Max Cavalera On Sepultura’s Current Line-Up: “I’m Not Bitter…But You Can’t Touch the Classics”

Derrick Green by Alfred Nitsch, via Wikipedia.

Of all the band breakups in metal history, the split between Brazilian thrashers Sepultura and frontman Max Cavalera will forever be a sad one. Max was so much of what made Sepultura special, but his reasons for leaving the band have always had a touch of anger and scorn to them. But now, in a new interview, Max has made it very clear that he doesn’t hold anything against Sepultura’s current line-up — but he also thinks his material in the band is the good shit.

In a new interview with “General Population With Marco Lesher,” Max was asked what he thought of Derrick Green, his replacement in Sepultura. Max was adamant that it’s not something he thinks about — but also made sure to mention that he knows what fans are really here for.

“It doesn’t bother me,” he said, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. “It is what it is. At the end of the day, the fans know what the band was and what it is now, the difference [between the two]. And I really don’t care. I’m not bitter. They do what they do; I do what I do. It’s been like that for a long time now. But you can’t touch the classics; those records that we did [in the 1980s and 1990s]. It still goes, but it is what it is.

“If you wanna really hear something that sounds close to what it was, you have to come see me and Igor play,” he added. “That’s the only thing that is gonna be close to what it was, to that time.”

Check out the full interview below:

It’s not like Max has sat around pining for his Sepultura days — back in January, Max revealed to the world that a new album with his band Soulfly is on the way. So hey, living well is the best revenge, and it certainly seems like Max is living well.

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Words by Chris Krovatin