Max Cavalera Talks Riffs, Dub, Future Collaborations and Soulfly's New Album, 'Ritual'

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He’s a co-founder of Sepultura, and his distinctive guitar playing and singing helped put Brazilian thrash metal on the map. Over the years, he’s explored groove and death metal by leading such bands as the Cavalera Conspiracy and Soulfly, and he’s been part of the supergroup Killer Be Killed, which features members of Mastodon, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is…

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.