Soulfly's Max Cavalera usually wants to talk more about what he's doing right now - and he's always doing something - than about the past. But in a new interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, he goes through the band's entire eight-album discography, discussing what he still likes, what he regrets, and more.
Of the band's self-titled debut, released in 1997, he says, "I always thought it would be cool to have guests. So on the first record we had Chino Moreno from the Deftones and we had Benji Webbe from Dub War and Skindred. And of course we had, unfortunately, Fred Durst [laughs] ...A year later we’re playing right across the street from each other and some of the roadies came by and I’m like, 'Where’s Fred? Is he coming by?' And they said, 'Oh, he’s too big for this, man. He can’t be here.' I was like, 'That’s bullshit, man.'"
He talks about finding guitarist Marc Rizzo on the Prophecy album, saying, "Marc came and started playing for like two minutes and I was like, 'Stop. You don’t need to play anymore [laughs]. I know you rule.' He was doing flamenco shit and he was unbelievable; he was like so good...Marc was the guitar player I was looking for from the beginning of this band. He was the missing link for me ‘cause I always had a guy like that in Sepultura. Andreas [Kisser] that I got along with and was a great guitar player that I could count on to do all this shit: killer solos and good rhythm and help me with the riffs."
He also has a lot to say about the band's new lineup and latest album, Enslaved. Says Max, "The album is heavy as fuck and that’s the best way and I’m getting really good feedback on the record. Like 'World Scum' that came out on a video, I saw all the posts and they were all great, man. It was like, 'Max and death metal—fucking great!' and 'Max is back to death metal and that’s a dream come true' [laughs] and all this crazy shit that people write. So it’s cool, man. I’m excited for the record."
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