Ex-Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera “really hopes” that the group’s classic lineup can one day reunite, but says that there are no concrete plans for him and his brother Max to rejoin their former bandmates.
Igor left Sepultura in June 2006 due to “artistic differences.” His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from Sepultura touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006).
In 1996, Max left Sepultura after the band fired Max’s wife Gloria as their manager.
Asked by Metal Wani if there is any chance of a reformation of Sepultura late ’80s/early ’90s lineup — featuring Igor and Max alongside guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. — Igor said: “I hope so, but there’s nothing solid. The only solid thing right now, it’s what I do with Max, and it’s Cavalera Conspiracy. Like, the whole Sepultura thing, it’s something that we don’t know if it’s gonna happen or not. To be honest, I really hope one day we can do this in a very cool way.”
Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser said in a September 2014 interview that all the talk of a reunion of the band’s classic lineup was “a pain in the ass,”
and added that the band was angered by “all the pressure of this reunion bullshit, especially coming from that side, especially Max and Gloria Cavalera always touching that subject.”
Kisser added: “You know, since Max left the band, we are used to deal with that, but there’s a time that it’s enough. I mean, in the end, it was his choice to leave the band; we never fired anybody, we just fired our manager — we fired Gloria — but we never fired Max or Igor or [ex-Sepultura drummer] Jean Dolabella. Everybody left the band because they didn’t feel it was the right place to be. And that’s fine. You cannot force anybody to be there just to be there as a puppet.”