULTURA in Bulgaria, Focus news agency reported.
Tsonev said that he expected a very good festival. Groups from Romania and Sweden will also take part in the event.
Vassil Varbanov of Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock recently conducted an interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Tangra Mega Rock: How has the tour been so far?
Andreas: Great! This is the third time we're in Europe for the "Dante XXI" album and the reactions have been amazing. We also have a new drummer — Jean Dolabella — who's been together with us for a year now. He's doing a great job, and we're already planning a new album for next year. Now we're at the end of the touring for our current CD and everything's been great so far.
Tangra Mega Rock: Mentioning "Dante XXI", this is the fifth album you recorded with Derrick Green on vocals, and it's definitely the best one. How come?
Andreas: You know, it only takes time to reach a certain level. I think "Chaos A.D." and "Roots" are the best albums we did with Max, so back then it took time, too — I joined SEPULTURA in 1987, and we did "Roots" in 1995-96. As for Derrick, he joined us in 1997 or 1998, and we're doing "Dante XXI" now. It takes time to know each other, to play in a lot of different situations, on different stages and tours, to work in various studios with various producers... Now we're starting another new chapter with Jean, so... I mean, it's something very natural.
Tangra Mega Rock: This sounds a bit like the situation in a football team, where you can have superb players, but it takes time for them to match together well.
Andreas: Of course. Let's take the Brazilian national team on the last World Cup — we had the best players since Pele, but I think we didn't have team. All the training and stuff were done in a wrong way. You need some time and self respect to build a real team. It's the same thing within a band — you need to have a team spirit to work together.
Tangra Mega Rock: Now it seems that everything in the SEPULTURA camp is going fine, but I can't escape asking you about Max and Igor who left the band. Do you feel better today, without any Cavaleras around?
Andreas: Well, everything is alright. They made their choice, and I'm glad that right now we're having everybody in the band that we want to be here. The four of us are putting a 100% of effort and energy and enjoy what we're doing, which is the most important thing. Lately Igor was not really enjoying being on the road and on tour, he wanted to be in Brazil and wasn't playing the best way he could... Anyway, now everything's fine, and we're very excited to write new material and look forward to the future. It's a new challenge, and the whole SEPULTURA story was built on challenges.
Tangra Mega Rock: Let's talk about your new drummer, too. Jean Dolabella used to play in a Brazilian band, UDORA, that's from your hometown, Belo Horizonte. Did you know him since your early days?
Andreas: Not really. I know Jean for some years now. UDORA moved to the USA to try to get a contract some 5-6 years ago — like we did back then, although they're not metal, but more of some sort of a pop-rock style — and then Jean left them at the same time when we needed a drummer, so the timing was perfect. We didn't force anything, it just happened. Now UDORA are going on with a new drummer, and so do we. I actually met Jean only once at a SEPULTURA gig in Los Angeles.
Tangra Mega Rock: Finally, when should we expect SEPULTURA's new album?
Andreas: We'll go back to Brazil in the end of August and start writing songs immediately. Depending on how fast we work, we'll start recording the album by the end of the year or in early 2008, so hopefully we'll have in out by April or May next year.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has posted this message on his MySpace page:
"Ola. After the gig in Belgium we went to Holland. The two shows were really good; they were the only gigs we did on those countries, all sold out! We left Holland to a long trip till Spain, more precisely in Huesca, Aragon. We arrived a day before the show, had the day off and I went for a walk. I found a little church, Santa Maria de Salas, away from the city. It's a church many pilgrims visit when they follow the Santigo's Way, which is very close. The little road was very calm and I walked and observed all the beautiful nature around, in peace with myself, meditating and reflecting on life. It was a awesome meditation away from the urban chaos.
The next day we had the Sepularmy party with the soccer game. They had nice uniforms for both teams and a field with artificial grass, very nice! It was a great game where SEPULTURA won 6 to 5 against the Sepularmies. Later on the day we had the concert where everybody singed and screamed with us, great show.
Thank you very much Javier, Pedro, Portuga, Gorka and family, KSK and all at the Sepularmy who made this day very special for us. RISE, RISE, SEPULNATION!
Brazil's Roadie Crew and Argentina's Jedbangers magazines recently collaborated on a very special story on SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera. In addition to arranging a lengthy interview with Max conducted by Thiago Sarkis and Fernando Ibáñez, the two publications invited several world-renowned musicians who witnessed and/or toured with Cavalera in the early years of his career to talk about his importance to the heavy metal scene and to reveal interesting stories about him and SEPULTURA. This ultimate tribute to the most important and influential South American metal musician and band ever is the cover story in the brand new issue of Roadie Crew (which is out on the newsstands right now) and will be a highlight in Jedbangers' next issue, which will be released in two weeks (featuring MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine on the cover).
Here is what some of heavy metal's most renowned musicians have had to say about Max Cavalera and SEPULTURA:
Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD):
"Max Cavalera is a very important man. He with the rest of SEPULTURA were the first Brazilian band to play outside of Brazil, and gain a large, fanatical following. We met them in 1991 when we played together, and we soon realized they were arrogant sons of bitches same as we were! Since then we've played with Max, SEPULTURA, then SOULFLY, and with SEPULTURA featuring Derrick, the big lad. They always put on a great show, the fans go crazy, and they keep pushing the odds. Luck to them."
Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, ex-PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN):
"Max is metal! We had the pleasure of having both SEPUTURA and SOULFLY touring with PANTERA and every night they gave us a run for the money. Max writes intense lyrics and delivers them with conviction and passion. His riffs are crushing and he has always had a great metal guitar sound. In short, Max is a metal god and he lives and breathes it every day. He and his bands put Brazil on the heavy metal map and brought a new tribal feel to the scene. So, here's to Max: 'dente preto my brother!!!'"
Mille Petrozza (KREATOR):
"I've known Max since '85. He was my first penpal from Brazil. Back then his name was Max Possessed and his brother Igor drew a self-made SEPULTURA t-shirt for me. Max is still a good friend who hasn't changed a bit over the years. If we run into each other on festivals nowadays it's always cool and relaxed. Max is one of metal's most creative and down-to-earth characters. A living legend!"
Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST, NEUROTICA, UNHEARD):
"Max Cavalera is a fucking living legend, easily one of the most influential characters to ever play metal. When we first met years ago during the recording of 'Beneath the Remains', I was fortunate enough to work with him on a tune called 'Stronger Than Hate'. I wrote some lyrics, and helped him with his pronunciations, etc., because at that point he was not speaking English nearly as well as he does today. When I first heard the finished product, I was blown away at the quality of the music of SEPULTURA: they had great riffs, massive drumming, and it was quite memorable. I think since then, he has influenced many, many bands, and many in today's metal scene owe him a great deal of gratitude. I have maximum respect for Max, and all his work including SOULFLY. I tip my metal hat to you Max, you're a bad-ass mutherfucker!!!"
L.G. Petrov (ENTOMBED):
"Max and SEPULTURA were the ones that opened the doors for many bands from South America, and they got the rest of the world's attention with their full on thrash metal! I love Max's aggressive and energetic vocals. Personally he is one of my favorite singers of all time."
David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL):
"I've always had good thoughts of Max. I'm not only a contemporary and a friend, but also a fan. From SEPULTURA's 'Morbid Vision' death metal days to the innovation of SOULFLY, Max forged a path that in my opinion has given tremendously to the world of music. His early successes helped introduce the world to many new Brazilian artists who may not have had the same opportunities previously. I've seen the 'drink 'till you drop' days of the early 1990s and now the balanced, spiritual plateau he has achieved today, and Max remains a true star. From myself and the rest of MORBID ANGEL: 'Obrigado meu Amigo'!"
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has posted this message on his MySpace page:
"Living and learning. It's amazing to be a part of a band that has the privilege of travel the world so many times. Today (August 1), I've walked around Jena, a city that used to be East Germany, very nice people and beautiful buildings. I knew a little bit about Goethe, Johann W. Goethe the great German poet. But, he was not only the writer of 'Faust' but a far bigger genius. His influence in Jena is felt everywhere. Between the years of 1775 to 1830, he came here to write and to help. He made and inspired many improvements in the city like road construction and modernization of the city structure. He also was a scientist responsible for the creation of the Botanical Gardens, where he lived while in town, the creation of the Jena University library, from his own books, wrote on anatomy, mineralogy, botany. Truly a Genius like the others of Einstein and Da Vinci. Amazing!
We need no politicians to do the stuff we need for ourselves. We only need the inspiration and guidance of brilliant minds that understands and respects the planet and the human nature."
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
The Guitar Institute (part of London, England's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) has announced that SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser will deliver an exclusive clinic during the Institute's Metal Hammer Weekender this summer.
This fantastic two-day weekend event, sponsored by Metal Hammer magazine, is the ultimate metal workout, building up the skills needed to tackle the most demanding elements of this style. It will take place August 18-19 and will be hosted by the Institute's resident metal gurus, Martin Goulding and Charlie Griffiths. Andreas will host his exclusive metal guitar clinic for students on Saturday, August 18.
And as if this weren't enough, Pin and Dan from SIKTH will also participate in the event and the weekend's top shredder will win a fantastic pro-guitar rig worth over £1,200, provided by Line 6 and Peavey.
To attend this clinic you must either be enrolled on the Metal Hammer course OR you must be a current or past student of the Institute. To sign up call 020 7328 0222.
About Andreas Kisser: Andreas was born in Brazil in 1968 and started playing acoustic guitar in 1981, learning the basic chords with popular Brazilian music. He later discovered KISS and QUEEN, and that changed his life. In his early years Andreas was hugely influenced by OZZY, BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, TWISTED SISTER, WHITESNAKE, VENOM and METALLICA. He learnt a lot from all those guitarists, plus bands like PINK FLOYD and YES and guitarists such as Eric Clapton, John Williams, Romero Brothers, Leo Brower, Baden Powell, Villa Lobos, etc.
Andreas joined SEPULTURA in 1987 after meeting the band on a holiday. He recorded his first LP, "Schizophrenia", the same year. With that album SEPULTURA got a contract to release the next record worldwide.
Andreas is currently on the road with SEPULTURA, touring all over the world. He is also working on his first solo album, which he hopes to release in early 2008.
SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued the following update:
"We just came from beautiful Slovenia to play at the Earthshaker Fest [in Germany]; we close the day tomorrow [Thursday, July 19].
"In Slovenia I've got an incredible adventure, [which was] totally [unexpected].
"My mom is from Slovenia, she was born in the city of Maribor and came down to Brazil when she was four years old, so I'm Slovenian-Brazilian, but I don't know how to speak the language which is very hard. Lately I've been more in touch with my family in Slovenia, in Maribor and Ljubljana. So, my cousins came to visit and see the show at the Metalcamp festival in Tolmin, and for my surprise they arranged a small visit to a cave that was very close to the festival grounds. This cave was the inspiration that Dante Aliguieri had to write Hell on 'The Divine Comedy'. He was here on exile from his city Venezia in the year of 1319. He stayed in Goriza nearby and he made the visit to the cave during those days. Today the cave is a touristic [attraction] visited by many people and is called Dante Jama (Dante's Cave). We went inside the cave with the help of a guide who took us to a big galeria, about 600 meters inside. Very cold, humid and dirty, I felt like Dante giving his firsts steps towards Hell, it was an amazing feeling. At the Galeria, the guide asked us to turn the lights of our helmets off and he started palying a local typical flute. It was totally, dark, we couldn't see anything, just the little drops of water falling from the top, little bats flying around and the music...amazing! It was a great surprise, prepared from my cousins knowing the influence Dante has on our music."
The new project of Max and Igor Cavalera, recently revealed to be named Inflikted, have launched an official Myspace account. Although there are no songs posted as of yet you can still add the band and do all the usual stuff. Check it out at this location
Metal Hammer writer Jerry Ewing spoke to SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA Max Cavalera about his new collaboration with his brother Igor (ex-SEPULTURA).
Metal Hammer: Who made the first moves to get in touch between you and Igor?
Max: "Igor made the contact. I was touring Europe doing a lot of festivals and I got a phone call and someone passed me the phone and said, 'It's your brother,' and I almost had a fucking heart attack. I hadn't talked to my brother in like ten years and this guy hands me the phone like it's the pizza man! He just said, 'What's up, man? I gotta see you.' I hadn't even thought about a project at that time. But we kept in touch and later on I told him I'd written some songs with him in mind and did he want to come over and play. They don't fit anywhere else, not SOULFLY, not SEPULTURA. It wasn't like I was asking him to join SOULFLY, it was something new and fresh. Like a new beginning of our lives. He liked it very much and that's where we are at the moment."
Metal Hammer: That must feel pretty good?
Max: "It feels really cool. It's something we've both wanted to do for a very long time. We had to go through this ten year period and it's something that we couldn't force. I was very patient about it and just kept doing my thing, SOULFLY and stuff, and Igor was doing his."
Metal Hammer: Have you got a name for the project yet?
Max: "Yes, it's called INFLIKTED. It's a real metal/punk thing. Anyone who knows SEPULTURA will know we were pioneering in terms of introducing metal fans to bands like DEAD KENNEDYS, working with Jello Biafra before he did anything with anyone else in metal. I love metal but me and Igor also love hardcore and punk, so it's coming from that mentality."
Metal Hammer: So can we expect some pretty extreme sounds?
Max: "Very punk, very hardcore, but also metal too. You'll hear stuff and you'll know it's coming from songs like 'Arise' and 'Beneath The Remains'. I've even done some death metal stuff 'Morbid Visions'-style which I haven't done for ages. Everyone was into it and it was such fun to record that shit. And we did fun stuff like a POSSESSED cover, 'The Exorcist', but we did it in a more punk style."
Metal Hammer: How worried are you that people will look at you reuniting with Igor and jump the gun by assuming it's some kind of SEPULTURA reunion?
Max: "I tried to do this as naturally as possible. If you play together and that's the way the music comes out then you can't really change anything, even if you wanted to. There's a natural fucking energy coming out of both of us playing together. It's something I have no control over, because we have both worked on different things for many years and learned different stuff. Using the first drum track, that's something I wish I would have done with SEPULTURA so many times. Things like 'Refuse/Resist' or even 'From The Past Comes The Storms' from 'Schizophrenia', the best take was the first one but we re-recorded it and screwed it up. I listen to the album and then the tapes and the first take was so much better, so much more powerful. So my attitude [with this] was to try and capture that, but everything else is natural man. But you do hear a lot of SEPULTURA and SOULFLY, and also in what Igor drums on but that's understandable."