When asked how his metal background has affected his work with Mixhell, Igor replied, "For me, even when I was playing metal, I always tried new things, I was never stuck to one [thing]. It was always, like, very open-minded. Anybody who followed the Sepultura years knows that we tried new things; it was not about being stuck in time; it was about moving up always. So, for me, Mixhell is a continuation of my career."
Igor Cavalera left Sepultura in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." He has since been replaced by Jean Dolabella (ex-Udora). Igor's departure from Sepultura came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from the group's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006). Filling in on drums during the band's spring 2006 European tour with In Flames was Roy Mayorga, who played with Igor's brother Max in Soulfly for several years in the late '90s and again in 2001-2003.
Igor is the second Cavalera to leave Sepultura. In 1996, Max Cavalera exited the group after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as Sepultura's manager.
Igor and Max Cavalera are currently collaborating on a new project called Cavalera Conspiracy. The group's debut album, "Inflikted", was released in March 2008 via Roadrunner Records.
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