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While many artists barely make it to a third album, Max Cavalera is still going strong over two decades in, and his band SOULFLY are set to release their eighth studio album, ‘Enslaved’ on 12th March 2012.
‘Enslaved’ will be released through Roadrunner Records, which has been Soulfly's home from day one and home to Cavalera for the duration of his career. That career began in the '80s as a member of Sepultura, a band who redefined the rules of heavy music when they unexpectedly gatecrashed the musical landscape out of their hometown of Belo Horizonte in Brazil. 2012 also marks Soulfly's 15th anniversary of making a tribally-influenced metallic racket and what better way to celebrate than with a new record?
The powerhouse line-up has received a shake-up and now features Max and long-standing guitar dynamo Marc Rizzo, with Static-X's Tony Campos taking up the bass. The ranks are rounded out by new drummer David Kinkade, formerly of Borknagar, whose brutality behind the kit brings a further extreme dimension to the band’s sound.
‘Enslaved’ was recorded at Tallcat Studios in Phoenix, Arizona, with Max sharing production duties with Zeuss, the seasoned knob-twiddler behind some of the most notable bands in metal today.
As is customary with Soulfly, the band will introduce some ‘visiting’ elements into the mix, including this time out, Dez Fafara of Devildriver and Travis Ryan ofCattle Decapitation, plus a guest violinist! With Dez and Max sharing a longtime connection through the Roadrunner family, it was only a matter of time before Fafara guested on a Soulfly album. Meanwhile, Ryan said it was "an honour to receive a call from someone you had pictures of on your wall as a kid." Also featured is a song Max wrote called "Revengeance" about his slain stepson Dana, whose death was the catalyst for the creation of Soulfly. He partners with his sons Igor and Richie on vocals, while his other son Zyon plays drums. It is the first time Max has performed on record with three of his sons.
The band tracked 14 songs, 11 of which will be on the record, with the other three being made available for the special edition. Track titles are as follows: "Resistance," "World Scum," "Intervention," "Gladiator," "Legions," "American Steel," "Redemption of Man By God," "Treachery," "Plata O Plomo," "Revengeance," "Chains," "Slave," "Bastards" and "Soulfly VIII." Please note this is not the final track sequencing.
For further Soulfly info, contact Michelle at Roadrunner or point your mouse at www.soulfly.com.