MAX CAVALERA: SOULFLY to return to "big-groove tribal sound" on next album | Revolver

MAX CAVALERA: SOULFLY to return to "big-groove tribal sound" on next album

Back to the primitive
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Soulfly are planning to return to their bloody roots.

Formed in 1997 in the wake of Max Cavalera's acrimonious split with Brazilian trailblazers Sepultura, Soulfly initially specialized into a unique, world-music-infused take on groove-heavy nu-metal, with the group's self-titled debut featuring guest spots by Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst and Deftones' Chino Moreno, among others. Soulfly has released 11 albums since, and moved in a decidedly thrashier direction.

According to Max Cavalera, LP 13 could see the band get back to basics.

In a recent interview with Radioactive MikeZ, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM's Wired in the Empire, the Soulfly bandleader revealed that he's "planning a little bit of a return to the early sound."

"The big-groove tribal sound will return to Soulfly. I think a lot of fans want that," he continued. "I love that. I think it's kind of like a trademark of Soulfly that kind of got lost in the shuffle through the years. We went more into the thrashier side of stuff. But now I have [my side project] Go Ahead and Die that I can thrash all I want in it. I can have Soulfly be a little bit more what it was in the beginning — more about that, the whole tribal thing, which is really cool and unique. It's a unique thing that Soulfly has. So we're gonna probably go back more to that, which should be really cool."

We at Revolver HQ can't wait to see it happen. In the meantime, watch Soulfly playing their classic song "Bleed" with Durst at Ozzfest '98 below.