Max Cavalera: 'Sepultura Is Taken Hostage by Andreas Kisser'

"They're dragging the name down, because they're getting less and less popular," the frontman says.

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Responding to guitarist Andreas Kisser's comments about Cavalera brothers "turning their back on Sepultura", frontman Max Cavalera ripped his former bandmate for spreading "propaganda," saying that the group's current lineup isn't doing anything but dragging down the Sepultura name. "Yeah, that's all propaganda," Max told Rock Music Star. "Everybody that knows what's going on knows that that band is actually taken hostage by Andreas, by guys that weren't even there in the beginning. They were not there in the beginning. Sepultura was formed by me and Igor, it had all different people." Cavalera then focused on specific band members, saying, "Paolo [Jr.] and Derrick [Green] are not former band members; they are not original band members. The way I see it, they took the band hostage, and they are just using the name, promoting themselves. "But, they're dragging the name down, because they’re getting less and less popular, and I don't really hear anything good about their records," the singer/guitarist added. "So, it's like, to me, I don't really care what they do. You know, for me there's always the classic Sepultura that I love. I think we did some amazing records, but it's all in the past." During the rest of the chat, Max was asked an interesting question on why he didn't simply fire everyone from the band rather than quitting. "Yeah, I couldn't do that," he said. "There were contracts and there was a bunch of legal sh-t like that. My only options were, at that time, was to stay with them and do what they wanted me to do, which was fire [Max's wife and former Sepultura manager] Gloria, which I thought was the wrong thing to do, or me leaving. And I was left with no choice, so I ended up just leaving it. "I think maybe, if I would have stayed with Sepultura, maybe it wouldn't have been that good, you know?" he added. "Maybe it would have been too hard to maintain the high caliber quality that we were used to in all the Sepultura records." Sepultura released their latest studio effort "The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart" on October 25 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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    maybe andreas kisser and paolo jr were not at the very foundation of sepultura but they were there yet through the best albums from the band ((btr; arise). i have old press to prove that max didnt think of them as newcomers in the band
    Sorry Max but some of your comments in this article are just utter rubbish. Just cause you didn't want to stay in the band doesn't mean that the rest of its members are holding it hostage in your absence. Plus, these rants are only giving them attention that you don't want them to receive
    Funny, you could replace "Sepultura" with "In Flames" throughout the whole article.
    It's funny that Max says he doesn't care about Sepultura, yet he has to throw hate towards them every chance he gets. Besides, I don't think a reunion with Max, Igor, Andreas and Paulo will would make Sepultura what they were, that band died after "Arise".
    Even Arise was a huge step down from Beneath the Remains. Max might have a legitimate issue if Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy had done anything worthwhile, but neither one has.
    Still... would be interesting to hear what theyd sound like now if theyd managed to keep it together
    Also, they were a powerhouse back in the day, and the sum total of the two bands now cant hold a candle to what the original Sepultura achieved in my opinion
    SEPULTURA reunion with thee ORIGINAL members would be sweet! You could have the same name and piss off this "shadow of its former self piece o' crap" sepulture now.
    I don´t give a **** the Cavalera-Kisser war, they did "Roots", in my opinion a masterpiece, the best album of Sepultura by far. All the thrashers are gonna kill me; they like thrash, I like music.
    How many people on here actually like Sepultura without Max? Also, do those people like the post-Cavalera era more or less than the classic era?
    I like Sepultura with and without Max. My fave Derrick albums are probably Against and A-Lex. I'm honestly not sure whether I prefer Max or Derrick. Both have their own strengths.
    I haven't listened to all their post-Max albums, but I do like Against , and A-Lex is phenomenal. Roots will always have a special place in my heart, as it was my introduction to Sepultura, and to that sort of heavy music in general.
    Kisser may not be an original member but he's the reason anyone knows who they are. Without him, I highly doubt Sepultura would have ever been signed. Also Kisser has always been the leading force behind the writing. It's not about how long you've been in the band, but how much you contribute. This is, and always has been, Kissers band.
    "But, they're dragging the name down, because they’re getting less and less popular, and I don't really hear anything good about their records," This coming from the guy who was behind the Nu-Metal-infested trashheaps "Chaos AD" and "Roots". And judging by what Cavalera has done in Soulfly and CC, Sepultura would be even worse off with Max. As SonOfAnarchy said above, the band died with "Arise", and that was back when they still had Max.
    I'm really glad that he said this, because honestly... It's not really Sepultura without Max or Igor for me. It's a bunch of people that took their name and made music based on their original ideas and changes in terms of genre. I am personally not a fan of the nu-metal Sepultura, but I don't want them to stop making it, if they honestly believe it is the right thing to do for them musically.