Max Cavalera has written many different types of Soulfly songs. Since founding the band after leaving Sepultura in the late Nineties, the Brazilian musician has cranked out 12 albums worth of material, his most recent being 2022's Totem. Over the years, his band's sound has shifted between nu-metal, groove-metal, death metal and more, so while Soulfly definitely has an identity, if someone's never heard a single note of their music before, it could be overwhelming to know where to start.
For them, Revolver is here to help with our "Point of Entry" series, in which we ask artists to pick the single standout cut from across their entire catalog that they believe is the best place for virgin listeners to begin their journey. Below, Cavalera does the honors. It's a tough call.
"Tribe" is a good one. It's a very heavy, tribal groove song with a lot of passages, a lot of different tribal beats on it, and a very unique way of looking at our fans — as a tribe. I like to think that the metal tribe is the biggest tribe in the world, so I made a song with that in mind. It's very simple. It's very to the point, but it's that kind of feeling of uniting all the metal fans, and with the hope that in metal there's less discrimination, less racism, less homophobic tendencies. All those things.
Like, we're in this because of the music. So it doesn't matter what color you are, long hair, short hair, what country you're from, what your religion is, what your political preference is. We are together through the metal. That's what united us. And everything else, we don't give a fuck about it. So I think that's cool. That's a song that really represents the Soulfly spirit.