“Not really,” he responded. “When [we went our] separate ways, it’s a bit like — I’ve never been divorced, but I assume that would be what a divorce is like. You don’t really wanna see your ex-wife, and you don’t wanna keep tabs on who she’s dating or whatever. So I don’t really follow them. Whatever they do, it’s all right by me, man. I’ve got so much on my plate, I’m plenty busy here that I don’t need to be looking at them, be measuring what they are doing to what I am doing. In the end, I think things just kind of went that way.
“I’m super proud of the time we had together,” Max added. “We made some magnificent records, man — stuff that influences people forever. I’m in contact with a lot of young, upcoming bands that really love the old stuff — guys from CREEPING DEATH and NECROT, they always mention especially the early era [of SEPULTURA]: B*stial Devastation, Morbid Visions, Beneath The Remains, of course, Arise. So it’s cool to know that we did those records. But there’s so much more to do.”
In an interview with the “Scars And Guitars” earlier this year, SEPULTURA bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. said that a reunion with former frontman Max Cavalera would have to happen “naturally.”
When asked if he has had any contact with Max in the last 10 years or so, Paulo replied: “Not at all. Zero. [Laughs] We just separated. Each one of us went to [his] own path.”
Addressing the possibility of a reunion with Max, Paulo said: “I don’t know about the future, but right now — I don’t like to force the situation that’s not there anymore. If one day it comes to terms, it has to come naturally.
“So far, that hasn’t happened. But I really don’t bother and think about that too much anymore. That was 20 years ago. And I just keep going. You cannot make everybody happy in this world. The best thing [you can do is] learn from your mistakes and keep walking and try to do better in the future.”
Max left the band in 1996 after the rest of the band split with his wife Gloria as their manager. His brother, drummer Igor Cavalera, stuck around with the group for another 10 years before leaving SEPULTURA and re-teaming with Max in CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.