Max Cavalera

MAX CAVALERA ON ONE OF THE 90S’ MOST ICONIC AN­THEMS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - News - WORDS: STEPHEN HILL

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The Sepul­tura leg­end re­counts how the Brazil­ians wrote Rooooooooo­ots, Bloody Rooooooooo­ts, and scared

Ross Robin­son to death.

WE KNEW IT WOULD BE DIF­FER­ENT

“Be­fore we had even started writ­ing the Roots al­bum, we knew that we wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent from be­fore. We started look­ing at Brazil­ian comics and im­agery for in­spi­ra­tion; we re­ally wanted to move away from what we did on Chaos A.D. be­cause it would have been too easy to just do the same thing again. So even as we went to write and record we had that idea that we wanted to have a very strong im­age that rep­re­sented where we came from, and that was su­per-im­por­tant to that record.”

IT WAS ORIG­I­NALLY Go­ing to be

TWICE AS FAST

“There’s two ver­sions of the song that we worked on, and orig­i­nally it was dou­ble time from the ver­sion that you hear now. I liked it like that – I thought that it was re­ally bru­tal – but when we tuned down you could hear that it would sound cooler a bit slower and with more of a groove. But I still like play­ing the thrash ver­sion of it – we play it like that live some­times and I think it sounds killer.”

I think ROSS ROBIN­SON WAS SCARED OF US

“Ross was a re­ally big part of get­ting that raw sound right; he wanted it to be as dirty and live as it could pos­si­bly be and he loved the idea of us go­ing out into the waste­lands and work­ing with the tribes. He’s more like a cheer­leader than a pro­ducer, and we had heard all of this stuff about him throw­ing things at Korn to get them an­gry when they were record­ing. We went in there on the first day and were like, ‘Don’t you try pulling any shit like that with us! We’re from Brazil – we’ll fucking kill you!’ Ha ha ha! He never did ei­ther… I think he thought we were se­ri­ous.”

ANDY WAL­LACE IS the song’s UNSUNG HERO

“We loved Ross; we loved the way he was fear­less, like we were, about do­ing some­thing new, but when we got the song back it sounded like shit. Ross hardly touches any­thing at all, so it just sounded like it was recorded live. We sent it to Andy Wal­lace and he beefed it up and padded it out and made it sound heavy as fuck, and I think that’s the thing that makes it re­ally killer, the mix of Ross’s live punk rock record­ing and Andy Wal­lace’s ear for mak­ing things sound huge.”

ROAD­RUN­NER THOUGHT WE WERE CRAZY

“We told the la­bel that we were go­ing to try and re­claim the word ‘roots’ for metal. It was con­sid­ered a reg­gae thing at that time and I re­ally be­lieved we could change it and turn it into some­thing that peo­ple thought of with metal. The la­bel thought we were nuts when we told them. ‘You’re go­ing to do what?’ Ha ha ha! But once they heard the song they got be­hind it. They were re­ally cool with de­sign­ing the packaging and the look of the record, and it was su­per-in­flu­en­tial to peo­ple when they saw us in the face­paint and the tribal gear. You only have to look at Nor­we­gian black metal with them go­ing back to their roots. It worked.”

I will NEVER GET BORED OF play­ing IT

“I’m all about the riff, and that song has such a cool riff, it’s re­ally sim­ple... much more sim­ple than any­thing we had done be­fore, but it just feels good. When you see a whole field go­ing crazy to it you can’t not want to play it. It’s kind of like our Ace Of Spades.

I’ll have to play it for­ever!”

A NEW CAVALERA CON­SPIR­ACY AL­BUM WILL LAND LATER THIS YEAR VIA NAPALM

Ig­gor Cavalera, An­dreas Kisser, Paulo Jr and Max Cavalera took us on a jour­ney to find their Roots Bloody Roots

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