In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Soulfly’s Max Cavalera shared his thoughts about the Pantera reunion and claimed that it is a sensitive topic for both sides of the spectrum.
The surviving members of Pantera, Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, have recently announced that they are preparing for a reunion tour in 2023. Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde will replace Darrell, and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will play the drums.
Some fans quickly criticized Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown for doing a reunion tour as Pantera without Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. However, many look forward to Pantera performing their favorite songs again. The reunion tour will commemorate Vinnie and Dime’s life and celebrate their contributions to Pantera and the metal scene.
Max Cavalera stated that it is a tough decision to make. If he were to put himself in that situation and was the one that passed away, he said that he wouldn’t like the remaining members to replace him and continue. However, Cavalera also noted that fans deserve to hear those songs live, so it’s a double-edged sword.
Max Cavalera’s thoughts about the Pantera reunion:
“It’s a delicate issue, man. On the one hand, yes. But sometimes I think if it was like Iggor and I had died, and somebody else would carry on without us, I don’t know how I feel about that. I’m not sure I would like it. It’s a tough one. At the same time, people want to hear those songs. The fans deserve to hear those songs.”
Eleven albums and 25 years later, Soulfly is celebrating its latest release with ‘Totem.’ This record marks their twelfth album since they began their journey in 1997.