MAX CAVALERA Recalls How OZZY OSBOURNE Changed His Mind From Quitting Music Forever

Max Cavalera
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GO AHEAD AND DIE and SOULFLY‘s Max Cavalera was set to walk away from music following his bitter split from SEPULTURA in 1996, until a conversation with the legendary Ozzy Osbourne changed his mind. 

Speaking for Metal Hammer’s My Life In 10 Songs feature, Max Cavalera revealed how close he was to quitting the music business, while discussing his memories of “Eye For An Eye“, the first single from his first post-SEPULTURA band, SOULFLY

That song saved my life, pretty much,” says Cavalera. “Dealing with Dana’s death [in a car crash in 1996] and splitting with SEPULTURA, I was done with music – I was heartbroken, angry, there had been too many disappointments. [Max’s wife and manager] Gloria was trying to lift me up, put me back in the right frame of mind and get me writing again.”

Max recalls talking with Ozzy Osbourne:

I remember we had a dinner at Ozzy’s house,” says Cavalera, “and he was telling me that when he got kicked out of BLACK SABBATH, he was very, very discouraged, but it was up to him to get back on his own feet.”

He continues: “Coming from Ozzy, that was mind-blowing – like, ‘I have to do it.’ So I grabbed my guitar and Eye For An Eye just came out of it. It’s an important song to me as well because it’s one of the songs that got SOULFLY signed. We went to New York and met with [Roadrunner Records A&R supremo] Monte Connor, and we played this and another song for him and he signed SOULFLY on the spot. It’s one of those songs that I will never be able to write again.”

Max Cavalera recently released a music video for track “Roadkill” from his new project GO AHEAD AND DIE with his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera. They make angry, spiteful, utterly engaging, spirited extreme music for increasingly extreme times. The self-titled debut sees Max and Igor splitting guitar and vocal duties, with utter madman style drumming from Zach Coleman. It sounds like a relic from the glory days of thrash, proto-death metal, and filthy rotten punk, the kind of band that would inspire a teenaged thrasher in 1987 to carve the G.A.A.D. logo into a school desk. If you haven’t yet, make sure to check it out here.