A brief video of SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera discussing “Superstition”, the primary single from the band’s upcoming twelfth album, “Totem”, will be seen beneath. Due on August 5 through Nuclear Blast, the follow-up to 2018’s “Ritual” was recorded at Platinum Underground in Mesa, Arizona by John Aquilino and Arthur Rizk with help from John Powers. Produced by Max alongside Arthur Rizk (KREATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, CODE ORANGE),the LP boasts visitor appearances from John Powers (ETERNAL CHAMPION),Chris Ulsh (POWER TRIP),and John Tardy (OBITUARY). Rizk was additionally liable for enjoying lead guitar on the document. The art work for the album was created by James Bousema.
Relating to the lyrical themes lined on “Totem”, Max advised The Bogcast: “The ‘Superstition’ was impressed by Superstition Mountains. I ended up doing numerous studying about it and the entire Misplaced Dutchman. Lots of people died there. It is a actually mysterious, mystic place, so I form of made the lyrics form of linked to that, which was fairly cool. Within the precise refrain, it says, ‘Superstition is tougher than stone.’ I am referring to the mountain itself. That is a tough mountain. It has been there endlessly and possibly will probably be there until the top of occasions.
“The entire document is impressed by nature,” he continued. “That is why it is known as ‘Totem’. I do not know when you guys noticed the quilt, however we have this totem pole with a bunch of various animals in it. Supposedly it is form of like our spirit animals somewhat bit and our indicators. There’s virtually like a lion combined with a warthog and there is a goat with the horns. And there is an owl, eagle on prime of it. And it is within the forest.
“So, yeah, the document was impressed by nature — the spirits in nature,” Cavalera added. “I discover that fascinating. I like that. I believe the desert may be very non secular and really mysterious. And likewise the forest. We tour quite a bit, so we go to Iceland and Norway, and all of us see these stunning forests and stuff.
“So numerous the document was impressed by, I assume you’d name it the worshipping of nature, virtually as a god. A number of natives have that perception — that nature is sort of a god that you just worship. So I believe that grew to become the form of focus level for the document. There’s undoubtedly songs that take care of totally different subjects on it. There is a actually cool tune that is towards most cancers. We misplaced so many good folks [to] most cancers. I keep in mind after I was writing the document, L.G. [Petrov] from ENTOMBED handed away, and Chuck [Schuldiner] from DEATH [died 20 years ago], and in addition members of the family that succumbed to most cancers. And so I used to be, like, ‘I wanna write a tune towards most cancers’ — a ‘fuck you, most cancers’-type letter, like a letter to most cancers: ‘Fuck you. You are not gonna carry all of us down. We’re gonna combat you.’ It is known as ‘Scouring The Vile’. That is one of many heaviest songs on the document. Additionally there’s one which’s form of somewhat bit about society generally, and it is known as ‘Filth Upon Filth’. It’s extremely, very ‘Reign In Blood’ influenced; I used to be listening to numerous ‘Reign In Blood’ after I wrote that tune. The tempo of it’s a very killer SLAYER form of groove. There’s one tune known as ‘The Harm Carried out’. It is about all of the deforestation. I used to be studying quite a bit in regards to the Amazon, how they’re simply raping and pillaging and destroying and that is just like the lungs of the world. It is form of as much as us not less than to speak about a few of these subjects, so I believe it was form of cool to present it a shot.”
In keeping with Max, “Totem” closes with a 10-minute monitor known as “Spirit Animal”. “It’s kind of like an epic form of tune,” he mentioned. “It is actually impressed by previous heavy steel tracks, like closers of BLACK SABBATH albums that had been actually lengthy, like eight [or] 9 minutes lengthy, like ‘Heaven And Hell’-type shit. I wished to write down one thing like that. So it is acquired numerous elements — tons of riffs. It is a riff fest. [Laughs] And it is nice, ‘trigger it is also acquired… Richie from INCITE sings on it, my [step]son. And we have Chris from POWER TRIP doing the solos on it. He is additionally in MAMMOTH GRINDER. He is an awesome musician. So he did the solos on ‘Spirit Animal’, and it got here out sick.”
The official lyric video for “Superstition”, created by Aimed & Framed alongside 3D character artist Álvar Gómez Padilla, will be seen beneath.
“Totem” monitor itemizing:
02. Scouring The Vile
03. Filth Upon Filth
04. Rot In Ache
05. The Harm Carried out
08. Ecstasy Of Gold
09. Soulfly XII
10. Spirit Animal
In a latest interview with the “Rez Steel” podcast, Max acknowledged about “Totem”: “It was created somewhat bit totally different. The bulk was simply me and my son Zyon enjoying collectively, so we form of wrote the majority of the fabric. After which I had an awesome producer pal, Arthur Rizk; he labored with POWER TRIP and CODE ORANGE. Arthur is nice, man. And I used to be curious how Arthur would make a SOULFLY document sound if he was in cost [of] it. And we created one thing that, to me, feels form of like… It is virtually like a biography of Max music. We cowl every part from the early days all the way in which… So there’s some black steel issues, there’s some dying and thrash, there’s some groove steel — there’s every part. So the document actually goes deep into all totally different areas of steel. So due to that, the album feels very numerous. On the finish of the day, I simply wished to make a strong, full-on perspective document that simply says, ‘We’re right here to fuck shit up.’ That is what we do. Because of this I like enjoying steel, due to the vitality it offers me.
“I do not wanna describe the document an excessive amount of — I might moderately have folks hear it and see what they suppose — however to me, it looks like that is only a actually, actually energetic SOULFLY document,” Cavalera added. “It is form of cool to have that form of… After so many information, when you can nonetheless put an lively document out, it says one thing about your profession; you are not slowing down — you are going, truly, the alternative manner. So I am extra within the trenches than ever with this one. It looks like [I’ve been] rejuvenated; I really feel like a younger child once more enjoying steel. These are nice parts to have. Particularly whenever you’re getting older, lots of people go extra gentle and decelerate. I am not a kind of folks. I wanna simply get much more wild, get heavier. However all the time with the SOULFLY groove, ‘trigger I believe that is a key factor of SOULFLY; it is all the time been the groove. So we pay actually shut consideration to the… We truly added numerous percussion to it, so it form of goes again to information like ‘Primitive’; among the grooves return to songs like ‘Primitive’ and ‘Increase’, however among the different stuff is tremendous aggressive and it is like numerous the present excessive steel that I take heed to proper now from numerous different bands.”
SOULFLY carried out “Superstition” and “Filth Upon Filth” on its latest U.S. tour.
In April 2021, Max advised Chris Enriquez of Saint Vitus Presents: Age Of Quarantine that Rizk took the brand new SOULFLY challenge “tremendous critically. He mentioned, ‘Hey, Max, I do not wanna just do one other SOULFLY document. I wanna do the very bestSOULFLY document,'” he recalled. ‘I used to be, like, ‘All proper. I take the problem. Let’s do it, man.'”
In December 2020, Max advised the “Sappenin’ Podcast With Sean Smith” in regards to the songwriting course of for the brand new SOULFLY album: “The cool factor about Zyon, the way in which he performs drums, is he is a bit like a wild animal — he has no restraint, man, and he simply unleashes on the drum equipment. Pure, pure brutality energy drumming, and I like that. In order that takes me again to numerous the early information that I like — numerous the previous ENTOMBED stuff and CARCASS and NAPALM DEATH; out-of-control shit. So I believe we now have that form of spirit happening on numerous the brand new tracks.”
In August 2021, SOULFLY parted methods with longtime guitarist Marc Rizzo on account of private variations. A everlasting alternative guitarist has but to be introduced. FEAR FACTORY‘s Dino Cazares performed guitar for SOULFLY on the summer season 2021 U.S. tour and as soon as once more dealt with second-guitar duties on the band’s most up-to-date run of exhibits.
In June 2020, SOULFLY launched a brand new digital EP, “Dwell Ritual NYC MMXIX”. The hassle was recorded at The Gramercy in New York Metropolis on February 11, 2019 whereas SOULFLY was on tour in assist of its most up-to-date full-length album, “Ritual”. The audio for the EP was combined and mastered by Charles Elliott (ABYSMAL DAWN) from Tastemaker Audio. Cowl art work was comprised of reside pictures taken by Rodrigo Fredes.
“Ritual” was launched in October 2018 through Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015’s “Archangel” was produced, recorded and combined by Josh Wilbur (KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).