Friday, November 2, 2012

Max Cavalera is Responsible for Black Metal

I love a good rumor as much as the next nosey bastard, so what better rumor to discuss than a rumor I plan on reigniting that can be backed up with facts and not-so-reliable statements.

"Max Cavalera is Responsible for Black Metal."

Max Cavalera

For those who don't know, Max Cavalera is a prolific Brazilian heavy metal musician. He is probably best known for his popular nu-metal band Soulfly, who formed in the late 90's after he left the groundbreaking metal band Sepultura. In my opinion, nothing beats Sepultura's Beneath the Remains. Its the perfect thrash-metal album.

"Inner Self"
 from Beneath the Remains (1989)

Sepultura has enjoyed differing levels of success throughout their career. Beneath the Remains, Arise, Chaos A.D. and Roots were all very successful metal albums. However, "mainstream" recognition for Max Cavalera came with the "nu-metal" movement of the late 90's/early '00's, and subsequently Soulfly

Soulfly - "Back to the Primitive" (2000)

So this is where you may be asking yourself, "how the hell did a thrash-metal-turned-dreadlocked-hippy-metal-dork create the entire Norweigan black metal scene?"

The answer is so simple its maddening.

In 1984, Max and Igor Cavalera formed Sepultura in Brazil. Wagner Lamounier was their first vocalist. Following conflicts with Max, Lamounier left Sepultura and in 1985 formed his own Brazilian death metal band, Sarcofago.

Sarcofago - I.N.R.I. (1987)

Sarcofago were never as popular as Sepultura or Soulfly, but one thing that gained them "notoriety" was that they were one of Euronymous' favorite bands. Euronymous was of course the murdered guitarist of MayheM and the guy who pretty much started that whole black metal thing in Norway. You know, the church burnings, murders, suicides, "corpsepaint," more-evil-than-death-metal stuff? Very entertaining.

"Mother North" (1996)

Its been said in interviews that Euronymous was a big fan of Sarcofago. He especially liked the logo, clothes and make-up. You can definitely see the influence taken from Sarcofago that was put into the black metal scene:

Sarcofago logo

Sarcofago, circa 1986

MayheM logo

MayheM, circa 1990

If Max Cavalera got along with Wagner Lamounier, then Lamounier wouldn't have left Sepultura to form Sarcofago. If Sarcofago never formed, then Euronymous (of MayheM) wouldn't have had a group of minorities on the other side of the planet to rip off. If Euronymous never stole Sarcofago's look, then his silly little group of bored satanic rich kids probably wouldn't have had anything to make them stand out in the metal scene (if you ignore the church burnings, murders and such). And thus...we wouldn't have black metal as we know it today.

So there you have it. 

Max Cavalera is responsible for black metal.

Tell all your friends.

"The Freezing Moon" (1990)

"Stronger Than Hate" (1989)

Thursday, November 1, 2012


I scared the SHIT out of my neighborhood for this year's Halloween. Our home is quickly becoming known as "The Halloween House." The premise for this year was simple....make my front yard a graveyard. Put an empty black coffin in the middle of the yard. Surround it with candles. Stalk around the yard in a demon mask and wizard cloak. SCARE THE CHILDREN.

Perhaps I went a little overboard. After all, Halloween isn't about scaring people shitless. Its about giving fat kids flavored sugar, right? 

Here's a TOP 10 list of what I heard from neighbors as I tromped around the yard, looking ridiculously awesome:

1. From an overprotective mother - "Don't come over here scaring my daughter. That's not what this is about! I'll call the cops on your ass!"

2. From a young child dressed as a princess - "Mommy I'm scared of this one."

3. From the kid across the street - "Do I know you? stay right there. RIGHT THERE."

4. From a thug kid about 2 years too old for Halloween - "Awww shit, naw man. Naw man. Is that real?"
5. From thug kid's friend - "Of course he's real, he's breathing."
6. From thug kid again, right after I jumped at him with a fake knife - "Maaaaaaan. Man! Shheeeit, man. Shit" (as he held his hand over his heart)

7. From a cute 5-year old who had NO fear - "Who are you supposed to be?"

8. From a lady who scares too easily - "Oh my god, did you come out of that coffin?! You DID didn't you! Oh no!"

9. From a father/daughter combo - Father is laughing his ass off at my costume, daughter is scared shitless. "Its just a guy in a costume, don't be such a baby. Go get some candy from him!"

10. From another group of hoodrats - "Awwww, you done messed up now! Letting us take whatever candy we want?! Damn, you messed up!" - and they proceeded to take large handfuls of candy...taking all the candy I wanted to get rid of anyway (Laffy Taffy). 

See you all again next year, you little bastards!