From growing up in the mean streets of Brazil and forming seminal thrash icons, Sepultura, to his departure from the band he created, to his 15 years with Soulfly, his work with Nailbomb, and his Cavalera Conspiracy project with brother Igor, Max Cavalera remains one of metal’s most intriguing characters. This month Max and Soulfly will release the band’s eighth album, Enslaved. Arguably the band’s heaviest and most extreme work to date, Enslaved finds Max, guitarist Marc Rizzo, and new members, bassist Tony Campos (Static X, Asesino, Ministry) and drummer David Kinkade (Borknagar, Malevolent Creation) tackling the ugly topic of slavery. Something Max has wanted to do an album about for sometime.
As with most Cavalera and Soulfly endeavors, Enslaved offers guest appearances, and a further broadening of the band’s sound. This time around DevilDriver and Coal Chamber frontman Dez Fafara lends his voice to one song, while Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan tears up a track as well.
With a new line-up and a more extreme sound, Max is more excited than ever about the band’s direction. This week I once again spoke to metal’s elder statesman about Soulfly‘s recent shows in South America, their upcoming U.S. tour with Five Finger Death Punch, his recent bout of Bell’s Palsy, playing with his sons, the heavier direction of Enslaved, and the making of the “World Scum” video. He also offered up details on his biography, his newest side project with The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciatio, places he’d still like to tour and his personal view of organized religions. Step into the world of Max Cavalera and be Enslaved.