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"The hardest part was realizing that I had to continue without Sepultura, and I had to find the right people to do that," says Max Cavalera about the formation of his new band, SOULFLY. "But the last thing I was gonna do was stop playing music or give up." Max Cavalera's career has been defined by his belief in never giving up. As co-founder (with his brother Igor) of the groundbreaking Brazilian hard rock band Sepultura, Max defied convention by writing and performing the kind of brutally heavy music that was popular around the world-but regarded with distaste by the Brazilian music community. Despite incredible odds, a lack of support at home, no contacts, and shaky communication skills, Sepultura emerged from Brazil to become one of the most internationally renowned heavy rock bands of the last decade.  Coming on the heels of the devastating death of his beloved friend and stepson, Dana Wells, the split admittedly traumatized Max even further. However, the end of one era has given birth to another, as Max assembled SOULFLY and found the new musicians and energy he was craving. "Putting together this new band really helped me to deal with these things," confesses Max. "Without SOULFLY, it would have been ten times harder. To me, music has always been the thing through which I release all my stress and emotions." The first man to enlist when Max began his search in January '97 was Roy, formerly drummer with New York avant-core band Thorn, plus a noted remixer and producer in his own right. Next was Marcello, who Max knew very well already: he was a Sepultura roadie for years. The final piece in the puzzle was Jackson Bandiera (now replaced by former SNOT guitarist Mike Doling), who played guitar in Max's favorite Brazilian band, Chico Science and NACAO ZUMBI. Sadly, Chico Science himself, had died-leaving the band's future in doubt. But the tragedy did provide Jackson with the opportunity to join Max and complete the lineup of SOULFLY. Fans of the monstrously heavy sound that Max established in Sepultura won't be disappointed by SOULFLY's debut self-titled album, as it displays all the aggression and power that is Max's trademark. But while songs like "Eye For An Eye" (the only song, according to Max, that directly addresses the breakup with Sepultura) are straightforward engines of brutality, the record also continues Max's determination to expand his musical vocabulary. "There's a song called 'Bumba' (a Portuguese word that means 'big noise') that's co-produced by Mario C., who's worked with the Beastie Boys, and it's the first time I've explored the idea of mixing my music with sampling. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. I think this album will be even more different in style than Roots, which gives you an idea of how experimental it is. Of course, people are gonna hear a resemblance to Sepultura, because it's my voice and I haven't changed my vocal style, and there's riffs and tribal things in there that continue the types of things I've done in Sepultura, but the album also goes beyond anything I've done before."