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Keith Chachkes of Ghost Cult Magazine recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Ghost Cult Magazine: You have come back really quickly with “Savages” following “Enslaved” last year. Why the fast turnaround between albums?

Max: It felt good to bang out another record quickly. It’s not always the goal, but it was good to write some new music right away. We like to keep it moving. We had everything planned to do a new record for the new label Nuclear Blast. The deal with Nuclear Blast came through perfectly. My son, Zyon, came in to play drums. We had Terry Date on board to do the record. And I really love what Terry did with it. He did a great job, with a raw-sounding record. And we just went for it. It was great to have all of these great fucking people on the record! I love the guest appearances the most. “Ayatollah Of Rock ‘N’ Rolla” with Neil (Fallon), “K.C.S.” with Mitch (Harris) from NAPALM DEATH, Jamie (Hanks) from I DECLARE WAR on “Fallen”, and my son Igor on “Bloodshed”. For me, “Savages” is a combination of both worlds. It has the grooviness of the first SOULFLY album and it also has that extreme death metal-sounding songs. A lot of people liked “Enslaved”, so I didn’t want to get rid of it entirely. A lot of people wanted me to go back to the killer grooves of the very first SOULFLY album. So I decided to write an album that has more of that. And I also like the songs are quite long, like six minutes, seven minutes, ten minute long songs, like “Ride The Lightning” and “Master Of Puppets”, on those old METALLICA records. The songs don’t even feel like seven minutes, to listen to them. Time just flies when you listen to it. It makes you feel good, and the songs are killer. Overall, I’m really happy with the record and I’m very stoked and I can’t wait to even play these songs live. It felt like the right record to make. Like I said, it’s a combination. “Fallen” is a perfect song, with Jamie from I DECLARE WAR. To me, it’s pretty much a death metal song. It’s got all of the elements of death metal. And “Cannibal Holocaust” is a pure thrash/grind/death metal song. But I didn’t want to make that same record again. I wanted to do something totality new. But a song like “Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla”, it something totally new. I never did anything like that before. It starts with like this country, cowboy riff, and Neil starts talking over it and it was so killer! And of course that line in the chorus “Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla” is from “Mad Max”. It’s probably my favorite song on the album. I don’t want to make the same record over and over. So “Savages”‘ got new things on it that no one has heard from me before, and I am really glad about that.

Ghost Cult Magazine: I think it is very difficult in music, especially in metal, to reinvent your self all the time. Do you keep that in mind from album to album?

Max: I kind of just go with it. I don’t think about that stuff. I just roll with it. If I think about it, it will make me crazy. I just make records. I don’t have a favorite one. They all fit together and they are all a part of my history. They are all a little different, which is great. I have been doing this a long time and I have a lot of records under my belt. What I am interested in is to keep going. I have a vision for my music, I see it going for a long time. We don’t have to write stupid radio songs. We write what we like, we play what we like. And the fans really connect with that. We are playing what we love. They know we are not writing stupid bubblegum, radio songs, concerned with getting played on the radio. That’s not what we’re here for. We are here for the heaviness, for the metal that we love. Because I love metal. Metal is in my veins and it is what I love. I want to keep doing this for a long-ass time. To me, this is only the beginning.

Ghost Cult Magazine: You have produced the vast majority of SOULFLY‘s albums yourself. What was it like to turn over the reigns to Terry Date?

Max: It was just the right time and the right place. Terry has been coming to SOULFLY shows forever. The last time was in Seattle with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. He came to the show and he was just hanging out. I said to him, “Man! When are we going to work together?” I kind of gave the question to him. And he said, “Just call me!” and we’ll do it. So when it came time to make the record, we called him. He gave me a great deal because he really wanted to work with me. We first met with the DEFTONES when they did “Around The Fur” I came into to do “Headup”. Terry is a really a rocker, man. He loves metal and he loves rock. He is a real professional. He has done so many amazing records, like the PANTERA records, DEFTONES, the SOUNDGARDEN records, like “Badmotorfinger”. Those are heavy records. Just classic fucking records. I was really excited and very motivated to work with him. So a lot of the writing for “Savages” had that in mind. I was thrilled that Terry was in charge of the record. I knew working with him, it had to be good. And he didn’t disappoint me. To me, it’s my favorite sound. This is the best-sounding SOULFLY record. Best guitar sound, best drum sound. Terry has done an amazing job and not to put any others down, even me, but this is the best one. The other records are good, but it doesn’t compare to Terry‘s stuff. Terry is just a master.

Read the entire interview at Ghost Cult Magazine.

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The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA). A couple of excerps from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: I wanted to get straight into [SOULFLY‘s] upcoming album, “Savages”. I have been listening to a preview of it and I must say this sounds like a really big album for SOULFLY. It has a lot of the elements from previous albums. Tell us a bit about the idea behind this album.

Max: “Savages” is definitely a surprising album for us in that it’s the ninth album for SOULFLY and the first album with Terry Date producing the album. He’s a great producer. It’s the first album that my son plays drums on it. Zyon did a great job and we have some real nice guests like Neil [Fallon] from CLUTCH, Jamie [Hanks] from I DECLARE WAR and Mitch [Harris] from NAPALM DEATH are on the record. I really like the record. I think half of it is extreme like “Enslaved” was and the other half is really super groovy like early SOULFLY stuff like “Prophecy” and “Soulfly 1”. Stuff like “Bloodshed” and “Masters Of Savagery” and “Spiral” are killer groove songs, so I think it’s a great combination of this extreme and groove together which makes “Savages” a very powerful record.

The Rock Pit: Terry Date, who you have worked with before, you decided to work with him again; this time he produced the album. Why did you decide to work with him?

Max: Yeah, I worked with him on “Around The Fur”, the DEFTONES album from 1997, I believe, and I met Terry at that time and became good friends with him. He used to come to SOULFLY and sing “Policia” all the time and he mixed two of my other records, “Dark Ages” and “Conquer”, I believe, and we kept the friendship going through the years. I always said, “One day I’m going to record a whole record with you and you are going to produce.” When the time came for this one, I called him up and said, “Are you ready to do this, man?” and he was ready, and it was the best choice possible because I love the sound of the record. I think Terry did an amazing job on the sound. The drums sound fantastic, the guitars sound fantastic and it was such a pleasure working with Terry. He’s such a good guy, such a mellow guy in the studio, that made everyone at ease and gave everyone good confidence to make the best record possible. So I love working with Terry. I would definitely work with him again in the future.

The Rock Pit: One of the things that I have noticed with SOULFLY over the years is that each album is different, especially after [guitarist] Marc Rizzo joined the band. How much of an impact has he had with the changes over the years?

Max: Yeah, Marc is a big part of it. He’s been with us since 2004 and he’s a really killer guitar player. He adds his own real guitar accent and, of course, shredding, because he’s an amazing shredder. He’s just a great guy, but I think part of the motivation of SOULFLY going forward comes with the idea that Marc‘s in the band and we do a lot of things together. A lot of times I will do a riff and Marc will grab my riff and make it better, like update my riff. Make it a little cooler, a little more exciting, and that’s a great way to work when you can do it like that with a guy in the band who can do that. We have a system that really works and he loves being in SOULFLY; he’s one guy I don’t want to change in the band. That’s why he’s been with us since 2004 and I don’t think we are going to change for a long time. I hope he stays with me for a long time, because I think we have some kind of magic together that’s really killer. I love the fact that he’s in the band and that he does so much for SOULFLY.

Read the entire interview at The Rock Pit.

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Soulfly: bringing a ruckas near you soon

Soulfly have been busy putting the finishing touched to new album Savages, out September 30 via Nuclear Blast.

Check out a video of Max and the boys in action below…

Savages Tracklisting

01. Bloodshed (feat. Igor Cavalera)
02. Cannibal Holocaust
03. Fallen (feat. Jamie Hanks)
04. Ayatollah Of Rock ‘N’ Rolla (feat. Neil Fallon)
05. Master Of Savagery
06. Spiral
07. This Is Violence
08. K.C.S. (feat. Mitch Harris)
09. El Comegente (feat. Tony Campos)
10. Soulfliktion

Pre-order Savages via http://smarturl.it/soulflyalbum2013.

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Soulfly: bringing a ruckas near you soon

Soulfly have unveiled a brand new track in the form of a lyric video. Bloodshed is taken from new Soulfly album Savages, out September 30 via Nuclear Blast.

Savages Tracklisting

01. Bloodshed (feat. Igor Cavalera)
02. Cannibal Holocaust
03. Fallen (feat. Jamie Hanks)
04. Ayatollah Of Rock ‘N’ Rolla (feat. Neil Fallon)
05. Master Of Savagery
06. Spiral
07. This Is Violence
08. K.C.S. (feat. Mitch Harris)
09. El Comegente (feat. Tony Campos)
10. Soulfliktion

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Soulfly: bringing a ruckas near you soon

Soulfly have revealed the cover art for new album Savages, out October 3 via Nuclear Blast.

Savages Tracklisting

01. Bloodshed (feat. Igor Cavalera)
02. Cannibal Holocaust
03. Fallen (feat. Jamie Hanks)
04. Ayatollah Of Rock ‘N’ Rolla (feat. Neil Fallon)
05. Master Of Savagery
06. Spiral
07. This Is Violence
08. K.C.S. (feat. Mitch Harris)
09. El Comegente (feat. Tony Campos)
10. Soulfliktion

The album comes produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon) and will be the first Soulfly album released by Nuclear Blast. Our prediction: GRRRRRRRROOOOVES!

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Chad Hanks and Christopher Emery of the Minneapolis, Minnesota hard rock/industrial metal outfit AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE were interviewed on the latest edition of the “Maximum Threshold” radio show.

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Swedish doom band One Inch Giant has posted a new pre-production track for its upcoming release with new label Soulseller Records. The rough mix of the track, “The Sea Opened Up,” can be accessed at this location or by streaming it in the widget below. The dates that One Inch Giant will be playing, including the Krokbacken Festival in Sweden before heading over stateside, are posted below.

8/17/12 Krokbacken Festival, Leksand, Sweden
w/Skraeckoedlan, John Duva, Mud Walk, Lé Betre, Mamont, Mother of God,
Mushroom Caravan Over
8/27/12 St Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
w/ Eggnogg, Nevereven, The Eyes of the Sun
8/28/12 Hanks Saloon, Brooklyn, NY
w/ Reign of Zaius, Innis
8/30/12 DC 9, Washington, DC
w/ Borracho, Auroboros
8/31/12 Gunners Run, Philadelphia, PA
w/ Black Thai, Borracho
9/1/12 El’n’Gee Club, New London, CT
Stoner Hands of Doom Festival

The Sea Opened Up (next album pre-prod) by One Inch Giant

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Bassist Chad Hanks of the reformed Minneapolis, Minnesota-based hard-rock/industrial act AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE was the featured guest on a recent edition of the “All Knowing Force” web-based interview show.

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Seattle, Washington-based deathcore act I DECLARE WAR has announced the addition of vocalist Jamie Hanks to the group’s ranks.

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I DECLARE WAR are excited to announce Jamie Hanks as the band’s official new vocalist.  Hanks had been filling in on lead vocals for the Seattle deathcore band since July.  The band quickly…

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