New SOULFLY Single Now Available

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Brazilian Thrash Heroes SOULFLY just released the first single, called ‘Bloodshed’ from their upcoming record, Savages which is now available at the Nuclear Blast Singlepool!

Max Cavalera is the walking embodiment of creative energy, of all of the diverse layers of urgency that are possible from that select few whose artistic output defines genres. Mystic shaman, protest singer, revolutionary hero, everyday metalhead, furious consumer of heavy music of all shades, husband, father, leader, songwriter… Cavalera reigns as the adoptive tribal chief of a generation of fans, stretching from the roughest slums of South America to the coldest confines of Russia. Anywhere that people are disenfranchised, the songs of SOULFLY serve as their anthems.

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Armed with Cavalera’s four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of SOULFLY has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in metal. Savages represents a career-defining moment, solidifying the lineup with longtime lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in SOULFLY almost as long as Max was in SEPULTURA), bassist Tony Campos (STATIC X, MINISTRY, PRONG) and Max’s 21 year-old Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in LODY KONG and now SOULFLY.

“All of the things that make SOULFLY killer are combined in Savages,” Max declares.

Savages melds the most brutal, the heaviest and overall the most vibrant components that made up each record in SOULFLY’s diverse catalog. By Max’s own account, Savages is possessed of the tribal groove of the first two SOULFLY albums, particularly in songs like ‘Bloodshed’, ‘Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla’ and ‘Master of Savagery’. But there’s also the thrash metal that was found on DARK AGES and OMEN; whereas the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY records contain short, punky bursts, the new SOULFLY record gets into the epic length territory of early METALLICA. The death metal vibe of SOULFLY’s Enslaved emerges in songs like ‘Fallen’ and ‘Cannibal Holocaust’.

“I really like the name Savages. I like single words that sound powerful, like ‘Primitive’, ‘Roots’, ‘Arise’,” Max explains.

“It’s about the human condition right now. We have the Internet and we’re working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We’re still savages. Even with technology and how far we’ve come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage.”

A trailblazing pioneer and musician with millions of albums sold who nevertheless retains boundless street cred due to his grimy, raw and undeniable authenticity; Max Cavalera is one of the most prolific artists the realm of heavy music has ever known. There’s CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which reunited Max with his brother and former bandmate, Igor Cavalera. There was the brutal attack of NAILBOMB, Max’s collaboration with Alex Newport from FUDGE TUNNEL, which included members of DEAD KENNEDYS, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, BIOHAZARD and NEUROSIS on-stage. There’s his forthcoming band with members of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MASTODON and THE MARS VOLTA. Of course, there’s Max’s unassailable work as SEPULTURA’s founder, leading the Brazilian band from their badass lo-fi beginnings, through their era of sophisticated thrash classics, up through the cultural landmark that is ‘Roots’.

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SOULFLY began almost instantaneously after his departure from the band he founded. The eponymously titled debut Soulfly sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone, further expanding upon the tribal foundation of ‘Roots’ with percussive instrumentation, forays into esoteric sounds and multiple guest performers. Across the seven albums and never-ending tours that followed, Max worked with a who’s-who of the heavy music scene as band mates, guest musicians and touring members, including guys from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, DEFTONES, RADIOHEAD, STONE SOUR, CYPRESS HILL, MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, FEAR FACTORY, MORBID ANGEL, THROWDOWN, S.O.D., SKINDRED, BORKNAGAR, WILL HAVEN and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others.

In addition to Max’s own self-production, a number of important producers have lent their skills to SOULFLY, including Roots producer Ross Robinson (KORN, AT THE DRIVE-IN), Toby Wright (Ozzy Osbourne, SLAYER), Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), ex-SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GORJIA) and Zeuss (HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE) and Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).

Cavalera asked Date, who had mixed for SOULFLY in the past, to produce the new album. Once studio time with the legendary producer was on the calendar, Max kicked into high gear with the material. Max and Zyon worked on the songs that would comprise Savages at home.

Zyon came up to me and said, ‘Give me a shot. I’ll play on the record for you. I won’t let you down,” explains the elder Cavalera. “I went into a room with him to jam and it felt great. So I said, ‘Fuck yeah, let’s do it!”

Generally on a SOULFLY album, the drummers would learn the songs in the studio, based on demo recordings from Max. This time, Max had the luxury of working out the songs at home with Zyon.

We jammed every single day for a month. He knew 90% of the material already when we got into the studio. It reminded me of recording the old Sepultura stuff, like Arise and Chaos A.D., Igor knew exactly what he was going to do before we went into the studio. This was very similar.”

Cavalera says he must’ve written at least 1,000 riffs specifically for Savages.

“The killer riff is what hooks the whole song together,” he says. “For me the writing process is about finding the most killer riffs possible. It’s a battle; sometimes I struggle with the guitar for hours. You have to throw it down on the floor and take a break. Come back a few hours later. ‘Let’s try this again, motherfucker!’  Grab it again and go to battle, go to war with the guitar until you get the right riffs.” 

Max points to BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Symptom of the Universe’ as one of the penultimate riffs of all time, citing SABBATH’s Tony Iommi and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield as among the riff-masters he most admires.

“I think of riff making as an art-form. I take it really seriously. I think it deserves more attention. It has such value.”

Speaking of riffs, Rizzo came into the band a decade ago and his love of thrash metal, death metal and collaborative spirit has energized Max ever since.

“When Marc entered Soulfly, it was a drastic change. He’s the guitar player I’ve been looking for my whole life. Andreas [Kisser] and I really clicked when we worked together. I never had that again after that. We had other guys that were cool, but it was never 100% there. When Marc came in, I found it! We’ve developed a great bond since.”

Rizzo particularly shines on the opening track on Savages, ‘Bloodshed.’

“There’s stuff all over the song – clean guitars, feedback – he just makes the song better.”

Campos has a lengthy resume in the world of metal and Max says they bonded over their shared Latino heritage, among other things.

“I had this idea about this guy Vargas, a Venezuelan cannibal, they call him ‘El Comegente.’ He’s the Hannibal Lecter of the Andes. We both read about it. Tony sings some of it in Spanish and I sing in Portuguese. He’s a great bass player too, fucking amazing. Killer bass tones, distortion, all balls-out metal. He keeps this shit real heavy, great tone. It’s great recording with guys who know what they’re doing. I don’t have to ask if they know.”

Max acknowledges the inherent risk in putting a 21 year-old behind the kit for such an important record, but it was a risk he absolutely wanted to take.

“To have my son drumming on the album, that’s killer. I like risks. I like to start shit up and see what happens. Even if I fail, at least I knew I tried. Rather than knowing I didn’t try at all. To me, that’s the bigger failure. It took a little bit of courage to put my son on it. I came to the studio and told Terry there was a young drummer who doesn’t play to a click. Terry knew what to do and Zyon did great. The drums sound amazing.” 

Like all things Max Cavalera, does SOULFLY’s Savages is a family affair. Not only does it mark Zyon’s recorded debut with the band, but one of Max’s other kids throws down some vocals in the opening track, ‘Bloodshed’.

“My son Igor has a killer punk rock voice that reminds me of the old CORROSION OF CONFORMITY days,” Max says.

“The chorus has this old punk style riff, almost like a MISFITS type riff. His voice is killer.”

Like every SOULFLY album, Savages contains an impressive guest list comprised of veterans and up-and-comers. CLUTCH’s Neil Fallon turns up on ‘Ayatollah of Rock ‘N’ Rolla’, the title of which was inspired by Mel Gibson’s classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior movie. Jamie Hanks from I DECLARE WAR brought his high and low deathcore vocals to ‘Fallen’, a death metal oriented song Max says is in the vein of CANNIBAL CORPSE.

Mitch Harris from NAPALM DEATH contributed vocals to ‘K.C.S.’ Harris has been around the Cavalera’s long enough that there are videos of him changing Zyon’s diapers when SOULFLY’s new drummer was just one month old.

Mitch came to the studio just to hang out during a day off from tour,” Max explains. “I’m like, ‘You ready to sing some shit on this record?’ I put him on the spot. He’s like, ‘Right now?’ I said, ‘Fuck yeah, let’s do it!’ There was one point where we were recording together where he did a scream and I saw his eyeball popping out of his face like a cartoon. I was like, ‘Dude that was the most metal thing I’ve seen in a long time.”

Even as Max continues to consume new music from band like NINE INCH NAILS, MAN MUST DIE, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED and I DECLARE WAR, even as he revisits seminal material from METALLICA, SLAYER, C.O.C. and the like, and indulges his penchant for world music, and gets his hands in his other projects and collaborations, it all adds up to a singular, distinct, straightforward and riff-heavy machine known as SOULFLY.

‘Bloodshed’ lyric video: http://youtu.be/ykFQQQ81OSs
Studio trailer #1: http://youtu.be/ml1cqN5dwAM
Studio trailer #2: http://youtu.be/g1SDAt2jco4

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LOCRIAN Streaming New Album

Esoteric, experimental artisan’s Locrian are currently streaming their forthcoming full-length Return To Annihilation via Spin.com at this location. Spin describes the album as a “an eclectic float down murky, noxious, sludgy waters” and compares the group to everyone from Boards of Canada to Sunn0))) to Neurosis.

Return To Annihilation was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The album will be released as CD, 2xLP, and digital formats on June 25 in North America, June 21 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24 in the UK and rest of the world.

A two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson, Return To Annihilation is easily the group’s most ambitious recordings to date, dubbed by Pitchfork as both “excellent” and “risky”, by Stereogum as “a corona of dream-pop and visceral shoegaze” and Outburn Magazine as “an excellent effort from one of the world’s most creative, interesting, and uncompromising bands.”

Physical CD and 2xLP pre-orders are available via Relapse at this location with digital pre-orders available via Bandcamp here.

Locrian, located in Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD, released over 20 recordings on an eclectic array of labels in their relatively short but prolific career.

Additionally, the group announced a short run of dates this June plus an appearance at Kentucky’s Boomslang Festival in September. The shows kick off on June 27 in Montreal. A complete list of dates is included below.

Locrian Tour Dates:

June 27 Montreal, QC Casa Del Popolo
June 28 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus
June 29 Providence, RI Machines With Magnets
June 30 Baltimore MD Metro Gallery

Sep 20-22 Lexington, KY Boomslang Fest

“This is an excellent effort from one of the world’s most creative, interesting, and uncompromising bands” – Outburn

“If the wrath of heaven sounds anything like Locrian , then archangel Michael has been digging into the prog-rock bin lately” – NPR

“A corona of dream-pop and visceral shoegaze… goddamn is it good” – Stereogum

“Sliding some malicious black metal menace into the gaps created by their dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish, ambient drones… few albums prove to be quite so unsettling” – The Digital Fix

www.relapse.com
www.locrianband.com
www.facebook.com/locrianofficial
www.locrian.bandcamp.com

 

THE MOTH GATHERER Premieres New Song

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A second song from the Swedish Experimental/Progressive band THE MOTH GATHERER found its way on-line.

An action shot from band’s first video clip, to be released March 18

 

The song itself can be streamed or embedded using this direct SoundCloud link: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/thewomb-thewoe-thewoman

The Womb, The Woe, The Woman is the second track unveiled from the band’s upcoming debut album entitled A Bright Celestial Light via Agonia Records. The album will hit the shops worldwide on April 16. The first song can be listened to at this location: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/the-moth-gatherer-premiere

 

A Bright Celestial Light was mastered by Karl Daniel Liden (Terra Tenebrosa, Grammy nominated Switchblade album) and will feature a guest appearance from Member 001 of The Konsortium fame. The tracklist (5 original tracks, 44 minutes of playing time) is as follows:

1. The Water That We All Come To Need
2. Intervention
3. A Road of Gravel and Skulls
4. The Womb, The Woe, The Woman
5. A Falling Deity

THE MOTH GATHERER’s music is hard to label, due to band’s non-one-dimensional approach towards the songs they create; the Experimental/Progressive etiquette seems almost too laconic to fully do justice to the spirit of the compositions. The debut offers up long and complex tracks, but still surprisingly simple and compelling. Abundance of tempo changes and variations that surround the album bask in emotionally charged, progressive yet utterly melodic slower-sections, addictive enough to stimulate the imagination.

The band is recommended for fans of Neurosis, Breach, Pelican and Cult of Luna.

For more on THE MOTH GATHERER:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheMothGatherer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMothGatherer
Website: http://www.themothgatherer.com/
Album preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUtQcrrJo7k
First unveiled track: https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/the-moth-gatherer-premiere

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RWAKE Announce End of Year Shows

 

RWAKE: Announce End of Year Shows

Arkansas’ backwoods doomsayers RWAKE announced a series of end of year shows, closing out with special show in Atlanta, GA with NEUROSIS, PRIMATE & US CHRISTMAS on December 29. A complete listing of dates is included below.

The band recently premiered their disturbingly controversial new video, It Was Beautiful, But Now It’s Sour. The 12-minute short film, directed Danish horror aficionado Casper Haugegaard, features devastating slow motion close-ups of actual pig fetuses being absolutely annihilated by a variety of implements.

RWAKE released Rest, their first album in over four years, last year to critical acclaim.  The harrowingly beautiful progressive/doom/sludge masterpiece is currently available for streaming here.

RWAKE Tour Dates:
Dec 28        Nashville, TN        Exit In    w/ Forest of Tygers, Hellbender
Dec 29        Atlanta, GA        The Masquerade (Upstairs) w/ Neurosis, US Christmas, Primate Tickets

Updated RWAKE news/tour/release information is available via the Relapse Records website and the band’s official Facebook page.

“ingenious, forward-thinking metal” – Pitchfork

“The most dangerous thing to come out of Arkansas since Bill Clinton’s libido” – Terrorizer

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CASTLE Announces Winter Tour

Doom thrashers CASTLE just announced their first-ever headlining tour of the U.S.

Full dates can be found below. Previously, the band has been on the road alongside the likes of Witch Mountain, Blood Ceremony, Hammers of Misfortune and Gates of Slumber. On their recent Scion A/V-sponsored run with doom act Witch Mountain, guitarist/vocalist Mat Davis commented,

“The tour with Witch Mountain was amazing. We had a great response and we’re looking forward to getting right back out there and visiting as many new places as possible. Headlining will give us the opportunity to stretch out our set and play a good mix of songs from both albums.”

CASTLE announced that drummer Rae Amitay (Mares of Thrace, Woods of Ypres, Thrawsunblat) will be behind the kit on the upcoming tour. Says Davis,
“We had the chance to play together on a bill in Chicago and were blown away by her drumming.” 
CASTLE will be out in support of their PROSTHETIC debut Blacklands, which Outburn gave a 9/10 rating, while Exclaim! magazine praised its “sinister sweetness” and “irresistible hooks.” The album, produced by Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Cathedral, Neurosis), is available on the PROSTHETIC webstore HERE. CASTLE has been confirmed to take part in the prestigious Roadburn Festival 2013 in Tilburg, Holland, who previously named them Newcomer of the Year in 2011 following the release of their debut album In Witch Order.

Catch CASTLE live!
1/5   Ventura, CA – Billy O’s
1/6   Los Angeles, CA – The Blue Star
1/7   Long Beach, CA – Que Sera
1/8   San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
1/9   Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room
1/10  El Paso, TX – M’s Lips Lounge
1/11  San Antonio, TX – 1011
1/12  Corpus Christi,T X – Zero’s
1/13  New Orleans, LA – The Circle Bar
1/15  South Miami, FL – Fox’s Sherron  Inn
1/16  Jacksonville, FL – Phoenix Taproom
1/19  Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
1/20  Philadelphia, PA  – O’Reillys
1/21  Martinsburg, WV – MJ’s Pub
1/22  Columbus, OH – Kobo Live
1/23  Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
1/24  Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
1/25  Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
1/26  York, PA – The Depot
1/27  Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
1/28  Boston, MA – O’Briens
1/30  Brooklyn, NY – The Acheron
1/31  Baltimore, MD – Side Bar
2/2    Atlanta, GA – Club 529
2/4    New Orleans, LA – Siberia
2/6    Dallas, TX – Club Dada
2/8    Gallup, NM – Juggernaut
2/10   Las Vegas, NV – Bunkhouse