SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera spoke to The Bogcast concerning the band’s upcoming twelfth album, “Totem”, which can be launched on August 5 by way of 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 chargeable for enjoying lead guitar on the document. The art work for the album was created by James Bousema.
Relating to the lyrical themes coated on “Totem”, Max mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The [first single] ‘Superstition’ was impressed by Superstition Mountains. I ended up doing quite a lot of 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 related 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 perpetually and doubtless can be there until the tip of instances.
“The entire document is impressed by nature,” he continued. “That is why it is referred to as ‘Totem’. I do not know for those who guys noticed the duvet, however we have got 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 nearly like a lion combined with a warthog and there is a goat with the horns. And there is an owl, eagle on high 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 really like that. I believe the desert could be very religious and really mysterious. And likewise the forest. We tour lots, so we go to Iceland and Norway, and all of us see these lovely forests and stuff.
“So quite a lot of the document was impressed by, I suppose you’d name it the worshipping of nature, nearly as a god. Loads of natives have that perception — that nature is sort of a god that you just worship. So I believe that turned the form of focus level for the document. There’s positively songs that cope with completely different matters on it. There is a actually cool track that is towards most cancers. We misplaced so many good individuals [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 relations that succumbed to most cancers. And so I used to be, like, ‘I wanna write a track towards most cancers’ — a ‘fuck you, most cancers’-type letter, like a letter to most cancers: ‘Fuck you. You are not gonna convey all of us down. We’re gonna combat you.’ It is referred to 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 on the whole, and it is referred to as ‘Filth Upon Filth’. It’s extremely, very ‘Reign In Blood’ influenced; I used to be listening to quite a lot of ‘Reign In Blood’ after I wrote that track. The tempo of it’s a very killer SLAYER form of groove. There may be one track referred to as ‘The Harm Performed’. It is about all of the deforestation. I used to be studying lots concerning 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 at the least to speak about a few of these matters, so I believe it was form of cool to present it a shot.”
In accordance with Max, “Totem” closes with a 10-minute observe referred to as “Spirit Animal”. “It is a bit like an epic form of track,” he mentioned. “It is actually impressed by previous heavy steel tracks, like closers of BLACK SABBATH albums that have 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 quite a lot of components — 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 got Chris from POWER TRIP doing the solos on it. He is additionally in MAMMOTH GRINDER. He is an incredible 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 under.
“Totem” observe itemizing:
02. Scouring The Vile
03. Filth Upon Filth
04. Rot In Ache
05. The Harm Performed
08. Ecstasy Of Gold
09. Soulfly XII
10. Spirit Animal
In a current interview with the “Rez Steel” podcast, Max said about “Totem”: “It was created somewhat bit completely 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 incredible producer good friend, 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 nearly like a biography of Max music. We cowl all the pieces from the early days all the best way… So there’s some black steel issues, there’s some loss of life and thrash, there’s some groove steel — there’s all the pieces. So the document actually goes deep into all completely different areas of steel. So due to that, the album feels very various. On the finish of the day, I simply wished to make a stable, full-on angle document that simply says, ‘We’re right here to fuck shit up.’ That is what we do. That is why I really like enjoying steel, due to the vitality it offers me.
“I do not wanna describe the document an excessive amount of — I would fairly have individuals hear it and see what they assume — however to me, it seems 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, for those who can nonetheless put an brisk document out, it says one thing about your profession; you are not slowing down — you are going, really, the other means. So I am extra within the trenches than ever with this one. It seems like [I’ve been] rejuvenated; I really feel like a younger child once more enjoying steel. These are nice components to have. Particularly while you’re getting older, lots of people go extra delicate and decelerate. I am not a type of individuals. I wanna simply get much more wild, get heavier. However all the time with the SOULFLY groove, ‘trigger I believe that is a key aspect of SOULFLY; it is all the time been the groove. So we pay actually shut consideration to the… We really added quite a lot of percussion to it, so it form of goes again to information like ‘Primitive’; a number of the grooves return to songs like ‘Primitive’ and ‘Increase’, however a number of the different stuff is tremendous aggressive and it is like quite a lot of the present excessive steel that I take heed to proper now from quite a lot of different bands.”
SOULFLY carried out “Superstition” and “Filth Upon Filth” on its current 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 severely. 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” concerning the songwriting course of for the brand new SOULFLY album: “The cool factor about Zyon, the best way 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 really like that. In order that takes me again to quite a lot of the early information that I like — quite a lot of the previous ENTOMBED stuff and CARCASS and NAPALM DEATH; out-of-control shit. So I believe we’ve that form of spirit happening on quite a lot of the brand new tracks.”
In August 2021, SOULFLY parted methods with longtime guitarist Marc Rizzo on account of private variations. A everlasting substitute guitarist has but to be introduced. FEAR FACTORY‘s Dino Cazares performed guitar for SOULFLY on the summer time 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 reveals.
In June 2020, SOULFLY launched a brand new digital EP, “Stay Ritual NYC MMXIX”. The hassle was recorded at The Gramercy in New York Metropolis on February 11, 2019 whereas SOULFLY was on tour in help 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 by way of Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015’s “Archangel” was produced, recorded and combined by Josh Wilbur (KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).