During a recent conversation on the The Dan Chan Show, ex-Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera spoke to how he feels about the band continuing on without him and his brother, as well as a misconception that some fans believe in (regarding Sepultura’s split).Max left the band in 1996, and his brother, Igor, left in 2006.
Initially, he is asked if he thought the rest of the band would disband or continue on after he left, to which Max says, “I think, judging by their personalities, yeah, I [thought] they would carry on.”
Regarding how he feels about leaving the band and them continuing, Cavalera shared the following: “It’s really mixed emotions, especially because me and Igor being there in the very, very beginning, and nobody that is in the band [now] was there — not even Paulo [Xisto Pinto Jr., current band bassist] was there in the very beginning. So it’s something that feels really personal and sacred, that you were there in the very beginning and now you’re not. Then again, at the same time, it’s one of those things in life that just happens and you’ve gotta move on with other things. So, yeah, I don’t regret it. It’s like any other thing — it ran its course.”
One big thing that stands out to Max though is a misconception that fans have regarding Sepultura’s split. Some fans blame that of Max’s wife, Gloria, for the split – but Max says that is not true at all. He goes on to talk about this misconception and share what ultimately happened between him and the rest of the band.
“One of those things, though, I’ll say this, it’s extremely frustrating to me that some of the fans don’t understand, and it’s really easy to blame people for it. And a lot of people end up blaming my wife, Gloria. They always go, ‘She broke up the band.’ And the truth is we grew apart; we started hating each other, man. It happened to The Beatles and it happened to many other bands — Pantera. It’s just how it is. We just didn’t find the joy in playing with each other anymore and it was time to move on. So it’s a cheap shot to blame her: ‘Let’s just blame her. She’s gotta be the reason why that happened.’ And it’s, like, no — not at all. We [the band] are the reason. I’d rather they blame me than her or somebody else. Blame me for Sepultura splitting up. I would much rather prefer that.”
What do you make of Sepultura’s split? Do you prefer the days when Max and Igor were in the band? Below you will find the The Dan Chan Show interview involving Max.