In a conversation with Metal Hammer, former Sepultura and Soulfly singer Max Cavalera opened up about today’s metal bands, mentioning some of his favorites acts.
“The metal underground is an exciting place – I always want to shout about cool new bands. New music is the most exciting thing. It keeps me young at heart, too.
“I don’t want to grow old and turn into an old f*rt that only listens to stuff from the ’80s. Don’t get me wrong, I love Celtic Frost and Possessed, but there’s great stuff happening now too.
“I was recording the new Soulfly album and Arthur Rizk was the producer. He’s heavily involved with the underground and he showed me ‘Lesions of a Different Kind’ by Undeath. They’ve got those killer catchy riffs and that groove.
“That’s my beef with some extreme metal sometimes – it loses the groove. But Undeath have that and it makes death metal much more fun to listen to. My taste goes towards that caveman, ’90s death metal vibe.
“Zach [Coleman], the drummer from Go Ahead and Die, was the one who showed me Undergang. Efter Obduktionen is so f**king catchy and it hooks you right from the beginning. They have some crazy, brutal vocals too.
“One of my favorite things in the world to do is to tell people to check bands out and have people tell me to check bands out. It’s the human contact that shouldn’t be lost because of the modern way of doing things.
“Back in the day, we’d find out what the bands were actually listening to from the thanks list on the album cover.