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Soulfly's new album a hit with the mosh pit

of the Oakland Press

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When Max Cavalera was recording his heavy metal group Soulfly’s latest album, “Omen,” he had a feeling it would go over well when the band played live.

Nearly seven months after its release, he’s pleased to report that “I was right on target with that.”

“The way I made the album, I was really excited for the mosh pit,” says the Brazilian-born Cavalera, 41, who formed Soulfly in 1997 after leaving his previous group, Sepultura. “I thought that when we played the stuff live from this album, the mosh pit is gonna get pretty good.

“And we are ... getting some great kids and really big circle pits at the shows. On ‘Bloodbath & Beyond’ I make the crowd do a huge circle pit all around the floor, and they really get into it. It’s really exciting and energetic. They really like the vibe, the thrash kind of vibe it has.”

Cavalera is also hoping those fans like his next endeavor just as much. In March, he and his brother, drummer and fellow Sepultura co-founder Igor Cavalera, will release their second Cavalera Conspiracy album, “Blunt Force Trauma,” which Max says is “like the first album (2008’s ‘Inflikted’) but even better and ... more exciting.”

“That was recorded a couple months ago, when I had a month and a half break from the Soulfly tour,” Cavalera says. “I called Igor and said, ‘Let’s make the record right now,’ just to get it done and in the can so we didn’t have to hurry or be forced to hurry up.

“And it was great because of that. I got to really experiment with the album and be much more focused than the first one. It makes more sense than the first album, and even though we’ve kind of saved it until next year, the songs still sound as great now as when it was recorded, so I think a lot of the fans will like it.”

Soulfly performs Friday, Dec. 3, at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheater.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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