Max Cavalera Surprised That He Is Still Alive

Max Cavalera

(Metal Hammer) Max Cavalera and his wife Gloria have reflected on his 16-year battle with drug and alcohol addiction. And the 47-year-old Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and former Sepultura frontman says "it's a miracle I'm still alive" as he recalls what drove him down the road of becoming reliant on pills and booze.

Cavalera, who previously admitted he was once so desperate for alcohol that he drank hand sanitiser, says he lost his way soon after his father's death and it wasn't long before he became hooked on prescription drugs.

Cavalera says: "I was taking too many of them on a daily basis and then drinking on top of it. It's a lethal combination, and then I added sleep medicines on top of all that. It's a miracle I am still alive. There's a lot of pressure that comes with fame. Record label pressure, fans pressure, and we don't have a manual or a guide to surviving this sh*t."

He continues: "I think for some musicians the pressure of fame gets to them. For me, it started with the death of my father. I became very sad and drinking was one way to deal with my sadness.

"The drugs - I just liked them. I liked the buzz of a pain killer. The energy it gave me." Read more here.

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