MAX CAVALERA Explains Why He Doesn’t Have A Cellphone

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In a recent interview with Finland’s Chaoszine, former SEPULTURA and current SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera discussed his decision to launch his official Instagram account, assisted by his wife and manager Gloria Cavalera.

“Yeah, I think it was necessary for a musician to grow,” Max responded (as transcribed by Blabbermouth). “As much as I wanted to stay away from it, because — I like it, but I don’t let it be the only thing in my life. That’s why I don’t have a cell phone.

“I’m one of the few people in the world that don’t have a cell phone,” he continued. “And I feel very free about that, because when I go to eat at a restaurant, I wanna talk to my friends. I wanna sit down at a table and talk to people, not stare at some machine. I think that’s ridiculous, when people are in a restaurant and they are sitting across each other and they don’t talk to each other. It’s f**king sad. It’s f**king crazy — it drives me crazy. At the same time, I know how important it is to have your presence in the social media world. And that’s why together, I found a way to do it with [Gloria] so she becomes my voice. She shows me everything, so I get to see everything that people are saying. I respond. We do a live Facebook. I was doing a lot of ‘Max Trax’ [Internet video series in which Max discusses the inspiration for many of the songs spanning his 40-year music career]. I might wanna start doing that again and do Cameos and all this stuff. But I think she’s great. She’s doing right now six, I think, social media things. She does Max Cavalera, she does SOULFLY. she has her own Facebook page, and it’s cool.”

“I always did this — even back in the day, in the SEPULTURA days before Internet,” Max added. “I would read bad reviews so I get real pissed off and have a good show. So now I kind of do the same. I tell her like, ‘Show me some people talking s**t.’ So she gives me the phone, and there’s all these people talking s**t. And I read it, and I go on the stage and I f**k s**t up. [Laughs] It’s ammunition. It’s gasoline for the fire.”

CAVALERA has now become synonymous with extreme metal music, a name that remains highly respected to this day, a family legacy built on decades of musical aggression. In 2023, Max and Iggor Cavalera have achieved what some would have thought impossible; they have re-recorded their earliest releases, Morbid Visions and Bestial Devastation , with an intensity one would hardly dare attempt, and yet they have achieved their trademark raw sound through means that could only be described as magic or time travel.

It seems the wheel will not stop turning, as they now enter the final chapter of their early days trilogy. Schizophrenia is an iconic album in terms of early thrash and death metal, a household name for those of us invested in extreme metal. Here, the Cavaleras refined their dark, grungy, speed-influenced songs into something more mature, evolved and technical. Decades later, they have once again unlocked the asylum that is Schizophrenia , opening the doors to this banished, twisted recording, which is unleashed upon the world on June 21st via Nuclear Blast Records.