Former Sepultura frontman and current Soulfly guru Max Cavalera recently spoke with the Historias Rockeras podcast where he talked about his determination to not repeat himself, noting that much of the albums he's made throughout his career have varied in style and approach. He also noted that there are no rules in metal, which should be exciting for anyone looking to express something completely new within the genre. And it sure is for Max!
"I think that's… what I liked about the work with Sepultura—the albums where they didn't repeat themselves. From Beneath The Remains to Arise, it was different; Arise from Chaos A.D. was different; Chaos A.D. from Roots was different. And same with Soulfly. The early Soulfly was more tribal and then it got more thrash in the middle. Soulfly 3 and Prophecy were more thrash metal, and then Enslaved was more death metal. Archangel is more — there's some black metal, even, influences."
Cavalera continued by saying, "I love that there's no rules; you make your own rules," he continued. "And for me as a creative person, it gives me excitement to say, 'What can I make next that I have not done before? What can I make new?' And the new [stuff], really, sometimes is just going back to the past. So if I go back and make a very close to black metal album, which I think might be a cool thing to do, so go back to a Morbid Visions kind of style and make something new out of that again, so you can do that too. It's so cool that it's so open. For me, there's no rules in metal; you make your own rules. And I think that's how I live my life. For me, there is no rules in metal. You make your own ideas; you make your own what you wanna make with it; it's up to you. And you change people's conception; you change people's vision of something."
Next week, Cavalera and his brother, drummer Iggor, will be kicking off a North American tour that runs through the end of October, which will see them performing songs from Sepultura's seminal early LPs, Beneath the Remains and Arise. You can catch all confirmed dates below.
9/28 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall
9/29 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
9/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
10/2 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/4 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
10/5 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
10/6 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Ii
10/8 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/9 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
10/11 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
10/12 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/13 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
10/14 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
10/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
10/16 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10/17 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
10/20 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
10/21 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
10/22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/25 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
10/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/28 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto Theatre
10/29 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory