|Born||August 4, 1969(Age 42)|
|Years-Active||1984 - Present|
Cavalera Conspiracy (2007-present)
|Notable Instruments||Vocals, Guitar|
|Website||Zyon, 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.
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.
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.
Cavalera has worked with the following musicians:
Cavalera has collaborated with the following bands:
- Ill Bill
- Roadrunner United
- Fudge Tunnel
- Cavalera Conspiracy
- FAQ (Russian band)
Cavalera appeared in The Scorpion King in an off-camera role, providing the guttural screams for Dwayne Johnson. He also appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned as a DJ for the radio channel LCHC.
- Bestial Devastation EP (1985)
- Morbid Visions (1986)
- Schizophrenia (1987)
- Beneath the Remains (1989)
- Arise (1991) US#119
- Third World Posse EP (1993)
- Chaos A.D. (1993) US#32 US Gold
- Refuse/Resist EP (1994)
- Roots (1996) US#27 US Gold
- The Roots of Sepultura (1996)
- Blood-Rooted (1997) US#162
- Under a Pale Grey Sky (2002)
- Point Blank (1994)
- Proud to Commit Commercial Suicide (1995)
- Soulfly (1998) US#79 US Gold
- Tribe EP (1999)
- Primitive (2000) US#32
- 3 (2002) US#46
- Prophecy (2004) US#82
- Dark Ages (2005) US#155
- Conquer (2008) US#66
- Omen (2010) US#73
- Enslaved (2012)
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.
- Full Cast and Crew for The Mummy Returns. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2009-04-07.