Max Cavalera’s Soulfly have just announced details of a highly anticipated return to Ireland at The Academy on Thursday, October 4th 2012, with support comming from Incite (fronted by Max’s son Richie) and Lody Kong (featuring Max’s sons Igor and Zyon).
Soulfly incite a musical uprising on Enslaved, their eighth album for Roadrunner Records. This time around, the heavy metal tribe treads extreme territory by incorporating blast beats, violent riffs and wheezing whammy squeals into its patented groove-driven war cry. All of those elements converge within a concept record about slavery—a first for legendary frontman Max Cavalera [Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy].
This is also the inaugural offering from the group's new lineup featuring bassist Tony Campos [ex-Static-X, Asesino] and drummer David Kinkade [Borknagar] alongside Cavalera and guitar cohort Marc Rizzo. Ever since the band's gold-certified debut in 1998, Soulfly have become deadlier and more dangerous with each critically acclaimed successive release, but Enslaved sees them roaring like never before.
The genesis of Enslaved can actually be traced back to Sepultura's groundbreaking and seminal album Roots in 1996. Shortly after its completion, Cavalera began pondering the idea of doing an entire album centered around the theme of slavery. However, he put that thought on hold. Until now.
"I've had this concept for a long time," revealed Cavalera. "I actually thought it would be a Sepultura album, but that never happened. Soulfly went on, and I never forgot about the idea. Coming off the road supporting Omen , I knew this was the best moment to do it. We're tackling an extreme subject with the heaviest music we've ever done. Everything is connected. When you're singing about something harsh like this, heavy music is the perfect match."
Cavalera has every reason to be proud. Nearly 15 years into Soulfly's career, he's built their most bludgeoning arsenal of anthems to date. As always though, there's no end in sight for Cavalera and co., especially once they hit the road.
"I want people to go mental when they hear Enslaved," he declares. "I want them to freak the fuck out. This is extreme. This is Soulfly."
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