The name Soulfly came from a Deftones song.
Brother of Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera.
Is the uncredited yelling voice of the Scorpion King (The Rock) in The Mummy Returns (2001)
Has 4 children with wife Gloria; Zyon, Igor, Richie, and Roxanne.
Left Sepultura in 1996 due a dispute with guitarist Andreas Kisser over the handling of Cavalera's stepson's funeral as well as Kisser's attempts to rid Cavalera's wife as the band's manager. Although Cavalera insisted he regretted the events leading to his departure from Sepultura, he also stated a reunion was unlikely due to the lingering disagreements between him and Kisser.