According to Bravewords.com, In a new interview with Karagiannidis Panagiotis from Metalpaths, SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ex-SEPULTURA) talks about everything around the band’s new album, Savages; from what inspired him to name the album like this, to the recording process with the famous producer Terry Date (PANTERA, SOUNDGARDEN, METAL CHURCH), unnamed super-band side-project with members of DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MASTODON and the possibilities of reuniting with Sepultura.
Below you can read a few excerpts from the interview:
On the title of the new record Savages: “The title refers to the state of humanity in general, about the human condition of the world right now. Advanced technology but we are still killing each other and we are still decapitating all the people in Middle East. We are using chemical weapons like in Syria for example, so we are still savages in many ways. I like the title, I think it is a simple title. It is a strong word, very powerful and it means a lot of different things. I always liked the word ‘savages’ and I thought it would be a great title. We made the album covered with a big skull, screaming at you which I think together with the name ‘savages’ and the songs like ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ ‘El Comegente’ and ‘Ayatollah Of Rock ‘N’ Rolla ‘and ‘Fallen’, they are all connected with the savages’ theme. It is a really strong album I think with really cool guests. The essence of the album is very powerful, because I think the half of ‘Savages’ is the continuation of Enslaved in the extreme area and the other half is softer, like ‘Primitive’, ‘Prophecy’. Savages is more like a combination of those two. It is a powerful record, I’m proud of it!”
On working with his son Zyon: “I like Zyon’s energy and when he joined Soulfly a year ago when he played a couple of shows with us, we felt this burst of energy in the band. We haven’t seen that much energy in a long time. It was like the revival of the Soulfly’s sound and there was much more energy coming out of the band. Mark and Tony felt the same way. That was what I wanted to capture with Zyon; his energy. So I let him play the way he plays. I didn’t really change his drumming style at all. He has a very unique drum style, very similar to my brother Igor. He hits very hard, he is very powerful the grooves he can put in a song are very cool. He does a lot of tom work, he uses toms a lot. I explored that and I told Tony: ‘We really need to explore the energy of this kid. He is only twenty one!’. Finally, that’s exactly what we did and I think it was a good idea to work with him. As a father I am very proud of him of course. But I believe he did an awesome work as a musician too. I’m very proud of how he recorded the sessions of ‘Savages’. He took it really seriously and did an excellent work. It was a great idea to have him in the album I think.”
On Cavalera Conspiracy: “I have an idea about how I want the new album to sound like and it is very powerful. It is a combination of stuff I’m listening to like Neos, Pulling Teeth and Trap Them and like a lot of this… I want to make a grindcore album with Cavalera Conspiracy. I think that would surprise everybody again. I have to talk to Igor about it and he will go crazy on the drums, he is going to have a lot of energy. But for me it would be the perfect album to make; a grindcore album. I’ve never done an album like that before in my life. It could be amazing to put that record out so I’m gonna try it.”
Regarding his future plans: “Next year will be all on the road, except in sometime in January when I’m going to try to record the grindcore record with Cavalera Conspiracy.”
On possible Sepultura reunion: “It’s possible but it is very difficult. A lot of policies are involved with the Sepultura guys and their management. They are managed by a dentist you know, he doesn’t know anything about the business. That makes them hard to operate in a normal way. I think that’s why the band isn’t going anywhere. More and more they go down to the ground every year. Less people like them. For some reason they don’t really seem to get the idea that a reunion tour would be the best thing to do for the fans and for the name of the band. I would like to do it for myself and for the fans, especially because everybody is here and it is possible. For example, Pantera can’t do a reunion tour because Dimebag is not here but with Sepultura everybody is here, everybody is still alive. We can do it but it is not up to me. There are many people that need to get involved and make this thing happen. That may happen in the future, but in the meantime I’m getting busy creating my music music for the fans.”
Read the entire interview here.