“I met Ritchie Blackmore during the Sepultura days. At first, he wasn’t interested in talking to anybody. But the minute I asked, ‘Do you like football?’ he said, ‘Yes – come with me!’” Max Cavalera names 10 guitarists who shaped his sound

Max Cavalera
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Max Cavalera lives for riffs. He goes to sleep every night thinking about them, wakes up in the morning to pick up where he left off and most likely dreams about them in between. 

Just listen to any of his creative exploits – from six game-changing studio albums with Sepultura, 12 efforts with Soulfly, four with Cavalera Conspiracy, two with Killer Be Killed, another two with Go Ahead And Die, plus one with Nailbomb – and you’ll hear how far that obsession has taken him.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).