Thirteen years ago, Max Cavalera left Sepultura, the venerable Brazilian heavy metal band he co-founded, for an uncertain future with his new group. Soulfly.
Six albums later, he has no regrets.
“Actually, I’m surprised at the popularity of Soulfly,” says Cavalera, 40, who also plays with his brother, former Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera, in a side project called the Cavalera Conspiracy. “It’s really grown a lot around the world — in Europe and Australia and Japan and Brazil. There’s a huge amount of fans from the beginning to what it is now.
“I’m very happy where Soulfly stands today. It’s made its own mark on the history of metal and created its own style. I couldn’t be happier.”
He’s still hungry, however. As Cavalera and company wind down to the touring cycle for its latest album, 2008’s “Conquer,” he already has his ears tuned to what Soulfly will do next.
“Right now, it’s very much at the beginning,” he says. “I’m going through the riffs that are going to become songs. I’ve got about eight riffs now that I’ve selected, and I’m gonna get more and more totally into it after the tour is over and be dedicated to the new album.
“It’s really energetic — more in-yourface, shorter songs. I think it’s gonna have to be more of an adrenaline kind of record, very electric, very energetic, maybe less like jam sessions like the older Soulfly records have. I just feel like the time is right for this kind of record.”
Soulfly, Prong and others perform Friday (Oct. 16) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.
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