Interview conducted July 08 2010
Interview published July 29 2010
Some hours prior to Cavalera Conspiracy's
annihilating display at Getaway Rock Festival in Sweden, Metal Covenant
got the opportunity to board the band's tour bus and ask Iggor Cavalera
some questions. Due to the busy press schedule for Iggor and his brother
Max, time was limited. Under all circumstances, the drummer proved to
be courteous and easygoing, while showing genuine enthusiasm for other
music and other bands as well.
Mozzy: You're playing just a few select
shows with Cavalera Conspiracy this summer; is it difficult to plan the
tour schedule because of other commitments such as Soulfly?
Iggor: Well yeah, but also our new album has
not been released yet, so we will play just a couple of gigs this
summer. The album is finished, but we haven't heard anything about
a release date. It's very annoying; it seems to always be like this
for us. We just want to release it, but we'll see when that happens.
Can you tell us something of the new album; will it be similar to the
debut, and will you have some guests like on that one?
Iggor: Yeah, it's quite similar, but I think
this one is more brutal. And the songs are more direct. I'm very excited
about it. We did a cover of a Black Flag song, Lynch Mob; Roger from
Agnostic Front is singing on it. That was really cool. We also recorded
Black Sabbath's Electric Funeral. And I'm also impressed by Max's
vocals, he sounds great.
Mozzy: That sounds very promising. You have
to tell Max that he's one of my favourite singers. Apart from the aggression,
his voice has so much conviction; it really sounds genuine and from the
Iggor: Yes, I agree. As I said, he did a really
great job on the new album, it's sounds really brutal. And I really
think too he has a unique voice; you can say it's his trademark. It's
like Tom Araya in Slayer for example; when you hear him you can tell
Mozzy: It's now been more than two years
you and Max got together in Cavalera Conspiracy. Describe this period.
Iggor: It's been really nice. You know, apart
from our family tie, me and Max always shared the same views on music,
arts and so on. So it's great to play together and create music again.
Mozzy: Tell me about Mixhell, the band you
have with your wife?
Iggor: Ok, that's very different. It's more
like techno, but at the same time brutal, and I get to play aggressively
on the drums. We actually played a show in Sweden some months back,
I can't remember where
Yeah, that was in fact quite close to where I live, in the north. Unfortunately,
I could not make it to the gig.
Iggor: Oh really? It was very cool actually;
we had the drummer from Refused, David, guesting as a second drummer.
He was awesome. I really admire his playing. To be able to do step
out of your habitat, so to speak, and do something like this shows
that you have much talent. I love Refused, and I remember bringing
one of their CDs on the tour bus back in the 90´s. Max and everyone
Mozzy: What are your thoughts of tonight's
gig? And will you be able to stay and watch some other bands?
Iggor: I'm looking forward to playing for sure.
I've seen the line-up for the festival and it's great. I want to watch
Exodus. It would be cool to see Mayhem, I'm not really a huge fan
of black metal but it would be interesting to see them. But that's
tomorrow and we're leaving late tonight. What time is Exodus playing
by the way?
Mozzy: They're playing after you, on the
other stage, at 21.15. Straight into the pit then!