It's not often we get books through here at Room Thirteen to review, but what an honour to be sent the autobiography of one of THE top superstars in Metal. The world of Rockstar autobiographies has expanded beyond all realms of possibility in recent years - seems to be rule of thumb that if you're in a pretty successful band and had a crazy time of it, the demand for a book recounting all of that will be pretty high! With Max Cavalera, he hasn't perhaps got the reputation of the likes of Ozzy Osborne and Keith Richards with regards to leading a crazy life on drugs, but when reading this autobiography you capture an insight into a real family figure, who has faced tragedy and challenges right from childhood all whilst fronting one of the most important Metal bands of all time.

Max separates the book in to quite simple instalments, from the early years in his childhood to the years in Sepultura (each chapter separated by each respective album cycle) up till the breakdown of the band and his new ventures into Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy. It is no secret that as soon as a Max Cavalera autobiography was announced there was solid interest across the Metal and Rock community, not only because of his legendary status, but because they want to hear from the horse's mouth what exactly happened at the end of the classic-era of Sepultura. Without spilling too much here, it is clear that the situation proved to be very complicated, as well as sudden - with Max heartbreakingly describing his departure from the fold in the same sort of tone he describes the death of his father. The narrative running throughout the autobiography is supported by excellent little breakaway comments written from several people key to Max's life, including everyone from Iggor and Gloria Cavalera to Monte Connor and Sharon Osbourne. All of these further little insights into the Max Cavalera world prove to be just as interesting as his own words. Whilst a lot of it's content is indeed serious by nature, there are still humorous bits and pieces thrown in, especially Max's constant description of Paolo's bass playing (or lack of). There are brief mentions of his battle with alcoholism but it's nothing like with some autobiographies where you know it's going to lead to a spate of amusing anecdotes and a "wonder what he'll get up to next!" idea, instead it is again something ultimately borne through tragedy and it reads as much.

Overall then, 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.