Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with Max Cavalera of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and SOULFLY prior to CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's April 28, 2011 headlining concert at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, California. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked why CAVALERA CONSPIRACY drummer — and Max's brother — Igor Cavalera was unable to make last night's concert, Max said, "Yeah, it's pretty messed up. He couldn't get a visa in time. He's in London right now, flying, and he's gonna be here tomorrow. He couldn't make it for tonight, so I called my friend Greg Hall [to fill in for the Hollywood show]. He's the drummer for SACRED REICH. He's a great drummer. We just did a soundcheck, so he covered all the CAVALERA stuff, so we're good. Some of my kids are gonna help, too — they're gonna play drums in some songs, too. So we're gonna make it happen. Igor will be here tomorrow, so he'll only miss one show. It sucks, but at least he's gonna make it. It's really kind of a messed up thing with the visa, and he's [had] a hard time with the passport. He got held up in England and he's gonna fly, but the flight only gets here tomorrow."
"Blunt Force Trauma", the sophomore album from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 122 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's debut CD, "Inflikted", opened with 9,000 units to enter the chart at No. 72.
"Blunt Force Trauma" was once again tracked with ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, who co-produced the LP with Max. Logan also mixed the follow-up to the band's debut album, "Inflikted", which has sold less than 50,000 copies in the United States since its March 2008 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The brothers Cavalera co-founded SEPULTURA, the Brazilian metal band that redefined and established the genre outside of the U.S. and Europe. After Max exited the band, there was a rift between himself and his brother, one that was eventually repaired through the redemptive power of music. Some time had passed and Max and Igor were unable to resist the musical pull in their magnetic fields and their musical collaboration was renewed. The duo are back for round two with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's lineup is filled out by guitarist Marc Rizzo, who plays with Max in SOULFLY, and bassist Johnny Chow.