Soulfly Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Soulfly have confirmed that they are currently finishing up their new album. The effort is tentatively set to be released in late 2021.

Max Cavalera said the following about the record during an interview with Chris Enriquez of “Saint Vitus Presents: Age Of Quarantine”:

“I’ve been working on the new SOULFLY since last year with my son Zyon. We brought [producer] Athur [Rizk] to Arizona. And that’s pretty killer. That’s some good shit. I’m excited for that.”

He continued:

“[Rizk took the project] super seriously. He said, ‘Hey, Max, I don’t wanna do just another SOULFLY record. I wanna do the best SOULFLY record. I was, like, ‘All right. I take the challenge. Let’s do it, man.'”

Cavalera also added the following about the musical direction:

“It’s full-on. I think it’s got kind of like the best of all the years. I think it’s a compilation Max Cavalera record of the whole 50 years. [Laughs] That’s what it feels like — it’s got old stuff, it’s got middle stuff, it’s got very SOULFLY vibes. It’s got a lot of groove. It’s got a lot of fast stuff. We’re in the process of finishing it up right now. Hopefully it’s gonna come out this year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Soulfly Begin Recording New Album

Soulfly have entered Platinum Underground in Phoenix, AZ to begin the recording process for their new album. Max Cavalera commented:

“I’ve been working on this record with my son, Zyon, since June of last year. We are in the studio now with producer Arthur Rizk, creating a really wild record. Expect the unexpected! No rules, no limits, not holding anything back, just pure SOULFLY!”

Soulfly’s Max Cavalera On Cutting Off His Mono-Dreadlock: “I Didn’t Know It Was Gonna Cause Such A Shitstorm”

Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, ex-Sepultura, etc.) recently made headlines after cutting off his trademark mono-dreadlock. Now, during a recent interview with Dave “Higgo” Higgins of MMM Hard N Heavy, the frontman discussed his decision, saying that he “didn’t know it was gonna cause such a shitstorm.”

Cavalera said the following:

“It was kind of crazy. I wasn’t expecting that reaction. In fact, when I decided to cut it, it was kind of out of the blue. I woke up one day and I told my wife, ‘I think I wanna cut my dreads.’ And she was very surprised, ’cause it’s been with me for 23 years. She [was, like], ‘Really? Seriously?’ And I was, like, ‘Yeah, it’s bugging me. It’s very heavy. I kind of feel like I need something new, something fresh in my life.’ So we just did it.

It was a Sunday afternoon at my house. We were having a family dinner. I just went in the backyard and she had a pair of scissors, and [I said], ‘Cut it off. Just cut it off. Let’s not make a big deal.’ But she took a picture and posted the picture. And that was a problem. That was where the shit hit the fan. [Laughs]”

He further discussed the response he received:

“I didn’t expect that, man. My son called me. He was, like, ‘You’re number one on Google News.’ I don’t even know what that is. I was, like, ‘What the fuck is that?’

I think [Gloria] wants to frame it and put it on the wall in the house and then do something with it eventually in the future. Those are manager things that I don’t get involved with, manager decisions. [Laughs]

I tell you what, man — it feels great not having that thing around. It was good, but it had its time. It was time to go; it was time to move on. I feel like I’ve been liberated from the dread. It was very heavy, man, and it was really long — it was all the way to my ass.

Everybody was, like, ‘2020 doesn’t get more weird than this. Even Max is cutting his dreads.’ Which I didn’t even think about it until later, that I did it. I was, like, ‘Yeah, it actually is in 2020 that I cut my dreads off.'”

He also added:

“It’s just one of those things. Like I said, it was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I just woke up one day, and I was, like, ‘I think I’m done with this. I think it’s time to cut it off.’ And I just did it. And it’s finally done. But I didn’t know it was gonna cause such a shitstorm. [Laughs]”

[via Blabbermouth]

Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Etc.) Cuts Off His Trademark Dreadlock

Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, ex-Sepultura, etc.) has decided to cut off his trademark mono-dreadlock after growing it for years. His wife Gloria Cavalera shared the below photo on Instagram with the caption: “It must be snowing in hell today!”

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Max Cavalera Discusses Soulfly’s “Rise Of The Fallen” In Third Episode Of His “Max Trax” Series

Max Cavalera has shared the third episode of his “Max Trax” series. This one finds the frontman discussing Soulfly’s “Rise Of The Fallen.”

Max Cavalera Working On New Soulfly Music

Max Cavalera has been working on new music for Soulfly during his coronavirus downtime. The frontman confirmed the news on Kazakhstan’s “Armatura” podcast.

Cavalera said the following:

“I’ve just been writing music. I’m writing some riffs for the next SOULFLY [album] or next thing I do… I’m very inspired right now for riffs and music. I listen to a lot of heavy stuff. So I’ve been composing new SOULFLY music, hopefully for next year. So I think next year we’ll have a new SOULFLY record.”

He also added the following when asked how the writing process has changed from when he was younger:

“The thing about music that some people don’t understand about me is that it doesn’t matter what’s happening in my life, I always write — I’m always creating. To me, it’s like breathing. So it’s necessary to create. So it doesn’t matter if the situation is more comfortable. Of course, when we were young, we were very hungry, and it was very different, because we were against the world. But I think that feeling stays with you forever. If I don’t feel like that, if I feel that I don’t have that feeling anymore, I will stop, because it will be fake, and I don’t wanna put out fake shit. But that has not happened, it is not happening, so now I’m even more inspired.

I think sometimes watching people taking to the streets and stuff like that… There is a lot to say right now. I always thought music was a good conductor of ideas… I feed on what’s around me. And music is in my blood, man. I’m still musically hungry right now. I have this urge. I know I have many records, I have a lot of really cool albums that people like, but, to me, I am still searching for the perfect record. Especially because this kind of music, I don’t have pressure from the label to write soft stuff. So I write what I like. And I don’t feel the need to change my stuff.

It’s always good to write music. I always like writing music. I wrote even when I didn’t have to. A lot of times I was writing songs and I didn’t have to write — I didn’t have to make a record. To me, it’s very natural. I’ve been doing it for — shit — 30 years, something like that, this kind of system, with a drum machine and then riffs. And then I collect all that, take it to the studio and make songs. I love the whole process.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Soulfly Share Live Video For “Under Rapture” From “Live Ritual NYC MMXIX”

Soulfly have shared a new live video for “Under Rapture.” This track is featured on the band’s recent live EP, “Live Ritual NYC MMXIX,“ which was recorded during their February 11, 2019 show at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY.

Soulfly Release New Live EP “Live Ritual NYC MMXIX”

Soulfly have digitally released a new live EP titled “Live Ritual NYC MMXIX.“ The effort was recorded during the band’s February 11, 2019 show at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY and it was mixed/mastered by Abysmal Dawn‘s Charles Elliot.

“Live Ritual NYC MMXIX” Track Listing:

01. “The Summoning”
02. “Under Rapture”
03. “Fire”
04. “Porrada”
05. “Ritual”
06. “I And I”
07. “Back To The Primitive”

Max Cavalera commented:

“New York is a mesmerizing city; the city that never sleeps! I always look forward to playing in NY.

The Gramercy is a great venue and the Soulfly crowd was in the trench frontlines of a battlefield, crowded and moving like some kind of tribe.

I hope this unforgettable night of metal in NY can uplift you during this quarantine. Start a pit in your living room! I’m in quarantine too, and together, with metal, we will all get through this! Let the ritual begin!”

You can find a live video for “The Summoning” from the EP below:

Soulfly Announce North American Tour

Soulfly have announced a North American tour with Toxic Holocaust and X-Method. Madzilla, Skinflint, and Systemhouse 33 will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates:

02/01 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater (no Toxic Holocaust)
02/03 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
02/04 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
02/05 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
02/06 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar & Billiards
02/07 Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
02/08 Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater
02/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/11 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
02/12 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
02/14 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
02/15 Calgary, AB – The Gateway
02/16 Regina, SK – The Exchange
02/17 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
02/19 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
02/20 Joliet, IL – The Forge
02/21 Racine, WI – Route 20
02/22 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre
02/23 Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel Music Hall
02/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
02/25 Buffalo, NY – Rec Room
02/26 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
02/27 Chicopee, MA – Poor Richards
02/28 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
02/29 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
03/01 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
03/03 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
03/04 Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
03/05 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s
03/06 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/07 Orlando, FL – Sound Bar
03/08 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
03/10 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
03/11 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
03/12 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Etc.) Wins Libel Lawsuit Filed By His Former Sister-In-Law

Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) has reportedly won the libel case brought forward by his former sister-in-law Monika Bass Cavalera. Back in 2014, Monika filed the lawsuit in Brazil due to comments Max made about her in his autobiography “My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond.”

Max had the following to say about Monika in the book:

“I never liked Igor‘s wife [Monika.] She was a bitch. They’re finally divorced now, thank God. When we first met her, she tried to pick me up, but I didn’t want anything to do with her. A couple of weeks later, she was with my brother, which I always felt was kinda weird, like he was the second-best option or something. That always bugged me. But he fell in love with her anyway.”

“There was something about the way she talked to him [Igor] that always bothered me. She’d say stuff like, ‘My father is rich: he can provide me with a big house and a great life. You’d better do better than that.’ In front of everybody. I couldn’t stand her, man. I still can’t. I found out later that she became [Sepultura‘s] manager and was the person who wanted and took Gloria‘s job. And she was a dental assistant! How does a dental assistant become a manager? Unbelievable.”

Max was initially ordered to pay Monika 50,000 Brazilian reals and recant his comments in 2015, but things eventually shifted in his favor. The following was said in a press release:

“A final decision has been reached in favor of Max Cavalera in the ongoing libel case filed in Brazil by Cavalera‘s former sister-in-law.

The former wife of Cavalera‘s brother Igor alleged that Cavalera defamed her in his 2014 autobiography, My Bloody Roots. Cavalera was initially ordered to pay a sum to the plaintiff, who then wrongfully claimed to have won the case before the final judgment was made.

“It feels great to put this case behind me,” Cavalera says. “It was very frustrating knowing I had always been honest about the events of my life, even the negative times. I am grateful to the courts in Brazil for seeing the truth in this matter and letting justice prevail.”

Cavalera won every appeal, the case is considered “res judicata,” meaning it cannot be changed, and Cavalera is released from any obligation toward the plaintiff. Additionally, due to baselessly filing multiple appeals, Cavalera‘s lawyer petitioned the court to penalize the plaintiff. As a result, the plaintiff will now have to pay a fine of one percent of the total amount she asked for from Cavalera.

Cavalera was represented in this case by Daniela Pasqua of Pasqua Sociedade de Advogados.”