For any metal fan growing up in the ’90’s you might have come across a band called Sepultura and then post-2000’s the same again with a band called Soulfly. They are fronted by the same man and he is Max Cavalera. I know my own musical history and love both Chaos AD and Roots, having being a hungry teenager snapping up heavier and heavier music. I both thank and blame my Dad.
Throughout the years, ever since Max has successfully launched Soulfly into a huge band, people have cried out for a Sepultura reunion. Having known both these bands I did a little digging and found out the truth about why Max left Sepultura, with his brother Iggor following suit later in 2006. It is also important to note that under the guise of Cavalera Conspiracy, the Cavalera brothers have reunited and released two successful albums.
This book is trying to lay the rumours and speculation to rest, although the matter of the Sepultura reunion long laid to rest many years ago. As Max explains in the introduction: “Firstly, my story needs to be told, truthfully and accurately.” I was very excited when this book was announced, although the UK release date is later this month (May 22) but I have gone ahead and purchased the iTunes edition. I’m very against any sort of book being digitalised – the Kindle is something I loathe, don’t get me started – but I cannot hold off from waiting any longer. This is a must read!
As you would expect, the book details how Max grew up and his family life. From his early childhood right until the formation of Sepultura, and the rest was history. The death of Max’s father is a pivotal moment in life and whilst he went off the rails, Iggor – Max’s brother and legendary drummer – is the who only stayed in control (mostly) to watch out for Max.
I always love reading about my favourite musicians and their biographies. I’ve read a few over the past year or so: Dave Grohl’s book, Rex Brown’s and, even as I was reading this, Phil Anselmo’s new book was announced and its release date. It’s an exciting time for me as I’ll be getting my grubby hands on that book soon enough.
I read through My Blood Roots in a day or so. Joel writes brilliantly and makes the story – Max’s story – so easy to read and convincing. I knew a little of how and why Max parted ways with Sepultura, but the truth of it all was actually hard to read, but I did do a little research beforehand. The result really shocked me, and with Max not speaking to his brother for almost 10 years that doesn’t surprise me.
It’s just absolutely fascinating about how Max grew up and his career with both Sepultura and Soulfly, as well as his various and many side projects. I don’t want to spoil too much of this book. What makes it an interesting read is that instead of Max just telling his story, there are also quotes from his family members, fellow musicians fellow band mates.
Overall: this book is very good. I think if you’re a fan of either both Sepultura and/or Soulfly then you will eventually come to read this book. Although the month’s delay of the release in the UK has left be baying for blood – or just to read the damn book – then, yeah, this is an awesome book. 9.5