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Max Cavalera
Musician Info
BornAugust 4, 1969(Age 42)
Died'
Years-Active1984 - Present
GenreSepultura(1984-1997)
Nailbomb(1994-1995)
Soulfly(1997-present)
Cavalera Conspiracy (2007-present)
Notable InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
LabelsFather:Graziano Cavalera
Associated actsGloria
WebsiteZyon, Igor, Richie, and Roxanne

Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera (born August 4, 1969) is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was former lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Sepultura, before forming Soulfly in the late 1990s. Cavalera was also involved in a short-lived side project, Nailbomb, and is currently performing with Soulfly and another project, Cavalera Conspiracy.

Biography Edit

His father, Graziano Cavalera, was an employee of the Italian Consulate in São Paulo and died at 40 years of age and is buried in Belo Horizonte; Max was only 9 when his father died.

Max's family were in a state of financial crisis and family turbulence when he formed Sepultura with Jairo Guedes, Paulo Pinto, and his younger brother Igor Cavalera.

In the early 1990s he relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. He did not begin to make "spiritual" music until after he quit Sepultura. His earlier lyrics for Soulfly were influenced by religion and spirituality, though he is very critical of religion. His later albums, starting with Dark Ages, began to incoporate lyrical themes of violence, warfare, anger, and hatred. His albums have all been dedicated to God, and he has often been depicted by the press as a man of religion, especially in America, something that Cavalera himself says he does not understand. As he himself put it: "When asked in an interview whether he was a Christian and whether Soulfly was a Christian band, he said:

"He also stated that he does believe in God, "But it might be different than the God the preacher preaches about."

Of enduring influence to his music is the untimely death of Dana Wells, his stepson, who was killed after the release of Roots in 1996. The songs "Bleed", "First Commandment", "Pain", and "Tree Of Pain" are tributes to Wells, as well as Deftones' song "Headup", in which Cavalera co-wrote and was featured.

He has reunited with his brother Igor, in their band Cavalera Conspiracy, and wrote and performed on Soulfly's Conquer, which was released in 2008."

Collaborations Edit

Cavalera has collaborated with many different artists while in Sepultura and Soulfly. In 2003 he joined forces with former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl to produce "Red War" for the self-titled release of Dave Grohl's metal project, Probot.

Musicians Edit

Cavalera has worked with the following musicians:

Bands Edit

Cavalera has collaborated with the following bands:

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Cavalera appeared in The Scorpion King in an off-camera role, providing the guttural screams for Dwayne Johnson.[1] He also appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned as a DJ for the radio channel LCHC.

DiscographyEdit

Sepultura
Nailbomb
Soulfly
Cavalera Conspiracy

Personal Edit

Cavalera, a dedicated soccer fan who supports Brazilian football club Palmeiras, still lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Gloria and his 4 children, Zyon, Igor, Richie, and Roxanne.

References Edit

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