My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and beyond – The Autobiography by Max Cavalera with Joel McIver

My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and beyond, the autobiography by Max Cavalera with Joel McIver was published on 1 May 2014 by Jawbone Press.

I didn’t know much about Max Cavalera, his band Soulfly, or his previous band Sepultura before meeting the metal legend for a #fhtz interview in early 2016. All I knew was that he is a charismatic personality with values that prioritise family, his performances are energy-laden, and that he has written music history. After meeting and talking with him and listening back to Max’s back-catalogue, I started understanding his persona more, and when I finally got around to reading My Bloody Roots, the story came full-circle. The book elaborates on many different aspects of Max’s life. It recounts not necessarily the life of a famous musician, but the life of an interesting man. I could go on and summarising what is written in the book, but others have done that already, see below. All I want to share with you is that it is worthwhile picking this up, even if you don’t listen to Max’s music, or even heavy metal. Anyone who likes a dynamic autobiography with lots of funny and serious recounts, My Bloody Roots can provide you with a great reading experience. It goes without saying that heavy metal listeners have to read this!

What others wrote about ‘My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and beyond – The Autobiography‘:

“‘My Bloody Roots’ will appeal to a much wider audience than just Max’s fanbase. His spiritual journey, his interactions with everyone from Jamaican criminals to isolationist native Brazilian tribes, his life-affirming philosophies…all of these stories form a much grander tapestry than your usual tales of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and can be enjoyed by readers who couldn’t tell the difference between Sepultura and Soulfly, or have no idea what a Cavalera Conspiracy is. Make no mistake though: this is a great rock and roll story – even Max’s most hardcore fans will learn something new about the man’s music – but the tale of Max’s life is so much more than just music.” – Jason Bodak,

“‘My Bloody Roots’ is a story of triumph over tragedy, family over all, and the power that heavy metal can have on a human being. If that sounds like something you’d like to read, pick this autobiography up right away. In my opinion, it’s a definite must read for all metal fans.” – Metal Mark,

“I really, really enjoyed MY BLOODY ROOTS. It gave me a new and better understanding of the life and situation of Max Cavalera. Before my opinions were based solely on if I liked his music or not and while as an original fan, I still harbour a lingering resentment and sense of betrayal but, at least now I get it. Cavalera is sincere and charismatic and that makes for a good read about one of the most iconic Metal personalities.” –

“This is a fantastic addition to the world of rock star autobiographies. It’s a quick and easy page turner and interesting enough to keep you engaged throughout. The Sepultura years get the most attention, which will delight many, as the book proves to be an important insight in to one of the most influential and popular figures in heavy music.” – Tom Donno,

“The Max Cavalera story is really his family history. Along with his wife Gloria, who Max considers his rock; they are all a very tight-knit unit with a lot of love and music around all the time. The way he was raised is the way he is now as a husband, father and grandfather. Mostly My Bloody Roots is a love letter to his home land Brazil and a toast to an explored life. Touring with his many bands, and exploring other cultures and world music to incorporate into his own his time off, this give him the fuel for life that he needs.” – Keith Chachkes,

In case you missed our #fhtz interview with Max during his European Maximum Cavalera tour in early 2016, here it is:

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer