With a new album arriving next month, the tribal rockers of Soulfly are planning to jump from their slot headlining the second stage of Ozzfest 2000 to their own tour with Downset, Primer 55, and Slaves On Dope.
After Ozzfest wraps up next week, frontman Max Cavalera and company will take a little time off before returning to the road on September 24, two days before "Primitive" hits stores.
The band has been offering glimpses of the new album on its Ozzfest run and plans to uncork the rest of the record's experimental vibe next month.
"It's kind of the unexpected mixed with what [fans] already know, which is the heavy songs, the grooves, the tribal jams," Cavalera told MTV News of the new LP. "Those are the trademarks of Max. That's been with me forever, but on this album, definitely, I push way further as far as experimenting and working with different people."
Among those "different people" are Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, Slayer's Tom Araya,
Slipknot singer Corey Taylor, Will Haven's Grady Avenell, and Sean Lennon (see "Slipknot Joins Soulfly In Studio").
"Everybody says, 'Oh, you're reaching the next level,' and I think it's definitely different and more forward than the last one," Cavalera said of the results of those collaborations. "The last Soulfly [album] was the exorcism of a lot of demons and pains and all the stuff I had to get out of my system to go on with life, and I did that. I was glad I did that, so this album was a different shape of mind. The anger is focused on different things. The album is, in a way, more positive, but also more extreme in every sense." [RealVideo]
Of course, not all experiments are successful ones, and the band had to abort a few of its concepts.
"There [were] a couple things that were retarded that we were trying to do [in the
studio]," Cavalera confessed. "In this song 'The Prophet,' we tried to re-create Jerusalem in the studio. So we have the four of us, the producer, and extra people ringing bells and making these weird sounds, and then we're like, 'Imagine that you're a prophet in Jerusalem and you're talking to the people in the streets about the coming of the prophet.'
"We created the whole scene, and then we came back, and it was so messed up," he continued. "It was like, 'Dude, I can't put that on the record. It's just ridiculous.' So we trashed the whole thing. I'm talking eight hours of work on this thing, and we just trashed [it], straight to the garbage, like, 'Done.' But that's the key to make a record like this. You gotta try. If you don't try, you don't know. If you're afraid of trying, you're never gonna get the maximum."
If you want to see how that experimentation paid off, here's where to catch Soulfly on the road with Downset, Primer 55, and Slaves On Dope:
- Hollywood, CA @ The Palace
- 9/25 - San Francisco, CA @ Maritime Hall
- 9/26 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
- 9/27 - Seattle, WA @ DV8
- 10/1- Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
- 10/3 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
- 10/5 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
- 10/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
- 10/7 - Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
- 10/11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 10/19 - New York, NY @ Roseland