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Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden’s Metalshrine recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metalshrine: You’re just two years older than me and I just feel that there’s so much time left for you to put out cool music and have more cool stories. What made you [write your “My Bloody Roots” autobiography] now?

Max: Well, it was an idea that kinda came out of nowhere, actually. I thought it was a good time for it because of what happened with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. What happened was that the notebook that I wrote SEPULTURA on for the first time, the schoolbook, we actually donated it to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland and they displayed it together with Dimebag‘s [PANTERA] guitar and a bunch of stuff from other metal bands. I think that kinda led to the idea of now being a good time to do a book. I came all this way from being a kid in Brazil to be part of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. That’s a huge journey, but you’re right. There’s a lot more to be done and the story will continue for many more years, but we just felt that it would be good to tell the story right now and we had Joel McIver, who’s a really good writer. He approached us and offered to write the book for us and we saw what he’d done. I read parts of his METALLICA book, the Randy Rhoads book and the MOTÖRHEAD one and I really like how Joel writes. We started working on it and it’s out in Brazil, finally, and it will be out in the rest of the world in January 2014. It’s a very cool book with cool stories and a lot of great people involved. Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS] wrote an amazing introduction. People in Brazil are really digging it. It was a good time for it now. I’m 44 and let’s just see what happens from now on.

Metalshrine: Did you sit down with Joel or was it mostly done via phone or Skype?

Max: We did most of it over the phone, but I sat down with Joel twice. We were touring a lot, but he came to two of the shows and we sat down during the day and we talked a lot. But a lot of it was done by phone. It was like an hour-and-a-half phone calls and three times a week. It was horrific and I did not look forward to them. It was, like, “Oh no, the phone call’s coming!” and I had to try and remember everything that happened during all these years. It was like therapy sessions.

Metalshrine: Were there things he brought up that you had forgotten about?

Max: Yeah. He was trying to get as much as possible. We ended up forgetting a couple of things, which is really amazing to me. For example, SEPULTURA toured with the RAMONES and that’s not in the book. Incredible that I left that I forgot about that. How could I? [laughs] It was just too many stories, too many things, but that’s why it’s so cool that Gloria [Max‘s wife and manager] has her blog that tells all these other stories that are not in the book. The making of the book was a long, long process and I think it took about three years all together. Gloria found a lot of cool pictures. There’s pictures of my grandfather and pictures of my great grandmother, who was an Indian, so there’s a really cool picture of her. Then there’s pictures of us as kids in Brazil and my mom and my dad and our teenage years and SEPULTURA. You see the whole madness developing. It’s really cool.

Metalshrine: This project you have together with Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN), Troy Sanders (MASTODON) and Dave Elitch (ex-THE MARS VOLTA), have you recorded everything [for your debut album]?

Max: We’re still recording and we’re actually going to the studio right now. I have to finish two more guitars and we’re singing today, which is cool. All the drums are done, twelve songs. There are some great songtitles like “Set Fire To Your Flag” and “A Throat Full Of Broken Glass” and some other crazy titles. I think it’s gonna be really, really cool. It’s really energetic and there are all these melodic parts that troy’s gonne be singing and bring that kinda MASTODON vibe to it. It’s exciting and it’s a combination of all the bands involved. A little bit of DILLINGER, a little bit of MASTODON, a little bit of SOULFLY and a little bit of Dave playing as in THE MARS VOLTA. It doesn’t really sound like any of those bands but you can hear parts of them. A cool fact is that the three of us are gonna sing on every song and that’s gonna make the singing really exciting. It’s like a metal version of THE TRANSPLANTS. It’ll probably come out late next year, because [SOULFLY‘s new album] “Savages” is just coming out and we’re gonna let it take its course and we’re gonna tour for a long time. After that we’ll probably release the project.

Metalshrine: Are you doing a new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album before or after the project?

Max: After. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is taking quite a long break right now. It’s good though. That’s the way CAVALERA is created, no stress. There’s no pressure and we can do it anytime we want. It’s SOULFLY now and then the project and once that’s settled, we can work on the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album, which is probably gonna be towards the end of next year or beginning of the year 2015.

Metalshrine: Why don’t you just call it THE PROJECT?

Max: Yeah, we don’t have a name yet, but that’s a possibility. We’re totally running out of ideas.

Metalshrine: Who’s producing it?

Max: We have this guy Josh Wilbur. He produced LAMB OF GOD‘s last records and the last GOJIRA record. He’s a very cool guy and very young. He’s only like 35 and very energetic. He’s doing a great job so far and he’s been able to get a lot out from us and the music is really coming out great and powerful. I think it’s gonna be a great thing.

Read the entire interview at Metalshrine.

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According to Interia.pl, the Polish-language edition of “My Bloody Roots”, the autobiography of Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA, NAILBOMB), will be made available on October 2 through the Kagra publishing house.

Already available in Max‘s native Brazil, “My Bloody Roots”, written by Cavalera with assistance from renowned British author Joel McIver, was translated by Bartosz Donarski (who also translated “Slash”, “Pearl Jam Twenty”, “Lords Of Chaos”, “Swedish Death Metal” and “Choosing Death: The Improbable History Of Death Metal & Grindcore”, among others), a contributor to well-known Polish magazine Mystic Art, former perennial DJ of the longest-running metal radio show in Poland “Thrashing Madness”, and editor of the major Polish Internet portal Interia.pl.

“My Bloody Roots”‘ foreword was written by Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, ex-NIRVANA), who was’ “really thrilled” to do it, Max said in an interview. “Dave‘s always been a great guy,” Cavalera added. “He used to come to see SEPULTURA play in Seattle every time we played; even after NIRVANA got big, he would still come and see us play in little clubs.” Among other musicians who were interviewed for Max‘s autobiography were Ozzy Osbourne, Chino Moreno of the DEFTONES, Tom Araya of SLAYER and Mike Patton of FAITH NO MORE.

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Singer/bassist Mike Dean and singer/drummer Reed Mullin of hardcore punk veterans CORROSION OF CONFORMITY recently joined forces with a number of well-known musicians from the metal and hardcore scenes to create the new project TEENAGE TIME KILLER.

The instrumental parts for the upcoming debut release from TEENAGE TIME KILLER, which is named after a RUDIMENTARY PENI song, were recorded at Dave Grohl‘s (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA) Studio 606 in Northridge, California on the famous Sound City mixing board, which was the central focus of Grohl‘s acclaimed “Sound City: Real To Reel” documentary.

In a brand new interview with Jump Metal (see below), Mullin revealed some of the names that are going to be involved with the project:

* Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS)
* Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE
* Tommy Victor (PRONG, DANZIG)
* Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA)
* Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA)
* Phil Rind (SACRED REICH)
* Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD)
* Pepper Keenan (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY)
* Karl Agell (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY)
* Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (MISFITS)
* Keith Morris (BLACK FLAG, CIRCLE JERKS)

Back in May, Blythe posted an Instagram photo of him with Dean and Mullin in the studio and described his contribution to TEENAGE TIME KILLER, a track called “Hung Out To Dry”, as “old-school C.O.C.-style thrash punk.”

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SOUNDGARDEN plans to take a break from touring after the band completes its current European trek, which began September 4 in Helsinki, Finland and ends on September 19 in London. But frontman Chris Cornell tells Gray Graff of GMI Rock that he’s confident we haven’t heard the last from SOUNDGARDEN.

“You know, I think that the overall attitude about keeping it going and treating it, in a sense, the way that we wanna treat it to keep it going, that attitude seems to be really good,” Cornell said (hear audio below). “I mean, there’s nothing stopping us from continuing to make records, that’s for sure, and continuing to play shows. We had a great experience doing [last year’s ‘King Animal’] album, and since we’ve come back together, everything has been kind of that way. There hasn’t really been any of the kind of tension, specifically surrounding peripheral stuff, and I think it was a simple as us making the conscious decision to not be influenced by anything other than us four wanting to do it and not putting a business version of a timeline on it.”

SOUNDGARDEN has issued a new music video for “Halfway There”, a song taken from “King Animal”. “Halfway There” is the third single and video released from the disc, following “Been Away Too Long” and “By Crooked Steps”. The video for the latter track was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Cornell will launch a solo acoustic tour of North America on October 15 in San Diego, wrapping up six weeks later on November 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The shows will draw on material from all stages of Cornell‘s career — including the first-ever acoustic performances of tracks from “King Animal”.

Meanwhile, SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron, who also plays drums for PEARL JAM, will hit the road with the latter group beginning on October 11 in Pittsburgh. The new PEARL JAM album, “Lightning Bolt”, arrives on October 15.

Shepherd issued his debut solo album, “In Deep Owl”, on August 27.

Guitarist Kim Thayil recently said he’ll spend the band’s downtime working on compiling the SOUNDGARDEN B-sides box set, which will collect songs from European and Australian singles, movie soundtracks and other sources.

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Frontman talks future of rock, while Foo Fighters get ranked as No. 1 artist in Billboard Alternative chart history.

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Last week, Pat Lynch and Taco Bob of the morning show on the Orlando, Florida radio station WJRR conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper. Cooper talked about how he hashed things out on stage with Marilyn Manson and how he helped keep Dave Mustaine from going over the edge. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below.

Cooper recently claimed that labeling MUMFORD AND SONS a rock back would be an “offense to rock ‘n’ roll.” According to The Pulse Of radio, the singer explained that modern musicians were “afraid to be in a rock band” and said that the current generation needs to “quit eating vegetarian food” and “eat a steak” instead.

Cooper added, “Rock ‘n’ roll is not about ‘Happy happy happy, everything’s okay. We’re THE LUMINEERS, let’s clog dance.’ Hey, there’s a place for that. If I wanted to see a great clog dancing band, I’d see THE LUMINEERS.”

Cooper also revealed that although MUMFORD AND SONS are great at what they do, they are not rock ‘n’ roll. He said, “I get they want to be folk rock, and I guess they want to look like everybody else. I’m old school when it comes to if you’re in a band, you’re an outlaw. You don’t play by those rules, you’re a rock ‘n’ roll outlaw. It doesn’t mean you have to be on drugs, but when you get onstage you don’t play the guitar up here, and it’s not an acoustic guitar. You play the guitar down here. It doesn’t come from your brain, it comes from your guts. It comes from your groin. It’s sexual. It’s tribal.”

He added, “Finally, I just went ‘Okay — you guys don’t want to be rock bands, great. That’s better for us.’ There’s more for FOO FIGHTERS, there’s more for GREEN DAY, more for the bands that really are rock bands. I don’t understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band.”

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Samuli Väänänen of Radio Nova conducted an interview with vocalist Chris Cornell and bassist Ben Shepherd of reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN on September 4 in Helsinki, Finland. You can now watch the chat below.

SOUNDGARDEN has issued a new music video for “Halfway There”, a song taken from the band’s 2012 reunion album, “King Animal”. “Halfway There” is the third single and video released from the disc, following “Been Away Too Long” and “By Crooked Steps”. The video for the latter track was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN plans to take a break from touring after the band completes its upcoming European trek, which began Wednesday night (September 4) in Helsinki, Finland and ends on September 19 in London.

Cornell will launch a solo acoustic tour of North America on October 15 in San Diego, wrapping up six weeks later on November 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The shows will draw on material from all stages of Cornell‘s career — including the first-ever acoustic performances of tracks from “King Animal”.

Meanwhile, SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron, who also plays drums for PEARL JAM, will hit the road with the latter group beginning on October 11 in Pittsburgh. The new PEARL JAM album, “Lightning Bolt”, arrives on October 15.

Shepherd issued his debut solo album, “In Deep Owl”, on August 27.

Guitarist Kim Thayil recently said he’ll spend the band’s downtime working on compiling the SOUNDGARDEN B-sides box set, which will collect songs from European and Australian singles, movie soundtracks and other sources.

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“Halfway There”, the new video from reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN, can be seen below. The song comes off “King Animal”, the first collection of all-new material in 16 years from SOUNDGARDEN, and first since the group reunited in 2010. The CD sold 83,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort arrived in stores on November 13, 2012 via Tom Whalley‘s new record label, a partnership between his Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records.

“King Animal” track listing:

01. Been Away Too Long
02. Non-State Actor
03. By Crooked Steps
04. A Thousand Days Before
05. Blood On The Valley Floor
06. Bones of Birds
07. Taree
08. Attrition
09. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid’s Mouth
13. Rowing

SOUNDGARDEN released the music video on January 29 for “By Crooked Steps”, the second single from “King Animal”.

The “By Crooked Steps” clip was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, who submitted a treatment for the video on his own initiative after hearing the song.

SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a retrospective collection called “Telephantasm” and a concert album titled “Live On I-5”.

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“Halfway There”, the new video from reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN, will make its online debut tomorrow (Wednesday, September 4). The song comes off “King Animal”, the first collection of all-new material in 16 years from SOUNDGARDEN, and first since the group reunited in 2010. The CD sold 83,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort arrived in stores on November 13, 2012 via Tom Whalley‘s new record label, a partnership between his Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records.

“King Animal” track listing:

01. Been Away Too Long
02. Non-State Actor
03. By Crooked Steps
04. A Thousand Days Before
05. Blood On The Valley Floor
06. Bones of Birds
07. Taree
08. Attrition
09. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid’s Mouth
13. Rowing

SOUNDGARDEN released the music video on January 29 for “By Crooked Steps”, the second single from “King Animal”.

The “By Crooked Steps” clip was directed by FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, who submitted a treatment for the video on his own initiative after hearing the song.

SOUNDGARDEN reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a retrospective collection called “Telephantasm” and a concert album titled “Live On I-5”.

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Drummer Taylor Hawkins disses VMAs, as Jared Leto claims rock deserves a place on MTV.

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