Max Cavalera is a Brazilian musician best known as the influential heavy metal band Sepultura’s co-founder, lead singer, and rhythm guitarist. He is also the founder and frontman of Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer Be Killed, and a former member of Nailbomb and Metal All Stars. He has been active in the music scene since 1984 and has released over 30 albums with his various bands. He is regarded as one of the most influential and innovative metal musicians ever.
Early Life and Career
Max Cavalera was born on August 4, 1969 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. His father, Graziano Cavalera, was an employee of the Italian Consulate in Belo Horizonte and died when Max was nine years old. His mother, Vânia Cavalera, raised him and his younger brother, Igor Cavalera, in a financial crisis and family turbulence. Max was influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Venom, Iron Maiden, and Metallica and started playing guitar at 12. He formed Sepultura with his brother Igor on drums in 1984 and recruited bassist Paulo Jr. and vocalist Wagner Lamounier. Lamounier soon left the band, and Max took over the vocal duties.
Sepultura released their debut E.P., Bestial Devastation, in 1985 and their first full-length album, Morbid Visions, in 1986. The band’s early sound was influenced by death metal and thrash metal, and they gained a cult following in the underground metal scene. In 1987, they replaced their lead guitarist, Jairo Guedes, with Andreas Kisser and released their second album, Schizophrenia, which showed a more technical and progressive approach to their music. The band signed with Roadrunner Records in 1988 and released their third album, Beneath the Remains, in 1989, which was their first international success and received critical acclaim.
Sepultura continued to evolve their sound and incorporate groove metal, hardcore punk, industrial metal, and world music elements into their albums. They released Arise in 1991, Chaos A.D. in 1993, and Roots in 1996, considered some of the most influential metal albums of all time. The band also collaborated with artists such as Jello Biafra, Mike Patton, Korn, Biohazard, and Carcass. Sepultura became one of the most popular and respected metal bands worldwide, selling over 20 million albums worldwide.
Departure from Sepultura and Formation of Soulfly
In 1996, Max Cavalera left Sepultura after a dispute with his bandmates over the band management by his wife, Gloria Cavalera. He also suffered a personal tragedy when his stepson Dana Wells died in a car accident. He started a new band called Soulfly with guitarist Jackson Bandeira, bassist Marcelo Dias, and drummer Roy Mayorga. Soulfly released their self-titled debut album in 1998, which featured guest appearances by Fred Durst, DJ Lethal, Chino Moreno, Benji Webbe, and others. The album was a commercial success and reached number 79 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Soulfly’s music was influenced by nu-metal, tribal music, reggae, and Brazilian culture. The band’s lyrics dealt with spirituality, religion, politics, violence, and personal issues. Soulfly went through several lineup changes over the years and released eleven more albums: Primitive (2000), 3 (2002), Prophecy (2004), Dark Ages (2005), Conquer (2008), Omen (2010), Enslaved (2012), Savages (2013), Archangel (2015), Ritual (2018) and Blood Fire War Hate (2021). Soulfly also toured extensively worldwide and performed at Ozzfest, Download Festival, Wacken Open Air, and Rock in Rio.
Besides Soulfly, Max Cavalera has been involved in several other musical projects. In 1994, he formed a side project called Nailbomb with Fudge Tunnel’s Alex Newport. Nailbomb released one studio album, Point Blank, in 1994 and one live album, Proud to Commit Commercial Suicide, in 1995. The project was influenced by industrial metal, hardcore punk, and thrash metal and featured guest appearances by Dino Cazares, Igor Cavalera, Evan Seinfeld, and others.
In 2007, Max Cavalera reunited with his brother Igor Cavalera for the first time since leaving Sepultura. They formed a new band called Cavalera Conspiracy with guitarist Marc Rizzo and bassist Joe Duplantier. Cavalera Conspiracy released its debut album, Inflikted, in 2008, which was well-received by fans and critics. The band released three more albums: Blunt Force Trauma (2011), Pandemonium (2014), and Psychosis (2017). The band’s sound was influenced by thrash metal, death metal, and groove metal and featured guest appearances by Justin Broadrick, David Vincent, Greg Puciato, and others.
In 2011, Max Cavalera formed another supergroup called Killer Be Killed with Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, and Dave Elitch of The Mars Volta. Killer Be Killed released their self-titled debut album in 2014, which was praised for its diversity and originality. The band released their second album, Reluctant Hero, in 2020, which featured Ben Koller of Converge as the new drummer.
In 2020, Max Cavalera formed a new band called Go Ahead and Die with his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera and Zach Coleman of Khemmis. Go Ahead and Die released their self-titled debut album in 2021, influenced by old-school death metal, crust punk, and grindcore.
Max Cavalera has been married to Gloria Cavalera since 1990. Gloria is also his manager and the co-founder of the record label Soulfly Tribe. They have four children together: Zyon Cavalera, who is the current drummer of Soulfly; Igor Cavalera Jr., who is a musician and a tattoo artist; Richie Cavalera, who is the vocalist of the band Incite; and Roxanne Cavalera, who is a singer and a model. Max also has a daughter named Christina from his previous marriage to Ana Maria Rangel. Max is also the adoptive father of Dana Wells, who was Gloria’s son from her previous marriage to John Green. Dana died in 1996 at the age of 21.
Max Cavalera is a football fan and supports the Brazilian national team and Flamengo. He also likes mixed martial arts and boxing and has trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has an extensive collection of tattoos, including the names of his children, his wife, his bands, and his musical influences. He is also known for his dreadlocks, which he has been growing since 1997.
Max Cavalera Net Worth
Max Cavalera’s net worth is estimated at around $15 million as of 2021. He has earned most of his wealth from his music career as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He has sold millions of albums with his bands Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed. He has also performed at numerous concerts and festivals around the world. He has also received royalties from his songs being used in movies, video games, and T.V. shows.
Height and Age
Max Cavalera’s height is 5 feet 8 inches or 173 cm.
Max Cavalera’s age is 54 years old as of 2021. He was born on August 4, 1969 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Max Cavalera is one of the most influential and innovative metal musicians ever. He has co-founded Sepultura, one of history’s most successful metal bands. He has also created several other bands, such as Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer Be Killed, and Go Ahead and Die. He has released over 30 albums with his various bands and has explored different genres and styles of music. He has also collaborated with many other artists from different backgrounds and cultures. He is a devoted family man and a passionate fan of sports and tattoos. He is a legend in the metal scene and an inspiration to many aspiring musicians.
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