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MAX CAVALERA On Upcoming SOULFLY Album: 'I Think A Lot Of People Are Gonna Like It'
The Front Row Report recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA, KILLER BE KILLED, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY). You can now listen to the chat below. Speaking about SOULFLY's forthcoming tenth album, which is currently being recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MONSTER MAGNET, WINDS OF PLAGUE), Max said: "I've been home working on the new SOULFLY. I'm actually driving tomorrow back to L.A. to put some more vocals on it. I've been doing that for the last weekends. 'Cause the producer, Matt Hyde, who is producing the SOULFLY album, he's also doing the [new] DEFTONES [album] right now, so he has the weekends off. So are are tackling the weekends for the vocals. And it's going great." Asked if he is planning on doing anything special to commemorate the fact that SOULFLY's upcoming CD will be its tenth full-length effort, Max said: "Hopefully we'll get together with [our record label] Nuclear Blast and plan a couple of special things for the record. Maybe there's some special packages they wanna do. I love doing stuff like that. And I know they like to do that kind of stuff too. It's not every day that you release your tenth record; it's a cool achievement." He continued: "We're in a really cool place with SOULFLY. We've got [my son] Zyon [Cavalera] playing drums second time around. And he did much better on this album; he's really on fire on the new album. And Marc [Rizzo] did some excellent guitar work; I'm very proud of him. And then Tony [Campos, bass] also did great. So it looks really good, and I think it's gonna be a very strong, full-on album for us." Regarding the musical direction of the new SOULFLY material, Max said: "Some of the stuff is really fast, actually; like the first couple of songs on the album are all fast. And then it eventually slows down and there's some kind of really heavy stuff. But I think it's a really strong album that I'm very proud of, and I think a lot of people are gonna like it." SOULFY's ninth CD, "Savages", was released on October 1, 2013. The CD was produced by Terry Date, who is known for his work with such acts as PANTERA, DEFTONES and SOUNDGARDEN, among many others. Guest vocal appearances on "Savages" included SOULFLY bass player Tony Campos, CLUTCH's Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH's Mitch Harris, Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR and SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's son Igor Cavalera (of LODY KONG).
BATTLE BEAST Rejoined By Original Singer NITTE VÄNSKÄ At Helsinki Concert (Video)
Finnish metallers BATTLE BEAST were rejoined by their original lead singer, Nitte Vänskä, on stage on March 18 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland to perform three songs: "Victory", "Show Me How To Die" and "Enter The Metal World". Fan-filmed video footage of her appearance can be seen below. Vänskä left BATTLE BEAST in August 2012 and was replaced by Noora Louhimo. Regarding Vänskä's departure from the band, BATTLE BEAST previously said: "Nitte sent the rest of the band an e-mail stating that she was leaving the band, effective immediately. As the reason for her leaving, she cited her will to focus on her family life. As this happened without any prior notice, the rest us were slightly disappointed. But what's done is done." BATTLE BEAST last month parted ways with lead guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen due to "insurmountable disagreements" with the other members of the band. A substitute guitarist has been enlisted for BATTLE BEAST's current shows, and the remaining members of BATTLE BEAST are already preparing material for their upcoming fourth album. BATTLE BEAST's third studio album, "Unholy Savior", entered the Finnish chart at position No. 1. The CD was released on January 9 in Europe and January 13 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast.
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