Talking to one of your musical heroes is a daunting experience – especially when they’re someone as ingrained into the heavy metal fabric as Max Cavalera. Between Sepultura, Soulfly, Nailbomb & The Cavalera Conspiracy, you’d be REALLY hard pressed to find a metal fan who at one stage in their life, hasn’t been moved or influenced by the words and music penned by this affable Brazilian.
However, should you somehow have missed the above groups, your chance to get on the Cavalera train in 2014 is coming at your courtesy of his latest project (and arguably the most high-profile), that being KILLER BE KILLED – a musical collaboration between Max, Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) & Dave Elitch (ex-Mars Volta). In the months following the release of their debut self-titled album, Killer Be Killed have been described by many as one of the most critically acclaimed acts of 2014 and the response to their unorthodox song construction and delivery (Max, Greg AND Troy offer up vocals on every single track) has been refreshingly open-minded, in a genre that for all it’s fantastic attributes, is notoriously resistant to change and to the unusual.
With the dust having now settled in the wake of their debut release, Max and I were able to get into the nitty-gritty of what has brought the group to this point. Of all those big personas, who has the most artistic control? For which songs did Max specifically request chorus vocal duties? The dude was even good enough to get down & dirty on what is one of the most Cavalera-esqe songs of the album, “Eyes of Medusa” (clip embedded below)… and for the gearheads, this is your chance to find out exactly what creates that bone-chilling shriek in the song’s opening chords. A worthy mention here too for all the fans of NAILBOMB – Max had one or two things to say about the project looking back that you’re gonna want to hear.
Not yet seen the official clip for “Snakes of Jehova”? Get it into ya! – Dougie (@terrydougie)