IGOR CAVALERA: MAX Has Grown Into An 'Amazing Producer'

U.K.'s Rhythm magazine recently spoke to CAVALERA CONSPIRACY/ex-SEPULTURA drummer Igor Cavalera about the making of the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album, "Blunt Force Trauma". A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Rhythm: What were the most challenging aspects of recording the album?

Igor: "It's very difficult for a drummer sometimes to hold back. You want to put fills and cymbals in as much as you can. It's like an addiction, you have to hit things, like a junkie. Live I can be a little more junkie and let myself go."

Rhythm: How did the record come together?

Igor: "It came together very quickly. Max [Cavalera; guitar/vocals] grew a lot as a producer. He's an amazing producer now. He knows exactly what he wants. We toured a lot with this line up and going into the studio with this lineup was very pleasing."

Rhythm: Are there any tracks that stand out as favorites?

Igor: "I keep changing which tracks I like most. I'm really into the one with Roger from AGNOSTIC FRONT ['Lynch Mob']. For me, I love the combination of the voice of Roger and Max together. That track is just insane. 'Killing Inside' for me is very special because I did some industrial percussive things on it so it has the crazy vibe to it."

Rhythm: What set-up did you use in the studio?

Igor: "I used my typical drum set, which is a double bass with two 20" kicks and the big toms which are actually floor toms hat I mounted. There's an 18" in the middle with a 16" on the right and a 10" on the left. Then I've got two crashes and a china. Very basic for what I do. I tried for a deep sound. I can't really change the heads during a show so I have to go a little higher on the tuning but when I'm in the studio I go a little lower. I changed the heads every time I did a song in the studio, I wish I could do the same live."

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