VENUE: Lord Fanch & Thunderdome Tattoo Present: THE RETURN of the MAXIMUM CAVALERA Tour:
Soulfly, Incite, Lody Kong, Rise to Sundown, Off The Witness
3108 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO, 63103
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Soulfly incite a musical uprising on Enslaved, their eighth album for Roadrunner Records (available March 13, 2012).
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."
With Kinkade and Campos in the fold as of early 2011, Soulfly entered Tallcat Studios in Phoenix, Arizona with producer Zeuss [Suicide Silence, Hatebreed] to realize this vision. While in the studio, Cavalera continued to challenge himself and his bandmates.
He recalled, "We tried to be more original. Zeuss really pushed me to work hard on the lyrics, and I decoded something fresh. Musically, the songs have pure fire. We call Dave 'Dave the Duck' because his feet are so fast that they must be webbed," chuckles Cavalera. "I've known Tony since Soulfly toured with Static-X in 2002. He's an amazing bass player. Everything works like a machine."
That machine devastates on the blood-spatteringly brutal first single "World Scum." With a guest spot from Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation, the song unleashes a torrent of blazing fretwork and double bass drumming, and Cavalera sounds possessed as he trades vocals with Ryan.
He reveals, "The song is about all of the evil in the last century. It covers the Nazis, John F. Kennedy's assassination, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. Then, it examines religion ending on the final war between good and evil. Travis sounds so fucking insane."
Elsewhere, "Legions," "Intervention" and "Chains" directly explore slavery and its effects upon society over thunderous guitars and screams. "Gladiator" nods to the film of the same name as much as various documentaries the singer studied following Roman slaves who became heroes in the Coliseum.
Keeping up Soulfly's legacy of collaboration, Cavalera enlisted the help of some other very special guests. Longtime friend DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara lends his viscerally violent vocals to "Redemption of Man By God," which is by Cavalera's admission, "pure venom."
Cavalera kidnapped Fafara from his sound check during a Phoenix show, and he laid down his vocals in one magical afternoon session. "I've wanted to do something with Dez forever. We're on the same label, and we grew up with each other's music," says Cavalera. "He's absolutely killer. The song ends with a creepy sample of this preacher. He's talking about the angel of death sparing those with the lamb's blood on their door in Exodus. It came through Tony's cabinet randomly and we recorded it. I took it as a sign."
"Revengeance" saw the frontman collaborating with his sons Zyon on drums, Igor on guitar and vocals and Richie on vocals. As the track delves deep into their brother Dana Wells' tragic death, it was a pivotal moment for the Cavalera clan on the album.
"That was family day in the studio," he adds. "I wrote the first of the song, and Igor wrote the other two. He ended up recording all of the guitars though. I don't even play on the song. It's a bit different from the rest of the record. Zyon did a great job with the vocals, and Richie sounds incredible. It's a subject that's close to all of our hearts. When it was done, I felt like a proud papa."
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."
Get ready to join the uprising.
ncite are locked and loaded for a modern thrash revolution.
The Arizona quartet fuses tight, technical shredding and monstrous grooves together on their formidable second full-length release produced by Logan Mader [DevilDriver, Fear Factory, Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira]. Due out fall 2012 on minus HEAD Records, it's brutal, bludgeoning, and bloodthirsty metal.
Singer Richie Cavalera is no stranger to quality heavy music. Immersing himself in the genre as a kid, his destiny was always the stage.In 2004, along with Zak [drums], Dis [guitar], and Luis [bass], Richie formed Incite with that in mind.
Soon after, the band destroyed venues across Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States with everyone from Dillinger Escape Plan to Soulfly, garnering rave reviews from tastemakers such as Kerrang! in the process. The group's 2009 debut, The Slaughter, left an indelible mark on the genre. Revolver called it "thrash that's hard to refuse/resist", and the single "Army of Darkness" hit #31 on the Sirius Metal Charts.
Now, they're bringing everything to a new level with their second full-length. Incite's modern musical assault and battery has been honed and sharpened. It's their time now. You've been warned.
Rise to Sundown
Off The Witness
Steve and Jeff started jamming in February 2010. A couple months later Jonathan joined as vocalist and Alec joined as the second guitarist. After months of searching, Jon got a hold of Pumkin through a mutual friend and the line-up was set. We're Off the Witness and we're here to destroy without restraint so come out and rage with us
We are a band that loves metal more than life itself! Spanning from generations born from the early 80's to the early 90's Metal is a way of life for everyone in this band! Influences from Black Sabbath to The Black Dahlia Murder! Slayer to Slipknot! Pantera to Lamb of God! Metal is the way we chose to live, and we live to keep it alive!